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/
Visit Irelands Best Kept Village
Our local village, Terryglass, has just won this amazing award as Irelands Best Kept Village. The competition, open to all towns and villages on the island of Ireland is a much sought after prize. We are delighted that our local community has received this accolade after years of hard work by dedicated volunteers.
Don’t just take my word for it, come and visit!
The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government and the Northern Ireland Amenity Council initiated Ireland’s Best Kept Towns competition in 1995 to help raise the profile of the republic’s Tidy Towns competition and the north’s Best Kept competitions.
All entrants were marked on a number of factors including cleanliness, the outward appearance of buildings, the presentation of roads and public facilities, and the natural environment.
#Terryglass #TidyTown #cottages
Take a break!
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
Easter Tennis Camp
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/
#tennis #children #easterbreak #familybreak #nenagh #thingstodowithchildren
Portumna Forest Marathons
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.
For more information and online entries visit http://www.forestmarathon.com/index.html
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.
October Bank Holiday Weekend Break
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
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries should be submitted by Friday 16th October. Envelopes or emails should be marked ‘Fairytale’. Entries cannot be returned. Winner will be announced at the Childrens’ party on 31st October.
We have family cottages at Fuchsia Lane Farm and we would be delighted to have you stay with us! We even welcome your doggies in our Pet Friendly Accommodation
Romantic Break and Weekend Getaways
We all need a break and a little treat!
Fuchsia Lane Farm, self catering cottages in Terryglass, offer you a place to relax, unwind and to experience an authentic rural experience. With an emphasis on the wealth and uniqueness of the surroundings; farm,garden, orchard, lanes, woodland space, bogland and local community. It is a tranquil, safe and private place to stay, where children love the freedom of the on-site play area, and adults enjoy being close to nature in the heart of the Lakelands Lough Derg.
This autumn we are offering a Romantic Breaks and Weekend Getaways with a special offer of 10% discount on food with our neighbours Mick and Joyce at the Derg Inn, Terryglass. Many of you will know that here you will experience wonderful, creative food in an atmosphere that justifies being awarded ‘Best Gastro Pub in Munster 2014’
Unwind at The Derg Inn in a relaxed and informal atmosphere with a drink and great conversation with friends. Cosy seating arrangements and turf fires warm a chilly day during the colder months. Appreciate an appealing and attractive choice of dishes of seasonal produce designed to please the palate.
One of our recent guests stated that the Hereford Steak there was the best in the world! Why not find out for yourself and book a Romantic Break or Weekend Getaway here in our rural retreat accommodation and get 10% off your meal in the Derg Inn!
Currently we are offering three nights mid week, for a couple, or two nights at the weekend at the special rate of 190 euro, based on a one bedroom cottage.
Email us or use our contact form here if you have any questions and we look forward to hearing from you!
Halloween Mid Term Break Terryglass
Thinking about your Halloween Mid Term Break? Each year the Derg Inn holds its now famous Fancy Dress Party night. This years event takes place on Sunday Oct 25th and once again it will be fantastic night with amazing costumes and a fantastic party atmosphere.
We will be offering special rates for those who wish to stay with us that week so please email us at email@example.com to let us know if you are interested. There will be other events also that week so stay posted for further updates!
The local area has loads of things to do for the Halloween Mid Term break. Try Horse-riding, downhill biking, water sports, karting, golf, walking, relaxation and of course fine dining!
Throughout the months of June, July, August and September a series of food events will take place to showcase some of the food being produced in the Lough Derg Lakelands region. From chocolate making to cheese tastings, the events will be enjoyable, educational and open to everyone. Make the most of this opportunity to explore the Lough Derg area while getting a taste of it at the same time!
This is the second year of A Taste Of Lough Derg and it involves the coming together of various businesses around Lough Derg to highlight the food produce from the area through a series of food events over the Summer. The calendar of events is packed with a great choice for both locals and visitors to choose from. Here’s the list of the enthusiastic foodies from Lough Derg who are involved:
• Killeen Cheese, Portumna
• Paddy’s Bar, Terryglass
• Wood Brothers Cafe, Killaloe
• Le Bouchon Restaurant, Portumna
• Cais Na Tire, Terryglass
• The Derg Inn, Terryglass
• Coolbawn Quay & Tipperary Food Producers
• Brookfield Farm, Coolbawn
• Wilde Irish Chocolates, Tuamgraney
• Larkin’s Bar, Garrykennedy
• Dromineer Village
• Tuscany Bistro, Ballina
• Scarriff Harbour Festival
• East Clare Community Co-op
• The Ring of Lough Derg BBQ
• Flanagans on The Lake, Ballina
• The Washer Woman, Ballina
• Lakeside Hotel, Ballina/Killaloe
• The Brasserie @ Annacarriga, Killaloe