THE Irish seafood company Quinlans Fish is to create more than 100 jobs by expanding its range of popular seafood bars across the country.
The family owned business, based in Kerry, is just over 50 years old, but has turned the traditional seafood restaurant concept into something that seems to stand out from the rest.
The restaurants have won many high plaudits on the Trip Advisor website. Quinlans also has a chain of fish shops.
The company, which operates its own fleet of trawlers, has just opened its latest seafood bar in the city of Cork, employing around 24 people – and plans more. At the moment it is set to create at least 120 jobs in total.
The expansion is expected to take place over the next 12 to 18 months and will see the opening of at least three more restaurants in Ireland.
There will also be more jobs at some of the company’s fish processing facilities in Kerry.
Quinlans managing director Liam Quinlan said everyone in the business was very excited about the new Cork seafood bar, adding there was a renewed confidence in the Irish economy, which seems to have turned the corner.
Simon Coveney, Ireland’s fisheries minister, said: ‘Quinlans is a great example of an Irish company that has grown its business and has created much needed employment and with its seafood bars is now showcasing the best of Irish fish while adding maximum value to our marine harvest.’
The business was establish in 1963 and maintains that its seafood bars are unique in Ireland, sourcing seafood close to home.