His Royal Highness, Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visited Cahir Farmers Market in County Tipperary today (March 25), where they met local food producers from across the county.
County Council worker Deirdre Hayes called the event “a great opportunity to tell the world that Tipperary is open for business”.
10 members of the Tipperary Foods Producers Network, including Cashel Farmhouse Cheesemakers; homemade thumb pudding; the butchers’ daughter; and Magner’s eggs; have set up their stalls next to the castle of Cahir.
Sampling local produce from food producers
The Prince of Wales bought a loaf of sourdough bread from Mary Hickey of Hickey’s Bakery in Clonmel. He also tasted his barm brack and said “it’s similar to Bara brith from Wales”.
Talk to AgrilandMary said it was an honor that Prince Charles bought some of her products and she said he was a “lovely, natural man”.
“His private secretary bought a loaf of bread in his name and it was very exciting. It’s a beautiful day with the backdrop of Cahir Castle and the good weather.”
Meanwhile, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, walked through the stalls enjoying homemade ice cream from Boulabán Farm, produced with milk from their 80 Holstein Friesian cows in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary.
Pursuing her sweet tooth, Camilla then sampled a slice of Baileys Irish Cream Cheesecake from Comsey Creamery.
Booth owner Mike Doyle said Agriland“It’s a big day for the community, we got her a taste of our cheesecake and it looked like she really liked it.”
The market visit was just one stop in a wider tour of the south-east that the royal family is undertaking for several days.
In a speech yesterday, Prince Charles said he had ambitions to enjoy all that Ireland has to offer: ‘It has long been one of our great ambitions to visit every county in this land majestic before senility completely overwhelms us!”
Shortly after tasting the products on offer, Prince Charles gave an impromptu “performance” on a bodhrán belonging to the local music group, Cahir Comhaltas.
Before leaving, Their Royal Highnesses met locals who had lined up to greet the Prince and Duchess.