The licensed trade still remains one of the last major retail sales business sectors which still operates on high volumes of cash for its daily transactions with customers. Dealing with cash brings a lot of challenges for publicans, in recent times we have witnessed tiger raid gangs, armed hold-ups targeting our industry for easy access to large amounts of cash. On a micro level management teams have to also deal with unscrupulous individuals and staff members who engage in fraudulent activities to target smaller amounts of cash. This article offers publicans best practice procedures and controls which address the challenges involved when dealing with cash handling, counterfeit cash and armed hold-ups in your bar. For the purpose of this article we will define cash as also including cash equivalents which includes (coins, notes and cheques). The first major issue to address is the cash handling roles for your bar, this might seem simplistic but you must decide the following very carefully; Ø Which staff members are allowed to endorse cheques and or initiate credit card payments. Ø Which staff members are assigned to count the cash, prepare the floats for cash registers Ø Which staff members are assigned to draw up the cash sheets, the bank deposit forms and post the figures to the general or pub ledgers.
William Vincent Wallace Bicentenary Recitals Wexford Festival Opera, Oct.-Nov. 2012. These unique recitals of drawing-room music and opera excerpts celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Irish composer, William Vincent Wallace (1812–1865) and focus particularly on his unknown songs and piano music. Wallace was one of the most extraordinary musical personalities of the nineteenth century – not only a composer, but a virtuoso on two instruments (piano and violin) and a global traveller. He visited parts of the world that no other Irish musician had set foot in and widened his sphere of influence by establishing a music school in Sydney, Australia where he is still regarded as the first great instrumentalist to visit that continent. From here he blazed a trail through South America where he was maestro to a season of Italian opera in Mexico City. A new career began as impresario before his return to London where his own first opera, Maritana, was an outstanding success. Tales of his adventures and escapades certainly helped to promote the popularity of his publications, particularly of his salon music. He was then just thirty-three years old and had already had enough experiences to fill several lifetimes.
Illegal drugs are the disease on our society that rob so many families, communities and retail businesses of their dignity, creative talent and pride. Maintaining a drug free pub is not an easy task for bar owners when in fairness the majority of drugs taken in bars is done in the toilet cubicles which are traditionally the most private place in your premises. But clearly publicans have a responsibility in this area and if they are not seen to be taking the proper preventative measures, their licence could be at risk.
Licensed premises cannot operate without having a rigorous and sometimes scientific management approach which incorporates the continuous application of management methods and techniques. Major hospitality companies experiencing sever decline in profits sometimes hire management consulting firms to develop a strategy for reversing declining trends. Conversely, a company enjoying rapid growth and astonishingly high profitability sometimes actually look to management consultants for a way to remain successful and to expand their overall business. Bars are now trading in difficult times at present and analysing the root causes of these declining sales could help bar owners across Ireland to seize control of their destiny going forward. Bar owners need to adopt a total business management approach which regularly examines all elements of their business. This approach usually includes rigorous examination of areas such as: marketing, technology, human resources, and quality. In this article we will explore these elements to assist you with the business of managing your bar.
In a recent survey conducted by the Evening Herald (28/05/2011) Irish pubs were rated in the top five reasons why tourist visit Ireland they stated also that the smoking ban has improved their overall experience pub experience. Tourists love the craic, the people and the culture of our pubs reminding us that we should be immensely proud of them. These glowing compliments got me thinking about Irish pubs and the role they continue to play as historic examples of Irish heritage; in essence I believe that sometimes the Irish pub is generally overlooked as a tourist attraction in their own right. Tourism figures compiled by our national agencies have always focused on major attractions (Blarney Stone, Guinness Storehouse) and occupancy levels for hotels and guesthouses but I have never seem any statistics measuring the annual tourist figures and quota’s for pub visits. In this article we will explore in further detail some of the factors which encourage tourists to visit our pubs; I will also offer some advice to publicans in relation to preserving the authenticity and marketing opportunities of their pubs as tourist attractions. This information may assist tourism marketers, tourist offices and publicans in establishing how Irish pubs can be actively promoted at home and abroad.
The earliest mention of a cocktail menu list in Ireland dates back to Saturday 10th July 1886 when the original Burlington Hotel, Andrew Street, Dublin advertised it’s range of available cocktails (Irish Times Ltd, p.7). The cocktail menu has indeed been around quite a long time but unfortunately a lot of bars do not afford it the same level of attention which they would give to their food or wine menus. Your cocktail menu is a most crucial component towards creating the right image, attention to detail and innovative approaches to your bars cocktails for your customers. The menus form, layout, content, and perhaps even the character of the menu can provide your customers with an insight into the very heart of your bar. In most cases, the menu placed in front of a customer (in the bar or over the internet) is the only chance that you have to communicate what your unique product is, and why it is better then your competitors. Cocktails allow your bar to create a unique night out for your customers which they will be happy to talk about next morning back in the office at work or in college. Who wouldn't want to take advantage of the extra margins cocktails can give you?
Chopin in Paris A theatrical portrait co-written by award-winning playwright Miriam Gallagher and pianist and broadcaster, Una Hunt, in celebration of the great Polish composer, Frederic Chopin. His most popular and memorable music such as The Minute Waltz, the Military Polonaise, Fantaisie Impromptu and the Raindrop Prelude along with the lilting rhythms of the Mazurka bring an extra dimension to the story of Chopin’s life in the French capital where he performed in the city’s famous salons and gave highly-prized lessons to professional musicians, gifed friends and society pupils. The plot leads us backwards from Chopin’s extraordinarily lavish funeral through the pages of his life in Paris, his relationship with George Sand and their disastrous sojourn in Majorca. Then, his visit to Scotland in the penultimate year of his life at the request of one of his wealthy pupils, Miss Jane Stirling, who was in love with him. Finally, Chopin’s relationship with Irish pianist-composers – John Field and George Alexander Osborne are also explored. Chopin in Paris discovers afresh the unique ‘Poet of the Piano,’ Frederic Chopin - composer, pianist, teacher and friend, through his copious correspondence and sensitive interaction with his students, and most particularly, through the sheer genius, originality and incomparable grace of his music.