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  • Writer's pictureCleas Inis Oírr

Seaweed/feamainn, and the creation of a landscape.

Our coastal beaches and rock pools contain a colourful displays of sinewy feamainn. Their names may sound familiar; sea spaghetti, dulse, nori, carraigín, a veritable fruit of the sea.

Seaweed is recognised as a superfood because of it contains an impressive list of vitamins and minerals.

Once dried gathered and dried it can be used in a variety of dishes, pasta, pesto, salads, breads, desserts, etc. It seems we can't get enough of it, so much so we at Cleas Crafts love nothing better than a seaweed bath!

Across the centuries the value of seaweed was recognised, medicinally and as soil conditioner. Gathered in hand crafted baskets, seaweed and sand was carried to the site by means of a donkey. The kelp was then spread over the layers of sand and soil to establish a soil base to enable growth of crops and to provide pasture for animals to graze.

And this is how the magnificent and very unique maze-like landscape has been created.


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