Cork Food Stories with Clara Cooney

We Corkonians might be a bit biased but we do believe that Cork truly earned its reputation as the country’s foodie capital. The range of produce is phenomenal – from excellent artisan cheese to beautifully crafted smoked fish, with many award-winning producers and suppliers on our doorstep.

We have one of the worlds oldest markets, a one-of-a-kind destination that proudly takes its place among the best food markets in Europe. Standing in the centre of the city since 1788, The English Market is a riot of gorgeous gastronomic delights – walk the stalls, chat to the traders, and try out the flavours that define this city and we also have many smaller markets scattered around Cork County where we have the privilege of taking home amazing produce to sample. 

This Podcast in association with RedFM is presented to us by Clara Cooney, owner of Clara Cooks whose business is all about the education of food. From cooking classes to in-home private cheffing Clara has always been very passionate about supporting local and wanted you to hear the stories behind some of the fabulous food producers and suppliers in Cork City and County. Talking to them about their food stories from childhood to following their passion to what's next. 

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  • Jason Linton of The Cottage Garden Kinsale

    Thursday, July 1st, 2021

    37 minutes

    Clara talks to Jason Linton owner of The Cottage Garden in Kinsale. Jason arrived on our shores in 2010 to study permaculture. In 2017 he set up The Cottage Garden, a fresh food delivery service using the best of Irish produce currently covering Cork.

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  • Jenny Twomey and Jill O'Brien of Green Towers Ireland

    Thursday, June 17th, 2021

    46 minutes

    Clara talks to Jenny Twomey and Jill O'Brien from Green Towers Ireland, which are Aeroponic towers to grow your own greens in your kitchen!

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  • Siobhán Quirke Ó hAilpín of The Quirkey Kitchen

    Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

    38 minutes

    Clara speaks to Siobhán Quirke Ó hAilpín, married to GAA legend Seán Óg, after a very successful career in finance and food, Siobhan started the Quirkey Kitchen last year based in Innishannon selling coffee and treats out of a converted Citreon HY!

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  • Brian Murray from The Glass Curtain.

    Thursday, April 29th, 2021

    46 minutes

    Clara talks to Brian Murray, Chef and Owner of the Glass Curtain. Brian opened the doors of the Glass Curtain in December 2019 and recently won the Cork Business Award as the Best Restaurant in Cork

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  • Justin Green from Ballyvolane House

    Thursday, April 15th, 2021

    43 minutes

    Clara talks to Justin Green from Ballyvolane House in Cork. Ballyvolane is a historic Irish country house, family-owned and run, situated near Fermoy in Co. Cork with idyllic landscaped gardens, wooded grounds, glamping tents, tree houses & gin distillery

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  • Tony Speight of West Cork Coffee

    Thursday, April 1st, 2021

    30 minutes

    Clara talks to Tony Speight from West Cork Coffee about how he went from being an electrical engineer to building his first coffee roaster in 2004 as a hobby and from there, creating West Cork Coffee

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  • Denis Good from Good Fish

    Thursday, March 18th, 2021

    47 minutes

    Clara talks to Denis Good from Good Fish. Clara talks to Denis about his days as a boat builder to being out in the high seas as a fisherman to starting his first Fish shop in 1988 to now growing his business as a very successful supplier

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  • Ernest Cantillon

    Thursday, March 4th, 2021

    55 minutes

    On this weeks podcast, Clara talks to Ernest Cantillon a well-known Cork businessman about his bar and restaurant trade, his involvement in Cork Simon Community and the success of his business Kinsale Spirit Company

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  • Orla McAndrew of OM Catering

    Thursday, February 18th, 2021

    38 minutes

    We talk to Orla McAndrew of OM Catering. Orla is from Donoughmore in Co. Cork and started her wedding and event catering business in 2018. Orla has changed her business adding some excellent services for in-home dining and freezer meals.

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  • Tom Durcan of Tom Durcan Meats at The English Market

    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

    47 minutes

    Clara Cooney of Clara Cooks speaks with Tom Durcan from Tom Durcan Meats at the English Market. 

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  • Roughty Foodie at The English Market

    Thursday, November 26th, 2020

    30 minutes

    We are talking to Margo Ann Murphy who owns the Roughty foodie in the English Market, originally set up by Michael Murphy in the 1960s as the Roughty Fruit King now 3rd generation family business where Margo took over the business in 2011

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  • Brian & Thay of Cork Rooftop Farm

    Thursday, November 19th, 2020

    36 minutes

    On the rooftop of a building on Dalton’s Avenue, overlooking the Coal Quay and Cornmarket in the middle of Cork City, a little slice of Eden is taking shape: An urban farm unlike anything seen in Cork before, or anywhere in Ireland for that matter.

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  • Introduction to Cork Food Stories with Clara Cooney

    Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

    2 minutes

    Welcome to the Cork Food Stories Podcast with Clara Cooney of Clara Cooks in association with RedFM! Every Thursday Clara will be bringing you stories from fascinating individuals who are helping to keep Cork the foodie capital of Ireland!

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