Three ‘character cafés” of West Cork to pop up at exciting new city venue

Ruth Healy

Cork Character Cafés, supported by Taste Cork, is an initiative created by Fáilte Ireland Food Champion and owner of Urru Culinary Store in Bandon, Ruth Healy.

On Saturday 19th August three renowned cafés from the collective will be bringing a taste of West Cork hospitality and great local produce to Cork City for an afternoon of good food, good company and a chance to take a peek into the historic and recently renovated Nano Nagle Place – an oasis in the heart of the city since 1771.

This is the first Pop Up event for Cork Character Cafés and signals the ambitions of its founder, Ruth Healy, to put cafés to the forefront of people’s minds as community-focused gathering places where good food is accessible and where locals and visitors alike can enjoy the county’s everyday culinary personality. 

Coming together for this event are West Cork cafés Lettercollum Kitchen Project of Clonakilty, famous for its delicious salads and savoury tarts made with organic produce from its 120 year old walled garden; The Stuffed Olive renowned in Bantry for wickedly good house made cakes and delicious breads and Urru Culinary Store of Bandon which has always championed great Irish produce from their riverside establishment, from milk to smoked fish and everything in between.

Each of the cafés will be serving up a delicious course for a summery lunch in the surrounds of the original and beautifully restored convent parlour overlooking the terraced gardens.

Ruth Healy said, “Nano Nagle, founder of the Presentation Sisters, was a pioneer in establishing education for Catholic children at a time when doing so was outlawed. Her enduring legacy are the Presentation Schools, the first of which is on the site of the South Presentation convent, now known as Nano Nagle Place.

The convent was also an important community hub where food and companionship were readily available and where communal feasts for first communion and confirmations were hosted. This is what inspired us to bring our sharing summer feast to Nano Nagle Place. 

Nano Nagle Place and each of the Cork Character Cafés are individually distinctive and unique but similar in that they all combine traditional, heritage inspiration with a contemporary style – in the celebration of space, food and hospitality.

Rebecca O’Keeffe, Taste Cork says, “We are delighted to work with Ruth Healy on the development of the Cork Character Cafes initiative. It is an exciting opportunity to connect and promote the cafes across Cork who, every day, share the stories and the produce of their local community.

Through a series of unique pop-ups and themed weeks, the Cork Character Cafes aim to enhance the customer experience and knowledge of local foods, and to shape the telling of Cork’s food story around the culture and the history of our region – making Nano Nagle Place the perfect starting point”

The Cork Character Café pop up at Nano Nagle Place will include a three-course set summer lunch followed by a guided tour of the buildings, gardens and convent complex. Tickets cost just €20 per person and are available to purchase from Monday 24th July online at www.urru.ie, or purchase in store at Urru Culinary Store, Bandon or The Stuffed Olive in Bantry. 

Contact Ruth Healy for further details and queries: 023-8854731, 086-8372138, ruthhealy@urru.ie

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