A KNOCKOUT bricfeasta was served to former champion boxer Bernard Dunne, who stopping off for an Irish language chat at a novel pop-up restaurant in Mitchelstown last weekend.
Mitchelstown Macra members enjoyed breakfast with Dunne last Saturday morning in King's Square as part of Truly Irish Country Food's pop-up restaurants campaign.
Truly Irish served sausages, rashers, puddings and more on the day, according to Mitchelstown Macra PRO Clodagh Carey.
"It was great, everyone made the effort to speak the cupla focal," Clodagh told The Corkman.
"It was also fantastic to support local produce. While the Truly Irish producers are from all provinces, there are a strong number of Munster suppliers and we were encouraged by them to come along. Mitchelstown Macra always supports local producers, we are from the local community and with the local community," she said.
So what brought Bernard Dunne to speak Irish in Mitchelstown?
"Bernard Dunne has his own link with the Irish language through his new TG4 show. His kids have started gaelscoil and so he took it upon himself to learn the cupla focail," she explained.
"We kept it conversational, so we were talking about ispini and the cupan tae, it was kept general. The idea is to promote the everyday use of the language for everyone, whether you are starting school or a pensioner. We followed it up with a short trad session."
The event has inspired Macra to consider Irish language events of their own, she added.
"Our secretary is an Irish teacher so we may look into it. We have only been running for two years but maybe in the future we'll do something Irish. Our table quiz is due at the end of March or start of April, who knows? We may have a couple of Irish rounds."