At the heart of Irish Atlantic Salt
Michael and Aileen O'Neill know all there is to know about the beautiful Beara Peninsula, West Cork. Michael has spent over 15 years fishing national and international waters and is an expert in the seafood industry. However, it was Michael’s late father, Bernie, who initially thought of the idea of making Irish sea salt. Bernie believed the high quality waters of the West Cork coast could be utilised more and considering Michael and Aileen’s proximity to the Atlantic (it is quite literally at their backdoor) it seemed like a great idea! Bernie encouraged Michael and Aileen to pursue the idea and helped them throughout the lengthy process of finding the right production technique for Irish salt.
Michael and Aileen wanted to make a natural and pure Irish sea salt using traditional salt making methods, blended with modern and energy efficient techniques. Finding the right recipe and technique did not come easy and Michael and Aileen, at times, were tempted to give up. But when Michael and Aileen finally discovered the perfect production process, they were delighted and knew the hard work had been worth it. Irish Atlantic Sea Salt was officially launched in 2010 at Shop (Ireland's food, drink, retail and hospitality event).
Sadly, Bernie was not there to share in their excitement and success, having passed away in December 2010. Bernie’s legacy lives on today at Irish Atlantic Salt and the O'Neills think of him every day and thank him for his pivotal role in the production of Ireland’s only sea salt.
(Bernie O' Neill, RIP)