Winners of the CÁIS 2024 Irish Cheese Awards announced

The winners of the 2024 Irish Cheese Awards were announced at a prestigious ceremony hosted by CÁIS, the Association of Irish Farmhouse Cheesemakers, at Kilshane House in Co. Tipperary on Wednesday 24 April.

2024 Irish Cheese Award Winners:

  • Supreme Champion: Hegarty’s Cheese, Whitechurch, Co. Cork – ‘Templegall Extra Mature’

Category Winners (Gold Awards):

  • New Cheese (All Styles & Milk Types): Velvet Cloud/Rockfield Dairy, Claremorris, Co. Mayo – ‘Cloonbook’
  • Raw Milk Cheese (All Styles and Milk Types): Hegarty’s Cheese, Whitechurch, Co. Cork – ‘Templegall Extra Mature’
  • Fresh/Soft Cheese (Buffalo, Cow, Sheep, Mixed Milk): Leitrim Hill Creamery, Carrick-On-Shannon – ‘Sliabh An Iarainn’ 
  • Fresh/Soft Cheese (Goat Milk): Hollywood Farmhouse Cheeses, Hollywood, Co. Wicklow – ‘Pocán’
  • Soft Cheese (Flavour Added): Dingle Farm, Dingle, Co. Kerry – ‘Bricín (Garlic & Herbs)’
  • Soft/Semi-Soft Bloomy Rind Cheese (All Milk Types): St. Tola Cheese, Inagh, Co. Clare – ‘Original Log’
  • Washed Rind Cheese (Semi Soft, All Milk Types): Durrus Cheese, Durus. Co. Cork – ‘Durrus Cheese’
  • Blue Cheese (All Milk Types): Mike’s Fancy Cheese, Newtownards, Northern Ireland – ‘Young Buck’
  • Smoked Cheese (All Milk Types): Toons Bridge Dairy, Toons Bridge, Co. Cork – ‘Smoked Scamorza’
  • Hard Cheese (Flavour Added): Killeen Farmhouse Cheese, Ballyshrule, Portumna, Co. Galway – ‘Killeen Goats Cheese with Fenugreek’
  • Hard/Semi-Hard Cheese Under 6 Months (All Milk Types): Boyne Valley Farmhouse Cheese, Rathkenny, Co. Meath – ‘Boyne Valley Bán’
  • Mature Hard Cheese Aged Over 6 Months (All Milk Types): Coolea Farmhouse Cheese, Coolea, Co. Cork – ‘Coolea Matured’
  • Mature Farmhouse Cheddar aged Over 12 Months (All Milk Types): Coolattin Cheddar, Knockeen, Tullow Co. Carlow – ‘Mount Leinster Clothbound’
  • Retail & Creamery Cheddar: SuperValu Signature Tastes, Vintage Red Cheddar
  • Retailer Class – Soft/Semi-Soft: Aldi Specially Selected, Cashel Blue
  • Retailer Class – Semi-Hard/Hard: Dunnes Stores Simply Better, Irish Farmhouse Killeen Goats Cheese
  • Retailer Class – Exclusive Cheeses: Sheridans Cheesemongers, Drunken Saint

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dick & Helene Willems of Coolea Farmhouse Cheese presented by John and Sally McKenna, in recognition of their passion and long-term commitment to their craft.

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