While many activities are restricted for good reason at the moment, we can still get out and about safely in the fresh air and enjoy the sights and sounds of Spring. We are so fortunate to have Portumna Forest Park just down the road from us here and we really recommend it as a place to visit. We would love you to bring our bikes so you can really enjoy the space to its fullest!
Rural Tourism Ireland – Open for business!
It might be easy to think that every option for movement in this country has been curtailed in light of the appropriate and correct response by the Government and Ireland’s Health Authorities to close schools and recommend that large gatherings of people be postponed. However, there are still lots of options for individuals, couples and families to take advantage of the competitive low season rates available at this time of year in the many rural self catering cottages that can be found throughout the country.
Here at Fuchsia Lane Farm you could stay in a family cottage, in a quiet and peaceful location, walk the local lanes, visit the forest parks, walks etc all around the area, eat in the local pubs , Paddys Bar or The Derg Inn (or have food delivered to your cottage, if you prefer). With WiFi in your cottage you can keep up with some work and allow your children to access their school work as part of their day! (They will thank you for that when they are older!) and all the time maintaining social distance as appropriate.
As a community we all need to support each other, we all need to remember that life has to go on and by taking sensible precautions we can minimise risk. If you do decide to take a #staycation somewhere in Ireland, we hope you have a super break. If you would like to visit here, just send us an email and we will do our best to make it possible.
Life on the Shannon Callows
The Shannon Callows are an integral part of the ecosystem of the River Shannon, Ireland’s longest river system. The Callows are the floodplains for the river when it overflows and floods during the wintertime. Consequently, the soil is rich with plants and flowers unique to this ecosystem. For many years people have attempted to farm this land despite the difficulties associated with such wet and marginal land. To this day demands to ‘Drain the Shannon’ are often made, in spite of the impracticalities that this would entail. Several generations have lived on the Callows, and, the closest area to your Irish holiday cottage at Fuchsia Lane Farm, Terryglass, are the Callows north of Portumna bridge.
We are fortunate to know Dr Christy Cunniffe who speaks passionately of this area and whose family have close links with the Shannon Callows. In this video he gives a wonderful insight into the area. Sit back and enjoy 6 minutes of this personal story!
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Traditional Music in Terryglass Village
We are so fortunate that we have two amazing pubs in our local village of Terryglass, The Derg Inn and Paddy’s Pub. Both venues offer great food and company and there are regular music sessions. The Traditional Music sessions on Sunday nights in The Derg Inn have become a central part of local life and are always a ‘must attend’ entry on ones calendar! Each week you will hear some wonderful local and visiting musicians and visitors are welcome to bring their own instruments and to sing a song of your own!
Wilde Irish Chocolates is a wonderful artisan chocolate factory located in the village of Tuamgraney, on the shores of Lough Derg on the Co Clare side of the lake. Here the wonderfully creative and inventive Trish and her team a produce over 80 different types of chocolate to suit all tastes, ages and budgets. One can visit their factory shop to sample some of their creations and also see the work in action. Its a great place to visit and visitors are always welcome. Find out more on their website https://wildeirishchocolates.com
We are delighted to announce that we have been selected as finalists in the County Tipperary Business Awards 2019. These awards are designed to showcase innovative and outstanding businesses across the county in a range of sectors.
We are finalists in the Tourism and Hospitality category and its a wonderful accolade which serves to encourage and motivate all the team here at Fuchsia Lane Farm to continue to offer our guests ‘an authentic rural experience’
With over 20 years experience in the hospitality business, offering self catering experiences to visitors from all over the world to Fuchsia Lane Farm Cottage, we are constantly doing our best to offer guests an opportunity to experience genuine hospitality and a connection with both the local community and the landscape which is part of their rural tourism experience.
We encourage guests to walk locally, experience nature in the woodland retreat area, cycle the local lanes and to enjoy local food and produce in the local restaurants and pubs. Our focus and commitment to high standards over the years has resulted in our receiving a Gold Medal Award in the Irish Responsible Travel Awards and also in being selected as one of the 100 Best Places to Stay in Ireland, chosen by the Irish Times.
The Winners of the County Tipperary Business Awards will be announced at Black Tie Gala Dinner, which will be held in the 4* Clonmel Park Hotel on the Friday the 18th of October 2019 – a night to celebrate and highlight business achievements, innovation and excellence in the County. We will be there!
This years Shorelines Arts Festival returns to the lakeside town of Portumna, just 10 mins from Fuchsia Lane Farm, for 4 days at the end of September. This annual festival offers a range of Theatrical, Literary, Musical and Visual Arts experiences that will offer something to suit everyone.
Theatre programme highlights include ‘Before’ by Fishamble: The new Play company, written and performed by Pat Kinevane, winner of Herald Archangel Award 2019 Edinburgh, ‘Arán agus Im’ with Manchán Magan featuring insights into the wonders of the Irish language food and local Irish food, with freshly baked sourdough and delicious butter churned by the audience.
Musical highlights include the iconic band Scullion and the contemporary sound of ZoDoMo, comprising the acclaimed traditional muscian Máirtín O’Connor with Zoe Conway and Donal Lunny
The Visual Arts Programme include the Shorelines Art Exhibition running for two weeks at the Gallery at the Workhouse.
Full details and online booking can be found at shorelinesartsfestival.com/
Alternatively, download the festival programme here shorelines_2019_festival_brochure
In the early years of the fledgling Irish State, shortly after Independence, the ambitious project of creating Ireland’s first Hydro Electric Power Station was born. This facility, when completed in the mid 1920’s provided most of the energy needs of the emerging Republic. Located on the River Shannon, harnessing the power contained in the volume of water in Lough Derg, this project was an ambitious and visionary undertaking designed to help bring Ireland into the modern world at that time.
Today the Power Station, operated by Ireland’s Electricity Supply Board, provides a much lower percentage of the Country’s needs, however it still stands as a powerful testament to our founding fathers.
The centre now provides for group and individual tours and bookings can be made during the summer season online via this link
Ardnacrusha Hydro Electric Station is approximately 50 mins drive from your Fuchsia Lane Farm self catering cottage in Terryglass and you can also include a visit to Limerick city or Killaloe/Ballina as part of your day.
The Monastic Village of Lorrha Guided Tours every Thursday 7.30pm. Includes visits to St.Ruadhan’s Well, 11th century Great Stone Church of Lorrha, remains of 8/9th century High Crosses, 15/16th Augustinian Priory, 13th century Dominican Priory & Horizontal Mill plus more hidden gems. Tales of Monks, Murder, Mysteries & Monsters, High Kings & Vikings. The History, Archaeology, Folklore and legends combined in an easy going and fun walk & talk of village
Birr Vintage and Arts Festival 2019
Once again we are all looking forward to this fantastic week-long festival in the nearby town of Birr, Co Offaly. This long running festival celebrates the wonderful heritage of the Victorian town of Birr and has a full programme of events, shows, parades, competitions and fun activities for people of all ages.
The town of Birr is famous for the Castle, and its wonderful classical street architecture. It is just a 30 minute drive for our Terryglass cottages and is a great day out. Click on the link below for a short video of last years highlights