Here is what's in the food hamper the Taoiseach will give Barack Obama
Taoiseach Enda Kenny will present the hamper to President Obama today as part of St Patrick’s Day Celebrations.

Kerrygold butter and Wexford cheddar are just some of the products in the Irish food and drink hamper that Taoiseach Enda Kenny will bring to the White House.

Other dairy products include Little Milk Company cheese, Coolea Farmhouse Cheese and Cahill’s Farm Cheese.

Irish beef is also there, along with Barrys tea, Keogh’s crisps, Ballymaloe relish and O’Hara’s craft beers.

As is tradition, the US President will be given a bowl of shamrocks.

The Taoiseach announced last week he would be cutting short his visit to the US, from two days to one. Other planned events, including the American Ireland Fund dinner, will now be attended by Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan instead.

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney cancelled his St Patrick’s Day travel plans to be available for coalition talks.

Full contents of the hamper

Oatmeal/porridge

  • Flahavans
  • Kilbeggan
  • Dairy, butter and cheese

  • Kerrygold Butter
  • Wexford Cheddar
  • Little Milk Company Organic Brie; Mature Cheddar
  • Cooleeney Farm
  • Coolea Farmhouse Cheese
  • Gubeen
  • Cahill’s Farm Cheese
  • Seafood and beef

  • Burren Smokehouse Smoked Salmon
  • Irish beef
  • Confectionery, biscuits and crisps

  • Butlers
  • Jelly Bean
  • Kilbeggan Organic Oat Cookies
  • The Foods of Athenry Flapjacks & Cookie Shots
  • Broderick’s Mini Bites
  • Keogh’s Crisps
  • O’Donnell’s Crisps
  • Preserves and jams

  • Mileevan Jams & Sarah’s Honeys
  • Abbey Farm Jams
  • Follain Jams
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