A taste of popular Irish food available in the US

Kerrygold Cashel Blue cheese

6. Flahavan’s

Flahavan’s Oatmeal is Irelands leading oatmeal brand, established in 1785. The sixth generation family owned company is Ireland’s oldest privately owned business and truly is the porridge that Ireland has grown up with. This delicious oatmeal is now available in the U.S. and can be purchased in most major U.S. retailers. Available in three varieties, Steel Cut, Quick Cook Steal Cut and Rolled Oats there is an oat for everyone.

7. Lily O’ Briens

Lily O'Brien's Chocolates started life as the brainchild of Mary Ann O'Brien who, having recovered from a debilitating illness in the early 1990s, she discovered her true passion for all things chocolate.

mbarking on a journey of discovery, Mary Ann honed her chocolate-making skills working with world class chefs and chocolatiers in both South Africa and Europe before starting her own mini enterprise from her Co. Kildare kitchen in 1992.  With little more than two saucepans, a wooden spoon and her then toddler, Lily who acted as production manager!

Mary Ann began to create high quality chocolate recipes for friends and family.  Not satisfied with the scale of her enterprise she soon expanded in the hope of positioning excellent Irish chocolate on the world map. Naming the company after her daughter Lily seemed like the most natural thing to do at the time and since then Lily O'Brien's chocolates have established itself as one of Ireland's best-loved chocolatiers.

Lily O’ Brien’s has now begun to sell their unique range of chocolates in New York City. In March 2009, they opened their Flagship Irish Chocolate Café and Retail Store in the heart of Manhattan's beautiful Bryant Park. Visit their website to download a complimentary hot drink invitation at lilyscafenyc.com.

8. O’ Hara’s Craft Beer

Seamus & Kay O'Hara began making O'Hara's range of craft beers in 1996, in Bagenalstown, County Carlow, Ireland. Their business began as a quest to make flavorsome brews as there was little choice offered by the large beer companies that dominated the market. O'Hara's were one of the first craft beers to kick off the micro-brewing revolution in Ireland. O'Hara's range includes a full bodied stout and a traditional Irish red ale and can be enjoyed in a host of bars across New York City. The range is also available in selected retailers and a number of U.S. states.

Seamus O’ Hara, the brewery founder is passionate about quality. “We have gone back to basics and brew our beers as they used to be brewed – with natural ingredients and no artificial additives. We believe this leads to a superior quality product with robust body, taste, flavor and aroma.”

*Originally published in 2011.