Once again this summer season sees a range of food and food tourism events taking place all around the Lough Derg area. We are very fortunate to live in such a wonderful area and recently many of the promoters who operate along the Lough Derg Blueway gathered together in the majestic sunshine in the even more majestic Portumna Castle to launch this year’s programme. Events this summer include Tapas Nights, Meet the Cheesemaker, Yoga in Nature, Chocolate Making and Mindful Bread Making!
Here at Fuchsia Lane Farm we are delighted to be hosting Mindful Bread Making which is being run in conjunction with our son and his new business, Abbey Bread. He recently won the National Student Enterprise Award for this venture and we hope you all get to enjoy some of this famous bread here on August 2nd.
The Taste of Lough Derg 2018 programme was launched by Sinead Hennessy, Failte Ireland’s Food Tourism Officer as well as Mr Joe McGrath, chairman of the Lough Derg Marketing Group.
We are delighted to see that Aqua Splash makes a return to Lough Derg for the 2018 season. This is a great place to allow children (of all ages!) to enjoy the water, burn off some energy and simply have a splash in the wonderful Lough Derg. It is another example of the great activities that can be found all around the lake area, all part of the Lough Derg Blueway Dromineer is one of the lovely villages found around the lake and while there you can enjoy coffee and treats in the Lake Cafe
Lough Derg is a haven for a range of local craft producers, artisan food makers and artists. Spending some time in this peaceful area allows you an opportunity to really engage in a journey of discovery into a rich vein of surprises in the neighbouring counties of Galway, Clare and Tipperary.
One can experience all this as part of a cycle or touring route along the lake shores and some examples that we can recommend are:
It’s official! The Lough Derg Blueway, a collaboration between Galway, Clare and Tipperary County Councils, designed to develop quality on and off water trails and activities all around the majestic Lough Derg, on the River Shannon is open for business.
The Blueway is a network of canoe trails, walks, cycle routes and tourism service with one aim in mind: ‘Get out and about’! This area is so accessible, unspoilt and peaceful with some many natural attractions on offer and we believe it is the ideal destination for your activity break. Just watch the video and see for yourself!
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!
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
After all the work and planning, the Dromineer Literary Festival committee, a volunteer committee, have a spectacular programme for the 2016 festival lined up
This annual festival is a wonderful opportunity to immerse oneself in poetry, readings, meet authors and allow for some reflection as the autumn creeps in!
Full details available http://www.dromineerliteraryfestival.ie
Waterways Ireland, Canoeing Ireland and the Canoe Association of Northern Ireland have joined forces with outdoor centres and canoeing clubs across the island to create the Blueway 10k ‘learn to paddle’ programme for people seeking a new adventure in the outdoors.
Blueways are multi-activity trails running on and alongside water, with cycling and walking complementing the paddling trails. By the end of 2016 there will be over 200km of trails on the Shannon and Shannon-Erne waterways managed by Waterways Ireland.
A 12 week canoe training programme is available in 30 centres nationwide starting on 28th May culminating in a 10k paddle in 7 key locations across the inland waterways. This no nonsense workout that will allow people to turn up in regular workout clothes, put on a buoyancy aid, grab a boat and paddle, and go for short intensive work out.
Although the programme is written for kayaks, the Blueway 10K can be completed in any paddlesports craft including sit on tops, open canoes and stand up paddle boards.
The training partners delivering the programme are clubs, outdoor recreational centres all run by experienced paddlers, check them out online or follow the links on the website to get more information.
Canoeing is an aerobic sport which can be practised either in a club outdoor recreation centres to develop a range of skills which can be used for fitness or competition with sprints, white water, marathon & canoe polo activity or for recreation, short and long-distance self-guided or guided touring and adventure. With a range of options this wide there are loads of ways to find the paddling experience that matches a person’s fitness and recreational needs.
Every year millions of Europeans visit historical monuments and sites throughout Europe on European Heritage Days. These are a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union in which over forty countries participate each year. The main aim of European Heritage Days are to promote awareness of our built, natural and cultural heritage and to promote Europe’s common cultural heritage. In Ireland we celebrate European Heritage Days with a full week of events throughout National Heritage Week. National Heritage Week is coordinated by The Heritage Council and its aim is to build awareness and education about our heritage thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation.
Locally in Portumna there are a number of events planned.:
On Aug 27th there is a guided bus tour of Lough Derg where Dr. Janice Fuller will take you on a journey of discovery where you will explore some of the hidden heritage sites of Lough Derg.
On Aug 28th at 7pm Portumna Castle presents: A short Italian Opera………..with a twist! Produced by Portumna Players. Introduced after some traditional music with local musicians
On Aug 30th Lorrha village puts on a Visual Display Including Old Photos and Re Enactment of O’ Sullivan Beare’s camp, starting at 12 noon