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Unique shop fills growing appetite for cottage food

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Leo Molloy

Lifestyle – Judy Murphy visits a micro-business that supports local producers and has customers drooling for more

At a time when so many business locally are still facing economic difficulties, one area is burgeoning, and it’s the cottage food industry. All over Galway, small food suppliers are producing quality, well-priced artisan food, which ranges from the healthy and virtuous to the indulgent and decadent.

A visit to one of Galway’s newest food outlets, Molloys Pantry on Eyre Street, will prove an eye-opening experience for anybody wanting to support local producers but without paying a fortune for their food.

The pantry is in a tiny space, but it stocks an eclectic range of breads, pastries, salads, sauces, vegetables, cheeses, breads, jams, chutneys and ready meals. As from this week, there is also a deli counter, where people can sample lunch made entirely from goods stocked in the shop.

Molloys Pantry, which opened 12 weeks ago, is owned by Leo and Klara Molloy, who are originally from Mayo and now live in Menlough. The two are steeped in the food and hospitality business and Leo’s passion for this new venture is infectious.

“I trained as a chef 25 years ago and then worked in Michelin starred restaurants in Dublin, like the Commons, Gilbauds and Chapter 1,” he outlines, adding that Klara worked in the hotel industry.

Later they moved back to Mayo, where they ran Doonfeeny House restaurant in Ballycastle, near the Céide Fields. But with a young family, the work-life balance proved difficult, so Leo took on a job with Carrokeel Seafoods, developing products and markets for that group.

In 2005 they moved to Galway when he became general manager of Galmere Fresh Foods, a position he held for five years before taking up a post with the food giant, Glanbia, exploring international opportunities for their products in countries such as France, the UK and Germany.

But he became disenchanted with an approach to food, which viewed it as a commercial commodity. Given Leo’s background as a chef, he had always been more interested in the craft aspect of food production, so he and Klara struck out on their own again.

Two years ago, they set up a small home baking company called Eaty Treaty in Menlough, producing cakes, breads, pastries and biscuits made from high-quality ingredients. They bought a little van and went door-to-door selling in their neighbourhood, starting from the ground up.

The operation grew and they have since given their recipes to Molloy’s Artisan bakery in Roscommon and Griffin’s Bakery in Loughrea, who make and supply Eaty Treaty goods to a range of shops on Leo and Klara’s behalf. Goods include spelt and whole-wheat bread as well as sweet items. These are available in shops throughout Galway City and County, including Molloy’s Pantry.

Leo’s experience in the commercial world of food allowed him to bring their Eaty Treaty product to a broader market, but he realised that for many artisan producers it was difficult to get properly positioned in major supermarkets and to be identified as an artisan brand.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Unique pilgrim talking the walk

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Breandan will give a talk on his pilgrimage this Sunday evening at Clifden's Station House Theatre with all proceeds going to the Irish Cancer Society. PHOTO: JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY.

Lifestyle – Breandan Ó Scanaill returned to Clifden last month after a six-month pilgrimage on foot from his home on Beach Road to Santiago de Compostela – a journey of some 3,500km that took him across Ireland, Wales, England, France and Northern Spain. In his final column for  The Connacht Tribune, he reflects on his experiences and the people he met.

Having travelled through Ireland Wales and England, by the time I reached central France in mid-Summer, the temperature was getting hotter by the day.

I’d say it topped 40 degrees on several occasions, but was in the high 30s almost every day.  I managed to keep walking, and found myself thinking of the old song, which I changed one word of, “Mad dogs and Irishmen go out in the mid-day sun”. I probably was mad to be doing this but I was being very careful.  I was drinking around six or seven litres of water each day and anywhere I found water I would pour it over my head.  I also had a light towel around my neck which I kept wet at all times, while my wide-brimmed hat kept the worst of the sun off my head and face.  I would shelter from the heat for an hour or so in the mid-afternoon.

This heat the fires which were raging just ahead of me in France were constant worries and on a number of days the paths were closed and I had to take to small roads to move forward.

One of the hottest and strangest days was just north of Bordeaux.  I was walking in a forest which was not closed but which had warnings about the risk of fire.  It had all the feeling of a Hitchcock film.  Nothing stirred, there was no breeze, no insects, no animals and the heat radiated up from the ground.  The grass and leaves below my feet cracked and broke, they were so dry. I was completely alone and I was fully expecting someone to come emerge from the bushes armed with a large knife.

I finally arrived in Bordeaux to be given the expected bad news, all the trails south were closed and it was against the law for anyone to be found crossing that part of the country. There were a number of reasons for this. One was the obvious risk to life, another was that anyone embarking on these trails was putting the fire fighters’ lives at risk and also taking them away from their main task, which was trying to control the blaze.  A further reason was that as thousands of people had been evacuated, homes were at risk of being looted.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway In Days Gone By

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A little girl celebrates Sarsfields’ success in the County Hurling Final in 1997.

1922

The ‘pay-nobodies’

The righteous wrath of members of Galway County Council very properly manifested itself against the “pay nobodies” at the meeting on Saturday last.

“I am quite satisfied,” declared Dr. Walsh, “that numbers of people who defend the policy of not paying rates are thoroughly dishonest.”

Mr. Kennedy said the policy to-day was to pay nobody and the people who were in debt themselves “wanted everybody else to be in the same position”.

Mr. Tierney invoked the dictum of the Irish Hierarchy in regard to the payment of just and lawful debts. Verily, “there are greater thieves than Cacus” – men who have such noble and patriotic notions that, to their mind, national freedom is synonymous with freedom from just and lawful obligations. It is time the people paid their rates and debts and gave up their outworn cant.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Guru to the stars to breathe life into seminar

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Patrick McKeown

Health, Beauty and Lifestyle with Denise McNamara

Patrick McKeown has some rather high-profile followers. The Galway clinician – who runs one of the largest breathing schools in the world from his Moycullen clinic – can count Coldplay singer Chris Martin and his ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow, the Oscar-winning actress turned lifestyle entrepreneur, as followers.

It was the rock star who made headlines when he gave a copy of Patrick’s book The Oxygen Advantage to cricketer Ollie Robinson after the England team saw Coldplay at Wembley before their Test series against South Africa.

Gwyneth, who has over eight million followers in Instagram, last week posted online that she is using Mytotape, the product Patrick invented in his Moycullen practice which aims to train people to breathe through the nose while sleeping rather than through the mouth.

“This is probably the single best wellness tool I have found recently. Breathing through your nose at night apparently creates alkalinity in the body and promotes best quality sleep,” she exclaimed.

Patrick is one of six speakers at the international Functional Medicine Conference (FMC) held this weekend at the Galway Bay Hotel where doctors and nurses, complementary medicine practitioners and students convene to hear from experts, share experiences and network.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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