An Chistin Food Hub officially opened by Humphreys

Minister Heather Humphreys officially opened An Chistin Food Incubation hub in Castlerea last Thursday. Minister Humphreys is pictured with guests who attended on the day, including members of Castlerea Town Team, local public representatives/candidates, contractors, and Shane Tiernan, Chief Executive, Roscommon County Council. Photo: Gerard O’Loughlin

Minister for Rural and Community Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, officially opened the An Chistin Food Hub on Thursday, May 23rd. This 10,500 sq. ft. facility is designed to bolster local food production and foster economic growth in the region.

Funded by the Rural Regeneration Development Fund (RRDF), the project’s total cost was €3.7 million. The Department provided over €2.7 million in funding, with just under €1 million in matched funding from Roscommon County Council. Managed by Castlerea Food Enterprise Centre CLG, the hub aims to support food businesses and create employment in County Roscommon.

Chief Executive of Roscommon County Council, Shane Tiernan, highlighted the importance of the hub: “The products that will be produced at the hub will be sourced locally and manufactured to the highest standards, providing quality products for commercial, niche food markets, and the tourism sectors”.

An Chistin is an incubation space for food production, innovation, and new ideas. Roscommon has long since been identified as a county with an immense ability to produce quality raw materials for the food sector.

Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council, Cllr John Keogh, praised the new facility: “This will provide much-needed jobs both locally and in the region. The overall aim is to encourage the growth of new food enterprises, which will retain and grow employment in the region in an important sector”.