The village of Clarenbridge in Galway is revelling in its one million pound oyster festival success.
Guest of Honour, Republic of Ireland football manager Jack Charlton arrived by pony and trap to the official opening of the Murphy's Clarenbridge Oyster Festival in County Galway. The festival is celebrating it 39th year and began with local fishermen bringing the ceremonial first oysters to the Oyster Queen Carmel Fallon.
Among the festival goers eager to try the season's oysters was Minister for Justice Máire Geoghegan-Quinn who had nothing but praise for the festival organisers.
People who have who have brought international recognition to a very small village on the periphery of the periphery of Europe.
Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht Michael D Higgins mused upon the oysters on the plate before him.
Well you know, there could be a terrible image in these oysters, you know, these two hearts beating together in the same shell before they expire.
Willie Moran of Morans of The Weir says of the festival,
Is the show piece for the oyster, it sells the oyster in Ireland abroad, its brilliant.
Managing Director of Murphy’s Brewery Marien Kakebeeke also praises the festival.
You’re promoting the local industry and people are proud of it and rightly so because you have a great product.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 11 September 1993. The reporter is Jim Fahy.