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
Lough Derg is a wonderful, unspoilt and totally underused resource on our doorstep and we are always thrilled to see businesses offering guests an opportunity to get out on the water. We are really thrilled to see a local business Lough Derg Watersports offering environmentally sound and sustainable activities locally.
, and we fully support this.
As part of promoting the Blueway, Becky and her partner are hosting a Family Fun Day at Kilgarvan quay, just 15 minutes from our cottages. We expect this to be a great day of fun, food and a chance to ‘get your feet wet’. Contact Becky on 086 4114822
This weekend the 22nd annual Mountshannon Arts Festival aims to be a transformative experience for the village and all those who take part, with something for everyone including music, street art, exhibitions and workshops.
This year’s programme is an eclectic mix of Music, Drama, Street art, Visual Art and Workshops. There’s something for everyone. Mountshannon is about a 30 min drive from Fuchsia Lane Farm and is on the Co Clare side of Lough Derg. While there check out the Sea Eagles!
The Festival begins this evening Thurs 25th and runs until Sunday.
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?
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.
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!
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!
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!