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Here's how you can #ShopForIreland today

Great ways to support Irish businesses

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Even though we're all still practicing social distancing and most of us are working from home, we still want to help support Irish food and drink producers.

We've decided to help our readers #ShopForIreland, so we'll be posting every day to highlight producers around the country. Get in touch on our social channels with your suggestions on who we should write about.

Saint Francis Provisions, Kinsale

Barbara Nealon opened Saint Francis Provisions, a 16-seater restaurant in Kinsale in Co Cork, last June and had a successful first nine months in business until Covid-19 struck. She initially closed for a week, before coming up with the idea for the Saint Francis Provisions At Home bag.

“At first it was just about using up all the beautiful produce and dairy we had bought. We didn't want to abandon our gorgeous customers, our amazing local suppliers or our staff,” she says. “Our first bag was €50 including a bottle of natural wine. I was hoping to get ten orders, but I got 68.”

Nealon is now offering the bags every Friday and Saturday, with the exact contents changing depending on what’s in season and available. Her Facebook and Instagram pages have all the details.

READ MORE: The pantry staples we think you should have at home right now

Bakealicious, Navan

Cakes and sweet treats made with spelt flour, Irish butter and eggs from happy hens, delivered to our door? Yes please.

Navan-based baker Eimear Reynolds is now doing nationwide delivery of the delicious thing she cooks up in her café, Bakealicious. There are brownie boxes for €25 - Reynolds also offers a gluten-free version of that – jars of cookie mix for a fiver, lemon drizzle cake for €8.50, and a brown bread mix for €2.50. You can see her full range at bakealicious.ie.

READ MORE: In the kitchen with Aishling Moore

Michelle O'Donnell, head chef at MasterChefs
Michelle O'Donnell, head chef at MasterChefs

MasterChefs, Limerick

The contract and event caterers MasterChefs have been doing great work over the past few weeks delivering free meals to the elderly in Limerick and across the mid-west.

In total, they have delivered over 1,000 meals, all of which they have funded themselves, but they now need help to keep going.

If you are in a position to make a donation – essentially to #ShopForIreland for the benefit of someone else – you can get in touch with them on 061-411522 during office hours.