September Events

Walking Tours and Holidays at Top Of The Rock

2016 Walking Tours in West Cork

Top Of The Rock Walking Tours (and pod park) have a number of interesting walks taking place throughout 2016 including:

St Finbarrs PathSt Finbarr’s Pilgrim Walk Easter Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March 2016.
Leaving aside the spiritual benefits for a moment, this walk is a truly magnificient journey which goes “up and over” three mountain systems and four valleys, namely the Ilen, Mealagh, Ouvane and Lee valley basins.
Walking Breaks West CorkSheeps Head and St Finbarr’s Walking week 15th-20th May 2016:
A four day walking tour from the SHEEPS HEAD lighthouse to St Finbarr’s hermitage at GOUGANE BARRA, with five nights’ accommodation at the Top of the Rock Pod Páirc and Walking Centre.

Poets people and placesPoets people and places walking week 19th-24th June

A walking tour with Richard Whyte who has a huge love of poetry and all things to do with nature. As one walks with Richard he will pull just the right piece of poetry out of his top pocket and recite it on the spot.
Walking Holidays Ireland September 2016Walking the Sheep’s Head and St Finbarr’s Pilgrim Path for September Walking Week 18th-23rd September
A four day walking tour from the SHEEPS HEAD lighthouse to St Finbarr’s hermitage at GOUGANE BARRA, with five nights’ accommodation at the Top of the Rock Pod Páirc and Walking Centre designed to give you a taste for Irish life and landscape.
For more information on any of the above or to arrange a custom tailored walking tour visit Topoftherock.ie
 

Learn About Wild Food, Foraging and More

Wild Food Summer School 2015 #WFSS15

Blackstairs Ecotrails are holding their second Wild Food Summer School this September – 11,12 & 13th at the lovely ‘Old Rectory in Killedmond, Carlow.

They have added a number of new events and made it a much more family friendly event this year with a brilliant line up for kids on the Saturday and for all you foodies out there!
he-Forager-Handbook-Edible-BritainThere’ll be the chance to forage with  Miles Irving Author of the Forager’s Handbook – The Bible for foragers, on Friday at 11.20am, cheese making workshops, use of herbs and wild foods in cooking workshops, artisan food stalls, as well as GIY talks and Wild food & Craft Beer pairings!
For more information or to book your place visit  www.blackstairsecotrails.ie/wild-food-summer-school/
Tickets cost €60 (Friday only), €80 (Saturday only), €60 (Sunday only) or €190 for the full weekend. 

Wild Food Summer School 2015

More foraging, more great speakers, films, music,  Artisan Food stalls, Cheese making and  events for children. We also have a retrofitted ambulance  giving workshops on Up Cycling, Composting etc., facilitated by the Community Reuse Network Ireland (CRNI)
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Waterford Harvest Festival 2015

Harvesting the sea in Waterford

Festival forager shines the spotlight on seaweed’s benefits

Marie Power, aka The Sea Gardener, is a Waterford-based seaweed forager, educator, food producer and author of a cookbook and foraging guide called “The Sea Garden.”
The Sea Gardener launched a range of healthy protein snack bars in 2014, and soon after, a savoury caponata, all containing her own special blend of seaweeds. These innovative and tasty foods are broadening the appeal of seaweeds. The products were very well received and are now stocked in stores in Waterford, Cork, Wexford, Kilkenny and Dublin.
Marie has always been interested in wildlife and she now combines her passion for food and ecology in The Sea Gardener business. “We are interested in the source of our food and in making the link between the origin and consumption of food as short and simple as possible.”
The Waterford Harvest Festival takes place from September 11th to 13th and Marie will be educating the public about the benefits of seaweed and showcasing her latest products as part of the Waterford Chamber Skillnet Big Taste tent in the city centre.
Marie Power with helpers    Image: Patrick Browne
Image: Patrick Browne
Marie Power, aka The Sea Gardener, foraging with helpers Katie and Harry Earl on Garrarus beach near Tramore in Co. Waterford. Marie’s book and seaweed products will be available for sale during the Waterford Harvest Festival, which runs from September 11th to 13th. www.waterfordharvestfestival.ie

Foraging, Cookups and Family Fun

Eco Events Coming Up

Wild Food Summer School 2015

wildfood-summer-schoolThe second Wild Food Summer School will be held on September 11th,12 & 13th 2015 at the Old Rectory, Killedmond, Borris, Co. Carlow in the Blackstairs Ecotrails Eco Centre. Enjoy three days of foraging, debate, cook ups, great talks, demonstrations,Soap Box Talks,a selection of workshops and lots of stalls showcasing local artisan food.
Early booking advised – For more details click here >>

Guided heritage walk with a taste of shellfish along the Wild Atlantic Way at Strandhill in Sligo.

taste of sligo shellfish walkExperience a guided tour of an ancient shell midden site on stunning Culleenamore Strand with Auriel Robinson of Seatrails, where you will be greeted by Tra Ban Restaurant’s Head chef Mostafa Dadowah and proprietor Anthony Gray who will amaze you with an outdoor feast of fresh mussels cooked on an open fire.
July 26th – Pre booking essential!
For more details click here >>

Family Fun Eco Farm August Bank Holiday Weekend

family fun at crann og eco farm Enjoy a weekend of fun outdoor activities in the fabulous family friendly Crann Og Eco Farm – camp onsite or call for accommodation options.
Activities include Outdoor games in sand arena, Forest school & bushcraft, Nature arts, Campfire cooking , Slackline, Self defence, Sword fighting, Bellydancing ,Yoga for young and old, Farm yard activities, Pond dipping , Veg garden exploration, Face painting, Fancy dressing &  Campfire with storytelling, drumming, singing and much more! Booking essential – For more details click here >>

Weekend in the Hills Celt Workshop

celt workshopWeekend in the Hills is an exciting CELT (Centre for Environmental Learning and Teaching)2 day traditional skills workshop. Choose from basket weaving, long bow making, natural building, herbal remedies and lots more, including special workshops for children. September 26th and 27th 2015. For more details click here >>

KEEP UPDATED ON OUR EVENTS AT WWW.ECOACTIVETOURISM.COM

Seaweed Foraging Events 2015

The Sea Gardener Foraging Events & Workshops

Marie Power aka The Sea Gardener runs a number of seaweed foraging events throughout the year and is found at many of the food festivals nationwide. She also provides individual and customized events such as Seaweed Cookery Workshops, Picnics and Seaweed Sessions With Friends!
 2014 Events

  • April 12 & 13
    Forages & Cookery Demos, Dungarvan Food Festival
  • May 1
    Talk at Wexford Wildfowl Reserve. Wexford Field Naturalists Club
  • May 17
    Seaweed Forage, Baginbun Beach. WFNC
  • May 18
    Seaweed Forage, Bealtaine Festival, Kilfarassey, Co. Waterford
  • June 15
    Cookery Demo with Cycle Forage at The Tannery to celebrate Bike Week
  • June
    Cookery Demo, The Bay Cafe, Dunmore East Food Festival
  • July 27
    Beach Picnic & Forage, Kilfarassey
  • August 10
    Beach Walk & Forage, Rathmoylan & Ballymacaw, Co.Waterford
  • Sept 10
    Waterford Harvest Festival
    October
    Bia Bofinne, Inishbofin Food Festival
  • October
    Dingle Food Festival

 For more details Theseagardener.ie or Follow Marie on Twitter:@TheSeaGardener

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 >>
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Weekend in the Hills Sept 13 / 14

Learn Traditional & Ecological Skills

Weekend in the Hills Sept 13 / 14
CELT’s Traditional & Ecological Skills learning weekend.
We offer introductory courses in a wide variety of Traditional skills, our courses are taught by experienced dedicated tutors and held in partnership with eco-friendly Slieve Aughty Centre in the rolling forested hills of South Galway.
For details to book see www.celtnet.org or visit their Facebook Event here >>
CELT Courses Include:
2 courses for youngsters:

Adult courses:

 

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:
https://www.facebook.com/eventsatslieveaughty/events

Stained Glass Weekend 13 & 14 Sept

Stained Glass Weekend WestPort

Have you time to fit a Stained Glass weekend into your life before the summer ends? If you want to learn how to make stained Glass there is a course coming up on the 13&14 September.
We will be doing a little bit of Fusing during the course too (because it’s fun!).
When: 13 & 14 September
Price: €80pp – Payable via website
Where: BlueGlasshouse.com (WestPort)
Who: Linda Mulloy 087 7981123, email hotblueglasshouse@yahoo.co.uk

About BlueGlassHouse

Commission a truly beautiful traditional or contemporary stained glass panel or learn the skills for making your own.

We teach traditional methods of making stained glass, leading (leaded lights) and the copper foil technique. The courses are held in our Studio on The Quay and are very ‘hands-on’, inspiring and great fun!
People often come back after taking the basic course to make more ambitious pieces such as a lampshade or a panel for a specific window in their home.
You don’t need to have any prior experience or be particularly artistic to take our courses. You will quickly find out how good coloured glass looks when the light shines through it; you’ll be surprised at what skills you develop as your enthusiasm grows.
Most of our courses are suitable for beginners and improvers. We keep our groups small (usually 6 participants) to ensure you can work at  your own speed, learning from each other throughout the course.

For more details visit www.blueglasshouse.com

Wild Wicklow Foraging Walk Sept 14

Wild Food Foraging Walk Wicklow

Wild Wicklow Foraging WalkIt’s nearly harvest time! Would you like to discover the art of foraging wild and edible foods such as wild flowers, herbs, walnuts, berries, mushrooms and garlic?
Join Niall O’Sullivan and Paul Quinn from Nádúr Collective for a guided foraging walk along Powerscourt River Walk on 14th September at 2pm. Usually reserved exclusively for Powerscourt annual members, the river walk offers natural, unspoilt beauty and this is a great opportunity for members of the public to visit this tranquil, hidden gem.
Wild Wicklow Foraging WalkDuring this educational two hour walk through one of Wicklow’s most unspoilt locations,you will be shown edible food plants with practical advice on how best to use them at home or in a professional kitchen.
From cooking to preserving techniques; the Nádúr Collective will show you the best way to make use of nature’s best ingredients – from your backyard to your dinner table in a unique and informative approach.
With over forty combined years’ experience in professional kitchens and a passion for wild foods, Nádúr Collective’s aim is to get people back in touch with food, nature and nutrition.
Wild Wicklow Foraging Walk at Powerscourt EstateNiall O’Sullivan is head chef of Isabel’s restaurant on Baggot Street while Paul Quinn is co-owner of the Three Q’s restaurant in Greystones.
To book tickets to the event visit www.powerscourt.com/events