A lifetime achievement award has been  presented at the Irish Food Writers’ Guild Food Awards to Myrtle Allen of Cork’s Ballymaloe House, marking her 90th birthday, which falls today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Cork has dominated this year’s Irish Food Writers’ Guild Food Awards, with six of the seven awards going to Cork producers, organisations or in(...)

‘I don’t think you should be taking your kids to McDonald’s every day, but there’s nothing wrong with bringing them there for a treat.’ The Minister for Food, Simon Coveney, sits down to lunch at Hatch and Sons, in the basement of the Little Museum of Dublin on St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

He spends his days talking about food – how to produce it, sell it and regulate it. But who knows what the Minister for Food really thinks about food?(...)

  Margaret Jeffares of Good Food Ireland: ‘I don’t think we should forget our traditional and regional dishes that are indigenous to our country’. Photograph:  Patrick Browne
Ireland on a plate

What is Irish cuisine? Have you ever fumbled for words when asked this question by a visitor to Ireland? Should you say bacon and cabbage? Potatoes? I(...)

Bursary boy: David Zaworski featured in ‘The Scholarship’, which hit a perfect observational balance

Many private schools offer scholarships. Most are based on academic or musical excellence, but Belvedere College, the all-boys Jesuit school in Dublin(...)

Jeffa Gill: “Decide on your target market, try your product on friends and family first and start small.”

Durrus is one of the original Irish farmhouse cheeses and is handmade in a remote part of the Sheep’s Head peninsula in West Cork. What is special abo(...)

Simply Darina

D arina Allen is moving at quite a pace. The 62-year-old is nimbly darting up steps, through gates, over walls and across muddy field(...)

Gerry Galvin was one of the most creative chefs of Ireland’s culinary development . He was also an influential food writer. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Gerry Galvin, who has died aged 70, was best known as one of the most creative chefs of Ireland’s culinary development and also was an influent(...)