visitor attraction overlooking Kenmare Bay to celebrate Irelands
launch the The Mussel House as part of Taste the
Atlantic- a Seafood Journey
Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Irelands Seafood Development Agency,
in partnership with Failte Ireland, today (Tuesday, 12th September)
officially launched a new visitor attraction on the Taste
the Atlantic a Seafood Journey trail to celebrate Irelands
rope mussel industry. The Mussel House overlooking the
stunning Kenmare Bay tells the story of an industry which began
in the early 1970s which is now valued at €6.5 million.
The modern and sustainable rope-grown mussel industry is concentrated
in the South West of Ireland and produces almost 10,000 tonnes of
mussels grown on special long lines for both the Irish
and export market each year.
Mussel House is located adjoining the renowned Helens Bar
on Kilmackilogue Pier which serves fresh mussels harvested only
1 kilometre away in Kenmare Bay by local husband and wife team,
Carl and Angela Daly of Kenmare Bay Seafoods.
Producers, Carl and Angela Daly of Kenmare Bay Seafoods pictured
with Maura Healy, Wild Atlantic Way / Failte Ireland and Jim O'Toole,
CEO, BIM pictured at the launch of The Mussel House, a new exhibition
developed by Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) in partnership with Failte
Ireland as part of theTaste the Atlantic- a Seafood Journey trail
in Kilmackilogue, County Kerry
OToole, CEO BIM said We are delighted to be here today,
in partnership with Failte Ireland, to launch this informative showcase
that forms part of the successful BIM Taste the Atlantic
a Seafood Journey trail. The trail is designed to highlight, inform
and build an appreciation for Irish seafood producers along the
Wild Atlantic Way. Kerry and the wider South West region have led
the way in terms of rope mussel production. This exhibit, housed
in one of Irelands most visited destinations for seafood lovers,
will celebrate this successful sector and allow visitors to immerse
themselves in more than the usual culinary experience as they learn
about local producers Carl and Angela Daly, how Irish rope mussels
are sustainably cultivated, their biology and nutritional value.
Essentially, it will connect the place with the people and the product
Mussel House features visual story boards detailing Irish
rope mussel production and facts about mussels including how it
can take up to 2 years for mussels to reach market size; how mussels
gram by gram contain more iron than beef; how a single mussel can
filter up to 65 litres of water a day and the species grown in Ireland
is known as the Blue mussel.
Healy, Project Officer, Wild Atlantic Way, Failte Ireland added;
The launch of the Mussel House only serves to reinforce the
growing potential of Taste the Atlantic A Seafood Journey.
In addition to providing another great enhancement for visitors
travelling the Wild Atlantic Way, this exhibit will encourage those
who travel along the route to slow down, dwell longer and immerse
themselves in the local seafood traditions and practices of the
West coast, all while fostering a deeper appreciation for our exceptional
seafood producers, clean Atlantic waters and growing food reputation.
In Fáilte Ireland, we look forward to working closely with
BIM on the continuous development of this distinctive visitor trail.
Taste the Atlantic- a Seafood Journey trail along the
Wild Atlantic Way route was devised by BIM in conjunction with Failte
Ireland to offer visitor attractions designed to highlight Irelands
seafood and coastal heritage and develop an appreciation about how
our seafood is caught and farmed.
Bay Seafoods is one of 22 seafood producers featured along the trail
which runs from the tip of the Inishowen Peninsula right down to
Oysterhaven bay in Cork. Founded by husband and wife, Carl and Angela
Daly in 1982, the business began growing and supplying wholesale
mussels to the French seafood market and has since grown to become
recognised as a market leader in innovative gourmet seafood.
her strong background working within the gourmet food sector and
a qualification from Irelands acclaimed Ballymaloe Cookery
School, it was a natural progression for Angela to begin experimenting
with prepared meal options using their exquisite supply of Kenmare
Bay mussels. The result is an award-winning chef-developed range
of meals created using quality natural ingredients.
Mussel House is part of Helens Bar on Kilmackilogue Pier and
will be open to the public from 11am-11:30pm Monday Sunday.
Admission is free. It is the perfect location to see first-hand
Irelands sustainable rope mussel industry and taste the product
in a unique environment.
more information about BIMs Taste the Atlantic a Seafood
Journey please visit www.bim.ie/tastetheatlantic
and the Wild Atlantic Way website http://www.wildatlanticway.com/stories/food/seafood-itinerary
more information on Kenmare Bay Seafoods visit www.kenmarebayseafoods.ie