Christina and Derek Thompson
Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”
(NIV – John Ch 6 v 35 )
As you’re reading this page we’ll assume you are:
Coeliac/Gluten Free and living on the Island of Ireland or
intending to travel to or within the island of Ireland and are either married to a Coeliac or the parents of Coeliac children!
If so, this website could be of use to you!
My wife, Tina, was diagnosed as Coeliac about 16 years ago – she has the DH version – and we, like so many others, found shopping, eating out socially or travelling to be some of the bigger problems faced by Coeliacs.
When we went looking for Coeliac Friendly eating places we discovered that they were few and far between, especially in Northern Ireland where we live, so we decided to start compiling a list for our own use.
As the list developed it took on a life of its own so we started our website to make the list available to any Coeliac living in or visiting the Island of Ireland and that’s how Gluten free Ireland was born!
However, the 2019 Covid 19 Pandemic has changed all that as the Hospitality Trade has been seriously disrupted by the various “lockdowns” we have all endured. Eating places have had to adjust to new Covid regulations, some establishments have closed completely while others are trying to stay viable by operating with reduced capacity because of the social distancing rules!
We also hear from social media Followers that some favourite pre – Covid eating places are no longer offering Gluten Free options or, if they are, it’s at a very reduced level and that’s of no help to the Coeliac population.
In view of this we have abandoned our eating out lists and instead we are asking you to join our new Gluten Free Ireland Facebook Group where you are free to share your thoughts and ideas on any Coeliac/Gluten free topic! That includes making suggestions about where to eat, where to shop, where to stay in B&B’s, Hotels etc both on the Irish island or if travelling to GB or even further abroad.
We’re looking for information on Cafes, Restaurants, Hotels, B&B’s, Airports, Cross Channel Ferries, Tourist Attractions, Golf Clubs or anywhere else you can think of providing food.
Sharing information with others will be a great help as it’s hard to beat personal recommendations when it comes to Gluten free food!
Many thanks for all your support over the past years and we look forward to many more!
Derek, Tina & Mike Thompson