A food scene full of good taste & local character…

September 7th, 2015

Cara Magazine 2015 Gourmet Galway – AoifeCarrigy visits Galway & beyond to cover a food scene full of good taste & local character…

5. Feast your eyes and taste buds on the new Wild Atlantic Way seafood trail:

Taste the Atlantic – a Seafood Journey

A downloadable map (www.bim.ie/tastetheatlantic) features seafood producers such as Connemara Smokehouse at The Pier, Ballyconneely (Worth a pit-stop, especially on Wednesdays for the Smokehouse Tour) and dozens of restaurants serving their catch.

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Fancy yourself a Foodie? Don’t miss spots like Connemara Smokehouse

August 21st, 2015

Green Cuisine: Fresh, Locally Sourced Food in Galway

Fancy yourself a Foodie? Don’t miss spots like Connemara Smokehouse, where to find Galway’s best local foods at AshfordCastle.

Galway is a foodie’s paradise. From the Wild Atlantic Salmon in its rivers to the world-class oysters found off its shores, the rich, creamy cheeses to the wealth of incredible lamb and beef, there’s no shortage of delicious, mouthwatering food in Galway. With that in mind, we’ve put together a guide to some of the best in the area, including weekly and annual events and markets, as well as top-notch individual producers, so that next time you visit us at the elegant Ashford Castle and The Lodge at Ashford Castle, you’ll be all set for a foodie journey of epicurean proportions.

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A previous winner of the “Best Use of Sustainable Fish Award” at the Good Food Ireland Awards, Connemara Smokehouse creates truly sensational smoked wild Irish fish, including salmon, tuna and mackerel. Visit them at Aillebrack Pier to stock up, or during the summer months, take a tour of their smokehouse to learn more about how they create their famous smoked fish.

Continue your foodie journey through Galway back at Ashford Castle or The Lodge at Ashford Castle with a sumptuous, locally sourced dinner at one of the many wonderful dining rooms.

Connemara Smokehouse Wins Gold at Great Taste Awards 2015

August 6th, 2015

Connemara Smokehouse are proud to win GOLD at the Great Taste Awards 2015.

It’s not easy winning stars in the #GreatTasteAwards. Only 31% of the 10,000 products entered scooped an award.

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Connemara Smokehouse Wins Gold

Connemara Smokehouse Meets Duchess of Cornwall

May 27th, 2015

Duchess 3 reduced Duchess 2 reduced Duchess 1 reducedThe Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall on their recent visit to Ireland.

On separate duties the Duchess of Cornwall took a short stroll to the House Hotel where she was introduced to local producers and suppliers.

The Duchess sampled some delicacies from the Taste of the Wild Atlantic Way Food Festival showcasing the best in the West.

Seven Artisans Connemara Smokehouse & Visitors Centre,Bradys Meats, Kelly Oysters, Sheridans Cheesemongers, CaorAcla Achill Blackface Lamb, McCambridges of Galway, Wild Irish Sea Veg & Cocktails from The House Hotel, #RoyalVisitIreland.

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China’s Premier Li Keqiang tastes some of Ireland’s finest wares…

May 18th, 2015

Irish food producers could be set for quite a coup. One of the world’s most powerful political figures sampled more than a few of their best wares today.

What to feed China’s Premier during his Irish visit? Some of Ireland’s finest wares…

Having touched down in Shannon for a brief 48 hour flyover, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang accompanied Taoiseach Enda Kenny to an Irish beef and dairy farm in Gortbrack in county Mayo and was given the chance to enjoy a series of locally produced goods.
Among the wares was smoked salmon and dilisk soda bread from the Connemara Smokehouse in Galway, ‘farm friendly’ chicken with wild garlic from the Castlemine Farm in Roscommon, and a series of Irish Cheeses on brown bread crackers, along with Rua apple chutney, from the Carrowholly Farmhouse in Mayo.

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Also on show was Bord Bia’s Irish roast fillet with locally grown rocket and horseradish mayo, buttermilk pots with rhubarb ‘ripple’, Westport Grove jam, Keelings’ strawberries, and dozens of other food products produced in Connacht.

The farm visit also included a celebration of traditional Irish music and dance, which has enjoyed a strong interest in China in recent years.

In a statement, the Government said the trip gave the Chinese leader first-hand experience of Ireland’s high-quality agri-food sector, and would likely help to promote Ireland as an environmentally friendly tourism destination.
Full list of foods Mr Li Keqiang could tuck into today:
Roast Fillet of Bord Bia Quality Assured Beef, locally Grown Rocket, Mini Blaa Roll, Horseradish Mayo
Castlemine Farm, Co. Roscommon
Hot and Cold Smoked Salmon with Pickles and Dilisk Soda Bread
Connemara Smokehouse, Co. Galway
Free Range Ham Hock and Roast Chicken Terrine with Wild Garlic Mayo
Castlemine Farm, Co. Roscommon
‘Friendly Farmer’ Chicken,  Athenry, Co. Galway
St Tola Goats’ Cheese, Dill, Beet Relish, Sourdough Bread
Inagh, Co Clare
Irish Cheeses with Sheridan’s Brown Bread Crackers and Rua Apple Chutney
Carrowholly Farmhouse Cheese, Co Mayo
Killeen, Farmhouse Cheese, Co Galway
Cashel Blue, Co Tipperary
Buttermilk Pots with Rhubarb ‘Ripple’
Rhubarb – Garvey’s Farm
Scones, Cream, Strawberry Jam
Connacht Gold
Westport Grove Jam, Co Mayo
Achill Sea Salt Caramel and Chocolate Brownie Bites.
Porter Fruit Cake
Goya’s, Co Galway
Tea, Coffee, Water, Home-made Lemonade
Pónaire Roastery, Co. Limerick
Fior Uisce Bottled Water, Co. Mayo
Café Rua Lemonade
Supplier Details
Meat and Fish:
Beef Fillet and Pork – Derek and Brendan Allen, Castlemine Farm, Co. Roscommon
Pasture Raised Chickens – Ronan Byrne, ‘Friendly Farmer’,  Athenry , Co Galway
Cold Smoked Salmon – Connemara Smokehouse, Bunowen Pier, Ballyconneely, Co. Galway
Hot Smoked Salmon
Cheese and Dairy:
St Tola Goats’ Cheese, Co Clare
Killeen Cows’ Cheese, Co Galway
Carrowholly Cheese, Co Mayo
Cashel Blue Cheese, Co. Tipperary
Connacht Gold – Milk , Butter and Cream
Garvey Farm, Gortbrack, Ower, Co. Mayo
Rocket and salad leaves from Stephen Gould, Headford, Co. Galway & Ger Langan, Rural Training Scheme , Castlebar
Keelings Strawberries
Scallions and Radishes – Green Earth Organics, Corrandulla, Co. Galway
Breads and Scones
Rua Delicatessen, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Mrs Garvey
Porter cake, Goya’s Galway
Chutneys and condiments – Rua, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Strawberry Jam – Westport Grove
‘Brown bread’ crackers – Sheridan Cheesemongers
Achill Sea Salt – Co Mayo
Premier Li was greeted by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan when he touched down in Shannon Airport as part of a two-day trip intended to deepen relations between Ireland and China.

The head of the Chinese government, and one of the key stewards for one of the world’s largest economics, was accompanied by a number of government ministers, as well as his wife Professor Cheng, ahead of an extensive visit in South America .
Speaking in Shannon, Minister Noonan said securing China investment in the financial services in Ireland “will be one of the topics on the agenda this evening”.
“Our principal interest up to now in the Chinese market has been exports. They regard the baby food in Ireland as of very high quality and safe and there’s a huge demand for it.
“As well as that, in November the Chinese market opened up for the export of Irish beef and the actual exporting of the beef so that it’s available in the Chinese supermarkets we would hope will begin very shortly.”

Bord Bia CEO Aidan Cotter said the visit marked “another important step in securing further market opportunities for Irish exporters in this high potential market.”
Speaking in Mayo, he commented: “China is our sixth largest export market overall, [and] our second most important for dairy and pig meat.”
“In 2014, international markets (those outside the European Union) were the star performers in Irish food and drink exports achieving their fifth year of continuous growth in 2014.”
“The Chinese government places great emphasis on food safety and today Premier Li was informed about the commitment farmers of Ireland have… [to] animal health, welfare and traceability.”
As part of their Origin Green Programme, Bord Bia said they were currently carbon foot printing approximately 700 farms per week.
Premier Li is the second most powerful man in China and he will to stay over night in the Ashford Castle in Cong, were a series of high level meetings are expected to take place between ministers from both Governments.
“[Having] Premier here today speaks volumes about the ties between China and this part of Ireland,” Shannon Chairman Rose Hynes.
“Very strong trade links are being developed between China and Ireland and, in that context, we are delighted to see such focus on the Shannon and wider West of Ireland region.”


Independent.ie Published Online 17/05/2015

Connemara Wild Irish Salmon for the Royals

May 15th, 2015

The Connemara Smokehouse are delighted to welcome Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to Galway as part of their private four day visit to Ireland this coming week. The visit will begin with a visit to NUI Galway’s (NUIG) university campus.

Security restrictions will be in place for the campus tour, where they will meet students, plant a tree and attend a reception celebrating links with Britain and Irish crafts, music and dance.

The couple will then split for separate engagements, with Prince Charles travelling around the bay to the Marine Institute.

The Duchess of Cornwall will visit the Claddagh National School in Galway where she will talk to students involved in the Suas literacy programme before joining a school assembly. Ms Parker Bowles is patron of Britain’s National Literacy Trust.

She will also attend a reception at the Mick Lally Theatre to mark the Druid theatre company’s 40th anniversary, and a brief performance will be staged for her.

Ms Parker Bowles will attend an event celebrating “regional food and drink from the Wild Atlantic Way” at the House Hotel, meeting local producers Connemara Smokehouse, Kelly’s Oysters, Shierdan’s Cheese, McCambridges, Brady’s Butcher, Wild Irish Sea Veg, and Caor Acla Achill, before leaving the city on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

The couple will attend a private dinner with President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at Lough Cutra Castle, Co Galway, on Tuesday evening.

The couple will travel to Sligo for a series of events on Wednesday…

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