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
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!
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
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.
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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.
Our local arts festival is organised by a small voluntary committee who work enthusiastically throughout the year to make each festival a fun event that appeals to all ages and because of this commitment and vision, it has become an established event on the Irish arts festivals’ calendar.
As part of the 2016 festival the team is delighted to be bringing Noni Stapelton’s play “Charolais”, a dark comedy about love, longing and one woman’s intense rivalry with a Charolais heifer to Terryglass Village Hall and to also welcome Rebecca Storm as she returns to the church this year for our Friday night Gala Concert. With fireworks at the quay, over 70 participative workshops, street entertainment with magician and ventriloquist Jack Wise, stunning visual arts and the Family Fun Day on the Sunday, the festival is a wonderful celebration of the arts, creativity, talent, inspiration and enjoyment and has something to offer all ages and interests.
Please note that there is on-line booking for most events and tickets do sell out fast, so don’t forget to book early to avoid disappointment.
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.