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Patience in the pub – as stout settles flavor emerges

By Kristin Kenneally

CORK, Ireland – There was a buzz about the town as Ireland prepared watch the Irish national team take on Sweden–the first match for Ireland in the 2016 EUFA European Championships (the EUROS).

A few classmates took our books to Costigan’s pub and found a little nook in the back with a perfect view. We had an hour till kickoff, and locals had already begun scoping out spots for the game.

As the game drew near, I ordered a Murphy’s Irish Stout. The local Cork interpretation of Guinness has a smoother taste with hints of malt and caramel. The black stout comes in at 4 percent per volume alcohol in every pint. But before I could take the first sip, an older Irish gentleman leaned toward me.

“It’s a patient beer,” he chastised.

You must let a stout sit to truly enjoy the rich taste and flavor of the Irish classic.


Patience lets the flavors come alive in Irish stout. Photo by Kristin Kenneally

The crowd grew and the pregame analysis reminded Ireland of the heartbreaking 2009 EURO Cup loss; where a handball wasn’t called on France causing Ireland to fall short in the tournament. The announcer’s comparison sparked bar-wide debate in the back of the pub over the proper term of football or soccer.

“It’s soccer.”

Shouts back and forth.

“Nah, it’s football.”

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Pub-goers nervously watch Ireland facing Sweden in the EURO match at Costigan’s in Cork. Photo by Kristin Kenneally

Watching the game at Costigan’s was one new sound effect after another. After Ireland’s first goal attempt the bar let out a collective “Ahh,” hoping that the Irish would be able to score early and often. Soon after the missed goal, the Swedish took the ball towards the Irish goal. Keeper Darren Randolph’s save gave all of Costigan’s a huge sigh of relief. The final agonizing “UGH,” was let out as O’Shea’s sliding attempt was just inches away from going into the Swedish goal.

As half time drew closer, I closed my tab. I struck up a conversation about the time I was about to spend in Cork. While turning to leave the man pointed to the ongoing game and told me, “You chose a great time to be in Ireland.”

He couldn’t have been more right.


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MU food writers gear up for Ireland

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MU food writing team at the University College Cork, Ireland (left to right): Victoria Lock, Kristin Kenneally, Morgan Gunnels, Maria Kalaitzandonakes, and Caitlyn McGuire. Photo by Nina Furstenau


By Maria Kalaitzandonakes

CORK, Ireland – For the next two and a half weeks, we will be your word chefs in Ireland. The Ireland team, Kristin Kenneally, Tori Lock, Maria Kalaitzandonakes, Caitlyn McGuire and Morgan Gunnels, will whip up a blog and churn out a story for each delicious bite as the MU food writers travel through Cork and the surrounding countryside.


Kristin Kenneally

Kristin Kenneally hails from Rossmoor, California and can’t live without chocolate milk. She’s a senior studying journalism at MU, specifically strategic communications, and hopes to work for a sports team post graduation. She’s been Irish dancing her whole life and she’s a die-hard LA Kings fan. She’s got a soft spot for patterned socks and local beers. Photo by Maria Kalaitzandonakes





Victoria Lock

Tori Lock is a Missouri farm girl through and through. She was raised on a beef cattle operation and came to College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources to learn how to share agriculture with the public. This Irish excursion is her first time abroad, and although she was nervous, stepping off the plane she smelled cow manure and felt right at home. She’s excited to see how Cork compares in culture, food and farming to her John Deere roots. Lock is a junior studying science and agricultural journalism. Photo by Maria Kalaitzandonakes




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Maria Kalaitzandonakes

Maria Kalaitzandonakes is a Columbia, Missouri native with a mile-long last name. She’s a sucker for wool socks, classic Coca Cola and afternoon naps. She’s fluent in Greek, a little wobbly in Spanish and says “both” with an L, as in “boLth,” like a true Missourian. She’s a senior studying agricultural economics and science and agricultural journalism. Kalaitzandonakes is interested in food security and public policy.






Caitlyn McGuire

Caitlyn McGuire is up for anything except brussel sprouts. She’s a sophomore studying agricultural business management, hoping to work in agricultural sales after graduation. She has double jointed arms and has had braces twice. She was raised by two high school biology teachers who instilled a nutty humor and emphasis on education in her. Ireland is her first trip abroad, and flying here was her very first plane ride. Photo by Maria Kalaitzandonakes





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Morgan Gunnels

Morgan Gunnels is a senior from Plano, Texas studying strategic communication at MU’s School of Journalism. After graduation she hopes to work in health communications. She’s obsessed with Mexican food, Netflix and her labradoodle, Lucy. Depending on the day, her eyes are blue or green. This trip is her first time in Europe, and she’s already in love with the Irish accent. Gunnels hopes to be immersed in the culture and try as many new dishes as possible. Photo by Maria Kalaitzandonakes


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Caught on film-MU food writers tell all

By Zara McDowell

As we approach our final days in Italy, the MU Food Writers reflect on our food experiences from the past month. We have all tried new foods throughout our journey and suggest that everyone who travels tries something new as well.

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