Ireland is exceptionally rich in its traditions and one of the finest is Clonakilty Blackpudding. In the small farmhouses of rural Ireland the modest income of the household was subsidised by the making of blackpudding. It was sold to the butchers of the nearby market towns along with eggs, butter and other farm produce.
One such farmhouse was that of Johanna O'Brien at Sam's Cross near Clonakilty. Her blackpudding was sold to Philip Harrington, whose butcher’s shop was at 16, Sovereign Street (now Pearse Street) in Clonakilty. When Johanna eventually retired from the onerous task of making the very popular blackpudding, she passed her precious recipe onto Mr. Harrington. To this day the recipe for Clonakilty Blackpudding has not changed from Johanna O’Brien’s recipe back in the 1800’s.
Pictured left: Johanna O'Brien with her Blackpudding recipe, and Sovereign St, Clonakilty.