From the famine to a dinnertime staple and a bag of chips after a night out, as a country Ireland has a long and varied relationship with the humble spud. So what better way to mark today, National Potato Day, than the inaugural Carlow Rooster Festival?

Rooster is one of Ireland’s most popular potatoes and its roots are firmly fixed in Co Carlow, having been developed there throughout the late 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s. It was one of many varieties bred at Teagasc Oak Park by Harry Kehoe and his team.