We didn't stay at Aran House, but we ate lunch at Fisherman's Cottage which is part of the B&B/Cooking School/Restaurant. The food was perfect and even though we arrived right before they closed for the afternoon, the owners talked with us for a long time about life on the island and how they had come to start their business. They also told us about the Irish Government's alliance with a big foreign-owned company to build commercial salmon farming operations just offshore. They said that, if it is built, they and everyone they know in the business will leave.
Tourists are very important to Ireland and, even though the owners of places like this and the local fisherman don't have much of a voice when compared to a multi-million dollar global corporation, we do. Commercial salmon farming is a filthy business that produces an inferior product, albeit at a lower price. The idea that you can put hundreds of thousands of fish in a confined space, keep them alive with chemicals and processed feed, then expect the ocean to "clean itself" is absurd. Ask the people of America's Gulf Coast as the try to avoid the tar balls. Please speak out.
- Also Known As:
- South Aran House Aran Islands, Ireland - Inisheer