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Spud Sunday: Potato Days Are Here Again

I do hate to miss a good party, especially where spuds are involved.

Over the last couple of days, twitter has successfully reminded me of what exactly I’ve been missing by not being in the U.K., where (as the newspaper snippet in the tweet above indicated) they were celebrating National Potato Day. Another tweet on Friday from Kaethe Burt O’Dea – a.k.a. @spudsireland – asked simply “Why aren’t U here?” – here being at the (apparently weekend long) 20th National Potato Day organised by Garden Organic. The charity, who promote organic growing, were the first to start holding potato days in the U.K. back in in 1994, giving growers access to a wider variety of seed tubers and generally promoting and celebrating the diversity of the spud. Similar events are now held in various locations across the U.K. at this time of year, when gardeners’ thoughts turn to the new growing season.

Though travelling to the U.K. in the name of the spud is not, for me, without precedent, it was not to be this year. Fortunately, though we have much less in the way of such events on this side of the Irish sea, spud anoraks like myself do have a few potato outings to look forward to.

Potato Day Sign

The Organic Centre in Leitrim will, of course, be holding their annual potato shindig on Sunday March 10th, which, this year, incorporates their Spring into the Garden event, with advice on seeds, sowing and soil preparation, along with demonstrations, talks and not a few spuds (and, yes, I went last year, the year before, the year before that and, well, the year before that too). News has also reached my ears that Saturday March 23rd will see the return of potato day to Sonairte, the National Ecology Centre in Co. Meath, who held their first such event in 2011. If you have even half a mind to plant some potatoes this year (and sure why wouldn’t you?) then either, or both, of these events will be well worth getting along to.


  1. Caítríona

    Am very tempted to head up to Sonairte for their Potato Day I have to say. Might see you there!

  2. Daily Spud

    You might well do Caítríona – I reckon it’ll be well worth a look.

  3. Aoife Mc

    Hurray for Potato Day! :)

  4. Daily Spud

    Hurray indeed Aoife! x

  5. Brian@irelandfavorites

    Dear Spud sorry for the tardy post, but have been in a potato induced haze celebrating potato day, I don’t think I’ll ever ingest a potato product again, or maybe I’ll try having a bit of the mash of the potato that bit me, oooh,

  6. Daily Spud

    I have every confidence in the fact that, despite the over-indulgence, that your appetite for potatoes will return Brian, and stronger than ever too, I’ll bet – or my name’s not The Daily Spud :)

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