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Connemara "Be different, be better and provide an excellent service"

Our Story – 150 years of History


“Be different, be better and provide an excellent service”


This motivating mission statement was coined in the 1800s by Bryan Mulloy, original founder of the family business that is now known as Connemara Seafoods 

Bryan is the great-great-grandfather of the present-day Mulloy family who continue the thriving business he established on the west coast of Ireland in the 1840s.

Over the centuries, generation after generation of the Mulloy family have worked against all odds in achieving their ancestor’s vision. Their great-great-grandfather’s words have been carried through tough times by each generation of this family-run business which has its humble beginnings in the Great Famine. 


Bryan was different. As a young man, he emigrated from Ireland to America at the start of the Great Famine (1845-1852).

Instead of making ‘the land of the free’ his new home, Bryan yearned to return to his beloved Ireland.


Years later, in the 1860s, Bryan did what many considered the impossible, and made his way back to his native land. This was the first step on an entrepreneurial voyage that was to reach more than 150 years into the future 

Upon his return to Ireland, Bryan felt the call of the ocean. He started business on the seas from Blacksod Bay to Clew Bay and beyond, catching fish for a local fish merchant. 

He fell in love with and married Mary Joyce, a red-haired beauty from Roundstone, Co Galway. The two went on to have a family, and Bryan lived out his days happily on Ireland’s west coast.


A generation passed, and Pat Mulloy decided to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps. Pat was a shopkeeper and keen businessman with an entrepreneurial eye, and recognised the potential of making a living from the sea. In the 1920s he started to export shellfish to the UK for the Billingsgate market in London.


Pat’s son Andrew continued the shop business but died, leaving a young wife and two small children behind. In 1945, at just 16, Andrew’s son Padraic took over as head of the family.

With his heart fully rooted in the land and seas around Kilmeena, Co Mayo, Padraic made his start in the shellfish business by selling herrings, which he purchased at local markets, from the back of his horse-drawn cart. 


In his first van, in the late 1950s, Padraic travelled around Connemara and to Achill buying periwinkles. 


By the 1960s Padraic had expanded his product base to periwinkles, oysters and mussels, exporting to France and Holland, as well as the UK. 

Connemara Seafoods is born

Padraic married Caterine (Kitty) in 1961 and together with their children they worked in the newly-named Connemara Seafoods.

Padraic, like his great-grandfather, instilled in his family the vision of what was necessary for the company to flourish.

“Be different; be better, by providing a good service” is still as relevant to Connemara Seafoods' business values to-day as it was to Brian Mulloy in the 1860s. 

Connemara Seafoods is:

  • different because it supplies an extensive portfolio of fresh, frozen, chilled pasteurised shellfish products. 
  • better because it is flexible and adaptable to its customers' needs.
  • focused on delivering the best quality products, on time, every time, to its customers. 

This is proof that these core values continue to thrive today, and the present generation of the Mulloy family lives by them as strongly as did its great-great-grandfather more than 150 years ago.