The Wild Atlantic Way, the sea, seaweed and tranquility of the rural community of Leitir Meáilláin in the South West Connemara Gaeltacht region has always sought resilience and focus from the nature of its unique environment. The community-led Co-op Comhar Chuigéal Teo brings it a step further this month with the opening of a new, intimate Seaweed Baths facility at the Seaweed Centre in Leitir Mealláin ( Lettermullen).
Daily hand harvested seaweed from the local island of Crappach will form part of a menu of seaweed bath treatments which will detoxify and soothe, body, mind and soul and will be available weekly Thursday to Monday throughout July and August.
Fashion Blogger, Stylist, Make up Artist and School Teacher Caroline Seoighe was quick to rush home to her native Connemara to try out the stunning new health and wellbeing facility.
The new seaweed baths form phase two of the development project at the Seaweed Centre and will create two new full time jobs and two part time jobs in the rural Gaeltacht community. This follows an investment project by BIM’s FLAG (Fisheries Local Action Group) of €86,328, locally sourced finance of €107,000 from Comhar Creidmheasa Cholmcille along with extensive investment of time by the local community led co-op of Comhar Chuigéál Teo and Údarás na Gaeltachta supports.
The Seaweed Baths will open Thursday to Monday for July and August 2021, offering single and double bath treatment rooms, steam room and massage therapy room combined with talented, skilled and knowledgeable therapists. Seaweed bath treatments start from €30 for a single bath and €60 for two people in a twin bathroom ,based on 1 hour seaweed bath time. A full range of deep therapy body massage treatments are also available from €50 . The Seaweed Centre also carries a full range of Connemara Seaweed based body products from Connemara Seaweed Products, Rí na Mara and Voya Brands.