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Dooncastle Oysters

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John Ward minds his oysters. He minds them carefully, ever so carefully, in their beds in the clean cold waters off the Connemara coast. The result of Mr Ward’s patient care is simple: Dooncastle oysters are some of the best oysters you can eat – saline, invogorating, a tonic example of one of the great natural health foods – and Mr Ward is one of the dynamic band of Irish oyster growers who are creating ever greater appreciation of their magnificent product in Ireland and who are, in their dedicated way, transforming the perception and appreciation of the Irish oyster. Just remember to ask for them by name: half a dozen Dooncastle oysters will float your boat, and get lunch or dinner started with the best bang imaginable.

John Ward
Leagaun, Claddaghduff, Connemara, Co Galway
085 8257799

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