The Irish to the Core contest is closing on March 23. Be in with a chance to win a trip to Ireland and thousands of dollars in cash prizes by entering a photos that shows “why you love the Irish”.

The Irish to the Core contest is sponsored by Castle Brands, which is includes Ireland’s legendary clan of spirits: Boru Vodka, Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey, Clontarf 1014 Irish Whiskey, Celtic Honey Liqueur and Brady's Irish Cream.

Participants can submit one photo per day to the Irish to the Core’s Facebook page or dedicated micro-website. Fans are also asked to vote on their favorite submissions through March 30, 2014.

One grand prize winner will be announced on April 8. The lucky fan will receive a trip to Ireland for two, including flights, hotel accommodations, car rental and $500 cash. Participants can also compete for a chance to win a $10,000 sweepstakes and other cash prizes once they register and vote; two bonus entries will be awarded to those that share the contest with friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Castle Brands’ Boru Vodka and Clontarf 1014 Irish Whiskey have particularly strong links to a momentous celebration taking place this year in Ireland: The 1,000th anniversary of the battle of Clontarf when one of Ireland’s greatest heroes and kings Brian Boru was killed.

The Battle of Clontarf took place on Good Friday, April 24, 1014. Brian Boru an Irish King, his Munstermen and Connacht clansmen were fighting against Mael Mórdá’s army from Leinster and his Viking allies recruited from around the Irish Sea.

The battle lasted all day but ended with the defeat of Mael Mórdá’s army and his Leinster and Viking allies. Although Brian Boru won the battle he was killed by a Viking Jarl named Brodir from the Isle of Man. The majority of leaders from both sides were killed on the battlefield but Sitric the Viking King of Dublin had not fought and he lived on and continued to rule Dublin.

Dublin is planning national celebrations for the 1,000th anniversary of the battle of Clontarf including a festival, publications, talks and tours. You can read more about those here.

For more information on Castle Brands’ Irish to the Core Portfolio (Boru® Vodka, Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey®, Clontarf 1014® Irish Whiskey, Celtic Honey® Liqueur and Brady's® Irish Cream), please visit: or