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Lisdoonvarna and Kilshanny

 

Lisdoonvarna and Kilshanny

John Kirk

Dr. John Kirk's family owned the Hydro Hotel in Lisdoonvarna.

When he returned home from boarding school in the summer, he was given the job of looking after the bar and stocking the cellars.

He started to read about the great European wine regions and further developed this knowledge in college.

After graduating from Cambridge, he became a scientist and was brought out to Australia.

In Canberra, he found no vineyards there and planted his first vines in 1971.

He named the property "Clonakilla" after his grandfather's farm in Clare and produced his first commercial vintage in 1976.

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Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Kathleen Fitzpatrick from Doolin was President of the County Clare P.B. & S Association of New York City in 2001.

Mike Frawley

Mike Frawley from Lisdoonvarna was President of the County Clare P.B. & S Association of New York City 1968 - 1969