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The Fairytale of Cork

We interrupt this blog to bring you news that Cinderella went to the Blog Awards Ball after all.

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This, it turns out, was just as well, because Cinderella was called upon to take the long walk to the stage to accept a wonderful glass slipper trophy as winner of the food ‘n’ drink edible category. She also got to meet some of the many inhabitants of blogoland, including the mythical Irish blogfather, whose actual existence she had often wondered about, because she’d only ever read about him in fairytales blogs. So bedazzled was she by the whole proceedings that she forgot all about leaving the premises by midnight and found that it was somewhat closer to 4am when she finally retired. She was very thankful to all involved for a most excellent evening and was glad that nothing turned into a pumpkin as a result of the lateness of the finishing hour. It’s entirely possible, however, that some people’s heads may have felt like pumpkins this morning, which may not have been the fairytale ending they were hoping for. They will, no doubt, get over it though, and we sincerely hope that they will all blog happily ever after.

We now promise to return you to your regularly scheduled Spud Sunday programming.


  1. English Mum

    Yay! Yay! And yay again!!! Congrats, my darling. Very well deserved. Proud to be a bloggy friend. Mwah xx

  2. Heather

    congratulations to you! how exciting!!

  3. manuel

    well done spud…….he sounds like a new blog……

  4. Jane

    Hip,Hip, Hooray!!!!

  5. laura

    Congratulations! And how great that you got to be there after all.

  6. Paul O'Mahony (Omaniblog)

    Congratulations. I’m delighted to discover your blog. If you hadn’t won I’d never have come across you.

    I’ve written you an Open Letter on my blog. I’d be grateful if you’d read it.


  7. Coxy

    All hail her Spudness!! :) Well done!!

  8. Kieran

    Well done and congrats!

  9. Niall

    Nice to meet you Aoife! Sorry myself and Aoife Mc were so despondent at the breakfast table!

  10. Tangled Noodle

    I feel like a glass-slipper heel for not seeing this earlier! CONGRATULATIONS!! Can I be part of your entourage, basking in the reflected glow of your Spudness?

    Really, your blog is outstanding and the recognition is so well-deserved. I so admire how you are able to put together succinct posts that nevertheless burst with humor, tempting photos and excellent recipes. Keep showing us how it’s done!

  11. Peter

    Hi Aoife. Well done, really chuffed for you. The Daily Spud is one of my favourite blogs – down to earth, sweet, well-written – and you deserve the recognition. It was great to meet you down at the awards.

  12. jen

    Congratulations DS!

    Muchly deserved and I’m made up for ye. Sounds like a fabulous night too :-)

  13. Daily Spud

    English Mum: thank you too darling, equally proud to have you as a bloggy mate :)

    Heather: exciting indeed!

    Manuel: thanks and commiserations on being beaten by the Sweary Lady – you had my vote!

    Jane: welcome and thanks!

    Laura: yes, it was great that Cinders got to go after all!

    Paul: thanks – I’ll read your letter and let you know what I think

    Coxy: as they might say in your home or mine, I didn’t lick it up off the road, y’know :)

    Kieran: thanks so much for dropping by – am a fan of your own blog, not to mention your ice-cream!

    Niall: no worries re: breakfast – nobody was exactly bright-eyed and bushy-tailed yesterday morning!

    Tangled Noodle: your words are, as ever, most kind and thoughtful – why I’d be proud to have you lead my entourage if I can be allowed to do the same for you :)

    Peter: thanks so much – it was a real pleasure to meet yourself and Jean (and Cat too)

    Jen: thanks – ’twas a good ol’ night alright, still not quite recovered from it I think!

  14. zerrin

    CONGRATS! You definitely deserve it with this noteworthy blog. You’re so unique with your sincere language, your descriptions, informative posts and your style as a whole. I’m learning more about potato and Ireland thanks to you. I’m really happy for you.

  15. Bob

    Well done Aoife, well deserved. Is there no end to this woman’s talents?!

  16. will sullivan

    Hey, spud…really well deserved, man. Congrats. Glad to know they still give awards to people who really deserve it. Good on ya!


  17. kickpleat

    Congrats on a well-deserved win!

  18. aoife mc

    Hey Aoife
    Nice to meet you over the weekend, again – like niall said above, apologies for our lack of speaking skills at breakfast! I was in need of a brain transplant.
    Your site looks positively delicious, I look forward to perusing your archives!
    Congrats again on your win
    aoife mc x

  19. Ivan Santry

    Congrats on the win. Well deserved and keep up the good work.

  20. Ernie Whalley

    Came across your blog via Italian Foodie’s. Lovely stuff. I only just found out there were Bloggers Awards and that my site was nominated – deffo Sleepy Hollow here. Anyhow, well done on your win.

  21. Michael Kane

    And belated but well deserved congrats on winning one of the toughest categories. What a shame you couldn’t take the long walk up to the stage yourself! Awesome night all ’round :)

  22. Greg

    Though I could not vote, I did have my fingers crossed for you. I think that is what put you over the top! Of course having an excellent blog may also have helped…GREG

  23. Daily Spud

    zerrin: if you can learn a little and be entertained a little then I’m doing my job and I’m happy too!

    Bob: thanks! it’s certainly not the stuff of our college lectures, that’s for sure… :)

    Will: cheers, mate

    kickpleat: thanks a mill’

    aoife mc: thanks and, unfortunately for all concerned, brain transplants were not actually on offer as part of the hotel breakfast – I mean, really, they should have known, lol

    Ivan: thanks, will do :)

    Ernie: thanks so much – very glad to have you visit; sometimes I think it would be a lot nicer if I could be in some sleepy hollow for a while, things have been a little frenetic of late hereabouts!

    Mike: thanks and that was me taking the very long walk up to the stage; meant to catch you and introduce myself at some stage on the night but got distracted by some other bloggers!

    Greg: I have no doubt that your support was the clincher :)

  24. Eolaí

    I meant to tell you how much I like potatoes, which would have been a better way of saying well done to you. It would have.

    ’twas very nice to meet you.

  25. Cristian


  26. Sophie

    OOOOOH I just read this post,….a bit late but anyway: congratulations on this yet again well deserved award!!! Enjoy it!!!! I love your writing & food of course!!

  27. Daily Spud

    Ah thanks Eolaí, Cristian and Sophie. Onwards and blogwards, that’s what I say :)

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