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‘That brand new black pudding, by the way, won a gold medal at a boudin competition in France, when it was less than three months on the market, an utterly incredible – and richly deserved – achievement. Beating the French at their own game, who would ever have believed it?’ The Bridgestone Irish Food Guide, 2007

avril01Making award winning black and white pudding, bacon and sausages wasn’t part of the deal when I signed on with my husband, Willie, in 1995 in a ‘till death do us part’ contract.

Sure, we had purchased 17 acres in Caherbeg, Rosscarbery, along with a small house which was to be used for holidays, weekends and eventually retirement.

Of the 17 acres, we had an arrangement with a neighbouring farmer who rented 14 acres leaving us with a balance of 3 on which we planted just over 40 fruit trees, a shelter belt and grew our own vegetables. It was idyllic to leave Cork on a Friday evening and head to Rosscarbery for the weekend.

We even spent our honeymoon in 1995 in that house which at the time had no heating and cold running water!

This was updated during that year and within 4 years we had 2 sons, established a small processing unit, and had taken over the Rosscarbery Recipes sausage business from its former owner, Gillian Boazman.

That small processing unit was deemed inadequate by the regulatory authorities and after much to-ing and fro-ing we moved into our current building which is situated on our small farm. Here we process locally produced Irish pork into a range of sausages, dry cure bacon and black and white pudding. Take a look at our awards page and see what you think of our achievements.

We are neither a name nor a marketing company. Everything we sell under the Rosscarbery Recipes label is made by us and there is always a minimum of one member of the Allshire family present when we are in production. This isn’t just because it’s cheaper to do as much of the work as possible ourselves but ongoing attention to detail and product quality.


Willie and I were both enthusiastic about food and it was one of our shared interests when we met. I hope that we have passed on both the enthusiasm and commitment to William and Maurice. Time will tell.

Avril Allshire

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