Seaweed growing is one of the Irish west coast’s primary industries. One of the more traditional forms of Irish industry, seaweed harvesting has been practiced for at least 50 years and is heavily associated with the west coast of Ireland.
In January 2001 Rosaria Piseri, an algologist of Italian origin, decided to follow her instincts, abandon her comfortable apartment in Milan, Italy, and move to Inis Mòr in the Aran Islands County Galway to study seaweed in the hope of finding out more about the product. After a lot of study and obtaining a specialist machine for compound extraction, Rosaria’s research began to yield greatresults and she produced a line of health and beauty products which became very successful in treating various skin problems.
Rosaria moved from the Aran Islands to Kilcar, Donegal when she was hired by a Company that wanted to start a Seaweed Extraction plant in Kilcar. She had sound knowledge of extracting machines and technology and helped them set up the production unit. After one year, once the plant was up and running and with her job finished; Rosaria was ready to go back to the Aran Islands. However, Micheal McCloskey proposed that Rosaria use his brand new premises in Cashlings for business. She now shares the Company with Micheal and the team have been working there happily since.
A lot of Donegal seaweed is used on golf greens, as it’s an extremely nutritious fertilizer. Algae Green, the trading name of Oileann Glas Teoranta (OGT), trades mostly in sporting uses of seaweed. It’s thus far been used to improve the greens of some of the finest golf courses in Ireland, and indeed the world. The Old Head (Kinsale), Ballybunion, The Heritage (Portlaoise), The K Club – site of a Ryder Cup tournament, Cruden Bay, Loch Lomond (Scotland), El Dorado Club (Mexico) and the Valley Club (San Diego) have all used the company’s produce to improve their playing surfaces, while demand for the liquid also sees it exported to the UK, America, France, Switzerland and Mexico. Besides feeding sporting greens and humans, the seaweed is also used in horticulture, garden care, and soccer pitches.
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