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Issue No:65
  • :ISSN 0973–1121
  • :July
  • :2013
  • :English

The blue sea had over it the mystery of the darkness of the

night; the high noon sun had lost its fiery vigour and shone

with the pale yellow splendour of a full moon. All around me,

before and on either hand, was a waste of waters; the very air

and earth seemed filmed with moving water, and the sound

of falling waters was in my ears.

— from The Mystery of the Sea by Bram Stoker

Ireland / Economuseums

Smoking Kilns

In the wild west of Ireland, the European Economuseum network is putting fisheries’ artisans on the map


This article has been written by Brian O’Riordan (briano@scarlet.be) of ICSF’s Belgium Office


Most people would take umbrage at being called a museum piece. But Graham Roberts says he and his family leapt at the chance when the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority (Teagasc) approached them about becoming Ireland’s first food ‘Économusée’.

In late April 2013, the Connemara Smokehouse and Visitors Centre was incorporated into a growing network of Économusées across the North Atlantic. This family business was started over 35 years ago on Ireland’s wild-west Connemara coast by Graham’s mother and father.

‘Économusées’ were initiated in the French-speaking Canadian province of Quebec in the 1980s to promote and sustain traditional artisanal craftsmanship and know-how.

They have come to be called ‘Economuseums’ in the English- speaking world. “What Teagasc proposed was exactly in line with our thinking, and would help take us in the direction that we wanted to go”, says Graham. “Over the past few years, we have been developing our own product range, direct selling, and the educational...

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