Start Your Own Business Kerry
Cistin na hÉireann

My name is Patricia Roche, my business is Cistin na hÉireann which makes punnets of part cooked Spelt Fruit scones. This business started when my daughter came from Dublin to Sneem in Kerry to visit me in the summer of 2020. She is gluten intolerant. I went into Kenmare to buy spelt bread and scones for her arrival—- there was nothing available, so I bought spelt flour and made spelt yeast bread and scones for her arrival.

When she left, I decided it was incredible that the town of Kenmare did not have spelt breads available to it, so I started making spelt yeast bread and fruit scones for sale in Kenmare and Sneem village. They sold well in both places so I approached my local Dublin Supervalu in Churchtown to see if they would sell my scones. They said yes and gave me the contact details for a few more Dublin Stores. To date I now supply 4 Dublin Supervalu stores.

The beauty of these scones is that the customer takes them home, places them in the oven at two hundred degrees for 10 minutes and they have delicious freshly baked scones. The scones have a 5-day shelf life and can be frozen.

At present I supply Supervalu Kenmare, Greystones, Deansgrange Dublin, Mt. Merrion Dublin and Churchtown Dublin.

I am presently selling Spelt Fruit Scones but will also make Spelt : White Plain, Wholemeal Plain and Wholemeal fruit scones .  I usually sell my scones in punnets of four scones however I can also sell bags of eight scones to cafés, hotels and Bed and Breakfasts.

I plan to expand this small business and already have new products in mind to add to my range of products

Start Your Own Business Kerry

0ver the past year while establishing my business I have had great help from Kerry Local Enterprise Office and through them have attended a number of courses including a Start Your own business course given by TalentPool. These courses have been extremely helpful in pointing me in the right direction and have helped to keep me focused and on track. Invaluable help!!