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Sunday 20 August 2017

Dublin crisps on the White House menu

HE's used to getting a bowl full of shamrock from Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Now US President Barack Obama can taste the plants too thanks to Dublin potato farmers who use them to flavour their crisps.

Keogh's Shamrock and Sour Cream crisps - made on a farm in Oldtown - were included in the Bord Bia hampers gifted to Mr Obama.

However, Tom Keogh (35) admits that he doesn't know if hampers, like the shamrock, are ultimately destroyed by the White House as part of secret service procedures.

"I've heard some reports saying it was destroyed, and others saying it was not. I'm sure somebody gets to enjoy it. You'd be lucky if it was Barack himself but you never know," he laughed.

Tom, whose family has farmed their north Dublin land for more than 200 years, said they were "delighted" their crisps were included.

He explained the idea to make crisps came from being tangled in US bureaucracy when trying to export fresh spuds there.

Tom says an official told him he could by-pass the red tape if they were cooked and the idea was born.

Keogh's sent about 10,000 boxes Stateside last year.

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