It’s a miserable wet August evening when we arrive at Garryhill, Co Carlow, to meet Eva Milka and learn all about Gaelic Escargot – her snail-farming enterprise. While the weather might be miserable for humans the warm, wet weather is perfect for growing snails.

It’s a good job they thrive in these conditions because I wouldn’t like to be around 600,000 unhappy snails.

While it sounds like an enormous number of snails they actually fit into a half acre of ground which is divided into multiple sections and covered in chicken wire and staging.