October Events

Ballybunion Ecotreks with Danny

Ecotrek Ballybunion -Walking Holidays in Kerry

Ecotrek Ballybunion is a unique personal guided tour with local historian and pipe player Danny Houlihan. Danny has vast local knowledge of the area and is a pleasure to listen to as he tells tales of ancient chiefs, local heroes and you can even have a go at playing the uilleann pipes!
He offers tours to small groups and ( upon appointment) individuals taking them around the stunning coastal scenery of Ballybunion in gorgeous Co Kerry. The trails are part of The Wild Atlantic Way – Possibly the wildest parts!!
Open year round – booking essential.
Call Danny today on +353 (0)87 353613 – it’s best to call him than email 🙂
Read about our recent trip to Kerry where we met up with Danny for a few hours >>
Find more links to Dannys’ Facebook, Twitter etc here >>

October Bank Holiday Special Offer

Lough Bishop House BB Bank Holiday Offer

Lough Bishop House who featured in our recent EcoTour of Ireland are doing a very special offer for the upcoming October bank holiday weekend.

October Bank Holiday B&B Offer:

24-27 October 2014:
Any two nights or more over the October bank holiday long weekend (24-27 October ) only €50 per person per night.
Also guests booking for 2 nights or more will receive a hamper of four Lough Bishop House jams to take home with them (value of €12, one hamper per room booked)
Subject to availability – book now – visit www.loughbishophouse.com
Listen to our ‘Cuppa Tae’ Chat here: https://soundcloud.com/ecoactive/a-chat-with-helen-kelly-of-lough-bishop-house
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Bushcraft Events in Dublin

Pioneer Bushcraft Events Enniskerry & Dublin

Sean has lot’s of regular events coming up for those interested in doing something different and learning something new this October.

10th Oct. (Fri)

  • Primitive & Modern Fire Skills Workshop – Enniskerry Village Square, 10am.

11th Oct. (Sat)

  • Native Woodland Masterclass – Enniskerry Village Square, 10am.

12th Oct. (Sun)

  • Basic Map & Compass Navigation Skills – Bray Train Station, 11am

13th Oct. (Mon)

  • Urban Botany of Dublin City – canal lock at LaTouche Bridge, Rathmines Road Lower, 11am.

14th Oct. (Tues)

  • Coastal Foraging & Rocky Shore Ecology – Balbriggan Train Station 10am.

20th Oct. (Mon)

  • Urban Botany of Dublin City – canal lock at LaTouche Bridge, Rathmines Road Lower, 10am.

23rd Oct. (Thurs)

  •  Urban Botany of Dublin City – canal lock at LaTouche Bridge, Rathmines Road Lower, 10am.

24th Oct. (Fri)

  •  Night Navigation – Balbriggan Train Station, 7pm.

25th Oct. (Sat)

  •  Native Woodland Masterclass – Enniskerry Village Square, 10am.

26th Oct. (Sun)

  • Outdoor Camping Skills Workshop – Enniskerry Village Square, 10am.

28th Oct. (Tue)

  • Urban Botany of Dublin City – canal lock at LaTouche Bridge, Rathmines Road Lower, 11am.

29th Oct. (Wed)

  • Night Navigation – Balbriggan Train Station, 6pm.

30th Oct (Thur)

  • Basic Map & Compass Navigation Skills – Bray Train Station, 11am.

31st Oct (Fri)

  • Bull Island Birdwatching Tour – Junction of Causeway Road and Jim Larkin Road, Clontarf, 10am

1st Nov (Sat)

  •  Coastal Foraging & Rocky Shore Ecology – Balbriggan Train Station, 10.30am.

To Book Visit www.pioneerbushcraft.org, Call 086-3704773 or Email: pioneerbushcraft@gmail.com

Halloween Festival Loughrea Galway

Enjoy a Rustic Halloween Experience!

Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Loughrea, in association with CELT, Centre for Environmental Living & Training (national environmental charity) are hosting a Family Halloween Festival from Saturday 25th October to Sunday 2nd November.
There will be lots of spooky (and not so spooky!) things to do, including walks and pony rides along nature trails and into the Enchanted Forest, family games, Halloween arts and crafts, visit the small-animal farm, Best Costume competition, picnics, pizzas and more. Entry to the whole festival is just €5.
The Centre, set amongst woodlands in the scenic Slieve Aughty hills, has a range of quality accommodation including eco-lodges and en-suite rooms in The Three Towers Eco House & Organic Kitchen – ideal for a few days break!
On Sunday 26th October there is free entry and, as a fundraiser, CELT will run traditional skills workshops for kids making witches brooms, spooky skeleton faces and nightmare-catchers! (€2.50 per workshop / 3 workshops for €5). There will also be an exhibition of traditional crafts and a Rustic Raffle.
On Monday 27th from 1pm there is a charity horse and pony ride (in aid of CELT educational programme) suitable for all ages and experience including a lead-rein group, a walk-trot group, and a walk-canter group with the chance to jump cross-country. €10/pony, €20/horse. Registration starts at 1pm.
On Wednesday 29th October there is spooky Halloween crafts with Loughrea Craft Club and a walk and picnic in the Enchanted Forest. €25 per child, 5-10yrs. Booking is essential.
On Friday 31st October, 6pm – 10pm there will be spooky stories around the campfire, the Best Costume Competition (win an entry to the Christmas Festival), Halloween pony ride and outdoor clay-oven self-made pizzas! €10 per person.
On Saturday 1st November in the craft-room there is miniature-critter making using natural materials from the forest. This is included in your festival entry. Also, take an introductory lesson on a pony for just €10 per person!
See www.slieveaughtycentre.com, email info@riding-centre.com or telephone 090-9745246/087-6871769 for booking or more information.

Foraging With Blackstairs EcoTrails

Mushroom Hunt & Wild Food Forage

Mary has some great foraging events coming up this October from her purpose built eco centre in Killedmond, carlow:

Mushroom Workshop October 12th

A hands on all day workshop getting to know fungi. The delicious Ceps, Chanterelles etc., and learning key identification skills. The day includes visits to woods collecting specimens and after lunch, identification and a cook up of edibles
Time 10.30am-16.00

Find It, Pick It, Cook It, Eat It Workshop October 18th

A hands on all day workshop getting to know wild, safe food. Learn about the incredible edibles, the history and practice of foraging. We will cook up all the edibles we find. Includes a delicious 3 course organic lunch. This is the season for fungi, berries, fruits and nuts and we will spend time in the woods and fields.
Time 10.30am-16.00
To contact Mary for bookings or more details visit her profile page here >>

Events at Gortbrac Organic Farm

Foraging Events Tralee

GortBrac Organic Farm & Eco Cabins have some cool events coming up including:

  • 11 October: Mushroom Foraging with Jonathan Spazzi
    Learn how to identify, find and cook wild mushrooms; includes a talk and foraging walk through local woods
  • 18 October: Natural Cosmetics with Vivienne Campbell
    Natural cosmetics are easy and enjoyable to make when you know how. Items such as lip balm, moisturisers, bath bombs and face scrubs can easily be made at home in your own kitchen. This practical course will show you how. Come along and pamper yourself and learn how to make gorgeous, natural products for yourself and loved ones!
  • 08 November: Seaweed Harvesting and Cooking with John Fitzgerald
    Learn how identify, sustainably harvest and cook seaweed; includes a talk, 10 course taster lunch, seashore foraging trip, seaweed bath pack and seaweed garden fertiliser!

Contact Cathy Eastman (085 7782289) to book places or for more details or check out their events page here >>

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Halloween Fun at Slieve Aughty

The Three Towers Halloween Festival!

Family Fun and Spooky Treats!

Halloween Festival OCT 25TH – NOV 2ND. 12-6PM ENTRY €5PP

A rustic Halloween Experience in aid of CELT. CELT is a registered charity providing education, training and awareness-raising in environmental issues, traditional skills, sustainable living and nature conservation.
With a focus on an eco-friendly Halloween and traditional skills, create spooky Skeleton Faces, Witches’ Brooms, Nightmare Catchers and more!
View an exhibition of traditional crafts and enter the Rustic Raffle to win a ticket for the next CELT Weekend in the Hills event at Slieve Aughty Centre, including a Camping space and meals. €2.50/CHILD/WORK SHOP OR 3 WORKSHOPS FOR €5
Charity Ride in aid of CELT. With a lead rein ride for the kids, a walk-trot group and a walk-trot-canter group with optional cross country jumping, there is a ride suitable for everyone on the day!
Kiddies Craft and Picnic Day! Loughrea Craft Club will join us to make Halloween crafts, including a Monster Wreath and Spooky Nite Lite! Afterwards, take a walk and enjoy a picnic in the Enchanted Forest.
Join us for spooky festivities! Sit around the camp fire and tell spooky stories, enter the Best Costume competition to win entry to the 2015 Christmas Festival, take a spooky Halloween pony ride and eat delicious homemade pizza.
Pop into the craft room to make some miniature critters from natural materials found in the forest. Display them in a cute jar or make them a secret hideaway box home!
The Three Towers Café Open Daily!
Advanced booking required. Contact 090 9745246 or email info@riding-centre.com
Visit www.riding-centre.com for more information
Slieve Aughty Centre,Kylebrack West , Loughrea, Co. Galway
Download PDF Here >>
Read our recent EcoTour Trip to The Three Towers/ Slieve Aughty Blog here >>

Killruddery Forager Market 04 Oct

Killruddery Market Oct 04 2014

Killruddery run a themed market each month and their next one is the first Saturday in October (the 4th October).
The theme for this date is foraging highlighting the wide range of courses, food and supplies that are locally available.
For more details or if you would like to exhibit your services/products at this event contact market@killruddery.com

Events at Slieve Aughty Centre

Events at Slieve Aughty Centre

Every year, Slieve Aughty Centre is the venue for many workshops, classes and family events of interest to people who enjoy crafts, health, cooking, horses and much more!
Coming Up:

  • Advanced Parenting for Challenging Children SEP 20
  • Back in Balance – Alexander Technique SEP 28
  • The Great Mushroom Forage with Robert and Mary White OCT 04
  • Follow Your Dreams, an Acrylic Paint Workshop with Lorraine Fletcher OCT 05
  • Art & Soul Workshop OCT 26

We love workshops! In fact, we love learning and exploring new passions and hobbies, which is why we are venue to many workshops, classes and courses throughout the year!
From arts & crafts, creative writing and yoga to mindfulness, cooking and gardening, we have it all!
If you are a facilitator, we want to offer you our venue, free of charge!
If there is a course or workshop you are interested in and you don’t see it here, let us know and we will do our very best to organise it!
While you are here, you are guaranteed to experience relaxation, comfort and great food with us. Visit The Three Towers Eco House & Organic Kitchen for delicious organic meals and a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
We host four family festivals a year: Christmas, Easter, Summer Solstice and Halloween. We’ll keep you updated on those here too!

For any information contact Jenny on 090 974 5246 or email her at jenny@thethreetowers.com or visit their Events page on Facebook here:

Wild Mushroom Workshops

Wild Mushroom Workshops Carlow

wild mushroom huntsLearn all about wild mushrooms in the beautiful woods of the Blackstairs with Mary White of Blackstairs Ecotrails
Qualified experts will show you where mushrooms grow, why they grow there and to distinguish the edible from the inedible. We will meet at 10 .30 am.in Killedmond for hot scones , tea and coffee.
We will have a short presentation, then off into the Blackstairs .
After our wild mushroom hunt we will come back to Killedmond for an organic lunch followed by identification of specimens and a cook-up of fungi we have found. BOOKING ESSENTIAL.
Time: 10.30AM-4PM
Price €95pp. Children over 12 years: €12
The Barn, The Old Rectory, Killedmond, Borris. Co Carlow
What to bring
Boots, small basket, warm clothing./Rain Gear.

Dates for Fungi Workshops

  • September 6th – Saturday
  • September 21st – Sunday
  • October 12th – Sunday