About Us

A journey through Time

Mysteries and Magic of the past

Irish Seaweed is run by Ria Peters who worked most of her life as a bookkeeper and accountant. She has two grownup children and, arriving for a holiday to Ireland some years ago they walked down the stairs at Cork Airport where, as Ria says, “I felt as if I was coming home.”

As a result they found a small property on the Ring of Beara which they bought. Having grown up as a city girl and having no brothers she had to learn a lot fast! But she managed to make her dream come to life and is now the happy owner of her own house by the sea, somewhere she can connect to anything that is alive and growing


Having seen one food scandal after another reported in the news we decided to start reducing our dependence on the supermarkets for food by living from the land as people did for many centuries in the past.


We started to plant fruit trees, currants, and grow our own vegetables. Living close to the sea, in our case the Atlantic Ocean, proved to be exceptionally valuable to us providing us with fish, mussels, cockles, shrimps and, of course, seaweed. We soon realised the potential of seaweed as food or a nutritional supplement. We also use seaweed as a fertiliser on the land for our vegetable and fruit garden.

Water quality is vitally important. All our sea vegetables are harvested from the Atlantic in Coulagh Bay which is free from pollution and has no industry based around it. Not all the seaweed we collect is suitable for human consumption. Instead of throwing the material away, though, we use it to produce extracts for use as insecticides and leaf fertilisers and one which has an enriched auxin content.

Let her introduce you to Irish Seaweed in her own words:

We live in a converted boathouse near the head of the Beara Peninsula in County Cork on the Atlantic coast of South West Ireland. This is a rocky, sparsely populated coastal area with no industries.

Sumerians, Ubains, Atlanteans

The appearance of technically more advanced humans who knew how to breed and raise animals, which made distinctive pottery, inclined to cluster in settled groups, now called the Ubaid. They are the founders of the oldest of the southern Mesopotamian cities, Eridu, about 5000 B.C. Though Eridu,

and other cities like Ur and Uruk. The Ubaidian presence can be traced to the coast of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, moving (migrating) down the coast into the river valleys . Proven by their settlements, graves and distinctive pottery which turned up? The islands of Bahrain and Failaka developed into a major trading post, the Hong Kong of Arabia, "a rich hub of international trade, with ships coming and going between Mesopotamia the IndusValley civilization, China and Atlantis.

"The origin of the Ubaid & Sumerians; a broad-headed people, were physically and linguistically quite different from the indigenous population and one of the great unsolved mysteries of history. A civilization emerging fully developed without the long, painful process of evolution like all the others. The sudden urban settlement of southern Mesopotamia by a people from overseas who brought with them the necessary skills and political organization to control in such a region."

All the seaweed we use for our food products is freshly cut then dried and milled or fermented. Everything we produce we use ourselves and sell the excess. We amount we produce has doubled for the last three years. Still getting pleasure out of it, water, the sea and the tide never bores.

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