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Gluten Free Ireland founders Derek and Christina Thompson with son Michael

Founders Derek and Christina Thompson with marketing director, chef and son, Michael Thompson.

Company Synopsis

Gluten Free Ireland Ltd is owned and operated by Christina and Derek Thompson and their son Mike, from County Down in Northern Ireland. Launched in 2010, their website and events have become one of the best known and most active communities for people with Coeliac disease in Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Christina was diagnosed as Coeliac in 2004 with the DH version – and like so many others, found eating out socially or when travelling to be one of the bigger problems faced by Coeliacs.

When looking for Coeliac Friendly eating places, they were few and far between, especially in Northern Ireland where Christina and Derek live, so they decided to start compiling a list for their own use.

As the list developed the couple launched their first website, built by their son Michael.
Building on the success of the hospitality database, the family published the first guide book for eating out gluten free on the island of Ireland in 2013. They also host a series of gluten free food fairs across Northern Ireland throughout the year.

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Press and Media Releases

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Health & Social Care Board Clarify Gluten Free Prescriptions 160217

Belfast Goes Gluten Free 240816

Omagh Plays Host to Gluten Free Food Fair 160516

Ballycastle to Host Gluten Free Open Day 110416
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Gluten Free Ireland Food Service Distribution 251115

Biggest Gluten Free Brands Return to Ballycastle 070415

Top Gluten Free Brands coming to Fermanagh 100215

First Gluten Free Christmas Market Comes to Ballymena 181114

Award winning Chef to give Gluten Free cookery demos in Lurgan 110414

Over 200 visit Marine Hotel Ballycastle 110414

Biggest Gluten Free Brand coming to Ballycastle 190314

Living with Coeliac disease survey results 141113
Survey Results

Paul Hollywood upsets sufferers of Coeliac disease with his comments on BBC Talkback 171013

The Best and Worst Counties in Ireland to Have Coeliac Disease 171013
 – Coeliacs per venue graph 2013

Coeliacs in Ireland Get Their First Guide to Eating Out 041013
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