Category: Culture File on RTÉ Lyric FM

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Lyric fm: Chocolate at Christmas – 300 years ago

Mary Cannon's Commonplace Book

It wouldn’t be at all unusual to come across something like Chocolate Cream or Whipped Chocolate Syllabub on a modern day menu. What is surprising is that these are dishes that may have been eaten at an Irish Christmas celebration during the 1700s, at least from the evidence of Mary Cannon’s Commonplace Book.

Aasif Mandvi in Today's Special, directed by David Kaplan 3

Lyric fm: Today’s Special at the Cork Film Festival

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My Culture File report for Lyric fm on the Slow Food screening of Today’s Special during this year’s Cork Film Festival is now online and can be listened to here.

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Lyric FM: McCarthy’s Black Pudding

Brotherhood of the Knights of the Black Pudding at McCarthy's Butchers in Kanturk

There was a rich, savoury smell in the autumn air as a band marched down the crowded streets of Kanturk, leading a white and crimson velvet-gowned troup. The members of the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Black Pudding had travelled from France to pay tribute to the gold medal-winning black pudding of father and son butchers Jack and Tim McCarthy.