Special Roscommon boxty recipe made it to UK!





The daughter of a County Roscommon native has described how a secret boxty recipe which originated here made its way to the UK eight decades ago – and is still ‘going strong’!

  Anna Clarke, who lives in Scotland, says that her family’s love of boxty dates back to her mother Peggy Clarke (nee O’Rourke, RIP). Peggy emigrated from Lecarrow, Croghan, Co. Roscommon to Scotland in the 1940s, where she married Harry Clarke – and she brought her boxty recipe with her to Glasgow.

  Anna says: “She kept it up over the years, making it for her Glasgow grandchildren. I worked in a little Sisters of the Poor care home in Glasgow and she often made some for me to pass on to a few of the Sisters who were from Roscommon and Leitrim”.

  Anna’s son Sean lives in England and he has continued the family tradition of cooking boxty.

  “He carried his gran’s boxty recipe with him when he left Glasgow to settle with his wife and family in Whitehaven in England…he loves to make it. His children enjoy it so it looks like Peggy O’Rourke’s boxty recipe that came from Croghan in the 1940s to Glasgow and is now being made in England will be carried on with the next generation”.

  Boxty has traditionally been very popular in north Connacht and Leitrim will host its inaugural Boxty Festival on Saturday, October 19th. This event is part of Fáilte Ireland’s ‘Taste the Island’ programme and on the day the search will be on for Leitrim’s Best Boxty Maker 2019!

  If you are a lover of the ‘traditional Irish potato pancake’, this is a date for your diary. Join in the celebrations of the heritage dish through music, song, dance and some great fun potato art in The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon from 12 pm.

  For more information/to share your boxty memories visit their Facebook and Instagram pages www.facebook.com/TheLeitrimBoxtyFestival or www.instagram.com/LeitrimBoxtyFestival.