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20 Oct 2015

No place like ‘Home’ for top Northern Ireland food writer

Tourism Ireland co-hosts launch of Trish Deseine’s latest cookbook

Some 60 leading French food and lifestyle journalists gathered in Paris, to join Northern Ireland-born and internationally-acclaimed food writer, Trish Deseine, for the launch of her latest cookbook Mon Irlande (or ‘Home – Recipes from Ireland’, the English version). The event was co-hosted by Tourism Ireland, Bord Bia and publisher Hatchette Cuisine and took place at the Irish Embassy.

Trish, who grew up on a farm near Doagh in Co Antrim, has lived and worked in France for many years and is now a well-known food writer and cookbook author. Her latest book is a collection of recipes gathered from right around the island of Ireland, with stunning photography showcasing our wonderful natural food, the new wave of fantastic chefs working across the island, as well as our beautiful countryside.

Monica MacLaverty, Tourism Ireland’s manager for Southern Europe, said: “With 2016 designated Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink, the launch of ‘Mon Irlande’ was a wonderful occasion to celebrate our superb food offering. Trish has been a food ambassador for the island of Ireland for many years and her latest book is another way of reminding people of our culinary excellence, helping us to promote Northern Ireland in France to people who love great food.”

  Monica MacLaverty, Tourism Ireland; Noreen Lanigan, Bord Bia; celebrity chef Trish Deseine; Shane Clarke, Tourism Ireland; and Isabelle Canavesi, Elle magazine, at the launch of ‘Mon Irlande’ by Trish Deseine.

Notes To Editors

  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • Tourism is responsible for in excess of 5.2% of GDP in Northern Ireland and supports approximately 43,000 jobs.
  • In 2014, we welcomed an estimated 1.8 million overseas visitors to Northern Ireland, delivering revenue of about £446 million.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in ten language versions around the world, which will attract more than 16 million visitors in 2015.