Birgitta Hedin-Curtin

Owner – Burren Smokehouse

Brigitta first came to Lisdoonvarna in 1981 at 18 years of age. ‘I wanted to see the Atlantic; to see the Burren, see the landscape, meet the people, hear the music.’ In 1989 her now husband and the area won her over from her native Sweden and she settled in Lisdoonvarna. Having studied marine biology, and having an interest in food, she and Peter opened The Smokehouse.

If she had to eat one meal for the rest of her life?
‘I do eat a lot of smoked salmon, but I eat other fish as well. Wild salmon and a great salad with apple balsamic vinegar, with raw beetroot. I could eat that forever. Some rye cracker bread with it. Or wait! I change my mind—lobster!’

Favourite place to go on holidays?
‘There are so many places I love, but for the moment, I’ll say Tasmania. It’s family ties as well because my sister is there, but it is very special. It is so different. Plus there is a lot of food tourism going on there.’

Best thing about living in Lisdoonvarna?
‘That there is both a great local community, and also an international community passing by. You meet people from literally all over the world and that makes living here in Lisdoonvarna very special. I usually say I live in the middle of nowhere, but actually in the centre of the universe.’

Advice to 15-year-old self?
‘Follow your instinct and have no fear. I was lucky enough to be able to do that, to follow my instinct and embrace life, to say yes to a lot of things, without even knowing where it was going to lead me.’

Could have personally witnessed anything, what would it be?
‘It would have been very interesting to see Lisdoonvarna in the early days, in the early 1900s, when it was THE Spa town.’

Birgitta at the Burren Storehouse

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It would have been very interesting to see Lisdoonvarna in the early days, in the early 1900s, when it was THE Spa town.
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