The Irish Foodscape 1916 – 2016

A Century of Food in Ireland


Thursday April 27th, 2017

Airfield Estate, Dundrum, Co. Dublin

1.30pm – 5.15pm, followed by a Social Supper


Hosted by Pól Ó’Conghaile (Journalist and Broadcaster) with guest speakers including

Micheál Ó Muireachtaigh (Broadcaster), David Meredith (Teagasc), Ernie Whalley (Food Critic),

Regina Sexton (Food Historian), Barra Casey (Central Statistics Office) and many more.


Tickets from €50  

Airfield Estate, Dublin announces the inaugural Airfield Estate Food Series on Thursday April 27th from 1.30pm – 5.15pm. The first in a series of food talks at the Dundrum farm and gardens, the April session will focus on ‘The Irish Foodscape, 1916 – 2016’, an engaging exploration of how food in Ireland has evolved and diversified throughout the century. This lively discussion and debate will be hosted by journalist and broadcaster Pól Ó’Conghaile, in the company of many guest speakers. The event will examine land use, food production, food sustainability, regulation and policy, changes in food consumption and much more. The afternoon will conclude with a Social Supper on the Estate.

Joining Pól in The Hive at Airfield will be a diverse gathering of speakers. Broadcaster Micheál Ó Muireachtaigh takes an entertaining look at the changing diet over the years with particular focus on GAA players; food critic Ernie Whalley explores how restaurant menus reflect changing tastes; a speaker from the CSO Barra Casey will share decades of CPI statistics, which will provide an intriguing insight into Ireland’s food consumption patterns; farmer Joe Hayden of the award winning Orchard Centre and Bailey’s Farm in Wicklow, speaks about the evolution of the Irish family farm over the years, from farming practices and diversification, through the development of agri-tourism. Journalist and author Paddy Woodworth discusses using the natural capital concept to join up our thinking on food production and climate change strategies.

Education and Learning Co-ordinator with Airfield, Dr. Kirstie McAdoo will discuss how policy has impacted Animal Welfare. Food historian Regina Sexton examines the national and international perception of Irish food over the decades. David Meredith joins from Teagasc to discuss the changing face of land use, food production and the future of Irish agriculture; Morton’s Fine Foods, the Ranelagh based family business trading since the 1930’s, looks at the history of food retailing in Ireland; UCC Researcher Helena O’Connor debates current farming policies around productivity and how we can meet market demand in a sustainable way, while food and travel writer Joe McNamee delves into Ireland’s “cracked” foodie culture- Cupcakes in a Time of Crisis: How Ireland’s ‘Foodie’ Culture Masks the Cracks in a Fractured Food System

The evening comes to a close with an optional Social Supper, a chance to enjoy some of the Estate’s incredible produce, for which it was awarded Ireland’s Best Food and Beverage Experience 2016 at the recent Irish Tourism Industry Awards. Tickets available here.

Airfield Estate in Dundrum, Dublin, is a 38-acre farm and food destination, authentic Irish rural living within a stone’s throw of the urban sprawl. A charitable trust, the Estate was originally owned by sisters Letitia and Naomi Overend, who left the Estate in trust to the people of Ireland to be used for educational and recreational purposes. Airfield Estate is committed to respecting and sustaining the land, to be inclusive and welcoming of all and to preserving the Estate for future generations, an amenity that enhances the lives and wellbeing of all who connect with it. A key aspect of the Airfield mission is to inspire people to refresh their connection with the land and the food it provides and to facilitate active learning around food, farming and the land. The Airfield Estate Food Series 2017 aims to generate debate, discussion and dialogue on all aspects of food in daily life.

Airfield Estate, Overend Avenue, Dundrum, Dublin 14