The Three Towers Eco House & Organic Kitchen and Slieve Aughty Centre
Get the gang together for a well earned Social!
Friday Night Tapas Nights!
Friday’s, November 2018 – April 2019
Enjoy organic tapas, Spanish wine and music from 7 pm.
Booking is essential. Call 090 9745 246 for more info.
Slieve Aughty Centre is a family owned eco-friendly equestrian and activity leisure centre set on 17 acres of rugged Galway land. Guests have miles of trails for walking, cycling, horse riding and exploring nature as well as a stunning location for rejuvenation, relaxation and celebration!
Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland.
Discover more about Slieve Aughty Centre Here >>
The next Zero Waste Festival takes place 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday 2nd December at the Green Door Market in Bluebell Business Park, Dublin 12.
Zero Waste Festival Ireland will bring you talks, workshops, info-stands, swap-shops and a market, all dedicated to helping you reduce your waste this Christmas. Christmas can be a difficult time to keep your bins empty and your recycling pile small, but during this day-long event you will get tips on cutting down on waste from food and packaging, gifts and wrapping, decorations and festive dressing and even pre-Christmas cleaning!
From making better choices of materials to reusing and upcycling what is already created, there will be something to be learned for everyone, no matter where you are on your journey. For your first foray into Zero Waste, stop by our
info-stand for a quick primer or sign up for a talks&workshops pass for more insight.
Zero Waste Festival Ireland is a volunteer-run event and this time there is free entry to the info-stands, swap-shops, market and drop-in workshops. A talks&workshop pass (€10/€8 concession) is needed to access the talks and
workshops on the mezzanine level. Tickets (€3) are also required for the ‘Tree-Planting with Santa’ children’s event.
More information, schedule and tickets to the event are available from the website www.zerowastefestival.ie, on Facebook @ZeroWasteFestivalIreland, Instagram @zerowastefestirl and Twitter @ZeroWasteFest.
The zero waste movement is an environmental lifestyle adjustment aimed at minimising landfill waste, through cutting down on consumption, choosing reusable, recyclable and compostable materials (in that order) and trying to
repurpose materials as much as possible. It is based on the 5R’s – REFUSE what you don’t need, REDUCE what you do have to buy, REUSE what is already available, RECYCLE what can’t be used anymore and ROT (compost)
For Tickets, location map and more information visit www.zerowastefestival.ie/2018-12-festival/
Wild Food Summer School Forage
I made it to Blackstairs Ecotrails’ Wild food Summer School for the morning forage with Miles Irving yesterday and what a treat it was!
Miles was able to show us numerous edibles in the small area of the field we were in focusing on grasses and trees. His hope is that we can harness technology to make preparing wild food easier whilst keeping it wild and nutritious.
Here are some points I took away – please note that these are simply observations I noted and one should ALWAYS inform and educate themselves on the safety (and sustainability) of eating any wild food – check out Miles’ book on foraging here for useful tips and advice:
- Dock weed seed is bitter but good for the liver – maybe chef’s can come up with a way to make them tasty – particularly great if they can make it something to accompany alcohal! 🙂
- Blackberry leaves can be used to make a very nice tea
- The young shoots of the Rowan tree taste like almond
- You know those stickleback plants that stick to you when you walk through them? Turns out that you can use them to make a coffee type drink! Best when brown.
- Don’t eat nettles when in flower as the crystals in them will irritate the kidneys – note that they don’t taste very nice at this time anyway…
- Green Pine Flowers are best!
Thanks to Mary and Robert for a great event – am sure they are all still having fun! Wild Food Summer School runs until Sunday evening this weekend. Visit www.blackstairsecotrails.ie/wild-food-summer-school/ for details.
Follow Miles Irving on Twitter @ForagerLtd
Pioneer Bushcraft – Bushcraft & Nature Courses
Pioneer Bushcraft is all about teaching informative, relevant and extremely practical courses. The courses are short to facilitate people who do not have the time or inclination to spend a lot of money on longer duration bushcraft or nature courses – but who still want a high quality outdoor experience.
In addition to the courses we run, Pioneer Bushcraft prides itself on providing customised courses – that is courses that are specifically tailored towards what the students would like to learn.
Sean Mobile: 086-3704773
Bromore Cliffs is a one and a half kilometers cliff top walk of unspoilt beauty, the 180 ft. cliffs jut out at headlands with picturesque bays between.
Bromore Cliffs, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry
Mike Tel: 087 950 2167
Read about our trip to Ballybunion meeting Mike here >>
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Walking day trips and cycles into the country side of Beale & Asdee while being told the stories and hearing the music from Danny Houlihan local historian and All Ireland Piping Champion
Greenfields, Church Rd, Ballybunnion, Co. Kerry
Phone: 087 353 9613
Read about our trip to Ballybunion meeting Danny here >>
The Burren Perfumery
Natural and organic cosmetics made in the heart of the Burren
The Burren Perfumery is a family company that we run at a small scale with our wonderful local staff. Our aim is to be better than the best of the large brands in the quality of our products, without having to make the compromises needed to directly compete in the high street.
The Burren Perfumery, Carron, Co. Clare
Phone +353 65 7089102
Fax +353 65 7089200
Read our Visit to The Burren Perfumery EcoTour Blog Here
Listen to our EcoTour Audio chat with Ralph here:
Walk, climb, enjoy. Come with us, experience The Burren like we do. We want you to enjoy your time with us. We walk/hike and climb above ground, take trips to the caves below and have fun on the water all whilst taking in the magic of the unique environment we have the privilege to live in.
Read about our Spring trip here >>
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Aloha Surf School
Aloha Surf School runs surfing lessons in the heart of the Burren at Fanore Beach, Co. Clare, Ireland.
Surfing with Aloha Surf School in Fanore allows surfers to escape the masses and really enjoy a unique surfing adventure.
At our surf school, we offer professional surfing instruction for people of all ages and abilities.
Aloha Surf School,Fanore,Co Clare.
Call +353 87 21 33 996
Read our EcoTour Blog with Pete here
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Clifden Eco Beach Camping & Caravan Park
Clifden’s unique ecological natura campsite is nestled amongst the sand dunes on the western fringe of Connemara, Co. Galway. Our Park offers visitors a sustainable, cluster free, ‘natura camping’ experience on eight hectares of coastal Machair habitat bio-diversity, with unparalleled panoramic Atlantic seascape views.
Clifden EcoCampsite, Clifden Connemara Co. Galway
Tel: 00353 (0) 9544036 / 0871267687
Read our blog of our EcoTour visit here >>