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How can one explain why dining at the two Rua cafés run by siblings Aran and Colleen McMahon always feels like a special event? The cooking is great, of course, and always has been, right back to the days when mum Ann McMahon ran the show. But we think its the fact that the Ruas are so proud of County Mayo, and that the menus are always so reflective of and emblematic of the food culture of the county that makes even the simplest thing special. They are well known for their Mayo Mezze Boards, but in fact every dish here tells a story about County Mayo – roast stuffed pork from Kelly’s of Newport; Achill Island salmon; Cuinneog butter of Rua soda bread; eggs from Claremorris; leaves from Stephen Gould. Just imagine what sort of a Mayo feast they will offer when their football team finally lift the Sam Maguire. Someday.

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Colleen McMahon
Rua Deli: Spencer Street, Castlebar; Cafe Rua: New Antrim Street, County Mayo
094 928 6072 (Rua Deli) 094 9023376 (Cafe Rua)

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