Irish cuisine takes its influence from the crops grown and animals farmed in its temperate climate. The introduction of the potato in the second half of the sixteenth century heavily influenced cuisine thereafter. … see full wiki
When I first visited Ireland a couple of years ago, I dreaded what I would have to eat. I thought it would be dreary. Who's heard about Irish cooking other than corned beef and cabbage? Was I ever wrong! Irish cooks have embraced the concept of cooking fresh and organic.
Yes, the potato is still a staple and is served with almost every meal, but in wonderful and fresh ways. You will also get two other veggies on your plate as well which makes for a very balanced and flavorful meal.
Even the celebrity chefs are aware of the wonderful contemporary Irish cuisine - watch shows by Bobby Flay and Anthony Bourdain as they rave about the food.