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Galway County Fleadh – Portumna

Galway County Fleadh

This weekend Portumna hosts the Galway County Fleadh where one can experience the very best of traditional Irish music, song and dance. Why not take a few hours or the entire weekend and immerse yourself in our national music?

Galway County Fleadh

Golf Breaks

Golf Breaks

Portumna Golf Club is just a 10 minute drive from Fuchsia Lane Farm cottages and offers a beautiful woodland setting for anyone interested in ‘going on a course’ while holidaying in the area! The club, founded back in 1913, is situated within Portumna Forest Park and offers some wonderful scenery, whatever the time of year.

A mature and graceful forest provides a  backdrop for a  challenging experience, no matter what time of the year it is played.  Laid out over undulating land, the course has lots of interesting shots, including a number of elevated tee-box positions.

Green fees are:
€20 per person Tue, Wed Thurs and Fri.
€25 per person Sat and Sun and a special discounted rate of €15 applies to those available to play on Mondays on the weekly Open Day.

Club hire and Buggy Hire are also available

The Fairways Restaurant is also open to visitors and a great place to have lunch.

Here at Fuchsia Lane Farm we can assist you by purchasing green fees for you in advance and helping to make your time as enjoyable as possible.  If you are planning a golfing break with a few friends our Lime Kiln cottage or Lodge Cottage provides the best accommodation option for groups of 4.  

Portumna Golf Course can be contacted at +353 (0) 90 9741059  or by email at  info@portumnagolfclub.ie

 

Portumna Golf Club
Portumna Golf Club

TimeOuts

TimeOuts
 
Fuchsia Lane Farm is now being featured on this new exciting initiative called timeouts.net.  This service takes all the hassle out of organising that much needed break for the busy professional.  They make the booking for the client, organise any extra services needed.
 
TimeOuts website states that the goal of TimeOuts is to provide an escape opportunity after a long and stressful work week. An unplugged weekend trip is by far the best way to recharge your batteries. TimeOuts believe that it is the starting point for a healthy lifestyle AND a successful career. 
 
Here at Fuchsia Lane Farm we have been offering breaks for several years and with our closeness to nature,  our woodland meditation space, along with our  professional life and career coaching service, means that we couldn’t agree more with the TimeOuts philosophy.  We wish them the best of luck with the venture!
 
 

Anyone for Chocolate?

Anyone for Chocolate?

While staying at Fuchsia Lane Farm why dont you take a trip around Lough Derg and visit the wonderful Artisan Chocolate factory that is Wilde Irish Chocolates in Tuamgrnary Co. Clare?

Wilde Irish Chocolates  handmake over 80 different yummy chocolates in their small artisan chocolate factory. They have an open plan production area where you can see the chocolates being made and packed, entrance is free and you will be able to taste what’s in production, ask us questions, make suggestions and most importantly taste the freshly made choccies, they are always looking for Guinea pigs.

Visitors and tourists alike are welcome to visit the factory in a truly beautiful location on the shores of Lough Derg, so it’s just perfect for a day trip along the lake. Its recommended to give them s a ring (061-922080) to check in advance. When you arrive there will be lots to taste!

Wilde Irish Chocolates

Is there WiFi?

Is there Wifi?

Over recent years we have all become more connected to the internet and being without our emails and social media accounts can be a big challenge for many of us.  As hosts providing self catering cottages to the holiday rental market the first question guests used to ask us on arrival ranged from ‘where is the best place to eat’ to ‘where can we buy local produce?’  Over the last couple of years this has changed to (yes, you guessed it!): ‘Have you Wifi?’ 

We did our best to provide wifi by having it in the shared areas however this was not good enough.  Snapchatting, checking out FB or planning ones itinerary for the next great day at Fuchsia Lane Farm required something better!  So we decided to do something about it and in true rural fashion we decided to learn about this ourselves.  We researched routers, cellular networks, Cat6 cables, repeater routers, crimping,  etc etc.  After making some mistakes, learning from them and remaining patient as we figured out DCHP settings, IP addresses and a whole load of other learning such as how to ‘fish’ cables up through ceilings, down walls, under cupboards and God knows where else, we can now say that each cottage has its own wifi!

We hope it makes for a more enjoyable stay here, it will be useful in making contact with your loved ones at home, sharing pictures and finding out what is on in the area and beyond. However, don’t forget that we still welcome old fashioned conversations and the knock on our door if someone needs some assistance and a real person to talk to!

 

Cottage with wifi

Time to Change?

Is it Time to Change?

Are you thinking of a new direction or career change?  Have you thought about working with a Career Change Coach?

Perhaps now is the time to take a short break with a focus on your own future?

Niall Heenan is an award winning accredited coach offering one to one coaching retreats in the peaceful country in Terryglass, Co Tipperary.  You will stay in your own cottage, close to nature, with access to walks, woodlands and good food. In the words of one client : Niall’s skill of allowing the client set the pace, set the agenda and explore their own world, truly nurtures a person to reach their full potential. 

Previous clients have described their experience of a coaching retreat at Fuchsia Lane Farm as:

  • In choosing to work with Niall was one of the wisest, most empowering decisions I have ever made.   Niall’s skill of allowing the client set the pace, set the agenda and explore their own world, truly nurtures a person to reach their full potential   Emer Meighan – Programme Manager Disabilities NGO
  • I decided to work with Niall for a full day and it was one of the best decisions I have made for myself and the business in seven years. Niall is … a master at nurturing, encouraging and expecting you to direct and lead the agenda.   Nadine McCarthy – Leadership Development & Executive Coach
  • Niall’s approach is “ non- invasive” – meaning, he allowed me to choose my own topic, set my own pace and discover my own answers. He guides; he doesn’t direct and that is what made our sessions so productive. Kim Moke Stage Consult Limited, Germany

Guests staying at our cottages can avail of a coaching experience over a weekend or longer stay. Niall Heenan is a qualified, award winning coach who works with people in the areas of career and personal change, increased effectiveness and business planning.

The coaching experience takes place at prearranged times over the weekend or week and provides for time for the client to have the time to reflect, consider and journal their experiences. A typical weekend would consist of two sessions of about 1.5 hours each while a week long stay would allow for increased engagement.

To discuss the options in more detail email hello@fuchsialanefarm.ie

We won Gold at the Responsible Tourism Awards!

Responsible Tourism Awards

On Thursday last Fuchsia Lane Farm was awarded a gold award at the Irish Responsible Tourism Awards. The awards are a response to demand from the Irish trade for a new type of awards showcasing the best in Irish responsible tourism. The 2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards aim to inspire replication, to excite media interest, to encourage competition and celebration from across the tourism industry on the island of Ireland.

Fuchsia Lane Farm was nominated in the category ‘Best for Local Sourcing’ and this award is in acknowledgement of our efforts,  over the years, to encourage our guests to support local artisan food producers and other businesses while holidaying with us.  We have always worked on the principle that a central element of Rural Tourism was the potential and benefit that can accrue to local economies.  As one of the judges commented: ‘Niall and Inez have been practicing Responsible Tourism since before the term was invented!’

Judges for the awards include:

 

  • Catherine Mack (responsibletravel.com)
  • Kevin Griffin (DIT tourism lecturer and former-EDEN awards judge)
  • Paddy Mathews (Fáilte Ireland)
  • Annabel Fitzgerald (Irish Water & formerly Coastal Programmes Manager An Taisce)
  • Mark Henry (Central Marketing Director, Tourism Ireland)
  • Cyril McAree (Managing Director, Hotel & Restaurant Times)

Fáilte Ireland’s Head Investment & Innovation, Paddy Matthews said, “A more environmentally conscious and community-centred approach to developing tourism in Ireland is becoming more and more mainstream… and so it should. It results in more genuine and authentic experiences for all our visitors.”
Fuchsia Lane Farm Award

 

 

Dromineer Literary Festival

Dromineer Literary Festival

After all the work and planning, the Dromineer Literary Festival committee, a volunteer committee, have a spectacular programme for the 2016 festival lined up

This annual festival is a wonderful opportunity to immerse oneself in poetry, readings, meet authors and allow for some reflection as the autumn creeps in!
Full details available http://www.dromineerliteraryfestival.ie

 

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Career and Personal Change Life Coaching

Career and Personal Change Life Coaching

Thinking about a career or life change but not sure where to begin?  Invest in yourself by taking a Life Coaching Retreat with an award winning credentialed professional coach at an award winning rural retreat in the heart of rural Ireland.  Niall Heenan, Career and Personal Change Coach, offers bespoke one to one and small group coaching based retreats at his rural idyll Fuchsia Lane Farm in Co Tipperary, Ireland.  Avail of one to one confidential coaching sessions with Irelands Career Coach of the Year, enjoy the peaceful countryside with the quiet lanes, meditation space, artisan food from local producers and a warm welcome from the local community.

Access via Dublin or Shannon Airports via public transport or hired car.

If you are interested email us at to arrange a Skype call niall.heenan, where we can discuss your needs under no obligation. Coaching retreats are bespoke and we endeavour to create the best experience for you at a fair price. Accommodation in is self catering cottages and coaching will take place on site. Food, flights, transport etc are extra costs

 

Previous clients have described their experience of a coaching retreat at Fuchsia Lane Farm as:

In choosing to work with Niall was one of the wisest, most empowering decisions I have ever made. From our initial phone call Niall offered a supportive reflective strength that established a manner of working which ensured I was able to move forward in a way that I was secure with. Niall’s ability to “hold” my sense of “not knowing” what direction my personal and professional life was going offered me the freedom to safely explore as many possibilities as I wanted, safe in the knowledge that what I came in with would not be damaged or broken further but that the hope of change would be created in the meeting. Niall’s skill of allowing the client set the pace, set the agenda and explore their own world, truly nurtures a person to reach their full potential. … a little over a year has passed and I have rediscovered what it means to be me. I have a strong sense of direction. I am proud of the work that I do and I am confident in who I am as a person  Emer Meighan – Programme Manager Disabilities NGO

I decided to work with Niall for a full day and it was one of the best decisions I have made for myself and the business in seven years. Niall is … a master at nurturing, encouraging and expecting you to direct and lead the agenda. The result of this “Pure” Coaching approach was that I experienced profound learning’s and insights, crystalised intentionality around my business purpose and goals, unblocked inner obstacles, built up my own internal resources and had fun doing all of that too.

Another unique facet of Niall’s work is the dimension of landscape and environment that he brings in to his work through the opportunity to be coached at the rural location he has created in Tipperary. We worked together in nature at various intervals throughout the day, and the tranquil and beautiful setting added a cathartic and transformative quality to the work.   Nadine McCarthy – Leadership Development & Executive Coach

After the sale of my business I realized I needed career coaching to re-establish my entrepreneurial spirit and get me headed back on a clear path again. I knew I wanted a calm setting far away from the stress and daily pressures of Germany including an English speaking coach who would listen emphatically and make me find my own answers. And in my search I discovered Niall Heenan in Terryglass, Ireland who filled all of these criteria. I stayed in one of his cottages and he coached me on my business ideas while I continued my writing and walked through the rural countryside.

Niall’s approach is “ non- invasive” – meaning, he allowed me to choose my own topic, set my own pace and discover my own answers. He guides; he doesn’t direct and that is what made our sessions so productive.  Kim Moke Stage Consult Limited, Germany

 

 

Guests staying at our cottages can avail of a coaching experience over a weekend or longer stay. Niall Heenan is a qualified, award winning coach who works with people in the areas of career and personal change, increased effectiveness and business planning.

Niall’s philosophy of coaching is to create trust which allows the client to work on deep and sensitive issues. Observers and clients have described this as being an ’emotionally intelligent’ coach.

Coaching can help people create deeper understandings for themselves, their businesses or families. This occurs through allowing clients, when they wish, to explore deep and sensitive issues in a very safe and secure manner. This results in clarity for the client and they use this clarity to progress and take action.

The coaching experience takes place at prearranged times over the weekend or week and provides for time for the client to have the time to reflect, consider and journal their experiences. A typical weekend would consist of two sessions of about 1.5 hours each while a week long stay would allow for increased engagement.

To discuss the options in more detail email or call me on Skype at niall.heenan

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2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards

2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards

We are thrilled and honoured to announce that Fuchsia Lane Farm has been chosen as a finalist in  the 2016 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards.  These awards are designed to celebrate those making a difference in Irish tourism and using tourism to benefit local communities, economies and the environment.  Fuchsia Lane Farm is one of three finalists in the category Best Tourism Accommodation for Local Sourcing and the shortlist was chosen by industry experts under the direction of Failte Ireland.

Mr Paddy Matthews, Head of Innovation and Investment  at Failte Ireland has stated that ‘a more environmentally conscious and community-centred approach to developing tourism in Ireland is becoming more and more mainstream…it results in more genuine and authentic experiences for all our visitors’

Here at Fuchsia Lane Farm Holiday Cottages, Terryglass, Co Tipperary, we have always worked on creating and sustaining our own ‘authentic rural experience’ since we started in business nearly 20 years ago.  We provide our own and local produce to our guests, allow them to experience the solitude and refreshing environment of our family farm, with access to walks, woodland and relaxation areas.  Being selected for this award fills us with pride and encourages us to keep doing what we love!

For more information visit http://icrt.ie/awards/

Irish Responsible Travel Awards