23rd October

Mussel power on Ireland's seafood journey trail

A new visitor attraction on Ireland’s south coast showcases Irish rope-grown mussels and tells the story of an industry that began in the early 1970s and is now valued in excess of €6m.

Supported by BIM and Fáilte Ireland, the Mussel House is part of the BIM ‘Taste the Atlantic – a Seafood Journey’ trail and is located on Kilmackilogue Pier, overlooking Kenmare Bay. Today, a modern and sustainable rope-grown mussel industry produces almost 10,000 tonnes of product a year, grown on special long lines for the domestic and export markets.

Taste the Atlantic Mussel House

Marie Healy, Project Officer, Wild Atlantic Way, Failte Ireland; Jim O’Toole, BIM CEO; Angela and Carl Daly of Kenmare Seafoods celebrate the launch of ‘The Mussel House’ 

The trail is designed to highlight, inform and build an appreciation for Irish seafood producers along the Wild Atlantic Way, remarked Jim O’Toole, BIM chief executive.

“Kerry and the wider south west region have led the way in terms of rope mussel production. This exhibit, housed in one of Ireland’s 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.”

The Mussel House features visual story-boards that detail the production process and facts about mussels: how it can take up to two years to reach market size; how mussels gram for 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, known as the blue mussel.

Maire Healy, project officer, Wild Atlantic Way, said the attraction would reinforce the growing potential of the seafood trail:

“In addition to providing another great enhancement for visitors…..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.”

Kenmare Bay Seafoods in one of the 22 seafood producers featured along the trail, which runs from the Inishowen Peninsual in Co Donegal to Oysterhaven Bay, Co Cork.

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