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Walking with Art

Comfortable Bed and Breakfast style hostel

2 Days Art and Walking Weekend,
On the Beautiful Devils Bit Mountain

Small Cottage, ” snug little love nest “, Corinne and Benoit, france.

‘”Smiling in the sun”

Panoramic views into several surrounding counties

Accommodation at Fairy Fort Farm with
Bed and Breakfast, and Evening Meals together with a Glass of Wine cheese , chat and craic .

Small Cottage Open fire, sleeps 2 with double bed En-suite.

Ivy Cottage Open fire, sleeps 6 .
Ideal for mixture of adults and kids

Fairy Fort Farm  is comprised of a traditional-style animal farm, a fairy
fort (to make wishes on),Groups, Schools , Families particularly Welcome
at the Blue Star Hostel and self-catering cottages.Come and enjoy farm walks
through the fields, meadows and mountains, by streams and moorland. You will find manydifferent species of wildflowers, rabbit holes, fox dens, and badger sets.
Breathe the fresh country air, relax, and unwind.
Two Day Walking Weekend
with Accommodation.  Two night’s B&B.   Home Cooked Food,.Relaxing
Includes       Two Day Walks and Relaxation with opportunity for Artwork creations to bring home with you. Two night’s B&B.( Continental Breakfast, healthy cereals, fruit, tea and toast )
Mid day meals (home made soup, potatoes, veg, etc). Tea and scones.

Day 1 — Think Leisure and Relaxation with Walking You are welcome to arrive from 11.30am onwards to be welcomed with tea/coffee and biscuits.
You will be shown your accommodation .
You may then visit the Fairy Fort Farm for just seeing the animals, photos, relaxing, sketch and draw, etc.

1pm-2pm we’ll have a light mid day meal
After the meal we can walk round the farm or go to the local mountain for a walk
At Evening /  Night – we shall have a cozy relaxing evening round the log fire
with a glass of wine, healthy snacks,and singsong. Or, visit to the local Pub !
Michael will sing one or two and also tell you some stories of the Fairies and Leprechauns.
We will also have guitar and keyboards available for anyone wishing to have a go !
Day Two
After Breakfast we can relax or you may also try your hand with our watercolors and acrylics. We will supply paints and watercolour paper for anyone wishing to have a go! Easel etc !
Evening of day two . night at the fire with cheese and glass of wine or visit local pub and singalong !
Accommodation at Fairy Fort Farm with
Bed and Breakfast, and Evening Meals together with a Glass of Wine cheese , chat and craic from only €150 (this price is for 2days fully inclusive)

Small Cottage sleeps 2 with Sittingroom, small kitchen, double bed en-suite.€325 (this price is for 2days fully inclusive)

Ivy Cottage sleeps 6 ( there are 4 Single beds in two upstairs rooms and a Double bed in the ground floor Double Room which is en-suite.
Ideal for mixture of adults and kids. €595 (this price is for 2days fully inclusive)

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Pottery Introduction Course for Beginners at Fairy Fort Farm Borrisoleigh Co Tipperary

” home away from home “

“a little love nest”
Where Peace comes dropping slow

Two Day Pottery Workshop with Accommodation.  Two night’s B&B.   Home Cooked Food,.Relaxing

” fancy a jar ? “

Fee. 150 euro, fully inclusive ! No Extras !

Accommodation available in Cottages and Bed and Breakfast hostel.

03  and  04 November 2012

Fairy Fort Farm, Borrisoleigh, (between Thurles and Nenagh) County Tipperary, Ireland

Two Day Pottery Workshop
with Accommodation.  Two night’s B&B.   Home Cooked Food,.Relaxing
Fee. 150 euro, fully inclusive ! No Extras !
Includes        Two Day Pottery Workshop. Two night’s B&B.( Continental Breakfast )
Mid day meals (home made soup, potatoes, veg, etc).

Day 1 — Think Leisure and Relaxation with Pottery and Paint
The group arrives 11.30am to be welcomed with tea and coffee.
You will be shown your accommodation .
You may then visit the Fairy Fort Farm for
relaxing inspiration in design, subject, sketch and draw, etc.

1pm-2pm mid day meal
A light midday meal followed by introduction to the
basics of pottery as utility and art!
In this afternoon you can explore your creativity and designs with working with clay !
Relax or continue with your drawings/designs for finishing on the
Night – we shall have a cozy relaxing evening round the log fire
with a glass of wine, healthy snacks,and singsong. Or, visit to the local Pub !
Michael will sing one or two and also tell you some stories of the Fairies
and Leprechauns.
We will also have guitar and keyboards available for anyone wishing to have a go !
This is also an opportunity to show off our individual designs and ideas !
The second day will entail finishing off your individual pieces and you may also try your hand with our watercolors and acrylics. We will supply paints and watercolour paper ! Easel etc !

Fairy Fort Farm, Borrisoleigh, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

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Michael O’Donnell
086 402 1659
This workshop will have ongoing artistic advice to help your creation
in clay and access to the best of residential comfort. Your comfort
is our satisfaction!


Fairy Fort Farm, Irish Grid IS03261 67950 SAT NA

There is lots of free parking! Free access to the farm animals, goats,
pigs chickens etc. (great for photos) and be inspired by the very
vibrant energy of the Fairy Fort and surrounds!

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Upperchurch Walking Weekend

   With only a few weeks to go to the seventh annual Upperchurch Walking Weekend the organisers have announced a schedule of events which includes two extra walks and some new features. If you are travelling a distance and need accommodation for the weekend we have a range of options at Fairy Fort Farm. Give us a call to find out more 086-4021659 (from overseas phone 00353 86 4021659)
The weekend will begin on Friday Nov. 9th with a torchlight road walk over 7 km on the Moher-Gortkelly route. A few songs are anticipated at the Ballyboy lookout. The brief opening reception will be at 9.00 pm in the community centre where the results of the schools poster competition will also be announced.
On Saturday morning Nov. 10th the tough 18 km Hills of Upperchurch walk commences at 10. 00 am. This walk takes six hours and is only for fit experienced walkers. Later on Saturday and also on Sunday at 12.15 and 12.30 pm there will be other walks over 6, 8, and 10 km on the usual loops starting in Uppercurch village. There will be set dancing lessons at 5.00 pm and musical  entertainment later in the evening.
On Sunday Nov. 11th a new addition is the 10 km walk on the Kilcommon Pilgrim Trail starting at Kilcommon, 7 km west of Upperchurch, which includes visits to the Prayer Garden and the Mass Rock. This walk begins at 11.30 a.m. Meanwhile, back at Rosmult on the Thurles- Upperchurch road at 11.00 am, the 14 km Lowland Mystery Tour commences. The intention this year is to walk from Rosmult to Upperchurch, though the exact route is still a mystery, even to the organisers! The walks over the local loops from Upperchurch village again start at 12.15 pm and 12.30 pm.
This year the local cycling club have come on board with cycling trips over 25 km, 50 km and 75 km to suit all levels of ability. These all start from Upperchurch at 12.00 noon on Sunday. Complimentary refreshments will be provided after all events. Except for the Friday night walk and reception which are free, for all other events there will be a registration charge of 10 euro for adults and 5 euro for children.
Brochures for the weekend are available from the usual locations and details are on the website. Telephone enquiries may be made to 0504 54443 from 10 to 2 weekdays or to 0504 54284 or 086 0518934 at other times.

Schools Poster Competition

   Once again a schools poster competition is being run in conjunction with the weekend. This year the subject is “The March of O’ Suilleabhan Beara through Tipperary in 1603” to help draw attention to the development of the Beara Breifne Greenway which is currently in progress. There are four primary school categories and a secondary schools section with a total prize fund of five hundred euro. Closing date for this competition is Friday Oct 26th.

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National Trails Day 2012 – Sunday, October 7th Get to know your local walks

National Trails Day is a celebration of Ireland’s wonderful variety of trails and a chance for everyone to enjoy some of our most beautiful countryside, forests, mountains and lakes. With miles and miles of trails to explore, there is a trail to suit everyone. This year, the emphasis is on encouraging people who may have never walked a trail before to get out and give it a go. With this in mind, the North Tipperary Trails Group has organised a series of guided walks and hikes to suit everyone from the absolute beginner to the avid enthusiast.
John Egan, Rural Recreation Officer, with the responsibility for developing and promoting walks in Tipperary explains: “County Tipperary can claim to have some of best variety of trails in the country – lakeshore walks, mountain hikes, riverbank trails and forest treks. The quality of Tipperary’s trails is outstanding, and National Trails Day is an opportunity for everyone to explore what available in their own locality. All our events are guided and all the information about what’s on in your area is available on the website
The North Tipperary Trails Group, in conjunction with local communities, has organised a series of walks, all of which will be led by an experienced walker and many of which are suitable for all standards of fitness. The choice of walks as well as the improvement and development of walks in North Tipperary has progressed year on year through the collaborative work of the North Tipperary Trails Group which is made up of representatives from agencies such as North Tipperary LEADER, North Tipperary County Council, Coillte, Shannon Development and the Rural Recreation Officer for Tipperary. Community groups, FÁS, the Rural Social Scheme and land owners throughout the county
have also played an important role in this process.
Walks planned for National Trails Day 2012 by the North Tipperary Trails Group and communities are:
1. Cloughjordan – Kyle/Emmel Loop Walk. This loop walk will bring people through the old area of Kyle. Duration is expected to be around 2.5 hours. The walk will be on forest road, down attractive boreens and along the edge of open bogland. Meet at 3pm at the Two Mile Bridge, Nenagh Road, Cloughjordan.
2. Cloughjordan – Autumn Nature Detectives Children’s Walk, Knockanacree Woodlands.
Celebrating Nature in Our Neighbourhood , this 1.5 hour event looks at the flora and fauna
of the autumn time for children , with handout sheets and a short guided walk. This event is part of the ‘Nature in Our Neighbourhood’ Programme of the CCDC. Meet at 12:30pm at the Front entrance to Knockanacree Woodland on the Birr/Shinrone Road.
3. Upperchurch National Looped Walk (Birchhill Loop). The meeting point for this walk is at PJ Ryan’s Pub in Rosmult, 3 Km’s from the village of Upperchurch. Registration at 11:45am for a 12:00 noon departure. This is a moderate walk of 7Km through forestry and agricultural land. The route takes in the old graveyard and blessed well at Templebeg as well as a rich variety of flora and fauna in its pond, woodland and upland habitats. The folklore of the area tells of a Robin Hood figure that roamed the hills of West Tipperary in the 17/18th century and was known as Eamonn a Chnoic (Ned of the Hill). Many legends are told of these men and their deeds. This loop explores the area around Birchhill, which may in times past have sheltered Eamonn and his ‘merrymen’!
4. Kilcommon Pilgrim Trail. The meeting point for this walk is McCormacks Cross Bar, Kilcommon Cross. Registration at 14:00 for a 14:15 departure. The walk brings you along the old mass path to the lower slopes of Mother Mountain and from there it will loop back to the village of Kilcommon. It provides beautiful views of the countryside and lots of fresh hilly air. It is a moderate walk of 7Km’s in distance approximately 2 – 2.5 hours.
5. Devil’s Bit Hike in Templemore. The trail will follow forestry tracks and old pathways by the slopes of the legendary mountain and its signature white cross on the Little rock. The Little rock summit on the Devils Bit Mountain boasts stunning views from as far as the Shannon and Lough Derg to the north west and to the Commeraghs and Knockmealdowns in the far south of the county. See the patchwork quilt of rolling hills and Golden vales and the Slieve Ardaghs, Slievenamon, Galtees, Silvermines and Arra Mountains. And thats just the Tipperary bits…. 5km. Moderate, difficult in places. Meet at the Devils Bit Car Park, Barnane. Registration at 13:45 for a 14:00 departure.
6. Lough Derg Way – Garrykennedy to Newtown. The walking group will leave Garrykennedy village and travel through fields, pathways and local roads along the Lough Derg Way. Along the way you’ll see the mass rock and St Cuanlans well plus the beautiful views of Lough Dergs Youghal Bay and Callows. The walk will end at Newtown where walkers will get a lift back to Garrykennedy or can retrace their steps over the 9km trail if preferred! Registration in Garrykennedy at 13:45 for a 14:00 departure.
7. Knockanroe Loop in the Silvermines. The walkers will gather at the Church in Silvermines village and will car pool to the trail head 3km south of the village at Knockanroe. The route will pass through the peaceful woodlands Knockanroe and Coolyhorney and overlaps with the Slieve Felim way for a short period. The trail is a scenic walk offering splendid views of surrounding counties and Lough Derg. Registration at 12:15 for a 12:30 departure. Duration is about 1.5 hours.
8. Thurles and the Cabragh Wetlands Trail. The group will gather at Lar Na Pairce carpark, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, and follow existing paths and riverside trails as far as the Suir Bridge at The Golf Club, Turtulla. The trail will than follow the fisherman’s track along the Suir and farm tracks to emerge at the old Sugar Factory on the Cabragh Road. The group will then make the short road trek south to Cabragh Wetlands and will no doubt appreciate the great environmental conservation work of the Cabragh Wetlands Trust. Lifts can be organised from the wetlands back to town or else enjoy the stroll back through Ballycurrane and Stradavoher. 8km easy. Registration at 10:45am for an 11:00am departure

Different types of walks
Walkers in North Tipperary are now spoilt for choice with the different categories of walks that are available. There are two way marked ways in North Tipperary which are long distance, multi-day routes offering the experienced walker challenge and enjoyment. These are the Lough Derg Way and the Slieve Felim Way. There is a wonderful selection of looped walks which are shorter walks ranging from one hour to four hours and they start and finish at the same trailhead and are suitable for both serious and leisurely walkers, examples include Graves of the Leinstermen Loop, Kilcommon Pilgrim Loop Walk and The Upperchurch National Looped walks. (Knockalough, Eamonn an Chnoic & Birch Hill). Linear walks which start and finish at different locations such as the Slí Eala, a stunning
scenic walk along the Nenagh River from Dromineer to Nenagh have also been developed in recent times to improve the choice of routes for walkers. Treks are four to six hour walks following a section of one of the way marked ways. Many treks traverse forestry, waterfalls, weirs and small villages and an example of a trek is Keeper Hill. To find out more about the variety of walks in the county visit

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