Published on July 1st, 2021 | by Mark Dwyer


Runway 28 Premium Irish Gin

Runway 28 Premium Irish Gin has taxied into namesake Runway 28 Rooftop Terrace at the Carlton Hotel, Dublin Airport. Together they will create the ultimate aviation themed aperitifs as the Carlton’s talented mixologists create exciting, uniquely flavoured Runway28 cocktails.

Created by aviation industry veterans MarieAnn McLoughlin Dwyer and Colm O’Dwyer, Runway 28 was a fitting name for their newest venture. If you’ve flown via Dublin, it is highly likely that you have travelled through Runway 28 – the gateway to Ireland. For many it is just another runway, but for the Irish aviation community, it holds special significance.

The premium gin is not the only brand inspired by the iconic name, with the inspirational Rooftop Terrace at the Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport, which sports panoramic views of international arrivals and departures, also paying homage to its neighbour.

To celebrate the coming together of these exemplary brands MarieAnn and Colm recently visited the Runway28 Rooftop Terrace where they met with General Manager, Declan Meagher; Marketing Executive, May Mello; and Food & Beverage Manager Gavin McGlue. Joining them at the event was distribution partner Joe Harvey, Commercial Director of Shannon Innovation Retail.

Declan Meagher, General Manager of Carlton Dublin Airport, commented: “Both the hospitality, drinks and airline industry has been severely impacted this past year by the pandemic. We designed Runway 28 Rooftop Terrace & Bar with the idea of giving people that holiday feel complete with wood fired pizzas, tasty sides and a range of mouth-watering premium cocktails.  We have been overwhelmed by the volume of bookings and interest in Runway 28 Rooftop Terrace & Bar. We feel it fulfils a want in people to have that buzz and energy the airport brings. We are delighted after the hard work our team put in to find a premium product like Runway 28 Gin to team up and will be working with MarieAnn and the team there to roll out a range of Signature Cocktails so guests can relax, sip a top class cocktail & enjoy excellent views of the infamous Runway 1028’’

Runway 28 Premium Irish Gin is known for its botanical flavours with a hint of pepper, which MarieAnn says was designed “to celebrate and commemorate our small nation of pioneers, the spirited Irish.” She continues “Runway28 celebrates our unique nature, our ability to adapt, to forge forward and be creative, especially in the face of the uncertainty we’ve endured over the last year”.

Runway 28 Premium Gin can now be enjoyed as part of a distinctive outdoor dining experience at The Carlton Hotel. The modern, cool vibe of the Runway 28 Rooftop Terrace is perfect for enjoying the fantastic array of cocktails, wood fired pizza and also brunch options served on weekends. In addition to its unique view of Runway 28, the Rooftop Terrace also peers over the scenic Dublin Mountains. This is one stop you definitely don’t want to miss! Runway 28 Rooftop & Bar is open Thursday to Friday, from 4 PM to 11.30 PM and Saturday & Sunday, from 12 PM to 11.30 PM.

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About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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