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Summer is really on the way!

The outdoor, heated, swimming pool on the grounds of Ballymaloe House is filled as soon as the weather gets warm enough - usually sometime in May, and emptied when it gets too chilly to swim - usually in late September.

It has a large shallow end and a separate paddling pool making it ideal for children, however, it is possible to do lengths if exercise is what you are after. It is free for residents to use.

There is no life guard at the pool so children need to be accompanied by an adult at all times.

From Garden To Vase

The tulips from our gardens make beautiful decorations, from Garden to Vase.

Tulips Growing in our walled Garden.

Tulips in Vases at reception.

Flowers & Glasses at a wedding at Ballymaloe House.

First pick of Asparagus

First pick of Asparagus this spring, from the walled in Garden at Ballymaloe House Hotel.

They'll be delicious on the menu this evening.

Keeping It in the Family

After a hugely successful family inaugural year, the Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine is back, and it's bigger and better than ever before. Joe McNamee meets the people making it happen — brother and sister Darina Allen and Rory O'Connell.

The Irish Times: Nom Nom Noma

Copenhagen chef Rene Redzepi, who is making his first visit to Ireland next month, tells Catherine Cleary about what drove him to create Noma, his admiration for Myrtle Allen, and the Irish chefs who have worked in his award-winning restaurant.

Rene Redzepi has spent a morning at home with a feverish daughter. Forty people are downstairs in Restaurant Noma having the lunch of their lives. Two wild-eyed Norwegian fans will want face time with him during the interview.

Magnolia Tree in Bloom

One of the Magnolia trees near the woodland is in full bloom.

Easter At Ballymaloe

We had a fabulous Easter here at Ballymaloe. There were lots of activities for the children to enjoy: scavenger hunts, egg painting and Easter garden competitions and of course the annual Easter Egg Hunt!

Beautiful Ballycotton

A beautiful picture of the Ballycotton Cliff walk only a five minute drive from Ballymaloe.

 

New Sunday Lunch Menu at Ballymaloe House

Sunday Lunch at Ballymaloe House has changed from a buffet style of service to a three course menu.

As always, our philosophy is to serve the best of what local producers have to offer and our Sunday lunch menu changes weekly according to what is available.

No Doubting Thomasina

This article was publish in the Sunday Business Post

No Doubting Thomasina

For TV chef and author Thomasina Miers, it all started with a visit to the Ballymaloe cookery school in Co Cork

Words: Alex Meehan

Former Masterchef UK winner Thomasina Miers is very far from typical of her peers.

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