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Five West Cork Venues unite to lead the charge in Green Weddings
This initiative emerged as part of the broader Waste Not Want Not Programme led by VOICE
 Thurs 11th July 2024

Pictured: Michael O'Neill (Fernhill), Eva Blackwell (Cetic Ross), Peter Barrett (Dunmore), Allison Roberts (VOICE Ireland), Carol Barrett (Dunmore), Deborah Ni Chaoimhe & Vic Sprake (Camus Farm). Credit: RM Media.

Five venues in West Cork have united to become the epicentre of green weddings in Ireland, leading the charge in sustainable celebrations. Working with the environmental charity VOICE, (Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment) Dunmore House, Fernhill House Hotel, Camus Farm, the Celtic Ross Hotel and Dunowen House have created an original and ambitious Green Wedding Package.

The five properties have set a target for themselves to reduce waste by at least 50% by next year following UN recommendations for the 2030 Agenda – and some of the participating venues are already exceeding this reduction.

The Green Wedding package is all about taking decisive actions to minimise food waste and the wider footprint of weddings, offering a responsible choice for couples planning their special day. It addresses sustainability issues head-on by rethinking all the stages involved in creating magical events. This package includes core features that all venues will be offering:

  • Seasonal and Local Cuisine: Sourced from local producers whenever possible and offer the chef’s choice to ensure seasonality.
  • Vegetarian option as a main alongside meat and/or fish.
  • Thoughtful strategies around portions and serving systems to reduce food waste
  • Local flowers provided

Each of the 5 venues proposes special features to reinforce their commitment to sustainability. These unique services include green energy sources, pre-ordering, home-grown produce, and green wedding favours. You can find all these in detail on their respective websites. With the Green Wedding Package, Clonakilty and Rosscarbery venues are taking their responsibilities seriously and proposing truly transformative solutions. They are allowing innovation in the sector but also provide couples with a new way of celebrating their big day with a small footprint!

"This conscious wedding offering is about making good choices, not sacrifices" says Michael O’Neill, Fernhill House Hotel.

“Thought of waste is on everybody’s mind. Good food means little waste” adds Carol Barrett, Proprietor, Dunmore House.

This initiative emerged as part of the broader Waste Not Want Not Programme led by VOICE, in Clonakilty. This programme is a community-wide effort to tackle food waste across the entire supply chain in a farm to fork approach.

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