Supporting Local Suppliers
Supporting local suppliers and producers is important to us for a number of reasons. Buying local will benefit the community economically and showcase quality local produce to our visitors. It also cuts down on fossil fuels needed to transport goods to us, helping to reduce our carbon footprint.
We try to source as many products as possible from local suppliers, from environmentally friendly cleaning agents to building materials. For example, Irish oak was used for the visitor centres’ internal doors and local Liscannor flag stone used throughout the site was quarried nearby.
Co Clare is rich in top quality food producers and the Cliffs View Café serves delicious meals using locally produced ingredients. The gift shop stocks quality products from local businesses like the Burren Perfumery and the Clare Jam shop.
There are also many talented artists and photographers in the locality who regularly hold exhibitions of their work in the visitor centre and art prints are often available to buy. Here’s some more information on some of our local food producers.
St Tola Goats Cheese
From young, fresh crottin through to mature, year old Gouda, all our cheeses are handmade and matured to suit our customers’ individual requirements. As such, cheese from the St. Tola range is now among the most sought-after artisan produce in Ireland. St. Tola Organic Goat Cheese has been made in the townland of Inagh just south of the Burren in County Clare since the early 1980s.
The Burren Smokehouse
The Burren Smokehouse was first established in Lisdoonvarna in 1989 by Birgitta and Peter Curtin. They researched smoking traditions in Ireland and in Sweden and the idea of the Smokehouse was born. They carefully source quality raw materials for their Burren Smoked Salmon, Trout, Mackerel and Cheese. The Smokehouse currently employs a staff of twelve, and ships within Ireland and to countries all over the world.
Oonagh supplies incredible salads for our Organic Salmon plate using exciting ingredients such as wild nettle and dulse seaweed. You can taste the countryside with Wild Kitchen as they also run wild food walks and show you how to create a meal from your foraged ingredients.
Magic Mayan Chocolate
Magic Mayan was the original creation of Matthew Norrish. Being a type one diabetic and frustrated with the poor quality of available sweet options, he invented his own and Magic Mayan Chocolate was born. In 2015 Matthew handed the torch over to family Darren, Sinead and Nathan O’Connor, also based in Ennis Co. Clare. Magic Mayan Chocolate produce 14 different organically sourced, deeply dark, dairy, gluten and soya free raw chocolate bars.
Suppliers of our raw ingredients, cakes, snacks and drinks, Pallas Foods strive to ensure that every product supplied is produced to the highest quality standards, is responsibly sourced, correctly labelled and fully traceable. The company has a comprehensive environmental policy which includes recycling, energy conservation and ethical trading.
Garrihy’s Seafoods is a long established seafood provider in North Clare. They are a fresh fish wholesaler. Eamon Garrihy is the third generation of his family to run the shop, following his uncle Donie who ran the business for 22 years and his grandfather Jack who ran it for 30 years. Garrihy’s provide fresh fish to all local hotels, pubs and restaurants direct from the fishing boats in Connemara. They also have a fish shop in Ennis located in the Market, where customers can walk in and purchase fish.
We produce premium quality fresh juices, fruit smoothies, natural sparking lemonades. We are based in a little juice factory at the foot of the Galtees in Co.Limerick and produce juices and smoothies for delivery all over Ireland. Diarmuid was working for Pepsi, travelling the world, buying fruit juice for use in soft drinks. He began to see a shift away from carbonated soft drinks and towards healthier options. He returned to Ireland, and set up Wild Orchard in 2000.
Haugh’s Butchers are based in Miltown Malbay, Co Clare with an outlet in Market House in Ennistymon. They raise and slaughter their own quality beef and lamb.
Curley’s Quality Foods
Our fruit and vegetables are supplied by Curley’s Quality Foods, one of Ireland’s leading locally sourced distributor of fresh produce, freshly prepared food and catering products. We are also one of the largest privately owned fruit and vegetable companies in Ireland. We are dedicated to sourcing the finest and freshest produce available worldwide. We buy directly from our approved local and international growers on a daily basis and provide customers with a consistent supply of products.
Edie & Bibi
We are a company based in Ennistymon, Co.Clare who specialise in all things Foodie. All of our products are homemade with love and care. We do a bit of everything, but we do it well. We home make and package all of our preserves, jams and chutneys as well as our bakes, cakes and seasonal products treats, so we can guarantee that we personally ensure you are getting the tastiest, loveliest product possible!