Celebrating the best of what we grow, create and produce here in Ireland – this ongoing series looks at some of the many things we create here.
Here are five more producers that stood out for me this week:
Quinlan’s Seafood and Fish Shops
Founded in 1963, Quinlan’s have four fish shops in Co.Kerry (Killorglin, Caherciveen, Killarney, Tralee) and many time have I hopped in store to grab some seafood.
This year they won a Gold Medal at Blas Na hEireann Irish Food Awards as well as prepared Dingle Bay Crab Meat. As well as that they also won the Radio Kerry Business of the year award.
Their processing factory is based in Caherciveen, and they also have two seafood restaurants/takeaways in Killarney and Tralee.
Based in Co. Longford, Richmount Elderflower Cordial is made from freshly picked elderflowers.
The elderflowers are hand-picked and are infused and blended with sugar and freshly-cut lemons. With loving care, the cordial is then bottled for the general public!
A fan of good oils, Nubie Foods produces Extra Virgin C.P. Irish Rapeseed oil.
Based in Stradbally in Co. Laois, their rapeseed is grown and harvested on Blackford Farm. When blended the oil is set aside to mature into rich flavours.
The big cheese – Handmade by the Steele Family on the Beara peninsula in West Cork, Mileens is a cheese that I insist you try at least once!
It’s a soft to semi-soft, surface-ripened, cow’s-milk cheese and it captures the Irish countryside, in my opinion, in a cheese.
Sometimes I still cradle the glass that I first had my first taste of Teeling whiskey – seriously, I really liked it!
Based in Dublin, Teeling is an independent Irish whiskey compnay that release batches of small and tasty bottles. Their story is quite an interesting and it’s worth checking out here.