Wild Irish Seaweed to double production in West Clare

Wild Irish Seaweed to double production in West Clare

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West Clare-based family business Wild Irish Seaweed is set to double its production and increase its workforce following a €200,000 investment.

The company, which was established in 2010 by Gerard and Eileen Talty, will be visited by Deputy Pat Breen, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection later today (Monday).

Based in Quilty, Wild Irish Seaweed will benefit from a €50,000 investment from Alison Cowzer of Dragon’s Den, which has been matched by a similar figure from Clare Local Enterprise Office (LEO). The Talty family are investing a further €100,000 into their business. The company currently has a workforce of 13, including seven full-time employees and six harvesters.

“The investment will upgrade our facilities, which will double our production. This will lead to us creating up to ten full and part-time jobs,” Evan Talty of Wild Irish Seaweed said.

Evan Talty Wild Irish Seaweed, winner Best Established Business with Bill Chambers and Minister Pat Breen.

“We are delighted to have Minister Breen visiting to mark our expansion, which will create additional job opportunities in West Clare,” he added.

The company was established in 2010 in the family kitchen and now operates from a specialised production facility. The family is steeped in the art of collecting seaweed but they sensed a real opportunity to expand at the start of the decade.

“My grandfather, Mickey, collected seaweed for years. We were helping him but all of a sudden the Fukushima nuclear accident (in 2011) hit in Japan. There was a sudden surge in traffic on our website at that time as the industry in Asia was hit. We said there could be something in this, so we went to Leader and we built a €200,000 factory out of it. It just snowballed from there,” Mr Talty explained.

 

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick.

Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station’s flagship current affairs programme.

He was also the station’s News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day.

As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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