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School's recipe book serves up a stir-fry from Enda and a coddle from Bertie

A MAIN course by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, breakfast by Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary and brown bread by outgoing Lord Mayor Christy Burke - as recipe books go, it's one with a difference.

Fifth-class pupils at St Catherine's Senior National School in Cabra asked politicians and celebrities to contribute to their book in aid of their library.

Stir-fried pork fillet with prawn crackers and sweet chili sauce was Mr Kenny's recommended dish and he provided detailed instructions on how to make it.

"My favourite recipe is a bowl mixed with half Rice Krispies and half corn flake, drenched in fresh full cream straight from the fridge. Yummy," airline chief Michael O'Leary wrote adding that he hoped to see their families on his flights this summer.

Christy Burke offered a recipe for brown bread while celebrity chef Nevin Maguire also got involved, offering up his mother's recipe for seafood chowder, and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern sent on his take on coddle.

Newsreader Sharon Ni Bheolain contacted the children and apologised for not sending a recipe saying: "I'm an absolutely rubbish cook" before inviting some of them to the RTE newsroom for a day trip. The children's teacher, Siobhan Shovlin, organised the project.

"A few of the classes decided to write to famous people to get them on board. I never thought Enda Kenny would get in touch but it was nice that he did," she told the Herald.

Some of the children also contributed recipes and the 165 meal ideas are mostly child-friendly, though some are a little more complicated.

The cookbook is being sold at the school for €8 and is a collaboration with publishing company Scholastic as part of its We Are Writers project.

The company took care of all production costs, allowing the full price to go to the improvement of the school's library.