MUTTON Pies in an art gallery; not two things you would generally associate with one another.
This combination, however, went down a storm in Dingle last weekend as Michelin star chef Derry Clarke from L'Écrivan, one of the country's top restaurants, showcased his exquisite take on the traditional Dingle Mutton Pie at the Liam O'Neill Gallery in The Colony.
"I've known Derry since 1989; we started our careers at the same time," said Liam O'Neill. "I had my first show [of art] on the railings at St. Stephens Green, Dublin and he had just opened his new restaurant I'Ecrivain on Baggot Street. We've been friends ever since and he bought my entire exhibition of The Great Irish Writers for his restaurant."
Derry's Dingle Mutton Pie was a run-away success with people queuing around the block to have a taste and by 4.30pm they were sold out. In conjunction with the event Liam had donated one of his original oil paintings for a raffle to raise funds for the Kerry Cork Health Link Bus.
There was tremendous support for the raffle from locals and visitors alike and the original oil painting by Liam O'Neill was won by Leataoibh native Geraldine Fitzgerald. Overall €7,000 was raised for the Cork Kerry Health Link Bus between the raffle and pies.