Polish born and bred, Eva Milka moved to Ireland at the end of 2005 to work in the hospitality industry. However, things took an unexpected turn with the establishment of Gaelic Escargot some years later, after tasting snails for the first time abroad. It all began as a hobby in a one-bed apartment where Eva and her partner Eoin, who farms part time, wanted to experiment with the delicacy.

Established in 2013 as Ireland’s first snail farm, the enterprise has developed into a research and development centre for snail farming in Ireland. Trading with Middle Eastern markets, breeding and training upcoming snail farmers are also part of the mission. Eva and Eoin are currently producing 10 tonnes of snails per year, but eager to increase their enterprise’s figures.