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All the photos on the Wikipedia page for 'Irish cuisine' are beyond grim

We, as a nation, can do better.

WE NEED TO talk about the Wikipedia page purporting to represent “Irish cuisine”.

The page’s text is an admirably detailed and accurate representation of nearly every kind of food Irish people eat or have eaten, but Twitter user Louise O’Connor noticed yesterday that the pictures leave a lot to be desired.

In fact, they’re tragic.

Like this plate of “bacon and cabbage”

baconand Source: Miss Ayumi Wikipedia

Is that… paprika sprinkled on top? And is that… cabbage on the left side of the plate?

Pass the sick bag.

Look at this appetising pot of Colcannon

colcannon Source: Wikipedia


One of the first images you encounter on the page is of these boiled pigs’ feet

crubeens Source: milezero flickr

They obviously do exist but should they be given such high priority on a page mostly seen by visitors and those interested in reading up on Ireland? Hmm.

Here’s some “bog butter” to whet their appetite

bogbutter Source: Wikipedia

The Dubliner Cheese photo makes it look like it was taken by someone under duress

dubliner2 Source: Wikimedia

The related “list of Irish dishes” Wikipedia page serves up this photo of Shepherd’s Pie

shepherds Source: Wikipedia

Well, that looks like some sweetcorn in there.

This is the delicious-looking Irish stew

stewing Source: Abbeyvet Wikipedia

And finally… a dish of “Skirts and Kidneys” – a stew made from pork meat, including the kidneys, “blatter” (bladder, probably), and liver

skirts2 Source: wikimedia

Tourist on their way to Ireland: ”Let me see what food we’ll get when we arrive!”

“OH MY GOD. Turn this plane around immediately.” 

hat-tip @oconnola

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