Mar­ket in­spires menu fit for fu­ture king

Irish Examiner - - News - Eoin English

The Rebel city has done royal vis­its be­fore. But for Patsy Flynn and his wife, Kathy, it was their first.

They were among sev­eral rel­a­tives of Ir­ish Naval Ser­vice per­son­nel who are cur­rently serv­ing on the LÉ Sa­muel Beck­ett in the Mediter­ranean who spoke to Prince Charles dur­ing his visit to Haulbow­line yes­ter­day. Their son, Podge, 41, is a chef on board. They ad­mit­ted that be­fore­hand, they weren’t quite sure what to ex­pect dur­ing their meet­ing.

“I thought the prince might be a bit stuck up, a bit stand­off-ish. But he was to­tally the op­po­site. I wouldn’t mind hav­ing him over for tea,” Kathy said.

Her own hand­some prince, Patsy, said meet­ing Prince Charles sur­passed all his ex­pec­ta­tions.

“He was so down to earth. He was so easy to speak to. I’m amazed at him, re­ally,” he said.

The Flynns were quay­side along with dozens of other fam­ily mem­bers as Charles be­came the first mem­ber of the Bri­tish royal fam­ily to board an Ir­ish off-shore pa­trol ves­sel, the WB Yeats, spend­ing al­most 15 min­utes chat­ting to her crew.

Ais­ling Crosse, 9, who was quay­side with her mother, Fiona, told Prince Charles her brother, Philip, 21, is serv­ing in the Med.

“He asked me if I was miss­ing him, and I said yes,” she said, be­fore pre­sent­ing him with a bou­quet of flow­ers for Camilla.

Just mo­ments be­fore, the prince ac­cepted a gift of a hur­ley made by the O’Con­nors of New­town­shan­drum, from the pupils of St Bren­dan’s NS, whose school tour of the naval base co­in­cided with the royal visit.

Ear­lier, the royal cou­ple be­gan their en­gage­ments in the English Mar­ket where Tá­naiste Si­mon Coveney re­called the wa­ter­shed mo­ment when he ac­com­pa­nied Queen El­iz­a­beth and Prince Philip through the same aisles in 2011.

He spoke of the im­por­tance of such vis­its, and of the deep­en­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two coun­tries.

In­side, Prince Charles told mar­ket fish­mon­ger Pat O’Con­nell, a dab hand at royal vis­its, that his mother had warned him he had to stop by, be­fore he helped them cut a cake to cel­e­brate the mar­ket’s 230th birth­day.

Fel­low mar­ket traders, Frank Hed­der­man and Caro­line Work­man, from Belvelly Smoke­house, who know Camilla’s son, food writer Tom Parker Bowles, said they were de­lighted to meet the royal cou­ple.

“Tom’s a big fan of our salmon and Camilla asked if she’d be eat­ing it later, and I said it’s on the menu,” Frank said.

Out­side, mar­ket trader Daphne Roche’s sons, Sam, nine, and Mathew, seven, who looked very dap­per in their dickie bows, pre­sented the cou­ple with flow­ers as they left the mar­ket.

Crowds were sparse but en­thu­si­as­tic, with hun­dreds of school chil­dren lin­ing the Grand Pa­rade, and danc­ing along to the tunes of a Mu­sic Gen­er­a­tion group, as the Cobh An­i­ma­tion Team, dressed in Vic­to­rian-era cloth­ing, and the Cork Coal Quay shawlies added a splash of colour.

It wasn’t a bad last day in of­fice for Lord Mayor Cllr Tony Fitzger­ald, who hosted a civic re­cep­tion, where guests in­cluded Young Of­fend­ers cre­ator Peter Foote and his ac­tor wife Hil­lary Rose, chef Rachel Allen, sports stars Ais­ling Thomp­son and Rob Hef­fer­nan, and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the old­est in the world.

It was on then to UCC where the Prince was pre­sented with the sheet mu­sic to a spe­cially com­mis­sioned piece of harp mu­sic.

Dis­abil­ity rights cam­paigner, Joanne O’Rior­dan beeped the horn of her wheel­chair dur­ing a con­ver­sa­tion about the tech­nol­ogy she uses, and Young Sci­en­tist win­ner, Si­mon Mee­han, talked the Prince through his pro­ject.

His se­cu­rity de­tail broke into a slight sweat when he stepped into the Famine hut, built on cam­pus, and spent more time in­side and out of sight, than they ex­pected. Or were com­fort­able with.

He emerged fi­nally into the sun­light and de­clared: “I’m im­pressed how some­body could make such a struc­ture.”

And just as his mother did dur­ing her visit to Ire­land in 2011, Prince Charles raised a toast ‘as gaeilge’ last night at the start of a meal loaded with sym­bol­ism, yet sea­soned with a hint of sad­ness.

The mem­ory of Ir­ish food cham­pion, Myr­tle Allen, who died on Tuesday, aged 94, loomed large in the Craw­ford Gallery as 60 VIP guests dined in its Long Room.

Many of those who pre­pared the meal work at Bal­ly­maloe. Many of those who served the meal are related to her. The menu was hand­drawn by Mrs Allen’s grand­daugh­ter, Ly­dia Hugh-Jones.

“Mrs Allen would cook on, so we will too,” one of the team said.

And she was re­mem­bered fondly as the meal show­cased the finest lo­cal in­gre­di­ents, many of which were sourced in the English Mar­ket.

Gallery Cafe chef Sinead Do­ran, who was as­sisted in the kitchen by her for­mer teacher at Bal­ly­maloe, Rory O’Con­nell, spent weeks pre­par­ing the the VIP event.

“It fea­tured a lot of what they would have seen in the English Mar­ket ear­lier,” Sinead said.

“It was re­ally ex­cit­ing to cook for some­one who likes organic, lo­cal food. He likes what we like. There was a lot of pres­sure in terms of lo­gis­tics and tim­ings but it went well.”

The menu fea­tured new sea­son sparkling el­der­flower and ap­pe­tis­ers in­clud­ing radishes with wild sorel may­on­naise, Bal­ly­maloe cheese cro­quettes, Frank Hed­der­man’s smoked salmon, of course, and dev­illed crab.

The six-course meal fea­tured Ard­sal­lagh goat’s cheese, with lo­cal honey and rocket leaves, poached wild Blackwater salmon with gar­den peas, chervil and hol­landaise sauce, roast rack and leg of East Cork lamb, with sweet mar­jo­ram and Shana­garry baby car­rots with a salad of leaves from the Bal­ly­maloe gar­den and Bal­ly­cot­ton new pota­toes, fol­low­ing by deserts in­clud­ing straw­berry and el­der­berry jelly, with crushed straw­ber­ries and cream, with el­der­flower granita, and pistachio langues de chat, and a plate of Cork farm­house cheeses from the mar­ket.

Charles and Camilla are due to visit Kerry to­day.

Pic­ture: Larry Cum­mins

Billy For­rester of Bub­ble Broth­ers of­fers a spe­cially made drink ‘The Deoch of Corn­wall’ to the Char­lies, the prince of Wales, and Camilla, the duchess of Corn­wall, dur­ing their visit to the English Mar­ket, Cork City.

Pic­ture: Tom Ho­nan /Julien Be­hal

The duchess of Corn­wall with Greta a nine-week-old puppy, as she vis­ited the Ir­ish Guide Dogs.

Pic­ture: Larry Cum­mins

Prince Charles emerges from a one-roomed Famine ‘mud cabin’ recre­ated at Uni­ver­sity Col­lege Cork. He said he was ‘im­pressed how some­body could make such a struc­ture’.

Pic­ture: Brian Law­less/PA Wire

Prince Charles meets Orla Donel­lan aboard a sim­u­la­tor at the Na­tional Mar­itime Col­lege of Ire­land.

Pic­ture: Michael Mac Sweeney/Pro­vi­sion

Prince Charles meets Anna Geary and Olympian Rob Hef­fer­nan in Cork City Hall. The civic re­cep­tion was hosted by Lord Mayor Cllr Tony Fitzger­ald.

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