My Top 10 Irish Dishes of 2021 #10

#10: The Ulster Fry at Rostrevor Inn in County Down- Breakfast is included in the room rate at the Rostrevor Inn and I’ve enjoyed this stellar fry-up on several occasions. Although it’s listed on the menu as the Full Irish Breakfast, my friend Joe Shea who lives in these parts,…

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A Beekeeper’s Journal: Bees and Blackberries

Joe Shea is the beekeeper at Mourne Grange, a Camphill Community in the Mourne Mountains of County Down. Here’s his report on the current season: There’s an old time fiddle tune called Blackberry Blossom and there’s something in its busy run of triplets that describes very well the way the…

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My Top 10 Irish Dishes of 2018 #6

“Oysters 3 Ways” at PJ’s Oyster Bar in Carlingford       Au Naturel, Kilpatrick and Grilled, are the three offerings on the “Carlingford Oyster” section of the menu at PJ Ohares Bar. I ordered a pair of each. The half shell oysters were black-lipped and quite delicious, though still a…

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Legendary Oysters of Carlingford Lough

 PJ’s beer garden is a fine place to sample Carlingford oysters on a sunny day. I ordered two on the half shell, two grilled with garlic butter and breadcrumbs and two barbecued.   The half shell oysters were black-lipped and quite delicious, though they will taste much sweeter after a few months of…

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A Spoon of Honey: Beekeeper Joe Shea

Joe Shea is the beekeeper at Mourne Grange, a Camphill Community in the Mourne Mountains of County Down.  A few days ago, I followed around while he checked the hives.   Joe Shea writes:     Last winter: makes you shiver just thinking about it. In March, the cold was brutal. 60-80…

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