Derry Clarke at Sodexo 1916 Lunch at GPO

Traditional Irish fare was at the heart of the 1916 Commemorative Lunch organised by Sodexo Ireland at the GPO, Dublin recently.

The An Post staff restaurant was packed as hundreds of customers happily enjoyed complimentary coddle, boxty cakes with handcrafted bread, heritage apples and Irish farmhouse cheeses served by chef and TV personality Derry Clarke and the Sodexo team. 

The Lunch was organised by Andrew McGinley, account manager and Julianne Forrestal, executive craft chef. The lunchtime menu also included some nostalgic Irish dishes dating back over a century; Irish beef stew with dumplings, Guinness battered fresh fish with hand cut fries in newspaper, and glazed ham with cloves with curly kale. 

Afterwards, Derry and some members of the Sodexo staff visited to the GPO Witness History museum for a photocall inside the immersive and engaging exhibition that puts the visitor right inside the GPO, the focal point of the Rebellion, during Easter Week 1916.


Andrew McGinley said, The events of Easter Week 1916 shaped our history and the GPO was at the centre of it all.  We wanted to do something around food in the An Post staff restaurant that commemorated the event.  We were delighted with the wonderful response we received from our customers. There was a fantastic atmosphere that day and they all loved meeting and having the ‘craic’ with Derry.”


Sodexo Ireland delivers services that improve the quality of life to clients in business and industry, education, financial services and healthcare. It employs approximately 2,000 staff in 200 locations across Ireland, serves 90,000 people daily and spent €21 million on local Irish food in 2015.


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