KEOGH'S FARM in Oldtown, famous for their spuds and their crisps have called on the humble potato to be declared the national vegetable of Ireland.As the consumption of potatoes during the festive season is set to reach over 40,000 tonnes, Keogh's Farm and their small but powerful lobbyists took time out from their holidays to present a signed petition to have the potato officially declared as the National Vegetable of Ireland to Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney TD. Keogh's Farm Petition was presented to the minister with over 3,000 signatures from people all over the country who are backing the potato in the hope of the vegetable receiving a national title. After 700 years in Ireland as the nations unofficial National Vegetable, Keogh's Farm hope that the petition will make the government see just how valued and loved the humble spud is in Ireland. According to research from Bord Bia, more than 40,000 tonnes of potatoes will be have been consumed this festive season, the same in weight as over 132 replica Jeanie Johnson tall ships. In the last year alone over 175,000 tonnes of potatoes were consumed in Ireland, which is almost the same weight as 1400 Dublin Spires. As part of the celebrations for the second National Potato Day, which was held recently, Keogh's, the entrepreneurial Irish farmers, created the petition to get the people of Ireland to pledge their allegiance to the Irish potato and help ensure the potato is declared the official National Vegetable of Ireland. Almost three thousand people across Ireland have signed the petition in support of the potato. Speaking about the potato petition Tom Keogh, of Keogh's Farm said: 'For generations our family has been farming potatoes in North County Dublin, we eat, sleep and breath potatoes. ' Today is a wonderful day for us as we get to show Ireland's love for the Irish potato on a national scale and present this petition to the government in the hope that this fantastic vegetable can be given the official title of National Vegetable of Ireland.'