Fishermen’s Potatoes

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The Potato Year: 300 Classic Recipes

The Potato Year

By Lucy Madden

Published 2015

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In the West of Ireland fishermen are said to dig aB hole about 2 inches deep, put a potato into each hole and cover with sand. A fire is lit on top and the potatoes, it is said, will be cooked in half an hour. I’ve never had the patience to try it but it would give children something different to do on holiday.

‘We stop the Press, with very great regret, to announce that the Potato Murrain has unequivocally declared itself in Ireland. The crops about Dublin are suddenly perishing.’

From The Gardener’s Chronicle, 12 September 1845.

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