BUYING FOOD AND OTHER PROVISIONS (SELF-CATERING):
If you find the service/information you were looking for, on this website, do let us know. And, more importantly, please do tell the person whose service you are using as a result. THANKS!Of course, in Clifden you'll find the large supermarkets such as Aldi, Lidl and SuperValu, plus other specialist food shops, butchers and the like.
- BUT for convenience - and to support the local community - we recommend strongly that you shop locally whenever you can.In Claddaghduff, Sweeney's well-stocked shop (and Post Office and petrol/diesel pumps) can provide you with much of what you will want, and in season you will also find excellent provisions such as succulent Connemara Lamb.
- ***STOP PRESS (APRIL 2012)*** SWEENEYS are currently running a major promotion on a wide range of FOOD ITEMS, plus a range of FUELS, and unmissable OFF-LICENCE SPECIALS!
- And while in Sweeneys, try Janice's locally made breads - they're fresh, healthy, and completely delicious! By the way, Janice also provides delicious cakes, including gluten-free cakes and desserts, in Oliver's Bar in Cleggan.And in Cleggan village, Coyne's shop and sub-Post Office, run now by Geraldine O'Toole and assistants, also stocks a wide range of your kitchen and food needs.Both of the above also supply daily newspapers; and both carry a wide range of fuels: coal, peat (turf) 'briquettes', and bottled gas.If you're looking for hens' eggs, still warm from the nest, why not pop over to Cleggan Farm (cross the causeway at the head of Cleggan Bay, and about 100m further along the road, look for the sign up the tarmac road towards Cleggan Farm and Cleggan Farm Cottages. Ask for Jo or Greg.
- FRESH FISH and SHELLFISH:One of the real joys of coming to stay in a location like the Aughrus Peninsula is the fact that it's a real fishing area - not only is there Cleggan Harbour, but around the peninsula are other smaller harbours and piers: Aughrus Pier, and Rossadilisk, for example. And it isn't just fish, but also shellfish - lobster, crab, caught by the many fishermen who daily catch fresh seafood from their small craft. You can enjoy them when eating out locally; and indeed Cleggan crabmeat is widely known for its excellent flavour and taste, and lobster from the peninsula are shipped live to markets in continental Europe. Many visitors gather smaller shellfish such as periwinkle or razor-fish from the strands, too.How lovely to buy and prepare some fresh fish - whether it's white fish in season, or fresh crab or lobster or mussels!You can do just that in Cleggan. Visit Cleggan Seafood - ask for Johnny or Theresa - and buy an excellent range of fruits of the sea - or have it delivered, if you prefer (see right)! If you wish to select the fish yourself, drop in and look at what's available. You'll find them at the harbour: at the head of the pier, turn left at the Tiny Teapot cafe and restaurant, walk along the path for not more than 50 yards, and you will see the steel fish preparation building. If no one is there, call at the front door of the white house just beyond. Any time from 9.00am to 6.00pm; or, if you've forgotten the time, you can try calling outside of those hours and you may still get lucky.
- JAGUR ORGANIC FARM SHOP:
- The Jagur Oorganic Farm and Shop is run by Linda and Vincent, with helpers, and it is situated beside the salt-water lake (Lough Atalia) at Emlagh-Rossadilisk (take the turning from the main road sign-posted for Rossadilisk, take the first turn on your left, and Jagur Organic is right at the end, on your left - you'll see their wind turbine and that's a good sign-post in itself).
- The Farm Shop is open from May until November, Monday-Friday - 10.00am to 4.30pm. They grow and produce a wonderful array of organic produce:
- - Get your fresh Organic Vegetables, Fruit and Herbs in season for a reasonable price
- - Also available are Jams, Marmalades, Chutneys, home-made fresh drinks, Syrups, Vanilla Fudge, Bean sprouts, and Free Range Eggs
- - Fruit bushes, Shrubs, Flowers, Seeds, second-hand gardening and cooking books and magazines; and handcrafts
- - And....free advice for your own garden!
- You'll get a great welcome from Linda and Vincent. If you want to telephone them rather than just visit, phone 095-44855.