Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Glenfarne Community Festival- Leitrim

Glenfarne Community Festival-July 24th-Aug 1st.

Step back in time with the Glenfarne Gala, coming soon from July 24th to Monday 1st August. Now in its 47th year its fast becoming a must for your Summer calendar. Immerse yourself in Ireland's musical heritage with the launch of the original Ballroom of Romances' Museum of Showband Memorabilia on July 24th followed by music on the night by John McIntyre, A romantic interlude with bring you back to the time of the ballrooms famous founder John McGivern, a scene brought to the big screen by William Trevor's famous book. It is truly set to be an evening of nostalgia in this wonderful iconic setting.
From children's fancy dress disco on Thursday 28h and treasure hunt on Saturday the 30th, along with the Sport and Cultural day on Sunday 31st the Glenfarne Gala has a program designed for all ages. There's also a chance to hop on the new Glenfarne/Kiltyclogher heritage tour.

The hugely popular Derek Ryan will be playing during the festival on Friday 29th.

On Sunday 31st the family friendly Sports and Cultural day which has become one of the highlight of the Glenfarne festival will take place. With turf footing and rope making on the itinerary it will bring Irish heritage alive. Find out more below.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Small but mighty pub. €3 Guinness, Leitrim

Connolly's bar in Manorhamilton is a delightfully old school spot for a pint

Article from The Daily Edge July 2016 Here'st he link; Connollys bar Manorhamilton
Small but mighty. And €3 Guinness!

WITH ALL THE new-fangled bars and restaurants springing up around the country weekly, who could blame you for wishing for a pint in an old-fashioned Irish pub.

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Connolly’s Bar in Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim, is one of the precious few truly old school pubs left in Ireland, and it’s a delight.

Customers say it’s been the same for 50 years

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And sure if it ain’t broke…
There isn’t room to swing a cat in it

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There’s room enough for 20 customers. The whole place is a snug.
But the pints are top notch

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You have a choice of a pint of either Smithwicks or Guinness for the princely sum of €3. What more could you be wanting?
Most importantly, there are Emeralds behind the bar

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No fancy pub food, but you certainly won’t go hungry.
And if you’re lucky, owner Joe Connolly will sing you a song

Joe is renowned in Manorhamilton for his beautiful singing voice, and claims to knowthousands of songs - his wife Ita is often on hand to sing backup:

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So if you’re passing through Manorhamilton, you know where to go for a pint and some tunes. To Connolly’s!

Monday, 11 July 2016

Three Leitrim Glamping sites make it to the Irish Times top 50

Article by Róisín Finlay

Pink Apple Orchard

Co Leitrim

All guests – all of the adults, anyway – are treated to a carafe of home-made organic cider when they arrive at this glamping site set among the trees of an apple farm on Lough Allen, 20 minutes from Drumshanbo. Almost everything here is home made, including the weatherproof communal area, three yurts, tepee and bow-topped gypsy caravan, all decked out with double beds and stoves. The site sleeps 21 and is ideal for families, couples or quiet hens. It’s a back-to-nature retreat with lots of walking nearby. The play area is centred around an old boat. Ecocredentials include compost toilets and an organic garden.

Glamping accommodation starts at €50 per person per night;

Teapot Lane

Co Leitrim

If you want to bring your camping to new heights, this site in Tawley has a tree house floating a lofty 3m off the ground. It sleeps two or three people and has a pot-belly stove, a small kitchen and a deck for lounging among the leaves. Other accommodation includes a dinky 1970s caravan, four yurts (sleeping two to six people) and a cottage (sleeping eight). Woodland campfires surrounded by rustic seating, jars of marshmallows for roasting, spa treatments, a fairy garden and kids’ tree house all add ambience. Professional catering, DJ or acoustic musicians can also be organised.

Accommodation costs from €150 per night for two people;

Battlebridge Caravan, Camping & Glamping Park

Co Leitrim

In the perfect spot to exploit the Shannon Blueway cycling, walking and kayaking trail, this site offers pods, stilted cabins, shepherd’s huts and a vintage caravan, as well as traditional tent and caravan pitches. You’re right by the water, with wild swimming, and boat and kayak hire nearby, and there’s a small kids’ playground too. In the evenings you can kick back in the lovely old pub onsite, where excellent food and regular trad sessions lend a lively atmosphere. Leitrim village is a short walk away if you want a change of scene.

Tent pitches start at €15; caravan and motorhome pitches from €20; other accommodation from €200 for two nights;

To read the full article go to: Top 50 Glamping sites in Ireland