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Belfast Beckons Over 50 Irish Products

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Issue 2 | March – June 2013

Features: 22

Travel ISLE – Head to Northern Ireland and visit


Charity ISLE – American Ireland Funds help many


Issue 2 March – June 2013 Cover Credit: Titanic Belfast

Belfast and lots of other great locals spots.

Irish charities and communities throughout the island.

Food & Drink Producer – Visit Longueville


Arts & Crafts ISLE – Take a peek at some of the


Chef ISLE – Delve inside the cookbook Surf N’Turf

creativity we found at Showcase in Dublin.

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with Paul Flynn and Martin Shanahan

Contributing Writers Rachel Alabiso Aisling Kennedy Lorna Sixsmith Intern Sophia McGee

Editor’s Page – Lisa welcomes you to Issue 2.

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News ISLE– a round-up of some of the things happening around this island of ours

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Taste ISLE – see what has been tickling our tastes buds lately

Blog ISLE – this issue we bring you bloggers from around the world who love to promote Ireland

Museum ISLE – visit Roche House and Gardens in Kilkenny City

Product ISLE – the best Irish made products in beauty, home, drink and food

Getaway ISLE – indulge in a weekend away at the Inn @Ballilogue Clochan

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Website & Magazine Design One Little Studio Contributing Photographers Eddie Cleary Tom Doherty Martin Spence



Logo Design Louisa Condon The Ant Team


new lease on life.

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Founder and Creative Director Lisa McGee

House in County Cork to see an old family estate getting a


Irish Style Living & Enterprise


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Lisa at The Big Fish sculpture in Belfast.

Welcome to the second issue of ISLE magazine. Our premier issue received over 11,000 impressions which is no mean feat for a start up magazine. We’ve been read all around the globe and are delighted that so many of you like our approach to the magazine. Thank you for all your support and good wishes. My trusty sidekick and daughter, Sophia, and I have been travelling around Ireland for the last six months going to festivals, visiting shops and generally exploring this wonderful island of ours. Sophia is a true foodie in the making so she’s helped me put together some of our favourite finds for the new look of our Product ISLE pages (pg. 12). She also accompanied me to The Inn @ Balliglogue Clochan which is featured in Getaway ISLE (pg. 16). One of my favourite cities in Ireland is Belfast and so far I’ve visited four times in the last few years and that’s why I’ve made it the focus of our Travel feature (pg. 22). Our

producer feature this issue focuses on Longueville House in Cork where they make cider and apple brandy along with lots of other local produce which they incorporate into their meals (pg. 42). As always here at ISLE we support Irish charities and this issue highlights the great work that the Ireland Funds are doing (pg. 36). Our craft features gives you a look at just a few of the talented artists and craftspeople we came across at Showcase Ireland in January (pg. 54) and finally we focus on two chefs Paul Flynn and Martin Shanahan who teamed up to create mouthwatering recipes in their book Surf N’Turf (pg. 64). I love to hear from our readers so feel free to email me at info@ and also we hope you are following us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Our third issue is scheduled to come out in June.

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Written by Aisling Kennedy

Some newsy bits from all around Ireland



Ireland has always been an inspiring country when it comes to imagination and design and no one is making more of an impact with new jewellery designs than West Cork designer Sabine Lenz. Her business Enibas, Sabine’s name backwards, is a jewellery design and stockists business in West Cork, with a studio and shop in Schull and a shop in Kinsale. Enibas also has a newly launched international jewellery website with a range of some of Sabine’s most beautiful collections yet. Her latest collection is called Do Saol - Your Life, and pieces from this collection have been made from silver with diamonds in the Enibas workshop in Schull. Prices for this new range start at €69 and Enibas also have a range of jewellery from other designers too that are only available to buy on her website. Her designs are unique with one off pieces that can also be made to order for your particular taste and style. For more information log onto 4 Isle Spring 2013

DuckaThon Tralee – this is a duck race, complete with yellow rubber duckies, that will take place on March 30, 2013 on Tralee’s Canal. The aim is to bring the community together, have some fun, and raise awareness of mental health. Gallagher Clan Global Gathering 2013 – the first world record breaking Gallagher Global Gathering took place in 2007 and now the second one is planned for Co Donegal from September 6 to September 14 2013. The Gathering of Romantics Kilkenny 2013 – this is a festival aimed at bringing people back to Kilkenny if they met and fell in love there, if they got married there, or if they’re looking for love. Taking place in Kilkenny from May 15 to May 19 2013. Irish Redhead Convention – redheads make up only 2 per cent of the world’s population so redheads all around the world are being invited home to Crosshaven, Cork on Saturday, August 23rd - 25th 2013. Activities include a freckle counting competition, ginger chef cook-off and a redhead parade. International Hot Air Balloon Festival – over 25 ballooning enthusiasts will sail through the sky over Kildare leaving from and arriving to the Curragh Plains. Taking place in the Curragh, Kildare on May 25 2013.

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In 2010, Derry-Londonderry made history when it was awarded the inaugural UK City of Culture designation for 2013. This means that for this whole year, Derry is hosting a range of festivals, gigs, events and celebrations to raise awareness about the city, and encourage more people to visit it. Derry is a city in the midst of a cultural change. Its history of the Troubles has meant it’s been hidden away for too long but with so much culture and vibrancy alive

and well in the city today, it’s starting to make its mark again. People such as Seamus Heaney and Brian Friel, and bands such as Snow Patrol all hail from this wonderful city. And with events such as the Primal Scream and David Holmes concert on from April 5 to April 6, there’s plenty for everyone to see over the course of the year. To check out the hundreds of events lined up for the City of Culture year, log onto

CORUS OF COURSE If you’ve ever thought about joining a choir but didn’t think you had the confidence or were at an age where you thought you wouldn’t be able to start from scratch, then think again. The Corus Choir is a new Irish choir that’s breaking new boundaries and growing wings throughout Ireland. Formed in 2011, the choir have performed on TV, in theatres, done sold out concerts around Ireland, and even formed a flash mob. That was all in its first year so this year promises to be even bigger. Members are made up of both men and women, and there’s no auditions, no requirement to read music, and you can join with friends if you like. Anyone can attend a rehearsal and if you like it you can join and take classes for ten weeks for E100.

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Compiled by Aisling Kennedy

Products and Ideas Tickling our Taste Buds

The Butcher Boy

With the recent horse meat scandal, more and more people are returning to their local butchers and artisan producers and James Whelan Butchers is a name you know you can trust. Based in Clonmel, Tipperary since 1960, and recently opening in the Avoca Food Market in Monkstown, this business goes back five generations in the Whelan family . “We’re very proud of our business and producing good quality Irish meat,” explains Pat Whelan. They recently launched an initiative called Beef Bonds whereby you can buy a share in one of Whelan’s renowned cattle, with each Beef Bond including an ID number, breed, and expected maturity of the animal. Once the animal has reached maturity, you will receive a delivery of various cuts of prime Tipperary beef. They’ve also started to sell Wagyu beef which has become famous for its intense marbling as it produces a tender meat-high in omega 3 and lower in saturated fat. For more information log onto

Delicate Tastes

Like many of us, Elaine Walsh has a passion for cookbooks and she had always dreamed of setting up her own business incorporating good food, good dining, and popular cookbooks. So in 2010 she decided to take a leap into the unknown and set up The Cookbook Club, which is now a monthly event held in venues all around Dublin. “On the night, everything on the menu comes from one featured cookbook. At the end of the night you can buy the book with the recipes from the evening, marked. You also get to meet the chef who wrote it, so it’s a lovely evening,” Elaine explained. Previous celebrity chefs that have attended are Derry Clark, Catherine Fulvio, Domini Kemp and Darina Allen among others. Elaine also hosts Language Supper Clubs in Spanish, Italian and French. For more information go to

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Shamrock Shimmy

St Patrick’s Day is nearly here so now is the time to become patriotic and enjoy all that Ireland has to offer. Our favourite nod to our Irish charm has to be Keogh’s Shamrock and Sour Cream crisps (large €2.49, small €.99c) that are on sale from March 11 2013. These crisps combine the tangy taste of Sour Cream with the freshness of traditional Irish Shamrock, so it won’t be like anything you’ve tasted before. The Shamrock used in Keogh’s crisps is grown in Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry by Livingshamrock, and this is the area that has produced fresh shamrock for the American President on St Patrick’s Day since 1952. Keogh’s crisps began their journey over 200 years ago when the family worked as potato farmers in North County Dublin. Now their business has grown rapidly to include crisps as well as potatoes and Keogh’s crisps are now one of the most popular hand cooked potato crisps in Ireland. keoghs-handcooked-crisps/

Keeping It In the Family

Did you know that Flahavan’s is one of Ireland’s longest running privately owned companies? Based in the village of Kilmacthomas, between Waterford and Cork, it opened its doors in 1790 and it has been mixing Irish oats for over six generations at the family mill. John Flahavan, Chairman and Managing Director of the company, has six children with his wife Mary and two of them, Annie and James are now working in the business. This makes them the seventh generation of the family. “We’re very proud of our long family tradition, and it’s good to see the next generation getting involved,” explains John Flahavan. Available to buy all around Ireland, Flahavan’s is a totally natural product that isn’t genetically modified in any way. For more information log onto

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Words By Lorna Sixsmith

For the Year of the Gathering we felt it was the perfect time to see what those living outside Ireland write about our Emerald Isle

Lorna Sixsmith is an enthusiastic and widely experienced blogger, who blogs at, and

Irish American Mom by Mairead Geary


airead Geary started writing her blog Irish American Mom to provide her with writing practice while writing a novel. Writing about her evolution from Irish girl to American mom with four young children provides for very entertaining, amusing and insightful reading. She also sees her blog as a vehicle to record stories and reveal Irish heritage to her children and it has become so much more than that for her readers, most of whom are Irish Americans. Her blog encapsulates the Irish appreciation for living, their innate sense of humour and the relaxed way of life. It also displays the Irish American appreciation and regard for all things Irish, particularly the Irish sense of humour and soft way of speaking. How true it is that those living away from Ireland see those living here in a clearer light. Mairead’s blog is a delightful medley of stories, history, tips for tourists and Irish recipes, her most popular recipe being a Guinness Beef Stew (with chocolate drops which counteracts the bitterness of the Guinness). If you are looking for a blog with great recipes and stories, do check it out.

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Paddy’s Wagon by Paddy Patrick addy Patrick (who is a gal, not a guy!) hails from New Zealand and her blog really serves to epitomize the worldwide fascination with our little island. Her Irish connection is an Irish great grandmother but there are no other living relations that she knows of. Having won a trip to Ireland in 2012 with Tourism Ireland, Paddy has fallen even more in love with all things Irish and writes her blog with a passion, wishing to inspire others to visit. As 2012 was Paddy’s first visit to Ireland, her blog is written with fresh surprise and delight, almost childlike, in its genuine enthusiasm regarding Ireland’s beauty. Current posts are reflective on her visit as well as analytical of Irish culture and traditions. Dotted with many photographs, you almost feel that you are visiting Ireland for the first time too, alongside Paddy, as you read. www.Paddys-wagon.


Mod Erin by Brenda Mannion

Got Ireland by Liam O’Connell


ot Ireland is written by Liam O’Connell, an Irish native who visits Ireland once a year if possible. With the recession, all is not necessarily positive in Ireland at the moment and Got Ireland showcases all that is positive about Ireland, it reminds those living in Ireland how lucky we are and it shows anyone intending to visit Ireland some of the pleasures that await them. Got Ireland isn’t just about Irish places, culture and heritage, it provides handy travel tips for visitors, Irish recipes and Irish stories. Pour yourself a cup of tea and sit back to enjoy the virtual scenery on display in this delightful blog. Guest posts are welcome from anyone who can share a positive story about Ireland - be they living in Ireland, Irish born or of Irish ancestory or just have visited Ireland. Liam believes that The Gathering will be an enormous success, and feels that Ireland is probably one of the only countries in the world with such a devoted following that it can pull off a year long event. He has invited everyone who spends time in Ireland this year for The Gathering to submit their story, their memories, their favourite photograph to Got Ireland to share with other readers.


od Erin focuses on the beauty and originality of contemporary Irish design. Although born in Co. Mayo and now living outside Boston, Brenda is very much a ’Galway girl’ having lived there for many years and loves displaying beautiful Irish products in her house, seeing them as giving her home some much needed Irish soul. The blog certainly provides inspiration for readers to create beautiful spaces in their own homes or style their lives using the best of contemporary Irish-made products and accessories. Brenda’s favourite Irish designers include Jennifer Slattery, Jenny Walsh and Klickity - all very contemporary, often colourful, timeless and with a playful (and respectful) nod to our past. Blog posts feature various Irish designers (often including interviews) and their designs, thereby providing the perfect source for finding an Irish gift. Mod Erin will evolve later in the year to encompass an online store so keep it in mind as a place to source beautiful Irish accessories from the best of our contemporary Irish designers.

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Merchant museum

In the heart of Kilkenny City is a fine example of 17th century life

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Written by Lisa McGee

Step in off Parliament Street in Kilkenny and you find yourself transported off the bustling street into another place in time. Rothe House & Garden, to my amazement, is the only example of an early 17th century merchant’s townhouse in all of Ireland. A great deal of hard work has gone into restoring the building and this year sees more exciting renovations and additions to give you even more of a reason for a visit. I’m taken on the tour by Roisin McQuillan, the chief executive officer, whose knowledge and enthusiasm for the museum is catching. Built for John Rothe Fitz Piers, the property itself contains three houses – built one behind the other – on what was known as a Burgage Plot. The houses were built between 1594 and 1610 and John, who was a merchant, lived and worked in the first house with his wife Rose Archer. Together they had twelve children and a second house was built in 1604 which included additional living quarters followed by a third in 1610 which contained a large hearth and bake

oven. Behind all three were the gardens and those have been beautifully recreated to emulate a true 17th century garden, therefore, the plants growing in it were only ones that would be found during the same period. Two rooms in the house are particularly impressive – The Phelan Room contains two beautiful examples of paintings by Sir John Lavery along with the skull of a Giant Red Deer, and the Lanigan Room at the very top of the first house has an intricate wooden beam ceiling all put together without any nails. There are more exciting things ahead for the museum - a new café should be up and running by July, and new displays will be installed from September, to showcase the impressive collection of artifacts (the Kilkenny Archaeological Society – which owns the house – has over 2,500 in its collection), including its wonderful collection of vintage costumes. Rothe House & Garden Parliament Street, Kilkenny Tel: +353 (0)56 7722893 Email:

Hours: November –March (Mon-Sat) 10:30-4:30 April – October (Mon-Sat) 10:30-5pm Sunday – 2-6pm

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Irish Products We Love

Compiled by Lisa & Sophia McGee Photography by Tom Doherty We’ve been all over Ireland since our Premier Issue launched – at food and drink festivals, shows, shops and everywhere we’ve met loads of creative people making fabulous products. Here’s a sample of just some of the products we discovered.

Home ISLE From left: Linen hand-printed Tae towel, €20; for stockists Waney Edge board (medium), €50.95 and Natural Chunky board (large) below, €109.99; www.bunburyboards. com. Square impressed platter, €55; Oak and wool lamp, €135; Albert Clock postcard, £2.50;

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Beauty ISLE From left: (front row) Man of Aran Eau de Cologne, €36; Foot balm, £9.95; Anti-Aging Facial Moisturiser, €34.95; Time to Shine Body Buff, €10; Niaouli + Lavender Candle, £30; (2nd row) Detox Body Scrub, €19.95; All –in-one Cleanser, €14.95; or Oh So Scented Reed Diffuser, €40; Spring Harvest Eau de Toilette, €35; Shaving Lotion, €16.95 and Hand Lotion, €14.95; www.thehandmadesoapcompany. ie Sunrise Body Smoother, €25; www.greenangelskincare. com or

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Food ISLE Front row: (from left) Highbank Orchard Syrup, €8.99; Country Choice, Nenagh or for more stockists; http://www.highbankorchards. com/. Crossogue Preserves Parsley Jelly, €3.50; Ballilogue Blackcurrant Jam, €4.95; http:// Sarah’s Honey with Ginger, available at Tesco; www. . No Cry Babies Bar-B-Q Sauce, €4; Get Fresh Rathfarnham or www. 2nd row: (from left) Chicken Wing Sauce, €3.25, nationwide

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in Supervalu in April; Chimichurri Blazin Sun, €4.30, Tully B’s; Llewellyn’s Irish Balsalmic Cider Vinegar, €10.95, Country Choice Nenagh or Chimichurri with a Kick, €3.99, Tully B’s; http://www. Mary’s Salad Dressing, €5.50, Country Choice, Nenagh; http://www. Sweet Chili Sauce, €4.50; Tastefully Yours, available at Ardkeen Grocer and other fine retailers.

Drink ISLE From left: Hop Head, v1.50 at Tesco; Belfast black, v2.79 at Tesco or for stockists Dingle Gin, v32.99; Belgian Dubell, v7.99; Dingle Vodka, v32.99; www. Eight Degrees Sunburt Irish Red, v10.99 (six pack) at Tesco or for stockists; Highbank Proper Cider; or www.highbankorchards. com. Front: O’Hara’s Irish Pale Ale, v2.88 at Tesco or Medium Dry Irish Craft Cider;

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Just south of Inistioge in Co. Kilkenny, The Inn @ Ballilogue Clochan offers solitude and beauty for those needing a true escape Photography by Mark McCall Written by Lisa McGee


I’d first discovered The Inn @ Ballilogue Clochán through Facebook as one does with many businesses these days. Intrigued by their location near the idyllic village of Inistioge in Kilkenny, I thought it was high time I checked it out in person. A Clochán is a small traditional settlement of very ancient root, dating to medieval times – a rural habitat. Irish designer, Pat McCarthy, the visionary proprietor of the Inn, has transformed the original Clochán into a most inviting retreat. While I arrived after dark for my weekend stay, what struck me most upon entering the Inn was the refreshing and inviting design which embraces a modern aesthetic while honoring the traditions of the past. Each of the bedrooms and suites at Ballillogue are named after people Spring 2013 Isle 17

whose homes were within the original Clochán. I stayed in Kitty’s suite on the ground floor which included a cosy sitting room with a fireplace - a great selection of design and cookbooks and music along with a luxurious bedroom with a memory foam mattress, a super king sized bed and organic Voya toiletries in the bathroom. Also on the ground floor are the dining room and a communal sitting room which during the day is bathed in light from the windows filling one entire wall. Each space is successfully decorated using a great mix of fabrics and colours to create inviting and refreshing spaces. After a delicious homemade muffin and a glass of sparkling water upon arrival, I retreated to my sanctuary to unpack and relax before dinner. Dinner at Ballillogue is on request and primarily available at weekends. Our 18 Isle Spring 2013

meal was cooked by Ballilogue’s in-house chef Mark who also hosts photography masterclasses five times a year at the Inn. Bowls of homemade hummus, guacamole, goat cheese and peppery rice cakes were the perfect starter. I loved the casual method of passing communal bowls around and helping ourselves to Mark’s fresh creations. The main dish was a hearty chicken bake served with green beans and roasted potatoes and dessert was a delicious chocolate roulade. After much conversation and glasses of wine over the table, I retired to my bedroom for a much appreciated sleep. The next morning breakfast was served at window table and while the homemade blueberry pancakes were certainly tempting, I ended up choosing the smoked salmon scrambled eggs which were

fabulous. I had thick slices of homemade brown bread slathered the Ballilogue’s own blackcurrant jam and far too many glasses of fresh squeezed orange juice. After breakfast Pat took me for a stroll around the grounds which include lovely simple gardens, their own hens and additional building with two more bedrooms and suites. There is even a Cottage Museum and Design Craft Shop on-site at Ballilogue located across the gravel courtyard. This space maintains almost all of the original furnishings and traditional elements; all which have been restored beautifully.In the first room is a grand old fireplace accompanied by the original pots and in the sturdy wooden cupboards, which have the original pieces of wallpaper used to line the inside, Pat has his products for sale on display. Another room has the delft collection of the last owner,

Mrs Meaney, hung on the wall and even her original Holy water vessels hang in several doorways. Pat has created a lovely selection of products including locally woven throws, ceramics, enamelware, wood pieces, felted pillows along with Ballilogue’s own honey and that delicious homemade blackcurrant jam. While I unfortunately didn’t have enough time to head off on a day of local exploring, the location is ideal for a starting point for great walks from Graiguenamanagh to St. Mullins, a visit to nearby Inistioge and a stroll through Woodstock Gardens, maybe New Ross visiting the Dunbrody Famine Ship or even Kilkenny Castle & City. The Inn @ Ballilogue Clochán is a very unique place, luxurious, friendly, and relaxed and I’m certainly looking forward to returning one day very soon

The Inn @ Ballilogue Clochán is located 12km south of Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny just off the R700 and only 8km from the market town of New Ross. It is less than two hours from both Dublin and Cork airports and 40 minutes from Waterford Airport. GPS reference 52.4311-6.9921. The Inn has 6 bedrooms plus private rental options, one can also hire out the entire premises for a celebration, corporate event or an intimate wedding catering for up to 40 people. Room prices range from €55€95 per person sharing. Do keep in mind the Inn farmhouse is a child free bed and breakfast – no children under the age of 16, except when the entire space is booked for a private event. However at all other times the private rental options at Ballilogue Barn or Jack’s Cottage at Ballilogue allow families with younger children & pets to enjoy all that Ballilogue has to offerFor more information email: enquiry@ ballilogueclochan. com, call +353 51 423857 or to book online go to - http://www.

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At the Dingle Food Festival in October our dedicated foodie and intern, Sophia, chats about curries at the Green Saffron stand.

Out and About

Lisa, our Founder and Creative Director, met Lisa Hickey, The Tipperary Rose at the unveiling of the Rex Ingram plaque during the Nenagh Silent Film Festival.

ISLE magazine was proud to be a local sponsor for North Tipperary’s 1st Gathering – “A Gathering of Voices” held on 11th March at St. Mary’s of the Rosary Nenagh. All proceeds from the event went to North Tipperary Hospice Movement - over €3300 was raised. Caption: From left: Mayor of Nenagh, Lalor McGee; Charles Houmard, Choral Director from The Pomfret School in Connecticut, USA; Niamh Ryan, Choral Director for The Ormond Octaves and Lisa McGee, ISLE Founder and Creative Director. Photograph by Tom Doherty.

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Stories to Inspire This issue travel to Belfast and other spots in Northern Ireland – meet the owners of Longueville House in County Cork – hear how Irish charities and communities are helped by the global Diaspora – meet artist and craftspeople throughout the country and make meals created by two talented chefs.

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Belfast is filled with a rich offering of eateries, museums, shopping and local attractions that draw visitors from within Ireland and beyond. Photographs by Eddie Cleary, except where noted. Written and compiled by Lisa McGee

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Titanic Belfast opened to much acclaim in 2012 and will be celebrating its first birthday on the 31st of March. In the first 10 months, 700,000 visitors from 128 countries have passed through its doors. It is also the first visitor attraction in Northern Ireland to receive a 5-Star Tourism rating. During the Easter break and for its first birthday celebrations there are lots of things going on including “Get the Message: workshops are being held for families – offering a unique way to spend some quality time together while learning about traditional communication methods. Titanic Belfast, 1 Olympic Way, Queens Road, Titanic Quarter BT39EP; +44 (0)28 90766399/6386 Photo credit: Titanic Belfast Crumlin by Eddie Cleary

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The Crumlin Road Gaol is one of the city’s most recently renovated structures which opened in November 2012 after being beautifully restored and is not only a great visitor attraction but also is used as a venue for conferences and even weddings. The Gaol was built in 1841 and designed by Charles Lanyon. It was open for over 100 years and throughout that time over 15 executions were held in the prison. The Gaol is situated directly across from the Crumlin Road Courthouse, which was also designed by Lanyon in 1850, but sadly remains in disrepair since it closed in 1998. The two buildings are connected however by a tunnel that runs under the Crumlin Road and was used for transporting prisoners from the prison to the courthouse and back again. Crumlin Road Gaol is open 7 days a week. Tours last approximately 1 hour 15 mins. Free secure parking. 53-55 Crumlin Road, BT1 4ST; Tel: +44 (0)28 90741500 –

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When I visited Belfast, I arranged to meet Heidi McAlpin who publishes the Belfast In Your Pocket city guide (includes Northern Ireland). She also owns the Pretty Useful Map Company Ltd along with her partner Hilary Redmond. We met early on a Saturday morning in St. George’s Market and kick started our day over a very strong cup of coffee that we picked up from one of the stalls. As Eddie, my photographer, roamed around the market taking images Heidi and I had a good old natter. Afterwards we re-joined Eddie and walked through much of the market – marveling at the incredible range of food produce from fresh fish and vegetable to amazing curries and spices and sugar laden baked goodies plus a wide range of handmade crafts.

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St. George’s Market was built between 1890 and 1896. There are 3 main markets – the Friday Market, which dates back to 1604 has 248 market stalls and everything edible. (open from 6am – 2pm). The Saturday City Food & Craft Market (which I went to) is open from 9am-3pm and finally the Sunday Market which is open from 10am-4pm. For more information check out the Belfast City Council site: http://www.belfastcity. index.asp you can also find the market on Facebook http://www. StGeorgesMarketBelfast

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Eating Out in Belfast There are plenty of great places to eat out in Belfast. Heidi McAlpin, publisher of Belfast in Your Pocket gave us her Top Favourites

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Mourne Seafood Bar Bringing our island’s finest produce to your plate and teaching you how to cook it in the Belfast Cookery School, located upstairs. Laid back dining with uncompromising provenance at this award-winning restaurant. 34-36 Bank Street, BT1 1HL, Tel: +44 (0) 28 90248544 www.mourneseafood. com James Street South Yet another award-winning restaurant and containing the city’s second Cookery School. The Bar + Grill provides a more informal dining experience without compromising on excellence. BT2 7GA; Tel +44 (0)28 95600700 Brights Everything Irish you’ve ever wanted is served up at this daytime downtown cafe. We’re talking Irish Stew, Beef and Guinness Pie and an Ulster Fry endorsed by none other than the Observer Food Monthly Awards. 23/25 High Street, BT1 1GH, Tel: +44 (0)28 90310556

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The Potted Hen Now doubled in size due to demand from locals in the know, this was the first restaurant to grace Saint Anne’s Square (home to The MAC - Metropolictan Arts Centre). Expect stylish food with a local leaning served in a light and bright twofloor space. Edward St., BT1 2LR: +44 (0)28 90234554 House of Zen Another Saint Anne’s Square eaterie but this time exuding a sophisticated Oriental air. Subdued lighting and snug banquettes ensure a steady stream of incognitocommanding celebs keen on the classy Chinese cuisine. Frank Lampard and Christine Bleakley have succumbed. 3 St. Anne’s Square, Cathedral Quarter, BT1 2LR: +44 (0)28 90278688 St. George’s Bar and Grill Overlooking the eponymous market, this elegant yet informal restaurant makes the most of its foodie location with a menu replete with local fare. Market open Fri-Sun.

When Eddie Cleary and I visited Belfast to photograph in November – we took a break from our long day of shooting and had lunch at Deane’s Deli Vin Café at 44 Bedford Street. Centrally located – we sat in the front café part of the restaurant and had a delicious meal that warmed and filled us up. The atmosphere was cosy and inviting and my favourite part of the meal was the venison sausages. This is just one of the six different restaurants run by restaurateur Michael Deane. For all his locations -

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Harlem Cafe Media luvvies from the nearby BBC treat this classy cafe as their second office (who said expenses were dead?). From breakfast to dinner, expect a bustling atmosphere amid its ground floor space. 34 Bedford St., BT2 7FF: +44 (0)28 90244860 The Galley Moored beside the Belfast Waterfront, this floating barge restaurant is a quirky alternative to the land-based norm. And its proximity to one of the city’s most popular venues makes it ideal for some pre or post show fodder. All this plus the food is as inventive as the location, with a plethora of platters particularly appealing. The Belfast Barge, Langon Quay, BT1 3LG; Tel: +44 (0) 28 90235973 Grapevine Hidden down historic Pottinger’s Entry, this small cafe serves hearty homemade food alongside the usual sandwich lunchtime offerings. Gumbo and chowder shares menu space with stew - delish. 5 Pottingers Entry, BT1 4DT: +44 (0)28 90238182

Aoife Ryan Food Blogger & Writer, whose mother hails from Belfast, told us some of her places to eat and drink while in Belfast. For some inspiration for cooking your own meals at home – check out her blog

Places to eat

Mollys Yard Queens Uni area. Gorgeous food & local beers Cayenne Shaftesbury Square (3 min walk from Europa/Days Inn). Epic gin menu. Fab food. I love it Little Wing Pizza Ann Street. Right beside Victoria Square. Great relaxed place with incredible pizza The Bar + Grill at James Street South. Just yards from the Europa. Book in advance. LOVE THIS PLACE!

Places to drink

The Merchant Posh, glam and incredible cocktails. Hotel is always full & so are the bars. But worth a visit.

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The Big Fish sculpture made by John Kindness in 1999. Located in Donegall Quay

Heidi McAlpin told us that Belfast is small enough to explore on foot, so nothing is really ‘off the beaten track’.


However if you want to see the ‘real’ Belfast, definitely take a Black Taxi and/or open top bus tour. Both whisk you along the famous Shankill and Falls Roads, as well as past the usual tourist must-sees such as Titanic Quarter and Queen’s Quarter. Get off at the Falls Road and drop into Culturlann where free mural maps guide you past some of the best examples of this distinctly local outdoorpropaganda artform. The Peace Wall is easy to walk to from the Shankill Road side - add your signature to those of Bill Clinton and the Dalai Lama. Cave Hill - an absolute must if you crave exceptional city views. Take a Metro public bus (most leave from either side of Belfast City Hall where an info kiosk and helpful inspectors will ensure a successful journey).

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Belfast Castle is a picturesque starting point for a climb to the summit and also has a pub, restaurant, antique shop, gardens and mini museum with photos of weddings held here through the decades. Most Saturdays you’re bound to spy the city’s latestnewlyweds. Find Belfast Zoo further along its North Belfast Antrim Road route. Belfast City Hall - free tours by fantastic guides reveal the council’s historic and contemporary work at this, the city centre’s most prominent landmark. Stormont - more political to-ing and fro-ing is revealed with tours of what is probably Northern Ireland’s most iconic building. The grounds are equally impressive and include sculptures, trails and a particularly good children’s play park.

Murals along the Falls Road.

WALKS The Botanic Gardens is the city’s foremost park and home to the Victorian Palm House and Tropical Ravine, and the Ulster Museum. Its Queen’s Quarter location is also handy for exploring the grounds and tourist office of Queen’s University. South of the city centre, enjoy a winter walk at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park.

Stormont Parliament Buildings, located a short drive out of the city on Upper Newtownards Road. The buildings are open to the public Monday to Friday; 9am – 4pm.

The Albert Memorial clock was completed in 1870 and is located in Custom House Square.

St. Anne’s Cathedral or Belfast Cathedral opened in 1904. Located on Donegall Street it is open from 8am-4pm daily.

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Beyond Belfast


Photo credit: National Trust Image by John Hammond.

Heidi also told us about some of her favourite spots beyond Belfast and they aren’t all the usual suspects – she’s a big advocate of getting out into some of the other counties in Northern Ireland as well. The Giant’s Causeway is usually number one on any daytrip itinerary, with the must-see stones in close proximity to those other tourist big hitters theOld Bushmills Distillery, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Dunluce Castle. But these six counties have many more amazing road trips: The Ards Peninsula is a drumlin-filled patchwork of green fields fringed by the Irish Sea and ecologically important Strangford Lough. Highlights include Castle Espie Wetland Centre, the beautiful and historic National Trust properties of Mount Stewart and Castle Ward, Exploris Aquarium and seal sanctuary and, at the peninsula’s picturesque tip, the short Portaferry Strangford Car Ferry commute. Greyabbey village has some very cute antique shops and cafes. And look out, too, for Donaghadee Lighthouse andBallycopeland Windmill further north - not accessible but delightful photo stops nonetheless. The Fermanagh Lakelands are a water

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A contemporary interpretation of the Carrick a Rede rope bridge “Carrick a Rede Bravery” as painted by Adrian Margey

wonderland and northern starting point for cruising the Shannon Erne Waterway. Base yourself in Enniskillen and visit several National Trust properties, Belleek Pottery and the Marble Arch Caves. The five star Lough Erne Resort is a fabulous accommodation option if you like good food, great golf and a relaxing luxury spa. Go on, spoil yourself. Derry City – the UK City of Culture 2013 and NI’s second biggest city.Walk the perfectly preserved 17th century Walls, dipping into St. Columb’s Cathedral along the route. Then enjoy a pint and some trad music at Peader O’Donnell’s pub. The Craft Village has a lovely cafe and cute local artisan shop. And the Tower Museum offers a fascinating insight into the city’s past. The Tourist Information Centreis next to the bus station and has lots more info on tours, hotels, restaurants and cultural hotspots. En route to Derry, which is itself the starting point for Donegal, is Roe Valley Country Park - an emerald expanse worthy of exploration and close to beautiful Benone Strand and Benevenagh where hang-gliders regularly hurl themselves off its plateau peak. Speaking of peaks, the Mourne Mountains

Photo credit: National Trust Image by Joe Cornish

are an absolute must for any vista-seeking visitor. A sedate drive unveils Spelga Dam and Silent Valley secreted within Northern Ireland’s main mountain range. Slieve Donard is its highest peak - and Donard Country Park a good starting point for the strenuous climb for amazing views. Find it in Newcastle, the Co. Down town also famous for its amusement arcades and, conversely, Slieve Donard Hotel and Spa with the renowned links of Royal County Down Golf Course. If it’s good enough for Rory... And if you feel like really getting away from it all, catch the daily ferry to Rathlin Island where puffins, seals and a population of around 90 await. Accommodation is also available - find out more via the Ballycastle Tourist Information Centre.

The Mourne Mountains photographed by Martin Spence

For more information on visiting Belfast and Northern Ireland – these sites will help plan your trip. For a Free Download of Belfast in Your Pocket - northern-ireland/belfast

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I have told you in the past about t organisation helping Ireland in th and abroad. The Ireland Funds r benefit to Ireland... Enda Kenny, An Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland

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Despite our current economic hardships, the Irish around the globe are very generous in supporting local and national charities- this issue we look at the power of the Irish Diaspora in making a difference.

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For over 35 years, the Irish diaspora – a global family of 70 million people – has partnered with a unique organization to make a profound difference for the island of Ireland. The Worldwide Ireland Funds are a philanthropic network that supports worthy causes in Ireland and around the world. Each year, The Worldwide Ireland Funds hold over 100 fundraising events around the globe. They currently operate in 12 countries and to date have raised over $430 million for more than 1,200 outstanding nonprofit organizations. Today, charities across the island of Ireland, and those helping Irish communities abroad, are experiencing an increased demand for their services at a time of a major reduction in resources. In response, The Ireland Funds launched the Promising Ireland Spring 2012 Isle 35

Campaign to raise the benchmark and even more much-needed support for Irish nonprofits. The Campaign’s title - Promising Ireland - reflects The Ireland Funds’ pledge to these groups as well as a belief in Ireland’s future. The initial campaign goal was to raise $100 million by the end of 2013 but due to the overwhelming response of their donors, that goal was exceeded 19 months ahead of schedule. Now, the goal has been increased to $140 million to be raised by the end of 2013. Hundreds of diverse organizations are benefitting from the generosity of the Irish diaspora. The Worldwide Ireland Funds focus on seven areas: providing access to education, supporting a shared future in Northern Ireland, investing in Ireland’s communities, promoting Irish culture and heritage, assisting the elderly “forgotten Irish”, assisting disadvantaged youth, and promoting philanthropy. For more information on The Worldwide Ireland Funds visit www. or find us on Facebook at TheAmericanIrelandFund 36 Isle Spring 2013

Some examples of organizations assi The Worldwide Ireland Fun

Integrated Education Integrated Education has been hailed as one of the most significant social developments within Northern Ireland bringing together children from Protestant, Catholic and other backgrounds in educational settings that teach respect, tolerance and conflict resolution. The Ireland Funds have supported integrated education since the opening of the very first school, Lagan College, in 1981. The subsequent growth of integrated education is thanks to the endless campaigning and fundraising efforts of parents in the community whose commitment has ensured the growth of integrated education. It is a vision for a peaceful, productive society that has made integrated education an increasingly popular choice for families. Today there are 62 integrated schools attended by over 16,000 children throughout Northern Ireland, many of which have waiting lists.

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The Belfast Giant H.E.R.O.S. H.E.R.O.S. stands for “Hockey Education Reaching Out Society.” Established in Canada, it is a program that has come to Northern Ireland to bring kids and communities together in an innovative way. Belfast has become the natural hub of the program as it has two ice rinks including the Odyssey Arena, home of the Belfast Giants pro hockey team. The team believes that as a non-sectarian sport, the game of hockey can play a role in bringing diverse communities together. With the help of The Ireland Funds and the Belfast Giants

Community Foundation the Giant H.E.R.O.S. are empowering children from disadvantaged neighborhoods to interact and bridge their differences. A program now brings young people from Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods in Belfast, disadvantaged neighborhoods in Dublin and the Holywood Army Barracks together for a camp experience with the Belfast Giants team. In addition, the participants meet throughout the year to further foster the interactions between young people from these diverse neighborhoods.

COPE Galway COPE Galway’s services for seniors, the homeless, and those affected by domestic violence have helped thousands of people. A grant from The Ireland Funds has helped them grow their innovative Lunch Club program that tackles the isolation and loneliness often experienced by seniors. Guests can drop in, enjoy a beautifully prepared and nutritious meal, and also enjoy the social aspect of an afternoon with others. In addition, over 200 meals a day, each marked with an individual’s name, are delivered to homes by a network of more than 140 volunteers. The volunteers who bring the meals are often the lifeline for older people who maintain a proudly guarded independence, but may need assistance on occasion. Spring 2012 Isle 37

Guide Dogs for Autism Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind began the Autism Assistance Program, the first of its kind in Europe, in 2005. The program places specially trained dogs with children with autism and their families. Assistance dogs help to control and improve the behavior of children with autism by promoting calm and acting as a safety aid to the parent. The dog also acts as a constant companion and enhances the child’s social skills and interaction with family and peers. Based in Cork, the program provides a week-long training course for families, followed by an aftercare program once they have returned home. Dogs are provided at no cost to families all across Ireland.

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Speedpak Speedpak is a social enterprise in Coolock, Co. Dublin that has been recognized for their innovative approach to a community that has struggled with unemployment. Hundreds of people have come through their program. They work on a six-month contract for no longer than three years and simultaneously take accredited classes to convert workplace learning into the equivalent of a Leaving Certificate (high school diploma) while gainfully employed. More importantly, they leave with manufacturing work experience that is valuable to employers and a new sense of confidence in their ability. With help from The Ireland Funds, Speedpak is bringing valuable training and support to this community.

Native Woodland Trust Native Irish woodlands are places that are filled with species native to Ireland. These precious places are in a precarious state. The Native Woodland Trust is dedicated to the preservation of ancient Irish woodlands and to the planting of new trees and woods all over Ireland. The Ireland Funds have assisted the Native Woodland Trust in their efforts In Laragh, Co. Wicklow. Jim Lawlor, a Native Woodlands Trust volunteer, explained the important opportunities Ireland has to preserve and cultivate these special places. “Our supporters are preserving pieces of Ireland. Protection means that it will no longer be subject to destructive practices. There is so little left that to be able to say ‘I saved that for perpetuity’ means it is a gift for generations to come.” Spring 2012 Isle 39




Longueville House was built in 1720 and is set in a 500 acre hunting and game estate – complete with over two hundred acres of two hundred year old oak woodlands. We arrived on a foggy October morning just before Halloween. Driving up the long drive we look out onto fields on the left where sheep graze under the trees. At this time of year, the apple harvest is coming in which provides the raw materials for Longueville

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Cider and Apple Brandy. The houses started as a bed and breakfast in 1969 opened by the late Michael O’Callaghan and his wife Jane. In 2000, Michael O’Callaghan planted 25 acres of Dabinett and Michelin cider apple trees and his foresight has paid off as now his son William continues the tradition today. The house is run today by William and his wife Aisling, who live here along with their two children, Elena & Michael.

In County Cork, Longueville House provides everything you need for a relaxing or activity filled weekend break in the country. Photography by Tom Doherty Written by Lisa McGee

The house has won numerous awards and accolades including most recently Irish Restaurant Awards Winner Best Hotel Restaurant in Co. Cork in both 2012 and 2011. They also got on the Gold List in Conde Nast Traveller, Gold List Annual Guide to Top 700 Hotels, Resorts and Cruise Lines in both 2010 and 2004. The Presidents’ Restaurant, opened by Jane O’Callaghan in 1970, continues to delight

and inspire guests with its excellence menu. On the walls hang a unique collection of specially commissioned portraits of Ireland’s Past Presidents. It is in the kitchen where William O’Callaghan shines. Having trained under Master Chef Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quatre Saisions, William has brought that influence to this part of Ireland. You’ll regularly find woodland pork, Longueville lamb, woodcock and Spring 2013 Isle 41

snipe appearing on the menu. Some dishes that caught my eye included the Duck Liver Parfait, Wild Blackwater River Salmon and a Garden Raspberry and Dark Chocolate Gateau among other mouthwatering delicacies. The gardens at Longueville provide honey, vegetables, fruits, herbs and even Oriental greens. William knows the ‘provenance’ of everything that goes on each plate and the menu truly promotes their field to fork policy. The traditional Sunday lunch is served every weekend and almost all the produce is sourced from the estate itself. Weather permitting an amble through the grounds and gardens after your meal is highly 42 Isle Spring 2013

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recommended. They also serve traditional afternoon tea and can arrange for private dining in the Library, Chinese room, Presidents’ Room or the Turner room which is a conservatory designed by Richard Turner and built in 1865. Longueville House offers a wide range of seasonal activities all year round. In spring the Blackwater River draws salmon fishing enthusiasts to the estate. Mountain biking on the Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trail – the largest network of its kind in Ireland – is only half an hour from Longueville. Hiking enthusiasts can also avail of the many walking trails nearby. They also host simulated and driven game shoots on the property and also offer a variety of themed demonstrations and walks throughout the year. One cannot forget about the allure and magic of the house itself. After running around photographing all day, Tom and I sat down in the cosy drawing room in front

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of a crackling fire and had the most delicious late lunch of pork curry. We had seen the woodland pigs earlier enjoying some of the fallen apples from the orchard and while touring the kitchen had spied the pot of curry. Each of the rooms in Longueville holds a wonderful sense of history and tradition. There are twenty guest rooms in the house and I found that each of them had been beautifully decorated. I could have made myself at home in any one of them. So it’s no surprise that brides love Longueville as well and what a place to have an intimate wedding. The ground

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floor rooms lead easily into one another each with their own unique design and wonderful character and weather permitting the grounds and gardens make for an idyllic backdrop. My favourite spot in the house is the front hall and stairwell where fishing rods hang on the walls and the back door to the gardens has cubby holes filled with a collection of wellies & socks in a range of sizes. It’s a true testament to William and Aisling to see this house and estate continue to thrive. It’s never easy to run a property like this but their ingenuity and progressive thinking outside the box has proven to be a recipe for success.

Upcoming Events:

Dawn and Dusk Chorus Walk 18 & 19th May, 2013 Bring your binoculars for a tour with a professional bird watching guide, Michael Cobley. 12th Annual Mushroom Hunt 6 & 20th October, 2013 Grab a basket and a pair of wellies and bring the whole family along. Enjoy a banquet of autumn mushrooms prepared by William O’Callaghan. To book into any of these events or book into the house itself – Phone: +353 (0)22 47156 or

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What’s Nearby The town of Mallow is very close to Longueville House. It’s well worth walking into Mallow Castle and through the town itself. Cork Racehorse is also in close proximity being only 1 mile away. They have an Easter Break Bank Holiday Weekend and Friday Evening Races in May. Ballyhoura has 98 kilometres of biking trails, plus walking and equestrian trails Longueville House is one of eleven houses that are part of The Great Fishing Houses of Ireland. For more about other fishing destinations go to

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Creativity In January we visited Showcase, Ireland’s Creative Expo and the RDS in Dublin. This show is presented on behalf of the Crafts Council of Ireland and it is here that buyers from around the globe can find the latest products from Ireland’s designers and makers. Here’s a sampling of some of the designers we found. Photography by Trevor Hart for the Crafts Council of Ireland.

RebornArt – Marcin Calka Boat: Small rrp€85, Medium rrp€160, Big rrp€230, Large rrp€390

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Matt Jones Woodturner Wine Stoppers in Stainless Steel and Irish Hardwoods rrpâ‚Ź30

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Lisa Shawgi Sprite textured cashmere and cotton Cardigan with draped collar rrp€298. Hareem cashmere and cotton trousers rrp€298. and

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Saba – Geraldine Murphy Aesop’s Hare & Tortoise rrp€135. and

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Lisa Ryder Designs Silk Scarf rrpâ‚Ź189.

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Kerry Crafted Glass – Terence McSweeney Large flower bottle rrp€70, medium flower bottle rrp€48. and

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Irish Linen House – Greg Whelan Napkin rrp€15.50, Hem Stitched €19.50 Placemat Lined rrp€27.50, Hem Stitched €19.50 Table runner rrp€99.95. and

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Belinda Northcote Silk Timeless Scarf rrp â‚Ź89 and

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Ana Faye - Anna Vahey Casey ‘Kati’ rrp €395. and

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About Crafts Council of Ireland The Crafts Council of Ireland (CCoI) is the main champion of the craft industry in Ireland, fostering its growth and commercial strength, communicating its unique identity and stimulating quality design, innovation and competitiveness. CCoI’s activities are funded by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland. UNIQUE GIFSTS TO YOURS FROM OUR HAND


Education, training and development is at the core of the Crafts Council of Irelands, strategic plan. CCoI recognise the critical role that education and training play in the future growth of Irish craft and in the preservation of our cultural heritage. CCoI works as an independent service provider and together with other education providers facilitates the development of education and training programmes to meet the needs of the crafts sector, both current and future, through professional development courses and mentoring for craftspeople. CCoI also runs the CRAFTed; a nationwide educational programme, CRAFTed gives primary school children and teachers an exciting opportunity to explore their creativity and learn new skills by working collaboratively with professional craftspeople.

Further support: ♦ For further information on the Crafts Council of Ireland please visit ♦ CCoI currently holds over 2,700 clients in its register of craft enterprise. To find registered makers by name, county, product and discipline as well as samples of their work go to ♦ To find ideas for craft gifts that are imagined designed and made in Ireland and the stockists – ♦ Find out about craft events, workshops and talks – visit ♦ Craft education in Ireland ♦ Information on awards and supports for students of craft and emerging craft practitioners – ♦ Support and resources for craftspeople and craft enterprises – ♦ Irish Craft Portfolio programme please visit

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Martin and Paul serve up Irish

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Written by Martin Shanahan and Paul Flynn Photography by Simon Wheeler (Excerpted from Surt’n’Turf: ©2012, Quadrille Publishing Ltd.)


Chefs Martin Shanahan and Paul Flynn have been delighting viewers with their television series, Surf’n’Turf on RTÉ- where they travel around Ireland meeting fishermen and producers along with having a friendly cooking competition inspired by land and sea. To compliment the series their cookbook Surf’n’Turf was published in 2012 and is filled with 80 recipes including starters and soups, salads, quick, slow and easy, comfort food and food to impress. “I want to show the Irish people how wonderful their own food is,” says Martin. “Being on location, I have seen the surprise on people’s faces when I tell them the ingredients I am cooking are local. To make the show, we foraged for wild garlic and seaweed, or sought out organic sea trout, and you can do the same. Irish food is often exported even before it is landed, in the case of fish, which is great for the country, but it would be a tremendous shame if the locals missed out altogether.” “Ireland is the best place you could be in the world when it comes to coking with what you find around you, “ adds Paul. “Where do you start when talking about the quality of Irish produce? With sweet, creamy Glenilen butter, or the salamis of Gubbeen charcuterie, smoked salmon from the Burren, or Crozier blue cheese…? With an Irish ice cream maker about to open a shop in Paris, Ireland is now truly on the world stage.” The recipes from the book represent their mutual love of cooking using the simplest freshest ingredients found on land and sea. You can watch the Surf’n’Turf series on RTÉ player – Spring 2013 Isle 63

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lobster, wholegrain mustard and whiskey cream Serves 2

To Make You haven’t lived until you have tried lobster at least once. The most humane way to dispatch the beast is to plunge it into boiling water. Plunge the lobster into heavily salted boiling water and cook for eight minutes (some say the water should be as salty as the sea). Take out and cool. Cut in half with a heavy knife, remove the meat from the shell, discarding any black intestinal thread you find and the bony sac inside the head, and chop the meat. Crack the claws with the back of the knife and remove this meat as well. Keep the main shell to present the lobster.

Ingredients 900g live lobster sea salt 4 tbsp Irish whiskey 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard 200ml single cream

For the sauce, pour the whiskey into a hot pan and quickly set alight. When the flames die down, add the mustard and cream. Bring to the boil and simmer for two minutes. Fold in the lobster meat and simmer for two minutes more, then return it to the shell. Enjoy.

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spider crab and wild garlic risotto This may sound like a scary dish, but it’s worth the effort. It takes a while to remove the meat from the crab, and you’ll need a knife, a lobster pick, and a lot of patience, so start well in advance. Serves 4

Ingredients 1 onion, finely chopped 100ml olive oil 300g arborio rice 1.5 litres hot vegetable or chicken stock meat from 1 cooked spider crab 4 tbsp crème fraîche 12 sprigs of wild garlic, finely chopped, plus a few wild garlic flowers (optional, but lovely) sea salt freshly ground black pepper

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To Make In a large saucepan, sweat the onion in the oil over a low heat, until soft. Add the rice and stir for two to three minutes. Add the warm stock, little by little, constantly stirring so the rice can absorb the stock and making sure most of it has been absorbed before adding the next bit. This process should take about 20 minutes. Pick through the crab meat, discarding any pieces of shell. Fold into the risotto with the crème fraîche and wild garlic. Taste and season well, then serve sprinkled with wild garlic flowers, if you have any.

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twice-baked cashel blue soufflé, beetroot and ginger relish Serves 8

To Make Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas mark 5. Brush eight ramekins with butter and put aside. Melt the 30g of butter in a saucepan, add the flour and cook over a low heat for three to four minutes to make a roux. Add the hot milk, a little at a time, to the roux to make a white sauce. Crumble the cheese into a large bowl and pour the sauce on top. Whisk in the yolks. Separately whisk the egg whites until stiff, then carefully fold into the cheese mixture. Fill the ramekins two-thirds full with the mixture, making sure you spoon it from the bowl from the bottom up, as the cheese tends to settle there. Place in a deep tray, then pour in hot water from the kettle to come halfway up the sides. Bake in the hot oven for 15 minutes, or until firm to the touch. Remove from the oven and the roasting tray and allow to cool. You can make the recipe to this point the day before, then cover and refrigerate, though return to room temperature before baking for the second time. When ready to serve, preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4. Reheat the soufflés for six to seven minutes and serve with Beetroot and Ginger Relish (see below) and a green salad. Beetroot and ginger relish. I’d use disposable kitchen gloves for this, to avoid semi-permanent crimson stains on your hands. Sweat 1 chopped onion in 1 tbsp unsalted butter until very soft, then add 3 tbsp caster sugar and season well. Add 4 large raw beetroot, peeled and grated, 125ml red wine, 30ml red wine vinegar and 2.5cm of root ginger, grated. Cook gently for 30 minutes, then leave until completely cold. Potted in a sterilised jar, this will keep for several weeks.

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Ingredients 30g unsalted butter, plus a little more, melted, for the ramekins 30g plain flour 240ml hot milk 300g cashel blue cheese 4 egg yolks 6 egg whites

This is ideal for a dinner party. Sometimes the smartest thing to do is to concentrate on the main part of the dish if it’s a little tricky, then serve it with your favourite shop-bought chutney, but I’m going to give you a recipe for one of my favourite chutneys, just in case you feel the need to outdo a particularly competitive friend or neighbour. The soufflés can be made the day before and kept in the fridge, as I have done for Christmas in the past. I love having people round, but I want to join them when they are polishing off my best wine, not sweat on my own in the kitchen. By twice-baking the soufflés you can pop them in the oven when everybody is sitting down, although they will never quite have the same lustrous puff as when first taken from the oven. They will be quite delicious without you having a nervous breakdown. You will need large ramekins.

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seared lamb chops, wild garlic and hazelnut risotto If you ever want something new to do with a lamb chop, this is it. Yes, I know Martin has given a wild garlic risotto too, but, hey, we filmed the show and put this book together in wild garlic season, and it’s too good to miss. Besides, mine’s better than his... Serves 4 To marinade the chops, whisk together the garlic, vinegar, paprika, oil, sugar and seasoning in a large, shallow dish. Turn the chops in the marinade, cover with cling film and leave for at least one hour. (If you leave them for longer, all the better, but keep them in the fridge and remember to return them to room temperature before cooking.)


For the risotto, cook the onion very slowly in the butter, along with the thyme and bacon. (A wide, heavy-based saucepan or sauté pan is best for making risotto.) When soft, add the rice, stir around and add the cider. When the cider has been absorbed, add half the stock and bring to a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally so that it doesn’t stick to the pan.

1 tsp smoked paprika

After about 10 minutes, the stock will have been absorbed by the rice. Keep adding the remaining stock little by little, stirring, until the rice is soft. To finish, add the parmesan and 3 tbsp of Wild Garlic Purée (see below), more if you like, then season. Meanwhile, place a ridged cast-iron griddle pan on the heat and leave it to get smoking hot. Drain the marinade from the chops and sear them for three minutes each side. Leave to rest, off the heat, for five minutes.

For the chops 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 75ml olive oil small pinch of caster sugar sea salt freshly ground black pepper 8 best end lamb chops

For the risotto 1 small onion, finely chopped generous knob of unsalted butter

Serve the risotto sprinkled with toasted hazelnuts, with the lamb chops.

1 sprig of thyme

Wild garlic purée is an excellent jarful to have in your fridge in April and May, to use as a condiment, with pasta, to add to sauces, or in the risotto. Put 1 handful of washed wild garlic leaves in a liquidiser with enough light olive oil to allow the machine to turn round and process. Add salt and a little caster sugar, then blend to a smooth purée. This will keep in a sterilised jar in the fridge for up to two weeks.

380g arborio rice

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1 rasher of smoked bacon, finely chopped glug of dry cider 1 litre warm chicken stock 3 tbsp grated parmesan 2 tbsp crushed roasted hazelnuts

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Martin gathering wild garlic which grows prolifically during the spring in Ireland.

Martin Shanahan is the chef and owner of Fishy Fishy restaurant in Kinsale, Co. Cork. The restaurant opened in 2006 and from March – October it is open 7 days a week; 12-9pm. Crowleys Quay; Tel: +353 (0) 21 4700415 He also owns Fishy Fish Chippie – a more casual café setting on the other side of town. It is open 12:00-4:00pm (Tues-Sat). Closed Sunday and Monday. And if you want to cook your own fish inspired meals –go to his Fishy Fish Shop, open 9:305:30pm. Kinsale was a medieval fishing port and it is a popular destination to travelers especially during the summer months. For more check out -

Paul Flynn is the chef and owner of The Tannery in Dungarvan, Co. Wexford. He also runs a cookery school at the same location. The Tannery was opened in 1997 followed by the boutique style Tannery Townhouse in 2005. The Tannery is located at 10 Quay Street. Tel: +353(0)58 45420. Dungarvan, like Kinsale, is located on the sea and an equally desirable spot to visit. For more information on the area check out

Spring 2013 Isle 71

Isle Magazine Issue 2 Spring 2013  

A look at Ireland's food, hospitality and craft industries

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