Connemara Smokehouse History & Location
Connemara Smokehouse perches atop Bunowen Pier, above the waves of the Atlantic and at the very edge of west Connemara. The castle ruins of the pirate queen Granuaile (Grace O’Malley, in English) overlook the smokehouse from across the harbour below the Hill of Doon, while the moody peaks of the 12 Bens look out over the castle and smokehouse to the green islands scattered across Ballyconneely Bay.
Graham Roberts’ parents, John and Bridget, founded Connemara Smokehouse in 1979, obtaining a smoking kiln that was first commissioned in 1946—and yes, it’s still smoking!
Graham and his wife Saoirse maintain the smokehouse family traditions, and their children have already taken a keen interest in continuing the tradition as the third generation of Roberts to do so.