Pictured at the launch of “Eat only Irish week” from the 9th to 15th May, an initiative to promote local Irish food businesses was from left Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food , Simon Coveney TD ; Brendan Allen, Castlemine Farm, Roscommon ; and Deputy Denis Naughton TD , Roscommon/ Sth Leitrim.
Irish produced food is among the best in the world according to Denis Naughton, Fine Gael TD for Roscommon who today (Thursday) helped launch a campaign to eat only Irish food for a week. #eatonlyirishforaweek will run from 9th to 15th May and is aimed at raising awareness about the quality of Irish produce.
Irish produced food is among the best in the world according to Denis Naughten, Fine Gael TD for Roscommon/South Leitrim who helped launch a campaign to eat only Irish food for a week in Dublin with local man, Brendan Allen & Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney TD
“Eat only Irish for a week” (#eatonlyirishforaweek) will run from 9th to 15th May and is aimed at raising awareness about the quality of Irish produce.
The campaign is the brainchild of Brendan Allen, a Roscommmon farmer who will eat only Irish food next week as a way of promoting the quality and range of Irish produced food. Deputy Naughten is supporting the campaign which has generated massive domestic and international interest through the use of social media.
“I’d like to salute Brendan Allen for his creativity and entrepreneurism in highlighting the excellent quality of Irish produce. This type of innovative thinking is exactly what this country needs as we try to get the economy back on an even keel” said Deputy Naughten.
The campaign came about as a result of Brendan Allen posing the question on Twitter “whether it would be possible to live solely on Irish produce?” The response was massive and the campaign has snowballed from there. Brendan now has widespread interest on Twitter, a Facebook Page, a website see (www.eatonlyirish.com), and hundreds of supporters who will be supporting him in his quest next week.
Participants will be rewarded with a special meal on Sunday 15th May in Roscommon town. Chef Enda McEvoy, who has worked in Danish restaurant Noma which was recently crowned the world’s best restaurant for the second year in a row, will create a 6 course ‘Irish only feast’ using fresh Irish seasonal produce.
“I see Ireland’s food business as being one of the means of Ireland’s recovery. Thanks to our climate, Ireland has the best grass fed beef, lamb and dairy in the world and we are very well placed to market our food as a top end premium product” said Denis Naughten.