Our Story

From our mother’s entrepreneurial spirit bringing the first National Irish soap “IRISH BREEZE” to market back in the day! We were brought up around homemade business, Clean living, Irish values and a “can do” attitude.

As life got more fast paced and busy, busy we realised the need to really nourish our bodies.

Yet convenience won over and the food industry became more and more mass produced. We completely moved away from homemade, our Irishness and all that we grew up with.

In 2001 fresh out of university we felt the need to start a food revolution!

“From the start, Joup was about offering the people of Cork real food provided by nature and crafted by human hands.”

We wanted to provide the people of Cork with local, natural and handmade food. We felt our health depended on it. We went on to win awards including the Student Enterprise Award for our idea.

In 2005 Our family kitchen went from making soap to soup and our hands were back in action making fresh scones, soups and juices.

We took to the streets selling on farmers’ markets with an umbrella, a fold-up table and a passion for food that feeds the soul.

We next opened up in the English Market and then our bustling cafe located in Ballinlough in the suburbs of Cork. From the start, Joup was about offering the people of Cork real food provided by nature and crafted by human hands.

That was over 10 years ago now. We as sisters, and as a business, have grown up since. Joup as a family has grown with babies, family values and the blossoming of our philosophy of health and well being into other ventures.

Family

I have 3 young children and I’m conscious of balancing family life with work. I’m passionate about small business, mother’s working from home and the need to nourish our children.

It’s not unusual to see me up in Joup working or doing a delivery with kids in tow, as they get to feast on our nourishing menu.

Orna is an holistic healer and owner of Solas Siorai Therapies. She is passionate that each of us connects with our inner soul, the eternal light (Solas Siorai). A connection she feels we’ve lost through our busy lives.

She believes nourishment through honest food and touch through massage can help us to reconnect. She practices a unique and authentic Temple style Lomi Lomi Nui an ancient tribal ritual that uses massage, music, dance and breadth.

Anne Marie joined the Joup family as our manager. Her friendly face and chirpy voice can be heard the moment you open the shop door as she genuinely greets everyone as a friend.

“We use seaweed throughout our salads and soups to provide natural nourishment and great taste.”

Food

Conor, our highly experienced chef, is passionate about foraging, fermenting and baking. And he is cooking up a storm in the Joup kitchens with our unique, healthy and nourishing menu that embraces our Irish food heritage.

We believe you need to go no further than to our shore line to find the most nourishing super food – seaweed. We use seaweed throughout our salads and soups to provide natural nourishment and great taste.

Our handmade soups and stews are naturally gluten free. Our unique sourdough pork and veggie rolls have to be tasted to be believed.

We are embracing local Irish food through our Irish style hummus, chowders, stews and colcannon. So welcome to our little Joup community. If you need catering, a takeaway meal or lunch box delivery or if you just want to browse and chat online or in our shop.

We hope you enjoy and feel nourished. Pop over to our blog for all things delicious, healthy and homemade, from our own recipes to our foodie inspirations, our thoughts on natural living and beliefs in small sustainable business.

Is Mise le Meas,
Richael