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Posted: 25/01/2023

Neven's Greenway Food Trails - The Royal Canal Greenway

On the Next Episode, February 1st - Chef Neven Maguire cycles the Royal Canal Greenway, a 130km cycling and walking trail passing through counties Kildare, Meath, Westmeath and Longford.


The Royal Canal is over 200 years old, linking the River Liffey in Dublin to the River Shannon in Co. Longford. The high quality of engineering and workmanship on the Royal Canal means its locks and bridges are still in almost perfect condition today.  The railway age signalled the end of the canal and traffic dwindled until it was closed in 1961. In 1974, a group of enthusiasts formed the Royal Canal Amenity Group to protect and restore the canal as a public amenity, and it was reopened in 2010.

 Before heading out on the Greenway, Neven visits Carton House, Maynooth for a luxurious breakfast. He meets Executive Chef Gary Rogers in ‘Kathleen’s Kitchen’, a restaurant located in the old servant’s kitchens which still has many of its original features such as cast iron stoves from the 1700s. Gary shares his recipe for Eggs Royale.

 Neven’s next stop is Multyfarnham near Mullingar, where he meets chef and cookery instructor Kamalika Ranasingha who runs the award-winning Multyfarnham Cookery School. Kamalika shares her Grandmother’s recipe for a flavoursome Sri Lankan Tuna Curry made with her own special blend of Sri Lankan spices. Multyfarnham Cookery School is located in the picturesque grounds of Multyfarnham Friary, a Franciscan Friary which is over 700 years old.

 Neven then takes  a boat trip along the Royal Canal and is joined by Derek Whelan of the Royal Canal Amenities Group, on a boat belonging to Waterways Ireland. Derek tells Neven about the history of the canal, and they travel along the Whitworth Aqueduct which was built in 1816 - an incredible feat of engineering. 

 Heading to Lough Owel, Neven meets Joe Brady of Lough Owel Organic Beef near Mullingar. Joe brings his food truck to the shore of Lough Owel and prepares a delicious burger for Neven. Joe runs a 60 acre organic cattle farm and uses various cuts of meat to make his burgers from fillet to chuck. He minces the meat twice, giving an extra quality of consistency to the burgers and doesn’t add any herbs or spices. Neven enjoys a burger topped with goats’ cheese, onion and tomatoes.

 Joining the cycle way at Mullingar Neven makes his way to Athlone where he calls in at Bon Chocolatiers to meet  Georgia Quealy and Daniel Linehan. Here he learns how their luxurious chocolates are made and intricately decorated.

 A little further north on the picturesque shores of Lough Ree is Wineport Lodge where Neven meets Head Chef Darren Walsh. Darren shares his mouth-watering recipe for Slow Roast Pork Belly with a Spice Rub of Oregano, Coriander, Mustard Seed, Caraway Seed, Onion Powder, Smoked Paprika, lime and orange zest.

Neven’s Greenway Food Trails is produced and directed by David Hare of InProductionTV and sponsored by Bord Bia.

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