Fáilte and welcome to our August edition of Am Seacláid.
FUN FACT: Some scientists now say that eating dark chocolate every day is better for you than eating vegetables!!
With July boasting 2 substantial Chocolate days, World Chocolate Day on July 8th and Milk Chocolate Day on July 28th we have had every excuse to indulge this month…and for many on their holidays, it was music to their ears! Working in a chocolate factory, every day seems to be a Chocolate Day but we love nothing more than to spoil our customers on days like this… We had 2 delicious Chocolate Hamper giveaways this month with Belinda Daly from Co. Dublin winning our World Chocolate Day Hamper and Sharon O’ Keefe in the UK winning our Milk Chocolate Day hamper. Huge congratulations again to both and you can check out our amazing hampers here.
Kevin who has been working with Skelligs Chocolate for a number of years has moved on to pastures greener. We wish Kevin the very best of luck in his new venture and we hope he will be very successful in his new career! Above is a lovely picture of Kevin with some of the Skelligs Chocolate team.
Chocolate of the Month ~ Sweeten your Summer!
Our chocolate of the month for August is a real favourite… our Marshmallow Clusters. Delicious melt in the mouth mini-marshmallows covered in milk chocolate. Bite sized and perfect for nibbling or sharing with family or friends, these handmade clusters are the perfect treat.
Simply spend over €40.00 online and enter the coupon ‘marshmallow’ at the checkout stage and your FREE Chocolate Marshmallows will be on their way with your order!
The Breakfast Republic Show on 2FM, one of Ireland’s Top Radio Stations run’s a weekly competition called ‘Happy Monday’. Like many other shows, Breakfast Republic was inundated with requests for songs to brighten up people’s Monday mornings, so after consideration of an alternative, Happy Monday was born. Every Monday morning, they ask listeners to text in something that they could do or get them that would make their listener happy. Requests came in hard and fast with desires for hair straighteners, Laptops and even an engagement ring! You will be happy to read that that the Hair straightener was supplied by Peter Mark, the Laptop, from Harvey Norman and the engagement ring from the incredibly generous Paul Sheeran Jewellers! There is no limit to what 2FM will do to make their listeners happy on a Monday morning…
Listening one Monday morning was Ria Brown from Co. Wicklow, who was planning a 2-week trip around Ireland with friends from Australia. She texted the show and asked if they could make her happy with a 2 weeks supply of chocolate for the trip. Now touring around Ireland is exciting enough but to tour around Ireland with a supply of chocolate sounds heavenly. So we jumped on the phone and offered Ria and her friends a hamper full of delicious Skelligs Chocolate to bring with them on their trip! You can see from the pictures below that our Skelligs Chocolate Hamper made Ria and her friends very happy indeed…Here are some pictures from her trip so far!
In the local area
The Cahersiveen Festival of Music & the Arts is held every August Bank Holiday Weekend, which this year, falls from the 3rd – 6th of August. Beginning in 1995 the festival celebrates its 22nd year with each year aiming to be bigger and better than the previous year! The Festival is a family friendly festival with entertainment for all age groups. From guided walks, full kids programme, street entertainment, live music, art and talks, this festival really packs a punch so boot up and head for Cahersiveen this weekend and prepare to be entertained! For a full programme of events click here.
The Valentia Island King Scallop Festival which is a family fun festival to celebrate the renowned Valentia King Scallop will take place on August 19th & 20th. The Annual Raft Race followed by an End of Summer Harbour Party will get the festival off to a flying start on Friday, August 18th. On Saturday and Sunday, visitors to the festival will gather on the waterfront in Knightstown to feast on the fresh Valentia Island King Scallops from 2-4pm. There will be Live music from the festival stage along with children’s activities such as Scallop shell painting and other kid’s activities throughout the weekend such as the Children’s Duathlon which will take place on Sunday. The Valentia Island RNLI Lifeboat with the Coast Guard Helicopter will partake in a rescue demonstration on Valentia Harbour. If you have any queries about the above events please contact the Valentia Island King Scallop Festival through www.valentiaisland.ie
The All Ireland Kayak Angling Championships 2017 are coming to Ballinskelligs this coming Saturday, August 5th which will see the 4th meet in the series. Made up of 6 meets held around Ireland (4 salt, 2 fresh) with the overall winner determined by the point scored at the best 3 meets (2 salt, 1 fresh),these locations will stretch from Donegal to Galway, Wexford, down here to Kerry, across to Cork and back up the country to finish in Co. Monaghan on Lough Muckno on Saturday October 21st. The annual Kerry meet always attracts a huge following with Free Kayak demonstrations available on the day and the chance to learn and observe from them as they demonstrate their skills on the water.
The Annual Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival takes place from August 24th – 27th over in Waterville. This festival honours the revolutionary work of Charlie Chaplin, actor, filmmaker, composer and advocate for social change whose legacy remains both relevant and influential to comedy today. Charlie’s love of entertainement is paramount throughout the weekends entertainement with a range of Film, workshops, “Charlie Chaplin” themed events and even a Guinness World Record attempt for having the most Charlie Chaplin lookalikes in one place. It will take place on Saturday, August 26th followed by a BBQ. You can check out all info on this amazing festival here.
“For the man who made the movies speak in the hearts of millions, Charlie spent many years in our midst as a welcome and humble guest and friend to many”.
A beautiful tribute to Charlie Chaplin, stands proud on Waterville pier.
Skelligs Chocolate Factory Extension ~ Update
With builder’s holiday’s here in Ireland, Chocolate machinery companies on summer holidays in Europe it has left Colm with a few more headaches than he would like this month! The building is almost 80% finished but the last 20% or so is really taking its toll now. Trying to juggle builders, painters, electricians and a big hole in the wall has really worn him out!! We still have a big hole in the side of the building which can’t be filled in until the machinery is gone in upstairs… so fingers crossed that next month we hope to report the extension has been finished and is ready to move into! Here are some images from work over the past few weeks.
Back to School
By the time we write next month’s blog post some of the kids will already be back to school after their summer holidays! If you haven’t been to see us put it on your To-Do list and pop on down to visit Ireland’s only open plan Chocolate factory! We are open 7 days a week, entry is free and you will get to see the delicious chocolate being made right before your eyes! You will get to sample the yummy treats from our knowledgeable staff who will explain all about what we do here in the factory and any questions you have about our chocolate! Please be aware that production is Monday to Friday with limited production on a Saturday. Located on The Skellig Coast there is loads to do in the area from tropical gardens at Kells Bay, Viking boat trips to Beginish Island, Nature and Archaeology walks, Visiting the Kerry Cliffs, Valentia Island which hosts huge treasures such as Tetrapod Footprints, Fort Point Lighthouse, Geokaun Mountain, Mythology, Stone Forts, Sea sports, horse riding and not forgetting boats to Skellig Michael, you will be spoilt for choice when you visit!!
So that’s it for July, we hope you enjoyed reading our blog and if you have any suggestions or would like us to cover a certain element of the business, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Slán go foil (Bye for now)
Am Seacláid, The Skelligs Chocolate Blog Team