The Legend of Lir and the Story of a Chocolate Company.
Once upon a time in Ireland there was a powerful man, Lir, one of the rulers of the magical Tuatha De Dannann, one of the earliest tribes to inhabit Ireland. His key rival Bodb Dearg was appointed king of the tribe and was recognised by the entire kingdom except Lir himself. In an attempt to appease him, Bodb sent his daughter Aebh to marry Lir. She bore four children, Fionnuala, Aed, Fiachra and Conn but died soon after, leaving the children without a mother. Bodb sent a second daughter – Aoife to marry Lir and be a mother to the children. But, she grew jealous of the love Lir had for his children and cursed them, turning them into swans. It wasn’t until Ireland became a Christian country that the swans were freed from their curse by a holy man. Sadly, that was three hundred or more years after they had been cursed and when their feathers fell off, they were old and frail…they lived just long enough to be baptised.
A story of beauty, love and passion that inspires the chocolatiers at Lir.
Lir was founded in Dublin in 1987 by Connie Doody and Mary White. A cottage industry, the two ladies made chocolates on Connie’s kitchen table with a food mixer and bowl. Their aim when they launched Lir was to develop a premium chocolate range for Ireland. They grew quickly and moved to a new headquarters in Naven, County Meath, where they now produce a range of chocolates – not just their own brand, but bespoke products for the Iconic Irish brands Bailey and Guinness.
It’s Lir’s own range though that I am so impressed with. I was sent a Discovery Collection to try – a delicious range developed to celebrate Lir’s 30th birthday. Not only are the chocolates beautiful to look at, they taste great too. My favourite from the collection is the Irish Sea Salted Caramel, a dark chocolate coated caramel that melts on the tongue. But it’s hard to pick from a range that includes a classic hazelnut gianduja encased in white chocolate and a wonderful Persian lime truffle – a mixture of dark chocolate and white chocolate truffle infused with Persian lime oil and enrobed in a crisp dark chocolate
Want to try for yourself? You’ll be surprised to learn that the Discovery Collection of 16 chocolates cost just £10 and is available in Morrisons, Tesco and Co-op. For the chance of a chocolate feast though, why not enter our giveaway. We’ve got two prizes of a range of Lir chocolates – each worth £25. Do check the Lir Website now and make a note of your favourite chocolate and where it comes from – you’ll need the answer later
All you need to do is follow the Rafflecopter through – remembering to answer the mandatory question!