Our Story

1974

Danny McCarthy Snr starts his fish business by renting a store in Kenmare and buying a second-hand van for £100. He had £5 left over to buy fish which he sold door to door and at market stalls.

1975

After finding customers in South Africa, through a good friend, he started exporting salted mackerel. He built a small factory in Dirreenacallaugh based a few kilometres outside Kenmare town.

1976

Full time staff increased to 16 and started exporting to France, The Netherlands and Germany.

1977

Started smoking our own salmon after purchasing an oak smoker.

1980

New factory opened, employing 28 staff which was a big boost to the local rural community at the time.

1986

Start exporting herring roe to Japan, Germany and Poland and employing 70 people during high season.

1987

Expanded deliveries in Ireland supplying hotels and restaurants all along the west of Ireland. Daniel Jnr was also born.

1998

Following the end of the herring market, Star Seafoods concentrated on supplying the smoked salmon and white fish markets on a bigger scale with twenty delivery vans on the road.

2007

Launched a series of fresh fish markets throughout Munster to offer the public a more personalised experience in fresh fish options.

2019

Star Seafoods launched their online seafood sales offering home deliveries in Cork and Kerry.

2020

Whilst most of the country shuts down due to Covid, the online delivery service expands into 15 counties all over Ireland.

2022

Production began on a new range of homemade Star Seafoods products.