Lavistown Sausages in Kilkenny head back into production with Grogan & Brown

One of the longest established and original food brands out of Kilkenny is springing back to life and hitting local shelves from this weekend.

Grogan & Brown, the artisan butchers based at Smithlands in Kilkenny, have taken over production the Lavistown Sausages brand. Now as far as food produce in my home county goes, Lavistown Sausages, originally produced by Olivia Goodwillie, is one of the original and most well-respected local food brands.

Lavistown Sausages will now be made in house at Grogan & Brown in Kilkenny. Photo: Grogan & Brown/Facebook
Lavistown Sausages will now be made in house at Grogan & Brown in Kilkenny. Photo: Grogan & Brown/Facebook

Following a successful relaunch on TV3 (watch it back here) on Thursday morning, the pair of Jonathan Brown and Dermot Grogan followed up on Friday night with a Facebook post to mark the occasion.

They’ve (the sausages) been off the radar for a while, but it’s great to see them heading back to local shelves (and no doubt local menus) with Grogan & Brown producing the coarse grained sausages using Olivia’s original recipes, this time with locally produced free range pork.

Hands down, they’re one of the finest sausages going and they’d give any other artisan produced sausage in the country a run for its money. I still have a

The varieties remain the same – there’s the Lavistown Garlic, a robust spicy sausage with loads of garlic and cumin; the Chilli, a red pepper sausage with a chilli kick in the tail; the Mild, a mildly spiced sausage which brings out the flavour of the meat and the Italian, a fragrantly spiced sausage with a hint of fennel and lots of garlic. The sausages are made gluten free, no added water bread or rusk. Sold as frozen in their last retail outing, a small amount of preservative is now used so they can be sold as a fresh product.

Early risers heading to Savour Kilkenny can get a demo on sausage making at 11.30am in The Global Kitchen Marquee on Saturday morning.

Got orders, queries or just want to know where to find Grogan & Brown? Start on Facebook here.

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Ken McGuire

Broadcaster and sports writer at KCLR96FM; digital media head with a production eye on theatre, film and video; lover of all things food and music. Currently working on his Brazilian jiu-jitsu game.

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