Minister tucks in at family deli to launch town's 20th food fair
The family business once included a bar and grocery but unlike a lot of traditional pubs, Pierce Walsh decided to concentrate on the food side of his business.
People said he was mad to be selling his licence when they were just getting valuable but 20 years on, the cafe and delicatessen owner hasn't looked back.
John R's Delicatessen and Cafe on Church Street, Listowel, Co Kerry, was chosen to launch the 20th annual Listowel Food Fair, the country's longest running food festival that takes place this year from November 20-23.
John also serves as chairman of this year's fair.
Also revived for the 20th food fair is the popular cheese competition, cookery competitions, craft fair, farming seminar and an extended programme of workshops for all ages.
Helping to launch the Listowel Food Fair was Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan, one of the original founders of the food fair, who cut the specially commissioned chocolate biscuit cake. It was created by Margie Lynch and modelled on the iconic St John's Church theatre in the town.