I like a few things when I go on holiday; good food, good company and plenty of things to do. The sun holiday of lounging by the pool and getting burned has never really been my thing. The first sun holiday I went on was with my girlfriends from school the summer after we did our Leaving Cert. My friend Sheenagh’s mum, Eileen, and her friends also went to the same place – yes, I know, we were wild!

One of Eileen’s friends was the Kilkenny chef and local food champion Anne Neary of Ryeland House Cookery School. A few weeks back, the same wild bunch who went on their Leaving Cert holiday with their mothers’ friends 20 years previously, went to a cookery demonstration in Ryeland House – a one-pot night. Catching up with Anne, it was hard to believe that such a length of time had passed.