The campaign is the brainchild of a small group of vegan activists around the country who were inspired to use the occasion of International World Vegan Day to encourage more Irish people to sample the delights of vegan food. While many people turn to veganism due to compassion for animals, a vegan lifestyle can also bring many other benefits from health and wellbeing, to helping combat climate change, rainforest destruction and the threat of zoonotic diseases. In terms of human health, studies suggest that a plant-based diet can have strong health benefits, from managing diabetes, cholesterol levels and body weight as well as supporting mental health and well-being, as shown by a review of randomised, controlled trials published in 2018.
Unsurprisingly, veganism is on the rise in Ireland as it is around the world, with people making conscientious food choices. The number of vegan products on the shelves has risen dramatically in recent years. There are now over 20 Irish businesses producing food solely for the vegan market, with many more expected to join the increasingly lucrative market.
Speaking about the upcoming World Vegan Day, Head Chef here in Kylemore Abbey, John O’Toole, remarked; “Here in Kylemore Abbey we have always embraced vegan food and as Head Chef I have enjoyed working vegan recipes into our menus for the 500,000 visitors annually. We are delighted to now be part of World Vegan Day, showcasing Kylemore’s delicious, homemade, vegan dishes made with produce sourced in the local region".