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Weed all about it

Catherine Murphy faces slippery rocks, bracing sea air and crashing waves as she learns to forage for seaweed in Co Mayo

9th January, 2015

During the famine, our West of Ireland ancestors depended on seaweed to stay alive, harvesting shore food for coveted minerals and vitamins.

Yet Ireland’s tradition of seaweed harvesting is a long and rich one, with hundreds of varieties used for everything from fertiliser and animal feed to stuffing mattresses and thatching roofs.

Seaweed harvesting is now a contentious and worrying issue – State-owned seaweed company Arramara was sold to a Canadian multinational in...

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