Local school pupils enjoy trip to Glens of Antrim Potatoes factory

Local pupils learn all about spuds on factory tour Glens of Antrim Potatoes recently welcomed more than 50 children from Glenann Primary School and Glengormley Integrated Primary School to tour the company’s potato factory in Cushendall.

The pupils had the chance to ask questions and see first-hand how potatoes reach their plates. With the children learning about the Great Famine at school, the timing of their visit was perfect as it occurred a few days before the Annual Famine Commemoration ceremony in Newry, the first time the commemoration has taken place in Northern Ireland.

Michael McKillop of Glens of Antrim Potatoes said: “We were delighted to see so many local children tour the factory and learn about our potatoes and the different varieties we have. It’s always great to meet children in the area and show them a local factory in action. Each child received a bag of potatoes to take home to their families so we hope they enjoyed some delicious spuds for dinner.

“We also had the chance to speak to the children about one of our varieties, the Lumper potato, which was struck by blight during the Famine. Heritage and provenance is of utmost importance to us, so we enjoyed sharing our expertise with the kids, especially during a week in which Northern Ireland remembered the Famine.”