Saturday, February 04, 2012

Sweet tweets are made of this


If you wondered why Armelle’s Kitchen was crammed to the doors on Friday morning, it was all to do with Twitter, writes Brian Byrne.

It was a ’Tweet-up’. For the uninitiated, that means a meeting of Twitter soulmates, organised by tweeting an invitation on a particular interest stream. In this case, #sweettweets.

(OK, OK, look, if you’re not into it, it doesn’t matter. If you are, it’s the new vernacular.)

Anyhow, a dozen or more twitterati turned up and crowded into Armelle’s relatively small shop space. She had for them a selection of her own best treats, her trademark macarons, chocolate somethings, crepes and lots more.

IMG_0101And a birthday cake. For one of her guests, Justin Cronin who came all the way up from Cork not knowing that his wife Vikki (@vikki_cronin) had set up the cake and candles surprise. We understand they went from there to a shopping spree at the Kildare Village, his proper birthday present.

Most of the attendance was relatively local, from Naas and Newbridge and other mid-Kildare, including of course Kilcullen. But they also came from as far as Dublin.


Formerly local and now Newbridge-based tweeter extraordinaire Jane Travers (@janetravers) was among the group. She has used Twitter to collect a bookfull of recipes, and her publication 'tweet treats' is now on sale and doing very well indeed, earning money for the Medicin Sans Frontiers charity. Jane told us that her book has been shortlisted for a Gourmand Cookbook Award, in the Fundraising category, and she’ll be off to that event in Paris in due course. She's pictured above practicing her 'no photos please' stressed out celebrity pose.

In addition to being a get-together of like minded cyberspace friends, Armelle’s tweet-up was also a kind of networking event. Among them was Mairead Kelly (@cute-honey and @encouragxcellns) from, who runs a ’Cute Honey’ opportunity for ’Mumpreneurs’. There was Ann Pepper (@amazingaprons) of ’Pretty Amazing Aprons’, handmade in Ireland and aimed at the Communion and Flower Girl market. Jackie Sahans (@SoulscribeCalli) of Soulscribe Calligraphy was also there.


Dave Cowley (@ivadec) of The Cowley Kitchen was deep in conversation with our own Trevor Hull (@kildareataclick) of, and Lisa Malone (@lily-lashes) of Lily Lashes chatted with Vincent Byrne (@VincentByrne), business teacher and life coach.

And, of course, there was some guy from @kilcullendiary, who was so busy taking pictures that he forgot to sample Armelle’s sweet baked temptations.

And if you're curious as to why so many there were working their phones, well, it WAS a tweet-up, so they tweet, right?


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