Ireland’s first food Économusée has opened at The Connemara Smokehouse in Aillebrack, Ballyconneely, Co. Galway.

Ireland’s first food Économusée has opened at The Connemara Smokehouse in Aillebrack, Ballyconneely, Co. Galway, which is owned and operated by Graham (pictured) and Saoirse Roberts. Photo: Andrew Downes.

Ireland’s first food Économusée has opened at The Connemara Smokehouse in Aillebrack, Ballyconneely, Co. Galway, which is owned and operated by Graham (pictured) and Saoirse Roberts. Photo: Andrew Downes.

Ireland’s first food Économusée has opened at The Connemara Smokehouse in Aillebrack, Ballyconneely, Co. Galway.
An Économusée is an artisan business that opens its doors to the public to provide a learning and interpretive experience for visitors.
Owned and operated by Graham and Saoirse Roberts, the Économusée at The Connemara Smokehouse, which employs eight people, develops the educational aspect of the fish smoking expertise that has been handed down through the Roberts’ family since 1979.
Speaking at the opening, Teagasc Regional Advisory Manager Brendan Heneghan said the Économusée concept originated 20 years ago in Quebec, Canada, where there are now over 50 Économusées contributing to employment and the maintenance of local skills and knowledge in traditional rural businesses ranging from artisan food to boat building.
The Connemara Smokehouse is only the second Économusée in Ireland, with the first located at the Celtic Roots Studio in Ballinahown, Athlone, Co. Westmeath, and the medium term aim is to have at least four Économusées in Ireland.
“The Économusée concept is an innovative model of rural enterprise support which helps artisan producers diversify their businesses into the cultural tourism market by providing them with a six step template to help them structure the visitor experience,” said Dr Kevin Heanue, who is leading the project for Teagasc.
For further details on the Connemara Smokehouse Économusée visit www.smokehouse.ie, phone 095-23739 or email [email protected]
 
Galway Independent-Lorraine O’Hanlon