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How To Make an Authentic Full Irish Breakfast

Updated on March 16, 2017
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Full Irish Breakfast
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Start Your Day the Hearty Way With A Traditional Irish Breakfast

The Irish are known for their generous meals and a hearty traditional Irish breakfast is the perfect start to any day...especially St. Patrick's Day!

How will you be starting your St. Patrick's Day this year? On this page, discover Irish soda bread, black pudding, white pudding, Irish breakfast tea and the many other items that make up a traditional Full Irish Breakfast.

Start planning now for your St. Patrick's Day breakfast on March 17th!

Irish Farmhouse Cookbook

An Irish Farmhouse Cookbook
An Irish Farmhouse Cookbook

This cookbook is truly a treat all year round, but I love to flip through is pages in early spring around St. Patrick's Day. There is something about the green, rolling hills of Ireland that inspires me. And the recipes are authentic Irish favorites that make me long for traditional full breakfast with my family. I look forward to it every year!


Full Irish Breakfast

A Full Irish Breakfast takes the morning meal to a whole new level! It starts with traditional breakfast foods, like eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes and hot tea with milk...but it gets crazy good when you add in some grilled tomatoes, baked beans, black and white puddings and Irish soda bread with sweet butter and preserves! My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Full Irish Breakfast

Full Irish Breakfast
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What Makes Up a Traditional Irish Breafast?

This is a list of items that make up a hearty traditional Irish breakfast. Of course, not every Irish breakfast will include every one of these items, but choose the ones you like the best to make up a delicious fare for St. Patrick's Day...or any day!

  • Farm Fresh Eggs with bright, sunny yolks
  • Irish Sausage
  • Irish Bacon (thicker than American bacon)
  • Grilled Tomatoes
  • White Pudding
  • Black Pudding (blood pudding)
  • Baked Beans
  • Potatoes
  • Potato Bread
  • Irish Soda Bread
  • Sweet Irish Butter
  • Traditional Irish Preserves
  • Irish Breakfast Tea with lots of milk

What is an Irish Breakfast?

May the Irish hills caress you.

May her lakes and rivers bless you.

May the luck of the Irish enfold you.

May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.

~Irish Blessing

What is black pudding? White pudding?

Wondering what black pudding and white pudding is? No, it's not chocolate and vanilla desserts! Actually, these puddings are breakfast sausages! Black pudding is made with the blood and fat of the pig, mixed with bread crumbs and seasonings. White pudding is basically the same thing, but without the blood!

It used to be that every Irish family had a backyard pig...when they butchered it, they rightly used EVERY part of the animal...Waste Not, Want Not! The tradition of blood sausage has been passed on through the generations and is still enjoyed today in a traditional Irish breakfast!

Black Pudding

Full Irish Breakfast...Get Everything Here!

Traditional Irish Breakfast
Traditional Irish Breakfast

I love that Amazon makes it easy to prepare your Full Irish Breakfast! I ordered this package last year, complete with pure grass-fed Kerrygold Irish butter. I added homemade sourdough bread, local pastured eggs and some whole cream for the tea and we had an amazing feast!

I wish I could eat this way every day of the year...and still stay in my size 8's!


Traditional Irish Breakfast

Traditional Irish Breakfast
Traditional Irish Breakfast | Source

May your blessings outnumber

The shamrocks that grow,

And may trouble avoid you

Wherever you go.

~Irish Blessing

Adagio Irish Breakfast
Adagio Irish Breakfast | Source

Finish with an Irish Tea

The Irish will tell you that the only teas worth drinking are either Lyon's or Barry's...and usually they have a preference between the two! The best Irish teas blend perfectly with the water in Ireland, so you may not get quite the same effect when you have Irish breakfast tea in other places!

Irish Tea ~ Hot with lots of milk!

Irish Tea
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Irish Breakfast Tea - Finish Your Traditional Irish Breakfast with Tea

Don't forget to add lots of milk!

Twinings Irish Breakfast Black Bagged Tea, 50 Count
Twinings Irish Breakfast Black Bagged Tea, 50 Count

Twining Irish Breakfast Tea is my absolute favorite! I keep it in my kitchen year round and enjoy several times a week with lots of milk or cream. It is so smooth and a really nice treat! This tea pairs perfectly with your Full Irish Breakfast spread.

Irish Blessing
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Does a Traditional Irish Breakfast Look Good To You? - What will you be eating on St. Patrick's Day this year?

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      YES! It looks delicious! There are several items I would like to try!

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      Paula Hite 4 years ago from Virginia

      Great lens! Its been featured on our "What's Cooking at Squidoo" Google+ page. Come and check it out!

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      Growing up in a half Irish, Half Italian family, ALL meals were heavy but I escaped the traditional 'rouindness' of all of my family members. Love all of the food. Thanks for a great reminder of my days as a youth.

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      yourlocalpt 4 years ago

      i really love the combination of this food.

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      Fab lens - my mouth is literally watering!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm a fruit and yogurt person for breakfast, but on special occasions I like a full breakfast.

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      Brian Stephens 5 years ago from France

      I had a full Irish breakfast in Dublin, it is very similar to a full English breakfast and every bit as tasty.

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      Would definitely fill you up! Reminds me of my daughter's trip to England and their traditional breakfasts.

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      JoleneBelmain 6 years ago

      Well on that delicious note, I now need to make myself some breakfast... fabulous lens :)


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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      I'm starving now

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      JimDickens 6 years ago

      Yes the traditional Irish breakfast looks fantastic.

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      jonesprfirm lm 6 years ago

      Now I'm hungry. I miss fry ups. They are so yummy.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Looks delicious. Irish Tea is most interesting for me. So tasty to enjoy in the cold winter.

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      ElectricCarBuff 6 years ago

      I've eaten English Breakfast all my life and never new there was an Irish Breakfast. And guess what, I'm Welsh... So who knows where I stand now! I think I'd like one of these Irish Breakfasts soon.

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      pencetakuang 6 years ago

      Heemz, nyummy....

      i want one

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      Loveyourshoes 6 years ago

      I think an English breakfast is better but I am biased, great lens and did I just have an idea for a lens there...which is best an English breakfast or an Irish breakfast? Both are delicious and clog your arteries ....

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Well now I certainly am hungry - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      petraskarja 6 years ago

      I don't like this kind of food. But the lens is great - many useful informations

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      i love these food. angel blessings and congratulations for winning the purple star.

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      I celebrated with Bacon, Egg, Tomatoes and some toast :-)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Duh! Missed my brunch - now am gonna make a meal out of it!

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      legotoys 6 years ago

      Can't wait to make this delicious breakfast for myself.

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      GypsyPirate LM 6 years ago

      Aye and don't I wish I could have had a full Irish for breakfast! Love the meal, love your lens, thanks for a wonderful treat for the eyes!

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      Titia Geertman 6 years ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands

      Geez, I'm not even eating that much for dinner, let alone for breakfast. It will take a whole week to eat that. Lovely presentation though.

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      Stinkerbelle 6 years ago

      Getting so hungry reading this excellent lens

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      Shelly Sellers 6 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Nicely done! Wonderful photos and videos to show us how to make a true Irish breakfast! Blessings :)

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      Kaydea 6 years ago

      Great lens. My Son and Daughter are in Dublin this weekend. A good fry up is good after a good night out in Ireland.

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      Gabriel360 6 years ago

      Pretty good lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love this yummy lens so much .. dear lady :)

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      Debbie 6 years ago from England

      An Irish breakfast looks yummy to me! Just like a full English breakfast... tastes fantastic but you know it's packed with calories!! Brilliant lens ~~Blessed~~

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Excellent job. The Irish Breakfast is virtually the same as the English Breakfast except we usually have Toast and Jam after, not Soda Bread. We also used to have Fried Bread (bread fried in deep fat) to eat with the eggs, bacon etc, but it's a bit too unhealthy these days. You definitely can't beat a proper breakfast like this, although we only eat it once in a while these days. Nicely done, blesses, and added to my Best Breakfast lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Happy St. Patrick's Day with Squidoo Angel Blessing dust sprinkled about

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      I sure looks delicious. I wouldn't eat it every day but on a special occasion I'd be more than happy to enjoy it. Nice lens! :)

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      myamya 6 years ago

      very nice lens! thumbs up

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Looks Delicious! Would love to visit Ireland one year and have an Irish Breakfast. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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      Sheilamarie 6 years ago from British Columbia

      Yes, except for the puddings. I can pass on those.

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      WhitePineLane 6 years ago

      It looks VERY good to me. My daughter and I are going to Ireland next month, and will be staying at a Dublin B & B that serves a full Irish breakfast! We're really looking forward to the experience!

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      Ribolov LM 6 years ago

      Nice lens, good infos. Thnx for this beautiful breakfast reading.

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      intermarks 6 years ago

      Wow! What a heavy breakfast. I can't imagine if I have to eat so much for a breakfast. But it still look delicious to me.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 6 years ago from Northern California

      Is breakfast their largest meal? I thought they ate a lot of oatmeal too.

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      renagirl 6 years ago

      Got to love the Irish

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      howtokeepachick 6 years ago

      yummy, this lens makes me hungry :)

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      puppyprints 6 years ago

      This sure looks a lot different the USA's McMuffin!

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      Audado 6 years ago

      With this brekfast I would like to quote an Irish Saying: The man who has luck in the morning has luck in the afternoon.

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      mary lighthouse15 6 years ago

      Great Irish breakfast! So yummy!

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      aquarian_insight 6 years ago

      I often quote Somerset Maugham to people who criticise my countries food and state "To eat well in England you should have breakfast three times a day". But I must admit to liking a full Irish breakfast almost as much. Delicious lens - made my mouth water.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      thanks for sharing this

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      MelonyVaughan 6 years ago

      I'd love to come over to your place for breakfast! ;) Great lens.

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      Rob Hemphill 6 years ago from Ireland

      I love a hearty Irish breakfast once in a while, but have you ever had potato bread (aka potato farls) under the egg as well? It's soooo good!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This looks so good. It would be a blessing to anyone to be served up a traditional Irish breakfast, any day!

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      Paul Turner 6 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      Hmmm, wonder if Whole Foods carries any of this.

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      sherridan 6 years ago

      Fantastic - breakfast is the best meal of the day (although it is closely followed by afternoon tea)!

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      Tiggered 6 years ago

      I had lived in Ireland for some three years before I tried it... and I fell in love :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fantastic tribute to Irish food! I'll have some this weekend for sure! *blessed by a squid angel*

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      Barbara Walton 6 years ago from France

      I used to live in Scotland where they had white pudding but not sure if I ever tried it. Just checked now to see what it is exactly.

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      Barbara Walton 6 years ago from France

      I've never been to Ireland but I'd love to go. This breakfast looks very substantial!

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      I haven't yet visited Ireland, but I recall a similar type of breakfast once or twice in New Zealand years ago. It would be a lot of fun to experience this! I love that yummy Irish Breakfast tea! Nice job, and I enjoyed the videos too! :) *Blessed!

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      pyngthyngs 6 years ago

      Wow that looks so good. If I can find a traditional irish breakfast I will definitely having that for breakfast.

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      Clairissa 6 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Just want to let you know that I have included one of your lenses in my Irish Desserts lens. Hope you don't mind. :) Have a nice day and Happy St. Patrick's day! And also here is an Angel Blessing for this great lens.

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      Great lens, you give me some ideas to implement. Thanks

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      allenwebstarme 6 years ago

      It seems delicious breakfast, mouth watering images, hope someday I will taste.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This is a little heavy on the meat for me but it looks tasty, indeed!

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      Julia Morais 6 years ago

      The dishes on this lens has made my mouth water. So yes, these traditional dishes definitely look good to me.

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      Jethro 6 years ago from Philippines

      I love the foods presented here. Keep it up! :)

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      This is the first time I have heard of an Irish breakfast. This lens made me hungry. Thanks for sharing.

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      dcopps 6 years ago

      I'll have a cuppa tea and later for the breakfast! Nice Lens, but note the first video isn't running any longer.

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      MBradley McCauley 6 years ago

      What a fun lens to read. I usually have a good substantial bkfst but nothing like an Irish bkfst. Good lens. Glad you created it. Blessings, Irish and all the other blessings too.

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      LadyelenaUK 6 years ago

      Now, that's what I call a Tantalising Breakfast. One I would love to have - but only at weekends. I don't trust myself not to fall asleep in the office if I have it on weekdays. :)

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      Mmmmm..... My mouth is watering and my stomach is waiting for the food to arrive. I love Irish ( or English) breakfast. Some minor differences only. And black puddin' is one of my favourite foods, although there are recipes which I am not so fond of. I hail from Birmingaham, UK, aand we have a large Irish population some areas are well served by Irish shops especially Irish butchers. We are very lucky. A well crafted lens like this needs a little angel dust - blessed

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      I would love to find out what the puddings taste like.

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      Aquavel 6 years ago

      Yum! This breakfast looks amazing! And on St. Patrick's Day, this may be the important meal of the day! Great lens!

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      CoolFoto 6 years ago

      Yes your breakfast looks great!

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      Clairissa 6 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Looks delicious! I may have to have my husband prepare this for us. :)

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      mumsgather 6 years ago

      Yummy yummy says my tummy. The food pictures are making me feel very hungry indeed!

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      Actually, I could develop a hankering for such a traditional Irish breakfast! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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      siobhanryan 6 years ago

      Like this lens.

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      Einar A 6 years ago

      Wow, that would last me two or three days! And looks very delicious, all of it. I've had (and made) several types of blood pudding/sausage, and have to say that it really is quite tasty, and very nutritious, too.

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      Kathryn Grace 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Parts of it do, definitely. I've long loved eggs and chili, and I can almost imagine the taste of eggs with baked beans. And I'd certainly love some Irish soda bread. The white and black puddings, well, I can probably do without those.

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      burntchestnut 6 years ago

      I wouldn't try the black pudding, but the rest sounds good. I like lenses about foods in other countries or cultures.

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      SophiaStar LM 6 years ago

      I have had a traditional Irish breakfast once and was delicious! At first I was a bit dubious of the black pudding, I was surprised to find I liked it. Great lens!

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      AJ 6 years ago from Australia

      I do love an Irish breakfast minus the black pudding. This makes my mouth water!

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      Terrie_Schultz 6 years ago

      With a breakfast like that, I wouldn't have to eat again until the next morning! I didn't know that about the black and white puddings, very interesting.

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      Brandi 6 years ago from Maryland

      @iWriteaLot: I almost posted a video of how it's made...but I decided not to. :) Thank you so much for the blessing! :)

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      Brandi 6 years ago from Maryland

      @Monika Weise: Oh, good! So glad you enjoyed it! ;)

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      Brandi 6 years ago from Maryland

      @BenJacklin LM: I'd love to visit Dublin. :)

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      Brandi 6 years ago from Maryland

      @TravelingRae: Thanks so much for the blessing! :)

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      Brandi 6 years ago from Maryland

      @poutine: I agree...I could never eat all of it, especially at the same time! :)

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      iWriteaLot 6 years ago

      Anybody know the heart attack rate in Ireland LOL Actually this looks delicious! The 'black pudding' has me a little afraid. It's probably one of those things where I'd love it, as long as nobody told me how it was made. Very interesting lens!

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      Monika Weise 6 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      I'll be bookmarking this for St. Patrick's Day

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      BenJacklin LM 6 years ago

      I love waking up to this, but usually only when I'm in Dublin...

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      TravelingRae 6 years ago

      I definitely won't be ordering an Irish breakfast (I don't like eggs and blood sausage (boudin in my culture) is downright icky). But interesting lens!

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      poutine 6 years ago

      Not really, it looks a bit too heavy.


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