Meet the Achill family putting a modern spin on an ancient craft to produce a premium salt

The O’Malleys take seawater and process it by hand into soft, flaky salt crystals – selling 75g jars for €4 online. And with their market growing all the time, they are looking to expand

Source: The O’Malleys of Achill Island collect seawater in a tanker and bring it to their factory

Andrew Hamilton

The O’Malley family of Achill Island have come a long way in ten years. From humble beginnings, boiling seawater in pots on their kitchen cooker, they now operate a state-of-the-art factory in the middle of the island, employing five people and producing around 120kg of salt every week.