A Summer Series of Food Events as A Taste of Lough Derg Returns
Food producers and restaurant owners surrounding Lough Derg Lakelands have joined forces once again this summer in an effort to promote the region as a food tourism destination. A Taste of Lough Derg returns for a third year this June 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.
The calendar of events has been coordinated by the Lough Derg Marketing Group in conjunction with the food businesses in the region and was launched recently by culinary icon Peter Ward from Country Choice Nenagh and The Milk Market in Limerick.
Speaking at the launch of programme Mr Ward commented that “It’s great to see businesses working in collaboration around Lough Derg. Cross selling, buying local produce, and shopping locally are key drivers in supporting the local economy. Creating events that will entice visitors into our towns and villages during the summer months is a key objective of A Taste of Lough Derg”
There’s an exciting programme of events for 2016 aimed at attracting new visitors to the region and providing them with a memorable food experience. It’s an opportunity to showcase the food produce in the area, some of the quality artisan food producers and established restaurants. Some of the highlights of the 2016 programme include the chance to meet a Beekeeper, take a trip on a kayak, walk some of the Lough Derg Way, experience the work inside a woollen mills, cookery and baking demonstrations and lots more.
For more information and to download the brochure click here
Waterways Ireland, Canoeing Ireland and the Canoe Association of Northern Ireland have joined forces with outdoor centres and canoeing clubs across the island to create the Blueway 10k ‘learn to paddle’ programme for people seeking a new adventure in the outdoors.
Blueways are multi-activity trails running on and alongside water, with cycling and walking complementing the paddling trails. By the end of 2016 there will be over 200km of trails on the Shannon and Shannon-Erne waterways managed by Waterways Ireland.
A 12 week canoe training programme is available in 30 centres nationwide starting on 28th May culminating in a 10k paddle in 7 key locations across the inland waterways. This no nonsense workout that will allow people to turn up in regular workout clothes, put on a buoyancy aid, grab a boat and paddle, and go for short intensive work out.
Although the programme is written for kayaks, the Blueway 10K can be completed in any paddlesports craft including sit on tops, open canoes and stand up paddle boards.
The training partners delivering the programme are clubs, outdoor recreational centres all run by experienced paddlers, check them out online or follow the links on the website to get more information.
Canoeing is an aerobic sport which can be practised either in a club outdoor recreation centres to develop a range of skills which can be used for fitness or competition with sprints, white water, marathon & canoe polo activity or for recreation, short and long-distance self-guided or guided touring and adventure. With a range of options this wide there are loads of ways to find the paddling experience that matches a person’s fitness and recreational needs.
If you wish to take a break, then The Cottage Cafe and Tea Rooms is worth a visit. It is situated the tiny village of Loughmore, Co Tipperary, between the towns of Thurles and Roscrea. It is a community owned and operated cooperative , selling local produce, arts & crafts – including home made breads, cakes & confectionery, jams, conserves, honey, locally grown vegetables and basic groceries, sweets and ices, plus sundry items. The tearooms provide a warm and welcoming haven for every customer, where you can sit, chat & enjoy wholesome, nutritious food, most of it sourced locally. The Cottage Market in the garden on the first Sunday of every month from 12.00am to 3pm.
The cooperative venture was initiated due to the lack of a shop in the village and is the brainchild of two local women, Mary Fogarty and Meave O’Hehir, who shared a passion for their community and the need to provide a local service to counter rural isolation and help maintain a ‘sense of place’ locally The Cottage Cafe has won numerous awards and commendations in 2014 it was awarded Best Cafe in the Country by the Irish Times Newspaper.
Well worth a detour if you are travelling to Fuchsia Lane Farm from the Dublin, Kilkenny, or Cork side of the country! If you are staying with us then include it on your trip to Roscrea, The Devils Bit, Holycross or The Rock of Cashel
This wonderful attraction just down the road from us here is open again to the public from 9.30am to 6pm daily, for the 2016 season.
Guides provide a FREE informative tour of the Castle and grounds, tailored to suit schools, various group interests and individual requirements.
Experience the unique architecture of this great semi-fortified Manor House that is Portumna Castle and learn more of the powerful Anglo/Norman de Burgo/Burke family, who occupied it for generations.
Family groups are provided with a fun educational quiz to amuse the children while learning to appreciate local history.
The 17th century Walled Kitchen Garden is blooming and well worth a visit for its tranquillity and colour.
Restoration works are on-going.
FREE Guided tour with admission ticket (subject to Guide availability)
FREE Wednesdays this season, April 6th, May 4th, September 7th and October 5th.
If you are lucky you might also see some wedding groups having their photos take there!
Let your children improve their Tennis Skills this Easter!
Here at Fuchsia Lane Farm we are just 25 mins drive from Nenagh Lawn Tennis Club. This club has a long tradition of social and competitive tennis and its origins can be traced to the early 1900s where play on grass courts was the norm. The club has a strong family and social tradition catering for all ages and standards, a thriving Junior Program right through to the Adult grading system.
This Easter from Mon 21st March through to Friday 25th children can enjoy activities, games, fun and make new friends while they improve their tennis skills. It also affords parents an opportunity to enjoy a nice lunch, shopping or sightseeing while the little ones are busy!
For more information visit http://www.nenaghltc.ie/coaching/juniors/junior-coaching/
Here at Fuchsia Lane Farm Holiday Cottages we believe that family time is vital. Our Lodge Cottage is perfect for larger family groupings and the Studio Room, with its own tv, bunk beds and futon, make it an ideal space for younger family members to chill and have their ‘own space’. However, many of us have very fond childhood memories where we lazed in a tent and watch the ever changing colours and patterns reflect off the canvas as we lazed and enjoyed the cosy heat that is typical of a tent on a warm day. With this in mind we welcome guests who want to pitch their own tent at the Lodge Cottage to afford themselves some extra space. We can also supply one of ours for you, if you wish.
In this way guests can have the freedom of a camping experience with the comfort of the cottage just a few paces away!
Portumna is a small town in the heart of rural Galway, just 10 mins drive from Fuchsia Lane Farm. The name Portumna comes from the Irish word Port Omna, meaning the landing place of the oak tree. So not surprisingly, perched on the edge of the quaint little town is a magnificent 450 hectacres of coniferous woodland of Scots Pine and Norway spruce. Portumna Forest Park is also home to a whole host of animals including Fallow deer and the red Squirrel. Every June, the agility of the wild animals in their natural habitat is mimicked by the ‘best of the best’ of distance runners from all over Ireland. In recent years participants have come from all over the world in their quest to find the ultimate Ultra marathon.
Treat yourself and your loved one to a special Valentines break!
If you are wondering where to bring your special loved one, we have a suggestion for you! We can supply the cosy cottage, with some treats from Artisan Chocolate maker Lough Derg Chocolates and you can also book a table in the Derg Inn or Paddys Bar and enjoy wonderful food.
Take some time to ramble the country lanes and see how Spring has already begun with the snowdrops and daffodils popping their heads out. After your refreshing walk then a sojourn in the sauna will ease those muscles and set you up for a really relaxing evening.
Call us or email and we will make it all possible for you!
The countryside is beginning to wake up from the winter hibernations! Its time for a self catering break! Buds are starting to appear, snowdrops and daffodils are very early this season and on some mornings one can hear the chirping of bird life as they sense that the New Year is dawning.
Its a great time to get away and shake off the winter cobwebs and enjoy a cosy cottage, good food, exercise and a stretch of the legs along quiet country lanes or on one of the many walking trails in Tipperary. Across on the other side of the Shannon, our neighbours in Portumna are immensely proud of Portumna Forest Park with its many walks and trails.
Portumna Forest Park has a selection of 4 trails to choose from which include the Rinmaher Walking Trail, the Woodland Walking Trail, the Forest Friendly Walking Trail, and the Bonaveen Walking Trail. The 4 looped trails in the park range from a multi-access trail suitable for all visitors of approx 1km in length, to a long multi-use trail of over 10kms for walkers and cyclists. Pack a picnic and spend a day in this majestic forest park which covers 450 hectares and dominated by a canopy of coniferous woodland. The Bonaveen Walking Trail brings you right to the shores of Lough Derg with excellent viewing points. The forest park has parking, toilet and picnic facilities.
Each year Paddys Bar hold a charity fundraiser ‘The Wild Food Night’ in conjunction with the local Game and Conservation Club where a free buffet featuring the best of local, wild game, seasonal produce and home baking is provided for all. This year all proceeds contributed on the night go to support North Tipperary Hospice movement which provides valuable services and supports to those battling cancer.