The Cottage Loughmore
We all know that good food sustains us.
But what if good food can do more than that?
What if good, generous cooking can sustain a community, and create rural solidarity, in remote parts of the country? What if good cooking can create a meshwork of relationships with local food producers and local people, and offer a place of community focus?
Mary Fogarty and Maeve O’Hair rallied everyone in the remote village of Loughmore to support their co-operative venture, and they didn’t worry that they are – in urban parlance – way off the beaten track. They created an award-winning community-owned shop and tearooms, and deservedly won the prize of Best Tearooms in Ireland in The Irish Times Awards in 2014. Their darling little stone cottage welcomes one and all, with great food and great service, everything from slap-up breakfasts to a cup of tea and a slice of Mary Martin’s tea brack.
‘Our cups never emptied’ wrote one visitor to The Cottage, and that is what Mary and Maeve have achieved: a tea rooms that replenishes the soul of the community, that refreshes the parts other tea rooms can’t reach. A wee treasure.
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