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Downton Abbey Supper Club

It was like stepping back in time… But in a good way!... The hand printed wallpapers illuminated by candlelit... The silverware overflowing with perfectly ripe fruit… The ladies donned their finest pearls and the gents their bow ties…. And the food was simply delicious.

The first ever Ballymaloe House Supper Club took place on Tuesday night. It was soiree like no other. The Downton Abbey theme gave guests the opportunity to dress like lords and ladies while the kitchen produces a menu that captured the best of post Edwardian life.

Ballymaloe Craft & Design Festival 2014 is a great success!

The 4th annual Craft & Design festival took place in the grounds of Ballymloe Country House over the weekend. There were over 100 stalls on show where you could browse stalls ranging from ceramics to candle makers to basket weavers with a lot of tasty treats in between!

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who attended, volunteered and exhibited, you all contributed to make the weekend such a great success!

Kinsale Pottery & Art Centre Run a One Day Workshop in conjunction with Ballymaloe

Adrian Wisteich from Kinsale Pottery & Arts Centre is running a one-day workshop in Ballymaloe on Saturday, February 27th 2010. In one day you will learn to throw on the potter's wheel, hand-build figures and pots and produce some unique coloured clay work. The course will include the following;

Ballymaloe House Celebrates 45 years

Last Tuesday, September 22nd, Ballymaloe celebrated their 45th year in business. The Allen Family held a celebration dinner in honour of the occasion and especially to thank senior staff members who had worked there from the beginning.

Bees and News

Ballymaloe has just acquired two new beehives and are hoping to collect a swarm of bees from around the local area. If we are successful then the Ballymaloe chefs will hopefully be using their own honey by September, it will only be a small amount but Ballymaloe means the 'place of sweet honey' so it is fitting that there are beehives here.

What a Week! What a Night!

Rory Allen’s November, 2008 music week at Ballymaloe was over the top

The week began on a very high note, with Moya Brennan of Clannad fame, her husband Tim, Cathy Jordan of Dervish, and one of Ireland’s finest harpers, Cormac de Barra, performing in the Ballymaloe drawing room for two nights. Hearing beautiful and distinctive voices of those two ladies in that setting was pure magic.

Summer

July and August Summer is here and families are visiting once more. We have very creative young guests this month and they have all been inspired by the 2008 Olympics, some are building ramps dotted throughout the wood and garden for bike races, others are trying to learn how to synchronise swim much to the amusement of us all. Unfortunately some of our eggs got used for a bowling competition by two very mischievous young girls ( the chefs did not get their hands on them in time!)

Taste of Cork

June 27th-29th, Taste of Cork Ballymaloe House along with 10 Cork city and county restaurants took part in the successful Taste of Cork Festival.

The location of the Taste of Cork Festival in Cork's City Gaol was wonderful. The weather was very kind and the weekend was a great success. From our menu we served Potage Bon Femme with Garden Lovage Pesto, Grilled Ballycotton Mackerel with Gooseberry Sauce and Organic Salad Leaves from the Ballymaloe Cookery School gardens. For dessert we served caramel ice cream with rhubarb and strawberry compote and caramel ice cream.

Late Summer- Autumn

September We are waiting patiently for our blackberries and apples to come, the weather this year has not been very kind so they may not be in plentiful supply as we would hope.

Both Terre Madre ( Slow Food) event in Waterford and Midleton Food Festival have just taken place these last two weekends. A wonderful turnout for both events and visitors to both events enjoyed all that was on offer.

September 17th - 21st inclusive East Cork Early Music Festival, a great week of music from very talented musicians.

Rare Breed Of Hens

Last week Darren purchased some rare breed hens from Giana Fergusson.

The hens are called Houdan and are a French breed that are a mottled black and white, with five toes on each foot. See if you can spot them in our enclosed bird sanctury when you are out for a walk.

The summer has finally arrived and we have been enjoying some beautiful warm sunny days, great for lounging by the pool, walks on the cliffs in Ballycotton and cocktails out front in the sunshine.

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