Our son Manus is currently in Transition Year in Cistercian College Roscrea and has started a small enterprise called Abbey Bread. This Wholemeal Yeast Bread Mix is based on the traditional bread baked by the monks at Mount St Joseph Monastery in Roscrea, a practice discontinued about 10 years ago.
The intention behind the enterprise was to honour the tradition and celebrate an artisan product that was a central part of the ‘story’ of Mount St Joseph Abbey and the Cistercian Order. Manus received the support of the monastic community and the monks are delighted with his efforts. If you would like more information please visit www.abbeybread.ie where you can find out everything about the project.
Halloween Festival in Nenagh
The Annual Spleodar Festival over Hallowe’en weekend brings magic and wonder to the streets of Nenagh including a great selection of workshops and events to keep the kids and family occupied and of course, the fireworks spectacular is not to be missed!
This years festival includes workshops on pottery, dance, creative writing as well as film, animation and musical performances.
For more information visit http://nenagharts.com/index.php/spleodar/
Autumn Breaks – Fuchsia Lane Farm
We all need a break and a little treat!
Fuchsia Lane Farm, self catering cottages in Terryglass, offer you a place to relax, unwind and to experience an authentic rural experience. With an emphasis on the wealth and uniqueness of the surroundings; farm,garden, orchard, lanes, woodland space, bogland and local community. It is a tranquil, safe and private place to stay, where children love the freedom of the on-site play area, and adults enjoy being close to nature in the heart of the Lakelands Lough Derg.
We encourage you to relax, take it easy and just allow the mellowness of the autumn to create an relaxing and energising time away from the normal ‘busy-ness’ of life.
Our Granary cottage is perfect for two and is available for two nights mid week for just €180 for the two nights.
Birdhill Village wins Tidy Towns Competition
The little community of Birdhill is rejoicing after being named the overall winner in the 2017 National Tidy Towns Competition. Having received the Tidiest Village accolade on four previous occasions, the elusive overall title was often within touching distance, but it has now been finally reached.
It is great to see that such a small village could win this prestigious award against so many highly-rated opponents. Credit is due to the numerous people who have contributed to the cause, manually or financially since we first entered in 1991. It is the combination of all those efforts which has built up the village and the community to the level it is at today.
Here in Terryglass we are very proud of our strong showing in the competition each year, and hope that in the coming years we will also regain our title as Irelands’ Tidiest Village!
Shorelines Arts Festival
This year marks a very special 10th festival for the wonderful voluntary committee and community of Portumna work so hard each year to bring a varied and engaging programme to an increasing number of supporters and followers of this boutique festival.
Shorelines is a showcase for excellent talent in music, drama, art, film and literature. From a 3-week art exhibition extending to three rooms at the Irish Workhouse Centre, to a pop-up museum on the theme of Lace, Shorelines celebrates the local heritage and invites innovative and new work from a wide array of artists.
This year the festival introduces 10 Decades, 10 Cubes,where the stories of the area are reflected in a newly commissioned art piece. This year the festival also collaborates with Portumna Community School in a comprehensive arts programme and public exhibition.
Highlight acts and performances for this year include Jack O’Rourke, Mikel Murfi, Julie Feeney and, Cherish the Ladies. More information can be found here
Nenagh Country Market
Visitors to our cottages love to find a little selection of both our own and local produce when they arrive. As well as produce from our garden , we supply samples of local cheese and also jams and marmalade from Nenagh Country Market. County Markets are found all over Ireland and were established in 1947 as co-operative marketing ventures to enable small scale producers of traditional foods and crafts to increase their sales and income. Nenagh Country Market operates on Friday mornings at Friar Street and is a great place to find fresh pies, cakes, preserves, fresh flowers and of course crafts. Regular customers get there early!
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Late availability Granary Cottage for 2
Our Granary cottage for two has just become available due to a cancellation for the week Aug 5 to the 12th. This cosy, rural retreat could be yours and offers a real rural retreat surrounded by nature, yet close to the wonderful Terryglass village and the Lough Derg area.
The cottage sleeps 2, has all the modern appliances you need and, of course, has good wifi! Walks, woodland, relaxation, fuel for the stove all included!
This rural hideaway can be yours for one week for 390 euro
The 20 Most Charming Towns in Ireland Travel Magazine
The Georgian town of Birr, famous for its castle, telescope and annual Vintage Festival, was recently listed in TravelMag.com as one of Ireland’s Most Charming Towns. The towns ‘jaunty character’, colourful buildings and, of course, the wonderful Birr Castle and grounds, received favourable mention.
Birr is only 30 mins drive from Fuchsia Lane Farm and is the gateway to the wonderful and wild Slieve Bloom Mountains. Come see for yourself!
For more information visit http://www.travelmag.com/articles/most-charming-towns-ireland/
Féile Brian Ború
This festival celebrates the life and legacy of Brian Ború (High King of Ireland) who lived in Killaloe at the southern end of Lough Derg on the River Shannon and celebrates Ireland’s Greatest High King who once ruled all of Ireland!
From Thursday 29th June – Sunday 2nd July 2017, experience a variety of fun activities including: A stunning Fireworks display over the River Shannon, historical guided tours, Family Fun with traditional Carnival Games, Milk the Cow, traditional craft workshops, Animal Magic with their amazing display of animals, Genealogy Workshop, Brian Ború Feis, Bingo Quiz, Virtual Charity Cycle, Garden party, Strut your Mutt Fun Dog Show, Children’s Art Competition, Art exhibitions & displays, Street Theatre, Live Music, Shannon Swim, The MET Trainer, Farmers Market, Craft Fair and much, much more!
Fun and entertainment for all the family guaranteed!
A full list of events is available on http://www.feilebrianboru.com/2017-events/
A Taste of Lough Derg
Throughout the summer of 2017 food producers and restaurant owners surrounding Lough Derg Lakelands have joined forces to promote the region as a food tourism destination. Following on from the successful pilot initiative held in 2014, A Taste of Lough Derg returns for a fourth year and features over 30 food events taking place in villages and towns along the shores of Lough Derg in counties Clare, Galway and Tipperary until late September.
Farmers markets and country markets take place throughout the year in Killaloe, Scariff, Mountshannon, Nenagh, Portumna & Terryglass are included in the events listed as well as special occasions involving accommodation providers, restaurants etc.
Here at Fuchsia Lane Farm we held a Mindful Walking event followed by lunch in the Derg Inn Terryglass. This was really well received by a wonderful group who participated in some Mindfulness, Mindful Movement, Relaxation and breathing exercises in our woodland retreat and some individual reflection time in the bogland. The sun shone and we all then enjoyed a wonderful lunch in the village.
We were so pleased by the reaction we plan do it again later this summer, so sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss out!
For information on the rest of the events planned for A Taste of Lough Derg 2017 visit the website or download the poster here