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Big Night: Artie Clifford of Blas na hÉireann

Where will you eat when everything goes back to normal?

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At some point, our world will return to normal - even if it is a new normal. But where will we go for our first night out?

We asked some well-known names in the Irish food and drinks industry to tell us what they're planning when restrictions are lifted. Today, we spoke to Artie Clifford, chairperson of Blas na hÉireann:

"First and foremost will be a family dinner of herb-crusted leg of Blasket lamb, which will be slow-cooked while we sit among friends in Paddy Bawn Brosnan's Bar for our after-work pint and talk about the plans for the season ahead.

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That’s first, simply to have family close by but after that, I am really dreaming of going back to a long table lunch we had last summer in Newquay, Clare at The Redbank Food Company, home of the Flaggy Shore dainty oysters. We did their "shuck off" oyster tour and then sat with family where we had the most spectacular feast of seafood, oysters (which they serve with a Wildwood vinegar), lobster with a splash of gin on top, mussels cooked in seawater, crab salad with Jan’s homemade mayonnaise, brown bread, and clam pasta with chorizo. It was all washed down with a couple of bottles of Sancerre and the laughter of loved ones. That was simply heaven and, as they say themselves, “Shuck yeah”!

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