Tradition with a pinch of Atlantic Sea Salt

Posted on: 6th October, 2014

Category: Food & Wine

Contributor: West Cork People

Above: L-R John Farrand, Henry Horkan (Bord Bia), Mike and Aileen O'Neill (Atlantic Sea Salt) Presented with Best Irish Speciality. Location: Great Taste Golden Forks Dinner. Photo: Richard Faulks.

The Great Taste Golden Fork for Best Irish Speciality has been presented to Irish Atlantic Sea Salt of Beara in County Cork for its Irish Atlantic Sea Salt with Dill Pollen. The handcrafted sea salt, which is Ireland’s only sea salt, is made by combining age-old salt making methods and energy efficient production to produce sea salt flakes which retain many beneficial trace elements.

With the Atlantic almost on their doorstep on the stunning Beara Peninsula in West Cork, Michael and Aileen O’Neill perfected the art of taking crystal clear Atlantic seawater and turning it into high quality flakes of sea salt.

Great Taste judges commented: “A stunning salt which looks amazing and smells absolutely divine. One whiff conjures up a taste of the sea, salmon and fresh trout. A perfect balance between salt and dill and one of the best flavoured salts we have ever tasted.”

Out of 10,000 products entered into Great Taste 2014, Irish Atlantic Sea

Salt with Dill Pollen was awarded its honour at the Great Taste Golden Forks Dinner on September 8, where over 300 guests from the world of fine food gathered to hear the results of many months of judging.

The Best Irish Speciality was sponsored by Bord Bia and also nominated this year was a Great Taste three-star Frozen Goodness: Fresh Lemon from Nobó of Dublin and a Great Taste three-star Beef Dripping from James Whelan Butchers of County Tipperary.

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SuperValu and AsIAm host unique exhibition in Clonakilty

SuperValu and AsIAm.ie will host a unique exhibition which will enable the entire town of Clonakilty to experience what it is like for people with autism to deal with the world around them. The exhibition, which is free to visit, will be hosted in the Clonakilty Parish Hall from 10am to 4pm on Thursday 27th September. The exhibition represents the final part of the four month journey the town has been on to becoming Ireland’s first ever fully accredited Autism Friendly Town and guests are invited to join on a ‘pop-in’ basis.

The exhibition uses an engaging “questions and answers” format as well as a series of activities to answer people’s questions and enable visitors to step into the shoes of those with the condition. This includes using sound, smells, touch and sight experiments to bring neurotypical (those without Autism) people into the world of those with the condition.

“People with autism often experience a sense of being overwhelmed and confused by what others see as normal life, and this exhibition will allow those attending to understand this more than they have done before,” according to the CEO of AsIAm Adam Harris. “Through visiting this exhibition we believe people will be much better equipped to engage with people with autism who they meet regularly in their day-to-day lives.”

Visitors are given an MP3 player which gives them an audio guide through 15 stages which allow them experience different aspects of life with autism.

Under SuperValu and AsIAm’s guidance, the town of Clonakilty has undertaken a commitment to become fully Autism Friendly – a first for anywhere in Ireland. Over the last four months Adam Harris, founder of AsIAm, and his team have been working with the entire community to receive official Autism Friendly Accreditation.

To do this the town as a whole must deliver:

Engagement and training 25% of businesses and voluntary organisations
Engagement and training of 50% of public services
Engagement and training of 50% of school communities
Engagement and training of 50% of healthcare professionals
Engagement of 3 employers
Reaching 25% of the town’s population
The town has almost reached these targets with this exhibition representing the last piece of the journey reaching and educating as many of the community as possible.

The exhibition was developed by the AsIAm Youth Leadership Team, a group of young people with Autism who act as advocates for the organisation. It is part of a larger campaign to engage young people in Autism issues which includes a social media campaign and a website, youthhub.asiam.ie

Around 1 in 65 people in Ireland live with Autism and are to be found in every community and school in the country. They apply for every type of job but are often misunderstood, excluded or left behind due to a lack of understanding in society.
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