Warm salad of Clonakilty Black Pudding
Warm salad of Clonakilty Black Pudding

Local Specialities


Black pudding - etc.


You can read more about it at the Food Culture West Cork blog.


Timoleague Brown Pudding - PGI Protected Geographical Indication

Timoleague Brown Pudding is one of only four Irish foods which has its name protected by the EU (European Union). All of the meat for the pudding comes from pigs sourced within a six mile radius of the processing facility in Timoleague, West Cork.  This pasture gives the pudding a distinct flavour.

Receiving a PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) or a PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) status from the EU highlights the reputation of products which are linked to a particular geographical region. This gives the product a competitive advantage and prevents competitors from using the protected product's name to sell products which were not produced within the region.

Some well-known examples of PDO/PGIs include Champagne; only producers within the Champagne region of French may call their product Champagne and Feta cheese which can only be labelled feta if it has been produced in Greece.


Irish Products protected by PGI/PDOs

  • Clare Island Salmon (PGI) 
  • Connemara Hill Lamb Uain Sléibhe Chonamara (PGI)
  • Imokilly Regato (PDO)
  • Timoleague Brown Pudding (PGI)

Information about how producers can apply for a PDO or PGI can be found from Bord Bia.