Track Dogs are in Ireland this May for two main reasons – to finish promoting the Dust Devil EP and, most importantly, to lay the groundwork for the band's next album, which is due for release in September.
Before leaving for South By South West in Austin Texas, the band were in studio to record the 1st half of the album and, it is already shaping up to be something incredibly special, with some of the songs receiving high-praise at SXSW in the US.
Marina Chapman was born in Colombia, South America around 1950. Marina lives in Yorkshire where she moved 30 years ago and has told her amazing story in her book “The Girl with No Name –The Incredible Story of a Child Raised By Monkeys”
In more prosperous times dining out meant booking a restaurant table well in advance or joining the queue. But when the economy went into decline restrateurs had to work extra hard to encourage customers back. Now it seems that many in the trade particularly in Dublin are enjoying better times.
The Restaurant Association of Ireland claim that money generated by a reduced VAT rate has “kick-started “ a reversal of fortunes. They say that in the past eighteen months, over 10,000 new contracts were issued and this growth will continue. Given the boost to jobs and business the RAI has urged the government to keep the VAT Rate at 9%.
However in the regions the restaurants business is much tougher with consumer confidence still rather fragile. So let’s hear from a few people now who know what’s going in the business.
Joining Pat from Galway was Mona Wise, Sunday Times food writer; Angela Rutledge who runs two restaurants in Dublin Woodstock Cafe in Phibsboro and McLoughney’s in Clontarf. Also on the line Susan Heraghty No. 32 Restaurant in Dundalk.