Into the wild: Glendalough Distillery’s head forager on the wild Wicklow gin

Oisin Davis meets Geraldine Kavanagh, head forager at the Glendalough Distillery in Co Wicklow.

Geraldine Kavanagh joined Glendalough Distillery as the head forager in 2014.

“We are all the descendants of successful foragers.” So reads the opening line on Geraldine Kavanagh’s Wicklow Wild Foods website. As a means for survival, our ancestors certainly needed to have a far better understanding of wild foods than we do. But for professional gatherers of wild herbs, flowers and plants today, there are other, more modern benefits. They include what Kavanagh describes as having, “the best job in the world”: head forager at the ...