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The Irish Cheese Awards is the only competition dedicated entirely to Irish cheese. The awards is a biennial event and entries are open to all cheese producers in Ireland. The awards are a chance to celebrate Irish Cheesemakers, continue to increase quality across the sector with feedback from esteemed judges and promote Irish Farmhouse cheese to a wide audience. 

The 2021 Irish Cheese Awards took place on November 9th in Killruddery House, Bray. The event attracted a host of cheesemakers, judges, cheesemongers, trade representatives, restaurateurs, buyers and cheese lovers.This year, there were over 217 entries from 47 producers and retailers across 16 categories, with the top 3 cheeses in each category being recognised. The overall supreme champion for 2021 was awarded to Templegall by Hegarty Cheese. The full list of winners can be seen below.

2021 Winners by Class:

Supreme Champion

Templegall – Hegarty Cheese

1 – Fresh/ Soft Cheese: Buffalo, Cow, Sheep, Mixed

Silver: Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella – Macroom Buffalo Cheese Products

Bronze: Dingle Farm Caisóg – Dingle Farm

2 – Fresh/ Soft Cheese: Goat Milk

Gold: St Tola Divine – St Tola Goat Farm

Silver: Ardsallagh Greek Style – Ardsallagh

Bronze: Aran Island Soft Goats Pearls – Aran Islands Goats Cheese

3 – Soft Cheese: Flavour Added

Gold: Ardsallagh Cranberry Roulade – Ardsallagh

Bronze: Bluebell Falls Goats Cheese with Honey

Bronze: Aran Island Dillisk Goats Pearls

4 – Soft White Cheese: All Milk Types

Gold: Drunken Saint made by Wicklow Farmhouse Cheese and Matured by Sheridans Cheesemongers

Silver: St. Tola Ash – St. Tola Goat Farm

Bronze: Cooleeney – Cooleeney Cheese

5 – Blue Cheese: All Milk Types

Gold: Cashel Blue Cheese – Cashel Farmhouse Cheesemakers

Silver: Ballyhooly Blue – Fermoy Natural Cheese

Bronze: Crozier Blue Cheese – Cashel Farmhouse Cheesemakers

6 – Smoked Cheese: All Milk Types

Gold: Smoked Durrus – Durrus Cheese

Silver: Smoked Coolattin – Coolattin Cheddar

Bronze: Knockanore Oak – Knockanore Farmhouse Cheese

7 – Hard Cheese: Flavour Added

Gold: Cais Dubh with Fenugreek – Fermoy Natural Cheese

Silver: Coolea Cumin – Coolea Farmhouse Cheese

Bronze: Burren Gold Cumin – Aillwee Cave

8 – Hard/ Semi Hard Cheese Under 6 Mths: Goat, Sheep, Buffalo

Gold: Killeen Goat Mature – Killeen Farmhouse Cheese

Silver: Killeen Goat – Killeen Farmhouse Cheese

Bronze: Mild Cratloe Hills – Cratloe Hills Sheep’s Cheese



9 – Hard/ Semi Hard Cheese Under 6 Mths: Cow Milk

Gold: Carraignamuc – The Lost Valley Dairy and Creamery

Silver: Kylemore Claddagh Cheese – Kylemore Farmhouse

Bronze: Cais Dubh – Fermoy Natural Cheese

10 – Mature Hard Cheese over 6 mths: All Milk types

Gold: Templegall – Hegarty Cheese

Silver: Mature Coolea  – Coolea Farmhouse Cheese

Bronze: Whalley and Carr Irish Vintage Cheddar – Kerry Newmarket Creamery for Traditional Cheese

11 – Washed Rind Cheese (Semi-Soft): All Milk Types

Gold: Durrus – Durrus Cheese

Silver: Gubeen – Gubeen Farm

Bronze: Durrus Óg – Durrus Cheese

12 –  Raw Milk Cheese: All Milk Types

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Gold: St Tola Original Log – St Tola Goat Farm

Silver: St Gall – Fermoy Natural Cheese

Bronze: Templegall – Hegarty Cheese

13 – New Cheese: All Types

Silver: Galway Sinan – Galway Cheese

Bronze: Macroom Buffalo Buffaloumi

Bronze: Tullahay Farm Fresh Soft Cheese – Tullahay Farm

14 – Retailer Class: Cheddar

Gold: Aldi Specially Selected Vintage Slices 18 Month Matured by Glenstal

Silver: Aldi Specially Selected Irish Vintage 24 Month Cheddar by Carberry

Bronze: Lidl Extra Mature White Cheddar by Dale Farm

15 – Retailer class: Soft/ Semi-soft

Gold: Dunnes Simply Better Irish Farmhouse Ardsallagh Fresh Goats Cheese and Cranberries

Silver: Dunnes Simply Better Irish Farmhouse Durrus Óg

Bronze: Dunnes Simply Better Irish Farmhouse Wicklow Ban Double Cream Brie

16 – Retailer Class: Semi-hard/ Hard

Gold: Dunnes Simply Better Irish Farmhouse Killeen Goat’s Cheese Specially Matured

Silver: Dunnes Simply Better Irish Farmhouse Killeen Goat’s Cheese with Fenugreek

Bronze: Dunnes Simply Better Irish Farmhouse Knockanore Oakwood Smoked