Irish stew (in Irish Stobhach Gaelach) is a traditional Irish dish made from lamb, beef or mutton, (mutton is used as it comes from less tender sheep over a year old and is fattier and more flavourful) as well as potatoes, onions, and parsley. It originated in Ireland but appears in cookbooks all over Europe, including in Escoffier's Guide Culinaire. The essence of Irish stew is summed up in the recipe's entry in The Joy of Cooking: "This famous stew is not browned."
More recently, stouts have been added to provide extra flavor.
Irish stews figure in the 1959 Goon Show episode The Scarlet Capsule, a parody of the BBC serial Quatermass and the Pit, in which several people are struck down by flying Irish stews (a reference to flying objects animated by telekinesis in the original serial.)