Welcome to Vegan Éire!
Vegan Éire is a website for Irish vegans and seeks to spread the vegan message on the island of Ireland.
We endeavour to keep readers up to date on news, events, new vegan products, vegan friendly places to eat and drink, as well as features and opinion pieces on veganism in Ireland.
What IS veganism exactly?
If you’ve ever been at a table in a restaurant with a vegan, you may have experienced a few confusing encounters with waiters who aren’t quite sure what veganism is. “Can you still eat gluten? Do you eat fish? Potatoes?” Vegans have heard it all.
The official Vegan Society definition of veganism is as follows:
Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.
All vegans eat a plant-based diet free from all animal foods such as meat (including fish, shellfish and insects), dairy, eggs and honey, and they also stay away from products like leather and anything tested on animals.
Éire in Irish means ‘Ireland’, but without the fada (that little slanted line on top of the first letter) eire on its own means ‘a burden’.
If you’re already vegan, you’ll know veganism is anything but a burden, but unfortunately we couldn’t include the fada in our official website address! Just in case you’re a gaeilgeoir and were confused!
It’s pronounced like ‘era’ and we like to think of it as a new vegan era for Ireland. Just watch this space!