I've just posted the Ballymaloe recipe - If Darina Allen says it's Irish 'Stew' - then it's good enough for me.
Presumably the stock is to intensify the flavours? All I know is that it's a tasty, winter dinner recipe.
I'm with you Ishbel, This recipe is similar to one I used to have except I used some thickly sliced potatoes that were layered with the meat etc and also some Leeks.
Thanks for the reminder.
I find, like you, that stews are always better if a good stock is used.