Upcoming Events

It’s been a busy few weeks. The book’s had a very positive reception, especially from the producers, which is gratifying.

We’ve a couple of major promotional events coming up over the next week and a bit.

Appearance on Moncrieff Show

Glynn and I will be on the Moncrieff show on Newstalk this Friday, 28th October, to talk about the book and Irish farmhouse cheese in general. Newstalk can be found nationwide on 106-108 FM, or live on the net. You can also listen back to the shows for up to 7 days from broadcast

Industry Launch

We’re delighted to announce that Senator Fergal Quinn will be launching the book on Friday 4th November to food journalists, and others associated, both directly and indirectly, with the Irish food industry in Dublin. Many thanks are due to Innovate Food Technology for facilitating this, and we’ll have a full report after the fact.

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Bord Bia Farmhouse Cheese and Craft Beer Weekend

Bord Bia are promoting a series of events countrywide this October bank holiday weekend, 27th-31st, celebrating two industries very dear to us – farmhouse cheese (obviously!), and craft brewing (ummm obviously!).

The past 10-15 years has seen a renaissance in the Irish brewing industry, with an array of small breweries opening all over the country. There are now around 15 craft brewers producing around 40 different beers.

Just like farmhouse cheese, these are characterful, bursting with flavour, and far removed from your common or garden industrial mega-beer. They also can make intriguing accompaniements to food, and the purpose of this weekend is to match them with local cheeses in a fun and informative manner.

Full details and a list of events near you can be found on the Bord Bia events listing

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Book signing in Dingle

The Dingle Food and Wine Festival is taking place this weekend (Sept 30th-Oct2nd), and as part of it we’ll be on hand in the Dingle Bookshop in Green St for a book signing from 4pm on Saturday October 1st. The festival has an packed schedule of events for the weekend, and looks like it’s shaping up to be foodie heaven.

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We’re also hoping to make it to the For Food’s Sake session, which kicks off at 5pm in the Coach house.

Details of the various events can be found on the website, so if you find yourself in the area, please do come along and say hello!

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Irish success at British Cheese Awards

On a good day for Irish producers, Helen Finnegan of Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese of Stoneyford, Co. Kilkenny scooped Supreme Champion at the recent 2011 British Cheese Awards with her Kilree semi-soft goat’s cheese, pausing only to lift a gold medal for Knockdrinna Meadow, and silver for Lavistown.

The other notable Irish success on the day was Kileen Farmhouse Cheese with “Best Goat’s Cheese” award.

The full list of awards are as follows:


  • Millens (Dote),
  • Knockdrinna (Meadow)



Congratulations to all concerned

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The Irish Food Bloggers Association have 2 copies of the book to give away. To enter, simply leave a comment to this post before 6pm on Wednesday next, 28th September.

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We are delighted to announce the publication of our book “Farmhouse Cheeses of Ireland – A Celebration” by Collins Press. For more details, including where to buy it, see the home page

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