What is it about?

Although Ireland is often stereotyped as being particularly unfriendly to veganism, it actually has a fascinating history of vegetarianism, animal rights, and plant-based consumption. Indeed, the oppression of Irish people and Irish land has always been fueled by animal exploitation. Historically, the people of Ireland have eaten vegan or near-vegan diets.

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Why is it important?

The great narratives of animal rights history and the burgeoning field of vegan studies have both excluded Ireland, despite its key contributions.


As a post-colonial space that is forward-looking in a globalized world, Ireland has much to contribute to the contemporary vegan discourse. More than a land of “meat” and potatoes, Ireland exists as a relevant, if overlooked, participant in Western vegan thought.

Dr Corey Lee Wrenn
University of Kent

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This page is a summary of: Vegan geographies in Ireland, March 2021, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.4324/9781003020875-40.
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