Seafoods Win Seafood Innovation Award at Annual
Blas na hEireann Awards
Seafoods, a family run business based near the bustling fishing
port of Kilmore Quay, Co. Wexford, were the proud recipients
of the coveted Seafood Innovation Award sponsored
by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) at this years Blas na hEireann
Awards in Dingle, Co. Kerry.
Seafoods received the award for their Kilmore Quay haddock goujons
developed to meet a growing consumer demand for fresh local
and convenient seafood which is easy to cook and gluten free.
Kenny, Managing Director of Atlantis Seafoods outlines what
this win means for their company; We are absolutely thrilled
to win the Seafood Innovation Award. We have worked closely
with BIM in their Seafood Development Centre in Clonakilty in
recent years and the expertise and assistance from their team
has been instrumental in the success of our new Kilmore Quay
range. We identified a gap in the retail market for fresh, not
frozen, convenient, gluten free and locally sourced seafood
and we used innovative techniques to develop a gluten free breaded
crumb that would not only retain its shelflife but most importantly
- its taste. Thank you to Blas na hEireann for this recognition;
it is a great lift for the business and our entire team
Seafoods has a range of innovative products including its Kilmore
Quay seafood sausages, awarded an Irish Quality Food Award last
year and a newly launched range of healthy fish products for
children. The range is stocked in all major retailers.
at the Blas Awards: Atlantic Seafood winning the BIM Seafood
Innovation Award at this years Blas na hEireann
awards in Dingle for their Kilmore Quay haddock goujon range.
Pictured are Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine,
Mr. Michael Creed T.D.; John Kenny, MD, Atlantis Seafood; Paul
Ward, Manager of BIMs Seafood Development Centre and Artie
Clifford, Chairman, Blas na hEireann
Clodagh McKenna serves up a fish supper treat for RNLI lifeboat
chef, Clodagh McKenna cooks for crew at Howth Lifeboat Station,
and urges others to cook a Fish Supper to raise money to save
lives at sea. She recently visited Howth Lifeboat Station in
County Dublin, where she treated the volunteer crew to a delicious
visit marks the countdown to the RNLIs upcoming foodie
fundraiser, Fish Supper.
charity is encouraging people across Ireland to host a fish-themed
dinner between 1416 October 2016 to raise funds to help
save lives at sea.
served a three course meal for the lifeboat crew, starting with
fresh Dingle crab cakes with Irish heirloom tomatoes and fennel
aioli. The main dish was pan-fried sea bass with hazelnut butter
with dill potato dumplings and autumn vegetable salad. For dessert,
the crew were treated to Clodaghs chocolate Guinness cake.
at Howth Lifeboat Station, Clodagh said: It was an absolute
pleasure to cook for the Howth volunteer lifeboat crew. My grandpop
and uncle were both fishermen, so the work of the RNLI is very
close to my heart. When I was filming my series Fresh From the
Sea for RTE, I was lucky enough to get to see the work of the
RNLI first hand. Please sign up to make a Fish Supper and help
the courageous crews save more lives at sea.
year, RNLI volunteer crew members across Ireland and the UK
missed nearly 7,000* evening meals with their loved ones to
brave cold, angry and often dangerous waters to save lives.
Supper aims to highlight the disrupted dinners RNLI crew experience
day-in-day-out, and the commitment shown not only by them but
their families, who often have an empty place at the dinner
table. RNLI volunteers give up their time, comfort and often
home cooked meals to respond immediately when the pagers go
RNLI Mechanic, Ian Sheridan said: Our lifeboat crew here
in Howth and indeed across Ireland, are prepared to drop everything
and respond to a call out at a moments notice. Our lifesaving
work is essential and often challenging and dangerous. As volunteers,
we are extremely grateful to people who donate so generously
and host fundraising events such as Fish Supper to enable us
to do what we do.
request your free fundraising pack and receive more information,
visit RNLI.org/FishSupper. Youll find recipes, party game
ideas and place name cards to help the evening go well.
year, RNLI lifeboat crews in Ireland had 1,098 lifeboat launches
bringing 1,244 people to safety. At 45 lifeboat stations around
the Irish coast and on inland waters, the charitys volunteer
lifeboat crew were on call in all weathers. Of the recorded
launches, 416 were carried out in the hours of darkness.
the Cope seeks commitment on Seafarers Allowance for Budget
Pat the Cope Gallagher seeks a firm commitment from Minister
for Finance Michael Noonan T.D. that the Seafarers allowance
will be extended and rolled out as part of Budget 2017, his
comments come following a reply from the Minister of Finance
to a Dail question raised by Deputy Gallagher.
the Cope called on the Minister to implement the measure as
proposed by the Marine Tax review regarding the seafarers' allowance,
and expressed disappointment that the allowance was not brought
back as part of the current 2016 Budget process and Finance
Bill. The matter was brought before the Dail in early April
by way of questions to the Minister, on that occasion the reply
obtained by Pat the Cope indicated the Department were seeking
to have any outstanding difficulties resolved so that it would
form part of the Budget 2017 announcements. It is now imperative
the Department and Minister stand by their commitment and introduce
the Seafarers allowance, so fishermen and their families can
benefit directly from the allowance. It is not acceptable that
there are ongoing delays in introducing this measure stated
Pat the Cope.
the Cope committed to holding the Minister and Department officials
to account for the commitment given earlier regarding the Seafarers
Allowance, he furthermore expressed disappointment at the delay
in re introducing the allowance and called on Minister Noonan
to take immediate action and insure it forms part of Budget
2017 announcements concluded Pat the Cope.
RNLI name new lifeboat Aideen Cresswell in memory of local woman
with an affinity for the sea
crew, station management, fundraisers and supporters of Howth
RNLI were joined by members of the public on Sunday 2 October,
to officially name the North Dublin lifeboat stations
newest lifeboat Aideen Cresswell, in memory of the incredible
woman who funded it. The ceremony took place in the sunshine
in Howth Harbour where the public saw up-close Howth RNLIs
newest lifeboat as it was officially named by Mrs Cresswells
nephew Seymour, in the maritime tradition by pouring champagne
over its bow.
Aideen Cresswell (nee Stokes) whose generous bequest funded
the €71,000 lifeboat was born in London in 1921 and later
came to live in The Baily, Howth. At a young age she met her
husband John Cresswell at an RNLI ball and they spent their
honeymoon on board a yacht sailing from Dublin to Dunmore East.
Mrs Cresswells nephew Seymour remembered his aunt during
his speech, whom he described as a rebel; feisty and a
free spirit. He spoke of her lifelong support of the RNLI
and her affinity for the sea. She passed away in 2011after a
short illness in her ninety-first year and was married to John
for sixty-seven years.
our October issue this month:
Outraged Over Unfounded Recommendation to Close 30% Marine Areas
Globally to Fishing
the representative body of the EU fishing sector and EAPO, the
European body representing the producer organisations, have
expressed their outrage at the decision taken by the International
Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to set an ambitious
target with the aim of closing off 30% of all marine areas from
extractive activities by 2030. This is a typical broad
brush approach which will lead to unworkable situations in coastal
areas and estuaries. Imagine the 30% criterion for instance
being applied to the Irish Sea, an area also destined to produce
large amounts of renewable energy. A 30% closure will erase
all fishing activities in these areas and negatively affect
fishermen, their families and their communities. Read
full report on page 19
are about to fall off the cliff face
Executive of the Irish Fish Producers Organisation likens
those who are imposing regulations on the fishing industry to
company managements that do not know what they are doing and
who, by result of their actions are likely to ruin the business.
In the fishing industry they are destroying its future with
the landing obligation and other regulations. The people
who actually implement conservation are the catchers themselves.
However, they are the least consulted stakeholder in the entire
New RNLI Inshore Atlantic 85 Class Lifeboats Officially Named
In County Cork
were double celebrations for the RNLI in County Cork with two
new lifeboats officially named and blessed in Youghal and Crosshaven.
At a special ceremony held on Saturday 10th September, Youghal
RNLI officially named its new Atlantic 85 class lifeboat, Gordon
and Phil, while on Sunday 11th September, Crosshaven RNLI named
its new lifeboat John and Janet.
fishmongers, four from Independent seafood specialists and four
from supermarket seafood counters, will now compete for the
following coveted titles; Independent Seafood Specialist
of the Year and Supermarket Seafood Counter of the
Year to be presented at BIMs inaugural Seafood Awards
on the 17th November in the Clayton Hotel, Dublin. As a country,
we need to celebrate the skills of our seafood industry and
the BIM Young Fishmonger competition highlights one of the stalwarts
of the retail sector your local fishmonger. It is designed
to reward and recognise talent but also to encourage and train
new entrants into a sector which has experienced a noticeable
revitalisation in recent years. BIM being committed to raising
the bar across the whole retail sector are delighted to have
extended the competition to include a supermarket seafood counter
category this year.
reports and further reaction in our October issue out now!
boats all returned to Port Oriel and other ports around the
coast for Craig Byrnes (MFV Skipper) funeral at the beginning
of September. The Clogherhead community also had a quiet Blessing
of the Boats on Sunday 4th September where the family and friends
of Craig Byrne were invited to scatter pettals into the sea
in his memory. Photo courtesy P. Smith
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