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!
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
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!
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!
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!
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
Our local market town on Nenagh celebrates the summer with the first ever Nenagh CastleFest this weekend. This mid-summer festival has its roots in traditional Irish music and jazz, but has expanded to include many other genres.
The weekend kicks off with an opening night concert at Nenagh Arts Centre, followed by music sessions in a number of bars around the town. Saturday will see traditional music workshops in the morning, a family funday with live music, food and activities for all the family at The People’s Picnic in the Castle Field. Later on in the Castle Field, the highlight of the festival – internationally renowned artists Mundy, Paddy Casey and friends will take to the stage for a free open-air concert. What better way to round off a great night than to head to your favourite bar to listen to some of the best traditional musicians in the country?
For more details visit: https://www.facebook.com/NenaghCastlefest/
Ireland has so much to offer regarding scenery and people and sometimes when we drive along our country roads we miss real gems and insights into the locality. Cycling holidays are something we love to see our guests do and the quiet lanes and roads around Terryglass and Lough Derg are lovely places to see at ‘pedal pace’. We do, of course, supply some bikes of our own free of charge however we often have more serious cycling enthusiasts who bring their own ‘magnificent carbon machines’ !
We were delighted to read this article about cycling opportunities in the Slieve Bloom mountains in the Irish Times and as this area is on our doorstep we can only concur with the positive sentiments! The Slieve Bloom area is a wonderful, unspoilt area and offers so much for walkers, nature enthusiasts and now, cyclists.
So grab your bike, don the lycra, put on your helmet and when you return to your cottage here at Fuchsia Lane Farm you can ease those muscles in the sauna. What you do next is up to you!
Last weekend the Irish Times Weekend magazine published an article on the 100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland. We are thrilled to be included in this prestigious listing in Ireland’s most influential newspaper! We have worked at our business for so many years with the intention that we provide a ‘real rural experience’ for our guests. Travel writer Catherine Mack described Fuchsia Lane Farm as offering ‘the best farm fåilte (Irish for welcome) that you could get’. We won’t argue against that! Inclusion in this list has given us a fantastic boost and acknowledgment for our efforts.
We don’t strive to have a huge business here but rather one that allows us to share our place with others who value space, peace, closeness to nature and the chance to be ‘with themselves’. For us it’s a business that allows us to create a life where we can work where we live, and work at what we love.
We hope our guests enjoy it too!
The full article is available here and below is a screen shot of the page from the magazine