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Sunday 20 October 2019

Cockroaches and crickets on menu in first 'pestaurant'

Irish Independent reporter Majella O
Irish Independent reporter Majella O"Sullivan considers some roasted locusts at the Rentokil-Initial 'Pest-aurant'. Picture by Don MacMonagle
Majella O’Sullivan tries roasted locusts.
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

THEY are seen as pests that should be eliminated from our homes – creepy, crawly and downright unpleasant.

But cockroaches and other bugs were being handed out as delicacies in the country's first ever 'pestaurant'.

Customers just couldn't get enough of them as they queued up for salt-and-vinegar crickets and crispy barbecue mealworms.

There were also Mexican spice and curry varieties for the more adventurous palate.

Those with a sweet tooth were also catered for, with chocolate-covered mixed bugs, ant candy, chocolate bug bars, or scorpion, cricket or mealworm lollipops on the menu.

The pop-up restaurant in Killarney was set up by Rentokil Initial to celebrate 80 years of pest control in Ireland.

"Bed bugs are a really big problem in Ireland at the moment and they're easy to spot as they have a very distinctive bite," said Rentokil Initial managing director Michael O'Mahony. "There has also been a dramatic increase in cockroaches over the last 10 years or so, which we had practically eliminated but they're back again," he added.

The restaurant was just one part of a novelty event where the Guinness World Record for the largest welly run was also smashed.

Glenflesk GAA Club – with clubman and former Kerry great Seamus Moynihan; Kerry stars John Crowley and Liam Hassett; and country star Nathan Carter – led a crowd of 3,198, walking one kilometre in Killarney National Park.

Club spokesperson Danielle Favier said it won't get official confirmation from the Guinness World Book of Records for eight to 12 weeks.

"We do know we've broken the record and it was a phenomenal achievement for such a small club," she said.

Irish Independent

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