In All-Ireland week, a Wicklow butcher has brought home the bacon in an All-Ireland of a different kind.
Derek Dunne, the traditional butcher on Wicklow town’s main street, has landed the outright All-Ireland title for the traditional butcher’s sausage.
At an event in Portlaoise today, chuffed chopper Derek swept the board with judges at the Associated Craft Butcher of Ireland’s sausage and pudding competition.
After winning the Leinster heats earlier this year, Derek is now Ireland’s finest sausage maker – a fact his customers already knew.
“I’m absolutely over the moon,” Derek told WicklowNews.net this afternoon after his bangers were voted the best traditional sausages in Ireland by the expert judges in a unanimous vote.
Derek has been a fixture of Wicklow town for the last 30 years with his sausages made and only available in his shop. The recipe has been handed down through generations of the Dunne family.
“I´ve been making the same sausages here in the shop since I opened, and before that for too long than I care to remember,” said Derek.
“So it´s great that we´ve been recognised like this in such a prestigious competition.”
In the 2013 event, Derek missed out on entering by arriving late for the competition.
But this year, he swept the board with his traditional butcher-style sausage. The sausages were subjected to two tests, appearance and taste, and according to the team of judges, the Wicklow sausages went down a storm.
“I was unlucky last year so perhaps that played a part this year,” he said.
“It´s the same recipe that my father taught me, and his father before him, so we´re not going to change it now.”