We chatted with Ciara Moynihan of the Mayo News, our local paper, on our new venture of how we began making salt in our home on Achill Island.
Fruit of the Sea
Sometimes the answer is right in front of you. For Achill Islanders Kieran and Marjorie O’Malley, it most certainly was: It lay in the sea that surrounds them.
The couple, who live in Keel on Achill Island, had often thought of setting up a business together. One night, Marjorie was at home watching a documentary on the television. It was on sea-salt production on the Isle of Anglesey in the UK. She mentioned to Keiran in passing that she’d found it very interesting. Her husband was instantly reminded of the book he was reading – ‘Edward Nangle: the Apostle of Achill’ – in which the remains of a salt factory in Polranny, Achill, in 1831, were mentioned.
The pair were struck by the coincidence, and soon Marjorie got to thinking, ‘I wonder could we do that?’. It was their ‘Eureka!’ moment.
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