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.
The October Bank Holiday weekend is your last chance to let your hair down and have a weekend away before the winter sets in.
The Derg Inn Terryglass holds its annual Fancy Dress night on Sunday October 25th and the theme this year is ‘Fairy Tales We Love’ Each year people arrive to this wearing the most wonderful creations and customer and we are sure that this year will be do different.
However, this year the children will have the own opportunity to shine as there will be a children’s party held on the traditional Halloween evening, Saturday the 31st of October, when they all go ‘trick or treating’ around the locality.
In advance of the children’s party there is an opportunity for your young emerging writers to submit an original fairy tale of their own as The Derg are running a childrens’ competition – ‘Write Your Own Fairytale’ and are offering a family lunch for 4 for the winning entry.
Is your child the next Roald Dahl or J K Rowling? Even if they are not, every child has a creative streak. Why not encourage them to put pen to paper to create their very own fairytale. Stories should be no more than 500 words, the competition is open to children of primary school age and we encourage illustrations / drawings to enhance their story.
Entries can be typed or hand-written and should be posted or emailed to:
Joyce Soden, The Derg Inn, Terryglass, Co Tipperary
Offline Film Festival runs in Birr from October 7 to the 11th and features a cinematic experience featuring movies, workshops and competitions. Based in Birr Theatre and Arts Centre, but also using other locations around this Georgian Heritage Town, you can expect to be entertained, challenged and enthralled by a wealth of cinematic experiences and opportunities. People of all ages can enjoy talks on filmmaking, animation workshops, outdoor screenings and the wonderful opportunity to discuss a good film over your favourite tipple!