Burrenbeo Business Friends – News & Upcoming Events
|Burren Perfumery||BREAKING NEWS:|
The Burren Perfumery just won Best Tourism Experience 2018 in the Clare Business Excellence Awards.
The Burren Perfumery team is proud to have won the Irish Country Magazine Irish Made Awards 2018 - Best Overall winners and also winners of the Beauty Award 2018, with 45% of the total votes! We are delighted to see so many Irish Made businesses in the Burren and across the country being recognised with these awards for producing high quality products and providing employment in rural communities.
Burren Perfumery winter hours at the shop and gardens are 10am to 5pm every day from October to April. The Tea Rooms are open until 1st November. During the winter months we operate on an ‘honesty café’ basis: customers can make themselves a tea or coffee and are invited to put a voluntary donation in the box for a local charity.
|Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark||The Burren & Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark has been included in a new cultural route launching across Europe. The European Atlantic Geotourism Route celebrates outstanding geological landscapes and has been created to support the development of Geotourism in a number of dramatically stunning landscapes in the European Atlantic Area. The destinations span the Atlantic frontier from Ireland and the UK, to France, Portugal, Spain, and over to the Atlantic islands of Lanzarote and the Azores.|
The European Atlantic Geotourism Route guides you through diverse territories, countries, habitats, languages and cultures. These stunning destinations are linked together by one powerful mission – to provide the highest quality visitor experiences; helping to power vibrant local economies and cultural activities and, in so doing, protecting these breathtaking and unique natural landscapes.
Each destination tells a distinctive, dramatic and enthralling chapter of the story of life on the Atlantic frontier. The tale of how, from time’s dawn to present day – natural forces, landscape, people, culture and ways of life continue to interweave to give physical shape, meaning and mystery to these memorable regions. To illuminate and animate these geologically-rich and bio-diverse destinations for the curious, careful and discerning visitor.
The European Atlantic Geotourism Route has been created to support the development of Geotourism in a number of destinations in the European Atlantic Area. With funding provided by the EU Interreg Atlantic Area programme and support from the Global Geopark Network, nine European Geoparks, including three located in Ireland, along with two aspiring Geoparks and the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Portugal are working together on this transnational economic, cultural and sustainable tourism development project.
For more on the EU Interreg Atlantic Area programme see www.atlanticarea.eu
|Burren Programme||“The Burren Programme had its birth as Burren LIFE project in 2005, with 20 farmers, and moved on to the development phase (Burren Farming for Conservation Programme) in 2010 with 160 farmers. The Burren Programme (BP) now includes 330 farmers, farming over 25,000ha of the Burren. It is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) who allocate €2m annually to farmers, and is also supported by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. The Burren Programme team and the farmers were very busy during October and November as farmer training was taking place, this included the Innovation Fair at Gort Mart, as part of the Winterage weekend, and also classroom sessions and site visits to farms in the Burren. For more information on the Burren Programme please visit www.burrenprogramme.com.”||Website link|
|Burren Nature Sanctuary||Santa’s on his way 2018: Sensory Day Friday 7th December from 2pm for children with sensory issues. specially designed for children with sensory issues along with their siblings to visit Santa in a calmer than usual environment. There will be subtle lighting, calm music, a relaxed atmosphere, no queues and time and space to enjoy the visit.|
We are taking booking directly by phone for Sensory Santa as we want to give parents and carers the opportunity to chat with us about their specific needs 091 637 444 / email@example.com
Tickets for Sensory Santa are €25 per child, with no charge for accompanying parents or carers as we recognise the work they do 365 days a year.
The annual Santa's on His Way event takes place from 1st to 23rd December at Burren Nature Sanctuary in Kinvara, Co. Galway.
Burren Nature Sanctuary winter opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm. We will be open every day during the October mid-term break.
The Sanctuary Cafe at Burren Nature Sanctuary is also open Wednesday to Sunday: lunch is served from 12pm to 4.30pm, with cakes, scones, tea/coffee available all day. Alongside our regular menu we will have a variety of weekly lunch specials: e.g. Goats cheese bruschetta with caramelised onion and mixed leaves; Feta cheese, beetroot, chick peas and quinoa with mixed leaves. Dessert special: Tray bake slice with tea / coffee €4.95
|Aillwee Cave||Santa’s Workshop at Aillwee now taking bookings. Tel an Elf 1890 245593 for bookings.||Website link|
|Clooncouse Cottages||Guided farm walks at Clooncouse Farm. For further information, contact John at 0874375809.|
|Hylands Burren Hotel Ballyvaughan||Hylands Burren Hotel, Ballyvaughan, is now offering Winter Midweek Special and Winter Weekend Special deals.|
See the website link for details.
|St. Tola Irish Goats Cheese||What a year it has been for St.Tola goat farm.We have never won so many awards as we won this year.|
Firstly much coveted Irish Food Writers Guild Environmental Award for our sustainability ethos ,which we are very proud of. Also we were one of only 5 Irish cheesemakers to win 2 Stars at The Great Taste Awards which is international competition for all types of food products.Our St.Tola Ash Log also won Gold at Blas na hEireann in Dingle in October and Bronze at The World Cheese Awards.
As our St.Tola Ash Log which wins all the awards is difficult to come by in the market place we have decided to have the farm open to the public to buy our cheeses Mon to Fridays 9 am to 4 pm from the 3rd December to Fri 21st of December and on Saturdays on Sundays from 10 a.m to 12 noon.
Pre-ordering if possible by email to firstname.lastname@example.org is suggested to guarantee orders.
We will have the full range of our St.Tola cheeses ,including our just released St.Tola Hard cheese .
Also our specially designed St.Tola cheese boards , Sheridans Cheese crackers , Burren Kitchen Garden Winter Jelly and other farmhouse cheeses will all be available to purchase to make up a tasty gift for Christamas.All details will be on our website www.st-tola.ie and our social media platforms for the next number of weeks.
|Burren Outdoor Education Centre||Stone, water and Ice: the Burren – a landscape shaped by time.|
This course is an introduction to the geology of the Burren aimed at anyone with an interest in the Burren and a curious mind. It will run for 5 Wednesday evenings in February/March 2019 for 2 hours each evening at the Burren Outdoor Education Centre in Bell Harbour. This popular course is run by Colin Bunce (Burren Outdoor Education Centre) and Dr. Eamon Doyle (Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark) and is now in its 9th year.
Topics covered are: an introduction to geology, the geology of Ireland, the geology of the Burren, fossils, geological maps, geology and the Burren landscape; there is also a field trip. On the last night there will be a guest speaker.
The course is designed to be relaxed, informative and practical, no previous geology knowledge is required. There are no exams but there is tea/coffee and biscuits included!
Dates: Feb 6th – March 6th inclusive
Time: 7.30 – 9.30 pm
Venue: Burren Outdoor Education Centre, Turlough, Bell Harbour.
Bookings and enquiries: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or 065 7078066
|Airmid||Airmid Natural Irish Skincare are delighted to have been chosen by the Local Enterprise Office to represent Clare at Showcase, Ireland’s Creative Expo Trade Show at the RDS, Dublin from January 20-23 2019. Visit us at Stand F41 - Main Hall, Balcony. Meet the maker Kevin Lynch, and hear our story. At Airmid, all herbs & botanicals are grown by organic methods in our Burren Garden. All beeswax used is sourced from local Irish Beekeepers. |
Airmid are passionate about supporting local (where possible) and sourcing the finest ingredients from sustainable ethical sources worldwide. It is the quality of their ingredients that make their products so effective. Pure essential oils are used first for skin benefit and them aroma. There is no compromise on quality and Airmid have full control of all ingredients and production which is essential. www.airmidsoap.com
|Quinn's Craftshop||John O'Donohue memorabilia are now stocked in Quinn's Craftshop, Ballyvaughan and from their on-line shop (www.craftshop.ie).|
Working with the administrator of John O'Donohue Literary Estate, we are delighted to stock the initial release of carefully selected memorabilia of the late John O'Donohue's work. This initial release contains four greeting cards and four book markers. More are in the pipeline, so join our mailing list on www.craftshop.ie and like our facebook page @Quinncrafts.
General Community News & Events
|XPO Kilnaboy||“An Nollaig – The Irish Christmas”|
A Christmas evening with Michael Houlihan
Thursday December 13th 8.30 p.m.
Author Michael Houlihan will be the December guest at the X-PO and his seasonal talk is entitled “An Nollaig – The Irish Christmas”. Michael is a Kerry native who has been living in Clare since 1977. He has an M.A. in Local History from U.L.
Michael’s publications include Puck Fair, History and Traditions ; The Holy Wells of County Clare ; The Sacred Trees of County Clare ; Searching for the Dreamtime in County Clare and An Nollaig - An Irish Christmas Reader.
The X-PO talk is a celebration of midwinter, most especially An Nollaig, the Irish Christmas. The lecture touches on the solstice celebrations in Newgrange and fire ceremonies at Tlacgtha before moving in to the Christian period. History, folklore, calendar customs, weather events and folk memories recall past Christmases, from the fifth century onwards. Mummers and Wrenboys feature, as does Ireland’s unique Women’s Christmas, Nollaig na mBan.
‘Big House’ accounts of Christmas come from Maria Edgeworth and Elizabeth Bowen. Musicians Turlough O’Carolan and Frederic Handel add to the story. The lecture is a reminder of the unique tradition that is the Irish Christmas and the many riches it bestows.
The event will take place on Thursday December 13th at 8.30 p.m. It is free of charge. Donations to X-PO welcome. X-PO is a community hub located in the former post office in Killinaboy. More information 087 292 54 87.
|KAVA||Wild Atlantic Winter|
‘Wild Atlantic Winter’, an exhibition of work by members of Kinvara Area Visual Arts (KAVA) will be launched next Sunday 16th December at 3pm in the dining room of Kinvara’s Merriman Hotel. The opening coincides with the final day of the KAVA Anonymous Art Sale at the Courthouse (11am - 5pm) and also the final day of Kinvara Christmas Market (11am – 6pm) at the Community Centre. So next Sunday afternoon will be a good time to be in town!
‘Wild Atlantic Winter’ will be a celebration of winter on the Wild Atlantic Way. The exhibition is part of an ongoing collaboration between KAVA and The Merriman Hotel and aims to showcase the work of local professional and up-and-coming artists and also to connect visitors to their surroundings. The show will remain in situ in The Merriman dining room until next Spring.
|The Silver Branch Film||After sweeping up awards nationally and internationally, sell out screenings and standing ovations, The Silver Branch is coming back to Clare.|
Screening Sunday 16th at 7pm in The Burren Centre – Kilfenora
Globally reviewed as “Ageless, universal and poignant love poem to life” – “A Road to Damascus’ life changing experience - reaching deep into people’s hearts”
SUNDAY INDEPENDENT “Ireland has rarely been captured onscreen with such striking artistry.”
RTE Film Review Anam Cara meets Terrance Mallick in the absorbing, brilliant Irish documentary The Silver Branch
Audience review: It’s time again to embrace and welcome the flora and fauna, the oceans, mountains, plains and valleys.....it’s time to rekindle the flames of love and beauty long since abandoned and extinguished.
|Coole Park||Coole Park Autumn Opening Times|
October opening hours at the Visitor Centre will be 10am to 5pm Saturdays and Sundays.
Coole Park Tea Rooms will be open Thursday to Sunday 11am to 5pm throughout October to the end of December. The Tearooms will be serving daily specials, teas, coffees and cakes.
Coole Park Visitor Centre contact details: telephone 091 631 804; email email@example.com , website www.coolepark.ie or follow us on facebook.
|A Woman's Bare Landscape Project Launch||‘A Woman’s Bare Landscape’ will take place between October 2018 and May 2019, it aims to host and facilitate adult women from varying backgrounds. CWN are transgender and nonbinary inclusive. Those participating will be invited to indoor and outdoor workshops in Clare over the course of the eight months. The workshops will explore the female body through voice, movement, painting, photography and video. The lived experiences of women and conversations relating to body image, sexuality and relationships will be documented, to inform potential changes in attitudes and perspectives. |
Women are also free to contact Clare Women’s Network directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for the project, find out more or ask any questions they may have.
|Deserted Schoolhouses of Ireland|
By Enda O'Flaherty
|Book release. |
'Beside yon straggling fence that skirts the way,
With blossomed furze unprofitably gay,
There, in his noisy mansion, skill'd to rule,
The village master taught his little school'
- Oliver Goldsmith, ‘The Deserted Village’
Schoolhouse ruins are a common sight in the Irish countryside, wherever populations are in decline and the fabric of what was once a vibrant community is slowly perishing. Within their collapsing walls, friends were made and lessons were learned. Belief systems, traditions and moral codes were imprinted on young minds. These schoolhouses had a significant impact on generations of pupils, whether they still live nearby or have emigrated to faraway lands. However, little or no research has been undertaken into the social and cultural significance of these institutions. Only some are recorded in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, and they are afforded varying degrees of protection on architectural merit only. Once pivotal to their communities, they now lie abandoned.
Enda O’Flaherty’s work as an archaeologist has brought him to the most isolated parts of Ireland, where he noticed and grew ever more intrigued by these ubiquitous features of the landscape. He began actively seeking them out, photographing over 240 in total, researching their histories and interviewing those who attended them. In exploring the buildings, he was also collecting a treasury of childhood memories. A former student from the now uninhabited island of Achill Beg recalled a teacher called Mr McNamara who was ahead of his time, using the building in the 1940s as a night school to teach adult islanders to read and write.
After setting up a blog to record his discoveries, the compelling material O'Flaherty had uncovered began appearing in national outlets such as The Irish Times and TheJournal.ie, as well as international publications like Lonely Planet and Atlas Obscura. More and more locals came forward to share their stories. Each empty building has a story to tell, and gathered in this thoughtful collection, they whisper a poignant narrative of a disappearing Ireland – of changing needs, desires and ways of life.
|Burren National Park||The Burren National Park Information Point in Corofin is now closed for the winter season and will reopen in April 2019… |
The National Park and its walking trails are accessible all year around. Maps and directions can be found on www.burrennationalpark.ie
For any enquiries between October and March, please contact Coole Park Nature Reserve at email@example.com or 091 631 804.
We look forward to having you around next year... In the meantime, enjoy the Burren in its autumnal beauty and winter glory.
|Galway Walking Club||The Galway Walking Club was established in 1994 and has gone from strength to strength since then with a strong membership base of close to 300 walkers. Their website outlines the grades and nature of walks for every Sunday and sometimes Saturdays (C Hill Walks) in the year. Some of the hill walks and rambles take place in the beautiful Burren - see the website for further details. Social events also play an important part in the club's activities and there are at least 3 European trips organised yearly as well as walking weekends in Ireland. The yearly marathon in August is a well established event and is organised voluntarily by members. The Galway Walking Club is a vibrant dynamic organisation and is the largest walking club in Galway city. All its members share a common love of nature, the environment, walking, rambling and hill climbing.||Website Link|
|Recycling Ambassador Programme Workshops||VOICE Ireland is offering free recycling Workshops nationwide, to help people improve Ireland's recycling rates and reduce levels of contamination in household recycling bins. |
The programme is available to community groups, businesses and at events, with each workshop between 15 and 45 minutes, and aimed at 20-30 people. We can help you promote the event if needed and can come to whatever location suits you.
VOICE is funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and REPAK, with regional waste offices as project partners.
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