We sat down with some folks with strong perspectives on the North Coast of Ireland. We talked to Sean Muldoon & Jack McGarry – Co-owners of The Dead Rabbit; Jack Ferris, Bushmills Brand Ambassador; Andy from Black Beef Dexter; and Paul & Ruth of Still Waters Fishing. Here’s what they had to say:
Three of the best things about the North Coast of Ireland that you can’t consume?
Sean & Jack:Our sense of humor. Our play on the English language (Northern Irish slang). Our history.
Jack Ferris:The Craic, the annual two weeks of sun, the hospitality of every person.
Andy:The dry wit and sarcasm of Northern Irish Humour, the stunning natural beauty of the landscape, and the feeling that although it’s the periphery of Europe, NI feels like it’s somewhere where great things and original ideas can emanate from.
Paul & Ruth:The countryside/scenery/environment, the people, the hospitality.
Three of the best things about North Coast of Ireland you can consume?
S&J:Bushmills Irish Whiskey, The Ulster Fry, Yellowman.
JF:Tayto crisps (chips in American), potato bread – staple of the Ulster fry, Bushmills Distillery Reserve 12 year old single malt (only available at the old Bushmills Distillery.)
A:The farmed Ulster produce, the succulent flavoursome beff, lamb and vegetables, the amazing fresh seafood the local beers and ales.
P&R:Our Seafood, Peter Hannan’s Beef and of course, Bushmills.
How do you have a good ‘craic’?
S&J:Good craic is a fun experience shared with great company.
One thing unique to Northern Coast of Ireland?
S&J:The Giants Causeway.
JF:The Giants Causeway.
A:The ‘can do attitude’ and the passion of the people..despite being only a population of 1.7 million . There are more world famous, poets, playwrights, actors, engineers, artists designers, musicians, scientists, inventors, sports stars here in this little province than any other part of the world. We are “wee” but we do everything to extreme!
P&R:The Giants Causeway.
You have the entire day to do anything you want with whomever you want, what do you do?
S&J:If the weather is good, take a drive along the Antrim Coast, taking in the sights and stopping in a little coastal village for some lunch. Or alternatively take a drive through the Mourne Valley taking in the sights, stopping in a little fishing village for some lunch.
JF:Wake up in Belfast with the Californian, grab a fry, get down into the bottom of Thompson Dock where the Titanic was built; then hit the Causeway coastal route road.
Trek across the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, dander down to Giants causeway, then warm up with a hot toddy. Pop into the Bushmills Distillery. Then head down to Portrush passing the ruins of Dunluce castle & the Royal Portrush GC (where British open 2019 will be held) and pop into the Harbour Bar for a pint of Guinness or two while watching the sun set over the bay. Stay in the Bushmills Inn.
A:A day spent with my wife and Children / family and friends out on the amazing Strangford Lough Co.Down on the boat doing some wake boarding and water skiing and letting the children run about and explore the beaches and islands. Then ashore in the evening for a big BBQ of Black Beef at the farm maybe a pint.. or 5!
P&R:Have a session with Chris Stapleton.
Your favourite Northern Irish expression
A:“What about ye mucker ?” (How do you do , Old Friend ?)
P&R:What’s the craic?