Belcoo woman serving up boxty for G8 leaders


Marian McGrath with a sample of her Boxty which is already in the Lough Erne Resort for the G8 gkfh60

Marian McGrath with a sample of her Boxty which is already in the Lough Erne Resort for the G8 gkfh60

BOXTY is on the menu for the world leaders at the Lough Erne Resort next week and a Belcoo woman has the honour of providing the Irish delicacy for the G8 summit.


Marian McGrath, runs Fermanagh Boxty House between Boho and Belcoo and sells her product throughout the county, including Enniskillen, Derrygonnelly, Belleek, Garrison and of course Belcoo.

She has been making boxty for over 20 years and noted how demand has steadily been growing.

“It is very popular, it is the sort of thing that can be served with any dish and is suitable for breakfast, lunch and dinner, hot or cold.

“We have noticed recently people are also using it on the barbecue and tourists coming to Fermanagh are trying it as it is so traditional and is a fresh product. Students also love it and bring it back with them, they are ringing all the time looking for it.”

Marian makes three different types of boxty, but it is griddle boxty which she specialises in.

The dish, of which there are many varieties, all contain finely grated, raw potatoes, but Marian says there is a real art to creating it, with few able to properly do justice to the traditional Irish potato pancake.

“It is not just in the ingredients, it is the art of making the boxty. There are traditional secrets in getting the product right and it all comes down to the way you make it.”


“I was delighted and very proud as it is a local product and proud that is from Fermanagh. It is one of the most traditional foods in Ireland and that’s probably why they’re using it.”

She has also been down at the Lough Erne Resort in the kitchen to see the dish featuring her Fermanagh boxty come together. “I couldn’t possibly say what it is though,” she added.

Whatever dish the boxty is incorporated into there can be no doubt the world leaders are in for a traditional Irish treat.

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