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Time to Change?

Is it Time to Change?

Are you thinking of a new direction or career change?  Have you thought about working with a Career Change Coach?

Perhaps now is the time to take a short break with a focus on your own future?

Niall Heenan is an award winning accredited coach offering one to one coaching retreats in the peaceful country in Terryglass, Co Tipperary.  You will stay in your own cottage, close to nature, with access to walks, woodlands and good food. In the words of one client : Niall’s skill of allowing the client set the pace, set the agenda and explore their own world, truly nurtures a person to reach their full potential. 

Previous clients have described their experience of a coaching retreat at Fuchsia Lane Farm as:

  • In choosing to work with Niall was one of the wisest, most empowering decisions I have ever made.   Niall’s skill of allowing the client set the pace, set the agenda and explore their own world, truly nurtures a person to reach their full potential   Emer Meighan – Programme Manager Disabilities NGO
  • I decided to work with Niall for a full day and it was one of the best decisions I have made for myself and the business in seven years. Niall is … a master at nurturing, encouraging and expecting you to direct and lead the agenda.   Nadine McCarthy – Leadership Development & Executive Coach
  • Niall’s approach is “ non- invasive” – meaning, he allowed me to choose my own topic, set my own pace and discover my own answers. He guides; he doesn’t direct and that is what made our sessions so productive. Kim Moke Stage Consult Limited, Germany

Guests staying at our cottages can avail of a coaching experience over a weekend or longer stay. Niall Heenan is a qualified, award winning coach who works with people in the areas of career and personal change, increased effectiveness and business planning.

The coaching experience takes place at prearranged times over the weekend or week and provides for time for the client to have the time to reflect, consider and journal their experiences. A typical weekend would consist of two sessions of about 1.5 hours each while a week long stay would allow for increased engagement.

To discuss the options in more detail email hello@fuchsialanefarm.ie

A Taste of Lough Derg

A Summer Series of Food Events as A Taste of Lough Derg Returns

Food producers and restaurant owners surrounding Lough Derg Lakelands have joined forces once again this summer in an effort to promote the region as a food tourism destination.  A Taste of Lough Derg returns for a third year this June 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.

The calendar of events has been coordinated by the Lough Derg Marketing Group in conjunction with the food businesses in the region and was launched recently  by culinary icon Peter Ward from Country Choice Nenagh and The Milk Market in Limerick.

Speaking at the launch of programme Mr Ward commented that “It’s great to see businesses working in collaboration around Lough Derg. Cross selling, buying local produce, and shopping locally are key drivers in supporting the local economy. Creating events that will entice visitors into our towns and villages during the summer months is a key objective of A Taste of Lough Derg”

There’s an exciting programme of events for 2016 aimed at attracting new visitors to the region and providing them with a memorable food experience. It’s an opportunity to showcase the food produce in the area, some of the quality artisan food producers and established restaurants. Some of the highlights of the 2016 programme include the chance to meet a Beekeeper, take a trip on a kayak, walk some of the Lough Derg Way, experience the work inside a woollen mills, cookery and baking demonstrations and lots more.

For more information and to download the brochure click here 

Portumna Forest Marathons 7th May & 11th June

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

 

 

Portumna Forest Marathon

October Bank Holiday Weekend Break

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: derginn@eircom.net

 

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.

October Bank Holiday Weekend Break

 

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

Halloween Mid Term Break Terryglass

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  hello@fuchsialanefarm.ie 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!

Halloween Mid Term Break Terryglass

 

 

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Midweek Breaks

Midweek Breaks – Self Catering Cottage

September is our favourite time of year to enjoy a Midweek Break.  Being the optimists that we are, we expect a glorious ‘Indian Summer’ and what better place to take a midweek break is there than the Lough Derg village of Terryglass and the area of Tipperary, East Clare and East Galway.

Here at Fuchsia Lane Farm Holiday Cottages we can offer a midweek break for a couple in one of our cosy cottages for two at the special rate of €180 for three nights. This rate is available for dates between Mon and Thurs during the months of Sept and Oct and subject to availabilty .  We supply all linens, towels etc. You have use of the bikes, walks, woodland meditation space and of course the local pubs, restaurants and lovely lakeside villages.

If you wish to explore outside of the village, Nenagh is the largest town in the locality. Nenagh Castle and Heritage Centre are well worth a visit. You can sample local artisan food produce at the Country Market on Friday mornings and the Farmers Market on Saturdays. Local award-winning eateries and delicatessens during your day’ s sightseeing or shopping include, Cinnamon Alley, Country Choice, and The Pantry Café. The town also has a new public leisure centre with swimming pool, gym and town park with playground. You can enjoy other amenities such as an 18 hole golf club, tennis club, river walks and public library.

The Silvermines mountains and Upperchurch provide some wonderful walking trails and the Lough Derg Way and Hymany Way long distance routes are close to Fuchsia Lane Farm.

Hanly Tweeds is a long established family woollen mills producing quality fabrics and woollen cloths. It is a great place to pick up a unique article of clothing as the perfect gift!

Birr Castle and Gardens will entrance and entertain you for hours! See what was once the largest telescope in the world, view majestic gardens with plant species from all around the globe and let the child in you delight in the tree house. Birr town is a heritage town with magnificent architecture and great cafés and restaurants.

We recommend that you visit Portumna Castle and Gardens, The Irish Famine Workhouse and the wonderful tracks and trails in the Forest Park. Children will also love the playground in the centre of town. The tennis club also welcomes visitors.

Portumna 18 hole Golf Course is located on the edge of the town and there are also opportunities for horse riding and pitch and putt in the area. Pallas Karting is home to Europe’s largest Karting course and also offers the latest craze of Zorbing and other activities.

If you are tempted by the prospect of some retail therapy, Ladies Day boutique, owned by former Rose of Tralee, Muirne Goode, is the place to visit.

Horse riding and pony trekking are available in a number of centres. Agrimhill Horse Farm will bring you along quiet country lanes and along the banks of the picturesque Kylecrow River. Birr Equestrian Centre hold children’s summer camps and regular Sunday treks in the Slieve Bloom mountains.

The recent reintroduction of the White Tailed Eagles and their successful breeding on the islands off Mountshannon makes this lovely lakeside town a must see. While there, why not take the opportunity to visit Holy Island with local historian and guide, Ger Madden? We can give him a call for you!

If you are a lover of chocolate (who isn’t!), a visit to Wilde Irish Chocolates factory in Tuamgraney just outside Scarrif is a treat. Sample the delicious handmade chocolates and experience for yourself this award-winning confectionery.

Tuamgraney also offers the East Clare Heritage centre. This community-run centre is based in the 10th Century St Cronan’s Church, and provides a great insight into Ireland’s monastic past.

The sister towns of Killaloe and Ballina are an ideal place to spend some time. Lovers of good food, scones, coffee and all things nice will have to find some time to linger in The Wooden Spoon. Here Laura Kilkenny’s produce will demonstrate what happens when you put all your love for fine ingredients into your work.

Also in Killaloe James Whelan provides cruises on Lough Derg on his boat, the Spirit of Killaloe, and is a great way to experience the river and lake.

Heading north from Killaloe – Ballina, the Graves of The Leinster Men (signposted from Ballina) affords a panoramic view of the Lough Derg area. Alternatively, follow the Lough Derg Drive along the lake and stop at the viewing point, The Lookout, where you can take in the splendour of the majestic Shannon River.

The lakeside village of Garrykennedy is well known for Larkin’s Pub, another award-winning eatery! Local traditional musicians also favour this spot so you might be in time for a ‘Seisiún’, in addition to the weekly Sunday evening session from 7 to 9pm.

And of course, you can bring your doggie with you!

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Shorelines Art Festival Sept 17 – 20th

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Portumna’s Shorelines Arts Festival, Sept 17 to the 20th, now in its 8th year, is recognised as East Galway’s premier boutique arts festival. As well as nurturing local talent and providing a platform for performance and exhibition, Shorelines stages the best of Irish theatre, music, art, film and literature.Shorelines 2015 will feature readings by authors Joseph O’Connor and Paul Kingsnorth. They will be joined by poets Grace WellsLouis dePaor and poet and writer John MacKenna and a feast of words is guaranteed. Grace and John will both facilitate writing workshops in poetry and prose.A special Yeats event to celebrate Yeats 150 will include a lecture from well known poet and scholar, Bernard O’Donoghue. You are also invited to nominate your Shorelines Yeats Poem for the Yeats 150 event. A selection of those nominated will be featured at the festival.For music fans, Shorelines plans to stage performances from renowned Mary Coughlan, the up and coming  Lost Brothers. Local musicians and songwriters will feature too. Shorelines welcome RTE Radio 1 to the 2015 festival where a live recording of the much loved Sunday Miscellany is scheduled featuring voices and talents of local and not so local talent.Drama comes from Fishamble’s new show Underneath as well as Curlew’s show The Muse & Mister Yeats. Local drama group The Half-Day Thursday Group will stage Kent R. Brown’s Seduction of Chaos.For the family, events include a 2-day programme of Street Theatre from Circus Outside The Box,  Creative Writing with Betsy Cornwell, The Barbara Kennedy Writing Awards, Flea Circus from PigNut Productions, Face Painting, Story Telling and Little Gem Puppets.

Shorelines will also feature a Minecraft/Lego Workshop during the festival. And young singer/songwriters and musicians will take part in café sessions and recitals throughout the weekend as the festival enjoys giving emerging talent a platform to perform.The Gallery at the Workhouse will again host visiting and local artists at the Shorelines Arts Exhibition. Among the talks and demonstrations planned are talks with artist Aideen Monaghan and photographer Mark Granier and a bead making demonstration with Mags Mannion. Exhibitions from invited artists include, to date: Galway Print Studio, John Brennan, Aideen Monaghan, Mark Granier and Frank O’Sullivan.Heritage Boats of Ireland also plan to visit Portumna during Shorelines 2015. They will bring 30 heritage boats to Portumna’s Lough Derg, adding colour and atmosphere to the festival.Shorelines Shorts 2015 will feature a loop of short drama films on the theme of Childhood and a loop of documentaries on Changing Ireland. All are guaranteed to entertain and delight.

Other regular events include the annual Nicholas Treacy Recitation Competition, which will test the reciting skills of the entrants who must learn a recitation written prior to 1937.
New programme additions include early morning sessions of Yoga, titled: Golden Apples of the Sun and a workshop on Botanical Art.  Local archaeologist, Christy Cunniffe will launch a photo exhibition based on medieval carved heads. Portumna Vintage Club are planning a day at the Festival too. Finally, all of the businesses in the town are invited to decorate their windows to complement the festival.Check out our Facebook page for further updates: www.facebook.com/shorelinesartsfestival