There’s nothing like going to an event you know only a little about and coming away from it convinced that the energy, creativity and dynamism of rural Ireland is a force to be reckoned with. Last week I got to go to two such events.

The first was in Newport, Co Mayo, where the irrepressible Sean Kelly’s business was the centre of attention. I’ve known Sean for a long time and he has done more than most to put Mayo on the food tourism map. His sausages and puddings are known across the country and beyond.