"You got the white pudding, didn’t you?” exclaims my neighbour. “When we go to Clonmel, we stock up with about 10 of them.”

It’s a Friday evening and I’m home in Cork after my interview with Pat Whelan of James Whelan Butchers in Clonmel. It’s nearly 120km door to door but, over the last few years, word of this butcher has travelled far beyond the Tipperary borders.