Fáilte and welcome to our May edition of Am Seacláid, (The Irish word for Chocolate Time!)
Summer is officially here and we had been enjoying so much beautiful weather during April that we are really looking forward to what May has in store for us! The days are getting longer which leaves us with more time to enjoy the stunning scenery all around us here in Kerry. We had a very busy Easter but we were thrilled with all the images you shared with us through our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts of you nibbling, chomping and munching your way through your Easter goodies. It really did make all that hard work worthwhile when we saw all of you really enjoying our chocolate Easter treats, so a big thank you from all of us here at Skelligs Chocolate.
Wild Atlantic Way Champion
I’m sure most of you have heard of the Wild Atlantic Way, but for those of you that haven’t heard of it, The Wild Atlantic Way is the longest coastal touring route in the World! Stretching 2,500km across 5 identified Zones of the West coast of Ireland from Malin Head in Donegal at the top of Ireland, right down to The Old Head of Kinsale in Co. Cork at the bottom of Ireland. There are 15 Signature Discovery Points, which are ‘must see’ places along the Wild Atlantic Way. We are blessed to look out every day at one of these 15 Signature Points: The UNESCO World Heritage Site –Skellig Michael, a well-preserved monk settlement of the early Christian period which was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1996. The lookout point for Skellig Michael is from Bray Head which is just a few minutes’ drive from where our factory is located. When you live in one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland and indeed the world, you can sometimes take it for granted, but thankfully none of us do here. We treasure our beautiful coast line and The Skellig Ring, which passes our door was recently named as one of the Top 10 Regions to visit in 2017 by The Lonely Planet.
During the past number of weeks, we attended a specifically tailored programme designed by Fáilte Ireland and are proud to announce that our very own Joanne Murphy has received the Wild Atlantic Way Champion certification. The WAW Champions programme was designed to help improve the visitor experience we were currently providing and to group together with other local business to offer our visitors to the area a more experiential journey. Knowing your local area and understanding your visitors’ needs and wants was paramount and of course continuing to provide the best possible service we can to our new and returning visitors, year on year. So, if you have any questions on the Wild Atlantic Way just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Skellig Michael Re-Opening
After a major rockfall was discovered on Skellig Michael last month we were holding our breath for the Island’s re-open date. It is with great delight we have learned that Skellig Michael will re-open to visitors on May 14th for the 2017 season. The Office of Public Works (OPW) have issued 15 permits to boatmen to bring visitors to the island. You are advised to book well in advance if you are planning to visit the island as public interest to Skellig Michael has increased after the Island was featured as a key location in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and more recently in the trailer for the upcoming sequel, The Last Jedi.
Chocolate of the Month
For May, our Chocolate of the Month is our delicious Orange Brittle. We take premium orange oil extract, mix it with our creamy milk chocolate and add sugar nibs for a crunchy finish. Our milk chocolate contains 33% cocoa solids and has a very creamy finish. Adding the orange oil gives a perfect balance of contrasting flavours. As you will see from the image, our Orange Brittle is produced in the form of a slab and is perfect for nibbling or sharing with your loved ones.
As a special treat, we will include a FREE 150g Pouch of Orange Brittle with any orders over €50.00 during the month of May. All you must do is type in the coupon ‘orange’ at the checkout stage. (Each blog will include a Product of the Month so keep an eye out!) Don’t forget, if you subscribe to our monthly Blog post you will be the 1st to know about any exclusive offers! Just head over to our homepage and click ‘Subscribe’ on the top left of the page.
You will not believe how much progress has been made since our last Blog post at the beginning of April! The floor was prepared, concrete poured and set, walls were formed and at the time of this post they are now getting ready to tackle the 1st floor. All construction workers onsite are doing a phenomenal job and we are so thankful that the job is progressing so quickly. Take a look below at some of these incredible aerial shots which we took over the past few weeks. It is incredible to view the building from above and of course the stunning scenery makes it even more attractive. Enjoy…
So that’s it for this month, we hope you enjoyed it and if you have any suggestions or would like us to cover a certain element of the business, please let us know at email@example.com
Slán go foil,
The Skelligs Chocolate Blog Team.