During WW2 with a shortage of meat, sausage and bacon was plentiful in Ireland. Hence the traditional Irish Stew (Dublin Coddle) was born. So me Ma told me and I believe her. Anyway every one who has ever tried this has loved it. It is a great crock pot dish for cold winter days and tastes even better the day after. St. Patricks Day would not be the same without it either, we always have a house full of friends all looking forward to Jonnie's stew. Please enjoy and seriously, this dish should come with a Government Health Warning........lol. Strange that it may seem, we do use CHICKEN STOCK and not beef stock as might be assumed, please trust us, the stock gives the flavour that you and your family/friends will enjoy. Some of the quantities you can play with and even thicken up the stew with corn starch and water, but please try the chicken stock, it works. Hope you enjoy. Please add your reviews and suggestions, we love to hear what you think.