Family owned and run by the Roberts Family since 1979, Connemara Smokehouse is the oldest smokehouse in Connemara and one of the oldest in Western Ireland. We are one of the few remaining smokehouses still specialising in smoking wild Atlantic Salmon. Since 1998, we’ve also made ‘organically grown’ Irish salmon an important part of our production.
Graham and Saoirse Roberts personally manage every aspect of the business—from selecting and obtaining the best quality Irish salmon and seafood, to preparing, smoking, packaging, and delivery.
Graham hand-fillets each fish—a treat to watch if you’re ever on a smokehouse tour—and has become a fervent and passionate crusader of just how delicious smoked salmon—done properly—can and should be.
Though we are always innovating with new products, and continue to champion more sustainable harvesting practices, we adhere to time-honoured traditional methods and use only the finest natural ingredients to deliver the highest quality Irish smoked salmon and smoked seafood in Ireland.
Numerous awards, recommendations and reviews have gained us world recognition, but as Graham likes to say, one taste speaks for itself.
Whether it’s smoked salmon, tuna, mackerel, or other tasty products from the sea, Connemara Smokehouse prides itself on hand-crafting the ﬁnest smoked salmon and smoked seafood products by following a simple recipe: fresh ﬁsh, natural ingredients, and traditional smoking methods that have stood the test of time. The best and only sure way to discover what makes Connemara Smokehouse products the best in Ireland is to taste for yourself.
We start with premium quality fresh ﬁsh, harvested from the crystal blue waters oﬀ the Irish west coast. Wild Atlantic Salmon—our speciality—comes from local Connemara ﬁshermen.
We source our Organic Salmon from selected sites such as Clare Island, which is less than 65 kilometres (35 nautical miles) north of us on the Irish West Coast.
The tuna we use is line-caught in Irish waters, thanks to a 1991 initiative by Graham and John Roberts, together with the Irish Sea Fisheries Board, to develop a sustainable and environmentally friendly way of catching wild tuna.
The mackerel and herrings we use come from the cool, clear Atlantic waters and are MSC Certiﬁed. They are simply the best available.
We use no artiﬁcial ﬂavourings, colours, or preservatives—just fresh ﬁsh, accented with complementary seasonings from nature. Sea salt and beechwood smoke create the perfect ﬂavour and texture in our traditional smoked products. Sugar, herbs, honey, and Irish whiskey transform and put an Irish spin on the innovative new products we oﬀer that have gained us world recognition.
Our Traditional Smoking Methods
At Connemara Smokehouse we know the importance of modern technology in ensuring our seafood products arrive safely at your table, as tender and succulent as when they leave Bunowen Pier. We also know that some long-established traditions just shouldn’t be sacriﬁced to progress.
We hand-ﬁllet and traditionally dry-salt our ﬁsh before smoking—no machine-ﬁlleting and no brine-injection. We also still use ‘Old Smoky’, the kiln ﬁrst commissioned in 1946, to beechwood smoke our ﬁsh until done to perfection. This requires the experience, patience, and sensitivity of an artisan—but to truly satisfy the human palate, it’s something we feel no automated kilns running on pre-programmed timers can replicate.
Fresh ﬁsh, natural ingredients, and traditional smoking methods. Sure, it would probably be easier to cut a few corners and automate more of the processing, but it just wouldn’t deliver the Connemara Smokehouse products that our customers demand and keep coming back for.