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Natural Fruit and No Sugar – what’s not to like about this Irish Blackcurrant Cordial?

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Des  Jeffares in The Big Shed, Ballymaloe LitFest 2015

Famed for the Ribena TV ad in which his lovely golden retrievers stole the show, Des Jeffares is the third Mr Jeffares to produce blackcurrants on the family’s Wexford farm and, from the mid-50s to 2013, the crop all went … Continue reading

Little treasures – the first new Irish potatoes are here!

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Carne new potatoes

Ah, what a joy to spot the first new Irish potatoes on a mid-May wander through the English Market. From some of our warmest growing areas – in Carne Co Wexford and Rosscarbery in West Cork -  and given a … Continue reading

Galway Food Festival 2015, April 2nd-6th

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Galway Food Fest

If you’re thinking about how to spend your Easter bank holiday weekend, Dee Laffan suggests that a good idea for a fun-filled weekend would be to head west for the fourth annual Galway Food Festival, taking place from Thursday 2nd … Continue reading

‘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

Love Your Local Christmas Tree – Look for the Logo

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Christmas Trees Presented to Jack and Jill Foundation

Local Irish food and drink may take pride of place on our Christmas shopping lists, but do we ever give a thought to the origins of the decorations? It’s something well worth thinking about before we go and lash out … Continue reading

Delight is in the Detail – Dish of the Month

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Cheesy Grilled Pollock

Cheesy-Grilled Hake This brilliant fish dish was made with pollock in the seafood cookery book ‘From Tide To Table’ that we published in association with BIM in 2008 (now unfortunately out of print). It had featured in BIM calendars and, … Continue reading

Westport Food Festival

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Westport Food Festival 2014 low res

A highlight of the autumn festival season, The Westport Food Festival is a lovely event where quality and encouraging everyone to make a genuine contribution (while having a thoroughly good time) is far more important than attracting huge crowds. Although … Continue reading

The Delight Is In The Detail – Dish Of The Month: Fresh Crab Salad

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Aherne's Crab Salad

Finding unfussy, seasonal dishes, skilfully prepared by people who value the top quality fresh ingredients supplied by local producers is one of the great joys of travelling around Ireland. And never mind the devil, it’s the delight that’s in the … 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