Glenstal Abbey Monks Planning To Sell Bottled Water
According to The Irish Independent, the monks at Glenstal Abbey in Co Limerick are planning to sell bottled water to generate funds for the estate's upkeep.
The monks are planning to launch a range of still and sparkling bottled water from the natural springs on the estate, which is also home to a boarding school.
Glenstal Abbey has been home to a community of Benedictine monks since 1927.
It already sells a range of goods such as €35 scented candles and €30 notebooks that are hand-made by its monks.
"The 'Glenstal - Made by Monks' catalogue which we have developed springs from a desire to share the natural and renewable produce which is everywhere around us in this oasis of peace," the abbey notes in a document that is seeking tenders to help it develop its bottled water range.
"Authenticity, sustainability and made by monks, are our three guiding principles," it adds in a document on ETenders.
SME projects worth more than €25,000 that are supported by public funds must be advertised on the government's Etenders public procurement website.
Still And Sparkling Water
The abbey continued by saying "The next step in this adventure is the production of artesian glass-bottled spring water."
The group added that the still and sparkling water from natural springs on the estate will be bottled by monks on site.
"The water comes from a deep fault line in the earth’s surface passing through Devonian sandstone on the western edge of Slieve Felim," it says.
"This uniquely fresh water has been recognised and relished by visitors and residents in this area long before the first monks arrived in Glenstal in 1927. It is a joy for us to share it with others," says the abbey.
Glenstal Abbey wishes to hire a firm to help it develop a brand vision for its new bottled water.
It says that brand vision must align with the culture of the abbey, "identifying the essence of who we are".
It also plans to develop a name and logo for the product.
"Proceeds from this range will go towards new initiatives such as conserving the abbey’s unique woodlands, flora and fauna," it adds. "Reducing our carbon footprint is also a priority."
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