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This mother and son team just won a major award for Ireland at the World Cheese Awards

Corleggy hard raw goats milk cheese is now ranked in the top 2% in the world.

AN IRISH HANDMADE cheese made by a mother and son team in Cavan has been ranked in the top 2% in the world, after scooping a Super Gold award at the World Cheese Awards in Spain.

Corleggy Cheese - Craft Fair Silke Cropp with the award winning cheese Source: Conor McCabe Photography Ltd

Corleggy hard raw goats milk cheese is made by Silke and Tom Cropp in Belturbet in Cavan.

It was one of only 66 of the 3,021 cheeses on show at the awards in San Sebastian to attain Super Gold status.

When it comes to making beautiful cheese, patience is a virtue, according to Silke.

She said: “We believe in the slow food philosophy. It takes time for wonderful cheeses to develop and now expert judges have ranked us to be among the finest cheeses in the world.

We feel that the aroma and taste strike a perfect balance between rich and mild.

While highly commended, it did not win the title of World Champion Cheese. That honour was granted to Norwegian blue cheese Kraftar.

Kraftar was then heralded as “the best cheese ever made” in a follow-up champion of champions awards.

Another Irish winner at the cheese awards was Macroom Buffalo Cheese, which picked up a Gold Cheese Award.

Macroom Buffalo Mozzarella is made by Johnny Lynch at his farm in Cill na Martra near Macroom in West Cork.

World Award Buffalo Cheese1 Johnny Lynch with the Macroom buffallo mozzarella

Lynch has the only milking herd of buffalo in Ireland, and started producing the cheese in 2015.

Supported by Udaras na Gaeltachta, Lynch has a herd of 200 buffaloes on his 140-acre farm.

Other Irish cheesemakers to win gold status at the awards include St Tola Ash Log, made by Inagh Farmhouse Cheese, and Supervalu Signature Tastes Gubeen.

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