Congratulations to Restaurant Forty One in The Residence on Dublin's St. Stephen's Green! They caught Ireland’s most expensive ever wild smoked salmon for an incredible €1,380 in an auction on Ebay!
They proved to have big hearts by bidding for the two sides of smoked Wild Salmon as it is all for a good cause.
Proceeds from the sale goes towards a charity established in the name of an inspirational young Clare woman, Katie Drennan (23), from County Clare, who passed away last year after a brave battle with Cystic Fibrosis. Look for the hashtag #trucksrun4Katie on Twitter which was set up in her honour.
Her parents Eugene and Linda responded heroically to Katie’s passing last year by committing to a fundraising campaign to furnish a €5m state-of-the-art purpose-built CF unit at the Limerick University Hospital, for which Katie was one of the key campaigners.
A close family friend, Birgitta Hedin Curtin contacted the Drennans after Cork fishermen Anthony and Simon Quilligan caught the first wild salmon of the year. She decided to offer it to the charity for auction.
Said Birgitta, “We’re delighted with how this finished up. We were hoping to break the €1,000 mark and actually got a good distance beyond that. This money will go to a really good cause. Katie was a special girl and leaves a great legacy for sure.”
Said Katie’s father Eugene, “It’s overwhelming and it’s organic. Organic from the point of view of a friend approaching me out of nowhere to offer the salmon up for auction and organic also because the salmon is as close to organic as you can get. It’s an extraordinary generous gesture by The Residence. I’m thrilled it’s fetched so much. I thought we were doing well at €350 - let alone this.”