It all started when Birgitta backpacked around the Emerald Isle as an 18-year-old in the early 1980’s. Here she had a chance encounter with Peter in a pub in Lisdoonvarna, famed for its matchmaking festival - Europe’s biggest singles festival. The 160-year-old festival attracts people from all over the world looking for Love, fun and a bit of ‘craic’.
By 1989 Birgitta and Peter had set roots and opened the Burren Smokehouse along the Wild Atlantic Way. Birgitta and Peter Curtin are entrepreneurial spirits - when people flocked to the Smokehouse to see how their delicious smoked salmon was made they built a visitor centre to accommodate the many guests. Soon The Burren Storehouse restaurant was established to cater for the guests and Peter has developed the Burren Brewery, a microbrewery in his family's pub, The Roadside Tavern in Lisdoonvarna.
Although the Burren Smokehouse may be far from a city, it is by the amazing Burren & Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Geopark. The Burren is a limestone mosaic whose cracked grey stone reveals delicate flowers and a wildly diverse ecosystem comprising of 70% of Ireland’s plant species and 80 tombs scattered across the sparse terrain.