Between the wild ruggedness of Connemara woodland and the power and intensity of the Atlantic Ocean in the West of Ireland, lies the enchanting Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden.
Owned and run by the Benedictine community who have been in residence here since 1920, Kylemore Abbey is one of Ireland’s best loved and most iconic visitor attractions. The Benedictine nuns are renowned for their delicious home-baking and wholesome food in the Abbey restaurant and tea rooms. The nuns now also make and sell their own chocolate.
As well as offering a range of Kylemore’s unique recipes this book gives an exclusive glimpse into one of Ireland’s most intriguing estates, beautifully documented by award-winning photographer Valerie O’Sullivan.
John O’Toole is head chef at Mitchell’s Café in Kylemore Abbey. Originally from Moyard, John has a professional career span- ning decades bringing top quality food to diners in Connemara. John plans to modernise some of the Benedictine nuns’ recipes: ‘The nuns’ recipes are timeless classics,’ John said. ‘I’ll be looking at them with a fresh approach and some may be modernised with new twists over the summer.’
Marguerite Foyle is the Manager at the Kylemore Abbey since May 2015.
Valerie O’Sullivan is a photographer and media provider, based in Killarney. She covers a wide range of events in the Public Relations, Press, Tourism and Outdoor Sectors. A winner of many national awards in the Press Photographs Association of Ireland competition.