In The Media
New St Tola Product!
St Tola Ash Log, our beautiful new cheese developed in-house over the winter! When the cheese is fresh, we roll it in traditional food grade ash, and after a couple of weeks of careful handling, an elegant smooth textured and full flavoured cheese emerges. Now available in good delis and fine restaurants across Ireland !
St Tola wins at Premio Roma Awards in Italy!
The prestigious Premio Roma awards in Rome was held in Hadrians Temple in Rome earlier this month and we are celebrating after recieving news that St Tola was awarded Bronze Medal for our mature organic goat’s cheese log in the International section!
The Premio Roma awards are run by the Special Agency Chamber of Commerce for Rome for the development and promotion of the Speciality Agriculture Food Section. It is the 6th Annual award and the international section is for Ewes and Goat Milk Cheese only. The entries are subject to rigorous testing by 12 professional tasters from the National Organisation of Cheese tasters and other professional bodies. Each product must be tasted at 5 different intensive sessions before the panel makes any decision. This is the third year that St Tola has received a prize and we are honoured to have been recognised by such a prestigious organisation!
St Tola featured in Hello! Magazine!
Many thanks to Bord Bia and Hello Magazine for featuring St Tola! Yummy recipe - really good for brunch!
Crazy busy here at St Tola getting ready for Bloom Festival this weekend! Come and see us on stand 16 in the Artisan Food Market where we are sharing a stand with our good friends from Cashel Blue. The show runs from Thursday 31st May to Monday 4th June, the weather is promised fine and a fantastic day is to be had by all!
Full programme details are on www.bloominthepark.com
Congratulations once again to all the chefs and restaurants that won at the Restaurant Association Awards in Dublin. We were delighted that our new Ash Log was featured on the cheeseboard. Watch this space for more details on this cheese or come and taste for yourself at Bloom!
See you all at Bloom
Siobhan at St Tola x
Slow Food Clare & Congratulations to all Award Winners
Congratulations to the Slow Food Clare team for organising another splendid festival this year! Special thanks to Aidan McGrath and Donal Skehan for using St Tola in their fantastic cooking demonstrations - thanks guys your support is really appreciated!! have a look at their respective websites on www.donalskehan.com/ and www.wildhoneyinn.com and watch out for new recipes on site from both these amazing chefs!
A big CONGRATULATIONS to all the Restaurant Award winners at the Burlington Hotel last Monday night and a huge thanks to all the chefs that have supported us over the years. A special well done to all our Clare winners including Wade Murphy and all at Doonbeg Golf Club, Aidan McGrath at the Wild Honey Inn, David at L'Arco Restaurant in Ballyvaughan, Freddie and his team at the Town Hall Bistro and Peter and Ciaran at The Roadside Inn in Lisdoonvarna.
A full list of award winners can be found at
Grainne and all at St Tola x
Filming at St Tola!
Great news! We are delighted to announce that on Tuesday 8th May, RTE programme "Surf and Turf" will be filming here at St Tola! We will be joined by celebrity chef Paul Flynn who will be looking at our cheese house and cooking some delicious goat meat! We will keep you informed of the date it will be aired.
As you can see, our goats are now enjoying the spring air and fresh grass - we have some kids for sale also, any interested parties to give Brian a ring on 065 683 66 33.
Our summer markets are back in full swing in Clare again. Visit Sineads lovely stalls in Kinvara (Friday) Ennistymon (Sat) and Lahinch (Sunday) Dave Smith at Kilrush (Thursday) and Ennis (Friday).
Don't forget St Tola Divine is still on special offer in Supervalu until 5th May!!
Siobhan and all at St Tola x
St Tola On Special Offer in Supervalu!
St Tola Divine and St Tola Log are now on Special Offer at your local Supervalu!
The sun is out, its 20 degrees today and it feels like summer - we have to pinch ourselves that it is still only MARCH! Its the perfect time to try out our new recipes - get down to your local Supervalu and get some of our lovely Divine or a slice of our delicious log while it is on special offer.
For your local store follow this link:
Still not seen us on Nationwide? here is another chance to catch us
Siobhan and all at St Tola x
Kevin Thornton Recipe for St Tola
Kevin Thornton is the great philosopher of Irish food. His passion, understanding and drive to bring excellence to the plate has made him Ireland’s highest achieving chef. He was the first Irish chef to achieve two Michelin stars. Located in the heart of Dublin, overlooking magnificent St. Stephen’s Green, Thornton’s is a wonderful location for a sumptuous dining experience. The restaurant occupies the first floor of the Fitzwilliam Hotel and its capacity is 80 persons. Kevin has very kindly shared his elegant recipe for St Tola, Beetroot, Pesto and Toasted Walnuts
For more details have a look at his website
or his excellent blog :
Did you miss us on Nationwide? There is still a chance to see us on:
Siobhan and all at St Tola x
Beaufield Mews and Nationwide!
Beaufied Mews is Dublins oldest restaurant! Established in 1948, the current owner Julie Cox is carrying on a long family tradition of serving elegant food and wine in beautiful surroundings. Chef Colm Wyse has kindly shared this lovely recipe with us for St Tola, Courgette and Leek Tart.
Its a simple but classic recipe, long may the tradition for fine dining and fabulous food continue at Beaufield Mews.
Did you miss us on Nationwide? Not to worry there is still time to check us out - we are available on the RTE player at www.rte.ie/news/av/2012/0130/nationwide.html
Siobhan and all the crew at St Tola Organic Goat Cheese x
New Kids! New Recipe!
Spring is in the air here at St Tola! We have had 25 kids born this week on the farm - as you can see from our kid photograph everyone is doing well! We have also been busy in the kitchen - spring might be in the air but we still love our warm hearty meals in the evening. Try out our new recipe for Chicken stuffed with St Tola with lentils and sweet beets. Trade partners should watch out for us at Marketplace on February 7th in Dublin and watch this space for date for our slot on Nationwide. Siobhan and all at St Tola x
St Tola wins New Award!
St Tola are delighted to annouce their new award - this time a Bronze at the World Cheese Awards for their St Tola Organic Goats Milk Log. Siobhan was surprised and delighted with the win and says it reflects the hard work and dedication of her work force! Watch out for St Tola on Nationwide in the next few months! Trade partners should keep an eye out for us at Bord Bia's Marketplace event on the 7th February.
Merry Christmas from all at St Tola.
Merry Christmas to one and all!
The warmest of greetings to all our loyal St Tola Fans! We have had a great year here and we are still celebrating our win as the Supervalu Local Food Producer of the year! Don't forget that St Tola Divine with Cranberries is now available in your local Supervalu for a limited time only. If you are looking for some last minute Christmas recipe ideas, four new simple recipes have gone up today, none of them take more than 15 mins to prepare and they are all delicious!
With best wishes for the Season and looking forward to a Happy and Properous New Year for us all.
Siobhan, John, Carmen, Petru, Brian, Grainne and all the goats at St Tola x x x
Doonbeg Christmas Market
Come and visit us at the Doonbeg Christmas Market, from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th December, where our full range of St. Tola Irish Organic Goat Cheese will be available including St. Tola Logs with Cranberries and St. Tola Crottin with Cranberries. We will also have other Irish cheeses and cheese hampers for sale.
St. Tola win Best Local Producer award.
We're thrilled at St. Tola to have won the Best Local Producer award at the Supervalu Irish Food Producer Awards, announced today at Ely CHQ Brasserie in the IFSC, Dublin. We are extremely grateful for this acknowledgement and delighted to be part of such a dynamic group of award winners. The SuperValu Irish Food Producers Awards "recognise excellence, quality & innovation within the Irish food and beverage sector." Thank you!
On presenting the award, Supervalu complimented St. Tola on representing all that is good about a local producer, providing employment in a rural area, supporting other local industries, putting money back into the local economy, and providing a range of organic goat cheeses that are unique to the locality and environment. They also said that St. Tola had worked closely with Supervalu, listening to what they and their customer wanted and expanded the range of cheese to suit these requirements.
Pictured: Martin Kelleher, M.D of SuperValu Ireland and Siobhan Ni Ghairbhith, St.Tola Irish Organic Goat Cheese.
Christmas & Cranberries
It's beginning to taste a lot like Christmas! Well the Christmas lights are up around the country and we're looking forward to a time of goodwill and good food. Here at St. Tola we're happy to announce the seasonal return of St. Tola Irish Organic Goat Cheese with Cranberries. St. Tola Log with Cranberries and St. Tola Crottin with Cranberries is available in good food shops around the country and St. Tola Divine with Cranberries will be available in Supervalus nationwide for the Christmas period. Enjoy.
St Tola Tasting in-store in Dunnes! Lisdoonvarna Beer & Cheese Festival!
St Tola Divine is now available in a number of Dunnes stores around the country. There is 25% off until 6th November so watch out for us and watch out for Emma in store in Dunnes at Cornelscourt in Dublin on this Saturday 29th November.
If you are anywhere near Lisdoonvarna this weekend, try calling into The Roadside Tavern for the Bord Bia Beer + Cheese festival and sample our lovely cheese and a range of other Irish cheeses with the new Burren Brewery beers.
St Tola Tasting in Store in Dunnes!
We are delighted to announce that St Tola Divine is now available in a number of Dunnes Stores! We will be on special offer from the 20th October to 6th November, so watch out for us and watch out for Grainne in store in Dunnes Store Ennis on the 22nd October.
The season is coming to an end for the fantastic Kinvara Farmers Market. With just 2 more weeks left to go, make sure you get down to Johnsons and meet Sinead Ni Ghairbhith at her beautiful cheese stall! Well done all for a fabulous market as ever this year.
New Recipe for St Tola!
A delicious new summer recipe for St Tola, has been published in the latest Food and Wine Magazine. "Baby Spinach, St Tola and Pea Salad" has been put together by Hugo Arnold and is refreshing and simple. Check it out in our recipe section!
Organic Foods Can Extend Life Expectancy
They may carry a higher price tag, but organic fruit and vegetables can help beat cancer, diabetes and heart disease, according to experts at a North East university.
Researchers from Newcastle University have discovered organic produce is 12% healthier than conventionally-grown greens. And the researchers say eating organic fruit and vegetables could help us live longer even if it is just for a few more days.
Goat's milk is a natural functional food, scientists conclude
Goat’s milk is a natural functional food concluded a group of Spanish scientists, after conducting a series of studies looking into the nutritional characteristics of the dairy product. This article by Helen Glaberson featured in the Dairy reporter.com
The group from Granada University claim that goat milk:
- Is easier to digest as it has a lower lever of lactose than cows milk
- Is rich in calcium, phosphorus, zinc, selenium and casein
- enhances the nutritional use of iron and the regeneration of hemoglobin
- Can improve recovery of those with iron deficiency anemia
- Has a positive influence on antioxidant defence and DNA stability
St Tola Organic Goats Cheese
The Georgina Campbell guide featured this article on St. Tola Goat Cheese.
"The revival and development of Irish farmhouse cheesemaking over the last 30 years has seen some extraordinary enterprises take root and thrive – including St. Tola Organic Goats Cheese, which is produced in the West of Ireland by Siobhan Ni Ghairbhith on the family farm at Inagh, Co. Clare; a village just south of The Burren and nine miles north-west of Ennis, it is easily identified by the Biddy Earley Brewery at the cross roads, which was Ireland’s first brewery pub."