Follain makes jams and preserves in Ireland, the country teeming with rolling green hillsides, old castles, and legendary warm hospitality. I will serve brown soda bread with Follain jam and Kerrygold butter a week from today, at The Ripped Bodice Bookstore in Los Angeles. I will read scenes from my book, Deadly Alliance. My book takes place in Lake Arrowhead, California and Malihide Village, Ireland.
Kemberlee Shortland, co-owner of Tirgearr Publishing in Ireland, took generous time to give me some insider information, and here it is below:
The West Cork village where Follains is made is called Ballyvourney…bal-ee-vor-nee. It means ‘town/place of the beloved’. In Irish it’s spelled Baile Bhúirne. Baile/bally means place, town/village and is pronounced ball-ya. Bhúirne is also spelled Mhúirne is pronounced voor-neh which became voor-nee in English. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballyvourney If you look on this page, you’ll see Coolavokig listed…that’s where we lived…Coolavokig Lower. SO much history in the region. Emphasis on SO 😉 In the main town of Macroom there’s a place called the Meeting of the Waters. This is where Brian Boru battled with the McCarthy’s who ruled the region in the 900s. Boru eventually became the King of Munster…one of the five provinces at the time (there are now four), and he eventually became Ard Ri, High King, of all Ireland. He was the first and only ruler who ever governed over Ireland as one nation and not broken between North and South. He’s a true legend who can be documented to his birth, where as many Irish legends are just that… the stuff of fireside tales. Kerrygold distributes worldwide. I’m not sure if they make the butter here and export. I heard they just ship their labels around the world then produce the butter in those places. I don’t know. I do know they also export other Irish products like Old Dubliner Cheese, which is really tasty if you like sharp cheese.
Follains is good jam. They’re the only one I know who makes Loganberry. http://www.follain.ie/our-products/extra-fruit-loganberry-jam There are several dialects of Irish, but this jam company is in West Cork (the village over from where we used to live) where Munster Irish is spoken. So Follain is pronounced full-oyn in that dialect, and is an Irish word meaning healthy. Some Irish tidbits in case anyone asks.