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The Great Famine - A watershed in Irish history

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During the seven years of the Great Famine approximately one million people died. A million more emigrated causing Ireland’s population to fall by between 20 and 25 per cent. The initial cause of famine was a potato disease which ravaged potato crops throughout Europe during the 1840s.

Bay roasted baby hasselbacks

Last year was my first time growing my own potatoes. I ordered a few heritage varieties from Seed Savers, varieties that would be difficult to find in the shops, some early and some main crop. I planted them late enough in the season so as to avoid any lingering frosts as we are prone to here in the west. They grew readily with the plentiful rain and flowered in white, yellow, and some in a glorious purple. When the leaves faded and died back it was time to harvest. It was lovely to see the children’s delight at sifting through the soil and discovering hidden potatoes, like a messy Easter egg hunt… potatoes with skins so thin that you could brush them off with your thumb. The taste of those freshly dug little earlies, with butter, ground pepper, and fat flakes of sea salt was amazing.

Tubers transformed at TULCA

WE IRISH probably feel we know our way round a potato. Boiled, baked, roasted, mashed or fried, we’ve gazed upon the trusty spud in pretty much all its forms.

Fall in love with the spud

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Fall in love with the spud with the return of Keogh’s National Potato Day 2012 this Saturday August 25.

Potato blight warning for this week

The weather conditions over the next few days in the west and northwest will favour the spread of potato blight on young developing potato stalks, according to Paraic Horkan from Horkan’s Lifestyle and Garden Centres.

Potato Blight warning for this week

The present weather conditions over the next few days in the west and north west will favour the spread of potato blight on young developing potato stalks, according to Paraic Horkan from Horkan’s Lifestyle and Garden Centres.

Tasty treats

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Some appetising delicacies from Flora, who are unveiling a fresh new look for their popular Flora Buttery brand.

The potato market at the Small Crane

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This remarkable photograph of the Small Crane (Where was the Big Crane?) was taken about 1890 with the potato market in full swing. This market was held here regularly, and was an occasion where town met country. Farmers from as far west as Inverin would bring their potatoes into town to sell to shopkeepers and individuals. The scale, which was kept steady by large rocks, was used to weigh the sacks. You can see potatoes stacked loosely on the ground beside the creels.

Lunchtime value at The Grapevine

Regulars of the Grapevine Wine and Tapas Bar on Rose Inn Street will already be familiar with the great tapas, bruschettas, and desserts.

The spud could just be the thing to ward off winter sniffles

Wilson’s Country Irish Potatoes has conducted a straw poll survey on the Irish streets to see if the spud is the family favourite. On average Irish people confirmed they eat Irish potatoes just 2.5 times a week as part of their main meal; pasta was the option 1.7 times a week; with rice following shortly behind, just once a week.

 

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