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'An acre may raise a cow but it will also grow snails worth €40,000'

The Irish climate, it seems, is very suitable for snail farming - just look in your garden

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Eva with some of her snails.

Eva with some of her snails.

Eva with some of her snails.

Eva Milka came to Ireland by accident in the middle of a tourism degree in her native Poland when her then boyfriend suggested she join him in a job interview for the newly opened Lyrath hotel in Kilkenny. She got the job while he did not, and so she cast aside her degree to work in Ireland much to her parent's disappointment.

"It just felt it was the right thing to do," says Eva. "We moved over and settled into Ireland but the one delicacy we could not find was escargot snails – so we set up a mini breeding farm using plastic containers in our one-bedroom apartment in Kilkenny.


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