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Hello there from Ireland.

The 1st of October is International Coffee Day. Coffee has become so popular over the last few years and is celebrated today around the world.

Here in Ireland we can take credit for one of the most popular coffees – the Irish Coffee!

 Back in the 1940’s a chef called Joe Sheridan worked at Foynes Airport which is now Shannon International airport. In those days this was where the sea planes landed having crossed the Atlantic Ocean. In those days crossing the sea by plane was not as comfortable or as fast as it is today. The passengers would have been 8 to 10 hours on the plane having been buffeted about without a pillow or inhouse TV in sight!  In 1943 a Pan Am flight bound for New York was turned back due to bad weather.

The passengers arrived back into the airport cold and weary. Joe was called on the revive the unfortunate travellers with hot food and drink. This is where Joe presented them with good strong coffee but with some added Irish Whiskey, topped off with Irish cream.  This went down a treat and soon the passengers spread the word all over the world about our “Irish” Coffee.

Joe Sheridan ended up emigrating to the USA and if you wish you can read the full story of where Joe and his Irish Coffee landed here .

You can see our Irish Coffee and teas from our Connemara Kitchen over at but in the meantime here is Joe’s Irish Coffee recipe for you to try.


2 sugar cubes

1 1/2 oz Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey



Fill an Irish coffee glass with very hot water to preheat, then empty. Pour hot coffee into a hot glass until it is about ¾ full and drop in 2 cocktail sugar cubes.

Stir until the sugar is thoroughly dissolved. Add a full jigger of Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey for proper taste and body.

Top with a collar of lightly whipped cream by pouring gently over a spoon.

Enjoy it while it’s hot.


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