Great turnout for official opening of Rosscarbery Fish Seafood Deli
BY CAROL GILBERT
THERE was a huge turnout, estimated at well in excess of 250 people, for the official opening by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine last Saturday, July 14th of the Fish Seafood Deli, Rosscarbery.
With the sun shining for the guests who enjoyed a fabulous seafood barbecue, finger food and refreshments, the Shanahan family and in particular, Peter Shanahan and his business partner, Louise Kehoe, who takes care of all the bookwork, the design and innovation and all the work behind the scenes, were highly praised for their initiative.
Mr Kieran Calnan, newly-appointed chairman of BIM, spoke of his pleasure in his first official engagement of supporting such an exciting endeavour.
He said, ‘I think as chairman of BIM my role is very much in the context of supporting all aspects of food. Firstly I would like to congratulate Peter. It is a great example of someone, who was in a sector that was not performing well in the national context, who decided that there were other options.’ Mr Calnan said the presence of Minister Simon Coveney, demonstrated how supportive he is of the industry going forward.
Minister Coveney, congratulated all the Shanahan family, mentioning in particular Peter and Louise who he said were the driving force behind making this happen. Saying that it was great to come down to celebrate a success story in West Cork, he continued by saying, ‘I think that businesses like this one where you have smart energetic hard working people who are obviously liked and popular in the local community and who are producing a very high quality product are part of the new growth we are seeing in the seafood sector. This is artisan seafood, locally freshly produced seafood that people actually want to try and taste and spend their money on.’
Peter Shanahan thanked everyone for their support over the last twelve months, his friends and family, saying: ‘Louise helped me to get it up and running and eventually it became a reality. Thanks to you it is a success and I am prepared to work hard to give you the produce I have here every day.
‘It is all local. It’s the hymn sheet I sing off all the time and we are looking forward to a bright future.’