IrelandSome of the best oats come from the counties of Kildare (shown in orange on the map) and Meath (shown in yellow) where all the oats for John McCann's Irish Oatmeal are grown under contract.
Grown in the rich fertile plains of Ireland
The use of oats for human consumption was well established in Ireland very early in the Christian era, for we find references to oatmeal in the Great Code of Civil Law, compiled about the year A.D. 438. There is evidence that even before this date, porridge was recognized in Europe as a characteristically Irish food.
Watered by some of Europe's cleanest rivers
The temperature, humid climate of Ireland promotes the slow ripening of the grain. It enables the oats to draw the goodness from the soil and yield up a crop with fuller, plumper grains ... perhaps the finest milling oats in the world.