- A Drogheda Millmount Museum historian will examine the strong tradition of food companies in Drogheda, whilst focusing on the story of McCann’s Irish Oatmeal who prospered here during the 19th and 20th century.
- Andrew Workman of Dunany Flour will speak on the development of Dunany Flour.
- An open discussion will be held amongst attendees.
The story of McCann’s Irish Oatmeal dates back to 1800 when John McCann built a mill at Beamond, four miles from Drogheda on the east coast of Ireland. A double success in the London Exhibition and the Dublin Exhibition in 1851 was followed by first prize at the Philadelphia Exhibition in 1876 and an award for “Uniformity of Granulation” in 1893 at the Chicago Exhibition. In the early part of the century, exports of McCann’s Irish Oatmeal increased dramatically enabling the inhabitants of New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit, San Francisco, Montreal and Vancouver to enjoy the distinctive, nutty flavour of Steel Cut Irish Oats. Its success in America came about by accident. In the mid-1800s an American sailing vessel arrived in the port of Drogheda with a cargo for Mr. McCann. The ship’s captain requested an exchange cargo for ballast on the return journey. All that Mr. McCann could offer on the day was oatmeal. The captain, who was on a very tight sailing schedule reluctantly accepted and brought his cargo back home to the US where it was tasted there for the very first time. The natural nutty taste of the oatmeal was an immediate hit and this maritime link was the start of a flourishing trade for McCann’s Irish Oatmeal.
Andrew and Leonie Workman from Dunany Flour in Co. Louth are unique; they grow, mill, pack and distribute their organic spelt, rye and wheat from their farm. They decided to grow rye, spelt and wheat for flour; traditionally rye was grown for thatching in Ireland, it grows 5ft tall and a field of willowy rye rippling in the breeze is a beautiful sight. They sourced a stone mill through connections in Poland and Germany and now have a mill on the farm which grinds 50kgs an hour.
Details & Booking
Date: Thursday, 16 October 2014
Time: 8.00pm to 9.00pm
Location: The Mill Enterprise Hub, Drogheda
Cost: Free – Booking is Essential