Donegal Town unofficially became the sausage capital of Ireland recently when Ernan and Diarmuid McGettigan and Edmund and Liam Walsh both received the supreme accolades at the Associated Craft Butchers' Sausage Competition of Ireland which was recently held in the RDS in Dublin ...And I've also heard that Dave Ainsworth's sausages in Killybegs are worth trying too! And funnily enough Dave is quoted in an Irish Times article about election canvassing in Killybegs. I have tried McGettian's sausages and do think they're good and the Mammy likes the Chicken's from Walsh. I didn't know Walsh's did their own sausages and I'll have to try them next time I'm home.
The McGettigan brothers won their first All Ireland Supreme title in 2001 for their hickory and maple sausage and are the only butchers ever to win the prestigious title more than once ...
Ernan, whose first supreme title was awarded for his hickory and maple sausage in 2001, is the only Irish butcher to win the title more than once ...
This year he won the double when he was awarded the national champion prize for his traditional butcher's sausage -- a popular choice for celebs Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick when they stop by on their way to their holiday home in the county.
He also scooped the coveted supreme award for his garlic and leek pork sausage.
Ernan, who also does a low-fat variety, pointed out that the sausage is the ideal recession food -- "tasty, nutritious and cheap".
One hundred metres away, Edmund and Liam Walsh who, like the McGettigans, have a lifetime of butchering experience between them, have been notching up successes with their flavoured sausages at regional level since 2002, and won their first National Championship in 2008.
Earlier this month, their venison and redcurrant sausage won gold at the national championships.
"We were delighted because the standard is unbelievably high. Between ourselves and the McGettigans, there is an enthusiasm and also a tradition which is very important," explained Liam.
Also, the image above is in a Reuters News article about Ireland and the economy (and no mention of Donegal), it shows Enda Kenny of Fina Gail purchasing (probably) sausages in McGettian's butchers from John Kerrigan. BTW, this is no way endorsing FG or any of the other parties, or implying that McGettian's does. I just though the image was interesting and it was great to see a view of Donegal on an international news site.
When you go vote, do remember this, this is one of the few times that the national media or politicians will care about Donegal. So choose wisely, and also think about the country.
Originally posting at Donegal Friends.