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Winners of Irish Times Innovation Award for Food/Ag 2013

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Goatsbridge Trout Farm Win The Irish Times Innovation Award for Food/Agriculture 2013

It has been a long time since I posted a blog but now is as good a time as any to get back into it.

Goatsbridge Trout Farm were crowned Ireland’s Most Innovative Food Company last weekend in Belfast at the Irish Times Awards, where we beat off some of the best companies in the land like Glenisk and Mash Direct. If we do not maximise on this win it will just be an ego boost and we have not got time for ego here with so much work ahead.

Good news for Goatsbridge as we embark on our journey in the export market. We are taking a stand at the Brussels International Seafood trade show for the first time so wish us luck.

Onwards and upwards!

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Goatsbridge Trout Farm on Nationwide

Goatsbridge Trout Farm Featured on Nationwide!

In November 2010, the Nationwide TV crew visited Goatsbridge Trout Farm for a day for a feature on our trout farming operations here in Kilkenny.

Take a look at the video for a look at what happened on the day and a further insight into the running of things here at Goatsbridge Trout Farm.

Goatsbridge Trout Farm is on Kilkenny’s Taste Trail – we welcome visitors! You can find out more about the trail here.

Goatsbridge Rainbow Trout Farm Blog

Introducing Goatsbridge Premium Irish Trout

Hi there,

I’m Mag from Goatsbridge Premium Irish Trout.

On this blog I’m going to share all the news we have as we develop our fantastic Irish trout products. It’s also a place for you to catch up on food related events that we are taking part in, hear about other artisan food producers and join us on the journey as we strive to make the world more aware of our heavenly tasting Irish trout products!

We are also going to share lots of trout related recipes so no excuses for not cooking!


Building a New Factory at Goatsbridge Trout Farm

Building a New Factory at Goatsbridge Trout Farm

Around the world in 80 days – We built a factory!

It is all about being in the right place at the right time. We realised a long time ago our fish handling facilities at Goatsbridge Trout Farm did not meet our new found demand for trout. We had spent a long time looking at the various possibilities to solve this issue and I am glad to say that project was completed on the 11th November 2010.

Building a New Factory at Goatsbridge Trout Farm

I was down in Clonakility on a lovely sunny day in early August when the big announcement was made that BIM were funding projects after a long battle with the EU. Unfortunately for 95% of the industry Salmon farmers and business in SAC regions were not eligible for this support.

Building a New Factory at Goatsbridge Trout Farm

Our application went in on 20th August and we started the project the following Monday. I have faced many challenges in my life to date: toilet training, first tooth, early school days, adolescence, first kiss, college exams, marriage, mother-in-laws, childbirth, parenting, and now old age! No challenge could compare to the mammoth task ahead.

Building a New Factory at Goatsbridge Trout Farm

We had 80 days to complete this building from the day the application went in but would not hear until well into the project if we were to get funding or not. It was a big risk but I knew the Gods were with us and we decided to take the risk.

Building a New Factory at Goatsbridge Trout Farm

Big thanks to all those who put their shoulder to the wheel. I have to give a special mention to the Foley Construction Brothers. They are a family of 5 men and I must say it was like 7 brides for 7 brothers as times. Actually some of them are looking for a bride and I would recommend them highly because nothing is a problem and they could turn their hand at anything.

Building a New Factory at Goatsbridge Trout Farm

The job is complete and we must fish on.

Nothing will stop us now!


It was another first for Goatsbridge when we participated in Bloom in the Phoenix Park on 27th of May this year. Although sales of my products were important in order to cover the cost of the stand it was’t my primary objective for being there. I could not bring my fresh fish along so I made up lots of smoked trout quiche and pates, products that we hope to bring to market sometime in the New Year.

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Taste of Kilkenny Food Trail Launch

Taste of Kilkenny Food Trail

Ross Golden Bannon Getting To Grips With A Goatsbridge Trout

Food Trail Launch in Kilkenny

It was only a matter of time before the cobbled streets and castle walls of Kilkenny merged with the fertile hinterland to put the city on the map as a “foodie” destination.

Boy did we have fun!

I just love this picture and especially Helen Finnegan of Knockdrinna Cheese’s look of disbelief. I must say restaurant critic Ross was absolutely fantastic and gave a very thought provoking talk.

He said the county has much to be proud of and that the trail is not just a celebration of quality local product but:

“of civic pride and social engagement that will pay dividends far greater than the simple tasty transaction”.

The idea is that you can pick up a copy of the food trail guide and map and plot a gloriously gluttonous path around the county. You can download a copy of the Food Trail Guide from the Trail Kilkenny website here.

Looking forward to seeing you all at Goatsbridge this summer. No excuses.!!