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‘Showcasing a Unique Destination – The Boyne Valley’

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Boyne at Slane low res

I’m delighted to be able to support the Boyne Valley Tourism Conference, Exhibition and Dinner 2015 event that’s being run this week by Meath and Louth Local Authorities, with support from Failte Ireland. It’s a two-day industry event , starting … Continue reading

Highlights of 2014 – a Miscellany (and a couple of Lowlights for good measure)

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Heron Gallery

Our annual travels around Ireland have their highs and lows, creating a snapshot of Irish hospitality as it really is. Looking back over 2014, these are some of the experiences that stand out in our minds. 1. Hazel and Myrtle Allen, … Continue reading

A Taste of MAYO

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Local food producers' trail, supported by Mulranny Park Hotel

A very special place for anglers, walkers and anyone with a natural empathy for big scenery and untamed wildness, Mayo really is magnificent. A highlight of the Wild Atlantic Way (www.failteireland.ie/wildatlanticway) west coast driving route, its character is defined by … Continue reading

A Taste of West Waterford

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Tannery Cookery School

West Waterford Festival of Food (10-13 April 2014) Ah, wonderful West Waterford, that diverse and somehow mysterious area south-west of Waterford city. Embraced by the borders of Tipperary and Cork, and with a long coastline backed by mountains and river … Continue reading

10 of the Top Food Trends for 2014

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Newforge Salad copy low res

Okay so we are nearing the end of January – just in time to put forward ten of the (many) food trends that we’ll be hearing plenty about in 2014 Free-From Foods – especially gluten-free, which is breaking out of … Continue reading

Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year 2013

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Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year

With the theme of ‘Food Memories’ and a multi-stage competition culminating in a 5-course pop-up banquet (if there can be such a thing), the finale of the Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year Competition was played out this year in … Continue reading

Top 20 Irish Artisan Gift Foods

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Skelligs chocs

Irish artisan foods make great gifts and support small family-run businesses, so how about making up a DIY hamper with your favourites? For ideas, I’ve drawn up a delicous Top 20 selection of my own favourites from around the country … Continue reading

Best Ever Quick and Easy Christmas Cake

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Country Choice stand RDS 2012

Seeing all the lovely Christmas bakes at the Food&Wine Christmas Show and the (excellent) Food Hall at the National Crafts & Design Fair over the last couple of weekends has reminded me that there are loads of similar fairs going … Continue reading

Quirky Gifts and Artisan Foods for Girls’ Night Out in Style

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Longueville House Artisan Food Hampers

“No traffic jams, no queues, plentiful car parking.Wonderful gifts, services, delicious food and wines all under one roof…” These are the promises that have made William and Aisling O’Callaghan’s exclusive annual Longueville House Christmas shopping night the event where the … Continue reading

Wild Fun for Foodies

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hanging game

Calling all foodies with a bit of time to spare this weekend, 10th and 11th November… A very special outing, which combines an unusual shopping expedition with the possibility of attending some highly instructive workshops, is the Slow food Ireland … Continue reading