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50 Years of memories at Ballymaloe

To celebrate our 50th birthday we are inviting guests and ex-staff who have photos or memories of their time at Ballymaloe over the years to share them with us.

It would be great to hear about the time you were here, what you did during your stay, funny stories, who you were here with, etc.

Each week we will share the photos and stories on Facebook and our website.

There will be a prize of Dinner for Two at Ballymaloe for the best photo or story.

Mother's Day at Ballymaloe

Not sure what to get for your mother for Mother’s Day? A Ballymaloe Gift Voucher may be the answer.

Vouchers can be tailored to cover a wide range of special treats:

A Relaxing Getaway

Treat your mother to a relaxing few days away to completely unwind at Ballymaloe. Have breakfast in bed, read a book by the fire, take walks through the woods and gardens or book a massage with Eilish our masseuse. Accommodation and breakfast rates start at €95 per night per person sharing. To book click here.

Ballymaloe Supper Club

To celebrate Ballymaloe’s 50th Birthday we will continue our very successful winter Supper Clubs with a series of Spring Supper Clubs.

The Supper Club evenings start with an aperitif at 7.30pm followed by a 4 course set meal. Wines recommended to suit each dish, as well as wines from our wine cellar, will be available to buy.

Wild and Foraged Food.

Tuesday 25th March
A delicious supper foraged from the grounds of Ballymaloe and surrounding area.

Pat Scott Paintings leave Ballymaloe for the IMMA, Dublin

The Deserted Race Course and Killiney Bay From A Railway Carriage are now included in the exhibition of Pat Scott's work at the IMMA in Dublin. This is the first time Killiney Bay has left Ballymaloe since Ivan Allen bought it from Pat Scott in the 60's. It is one of our favourites from the art collection at Ballymaloe House.

We were very saddened to hear of Pat Scott’s recent passing and send our condolences to his family.

Event Deatils

The Garden Galley
Irish Museum for Modern Art
Dublin
16 Feb - 18 May

Ireland’s Hottest Tickets for 2014

Pól Ó Conghaile lists his top travel tips for Ireland in 2014. Pól is an award-winning travel writer. Based in Ireland, he contributes to National Geographic Traveller, The Irish Independent, Cara and The Irish Examiner among other publications.

At number 7 Pól lists Ballymaloe, where he says:

Jane's Biscuits

If you have a magimix put all the ingredients for the biscuits in together and mix until they form a soft ball. If making these by hand rub the butter into flour and add sugar. Gather the mixture together and knead well.

On a floured surface roll out the mixture until it is about 5mm thick. Cut shapes and place on a greased baking tray. Gather the remaining mixture, knead together again and roll out to cut more shapes. Repeat until all the mixture has been used up.

National Geographic 'Finding Safe Harbor in Cork City'

Susan O'Keefe from the National Geographic recently spent time in Cork City and beyond, including a visit to Ballymaloe House Hotel and Ballymaloe Cookery School

A revolution in Irish food and cooking with Ballymaloe

Sean Dunne from Irish Central, a hugely popular Irish-American website, recently posted a comprehensive article about Ballymaloe.

The revolution in Irish cooking and the uptake in organic wholesome food where the focus is on ingredients, can be credited to one family in Ireland, the Allens.

The family who own the famous Irish cooking school Ballymaloe, are the ones who helped start the revolution towards Irish food with their family run business which now spans four generations.

Ballymaloe House Hotel celebrates 50 years of Business

This year Ballymaloe House is delighted to be celebrating 50 years in business. In June of 1964, Myrtle Allen first opened the Yeats Room at Ballymaloe, offering guests the opportunity to ‘Dine in an Irish Country House’.

RNLI Fundraising Gala Dinner

The fundraising team for the Ballycotton RNLI are continuing a long tradition and hosting a fundraising dinner at Ballymaloe House Hotel in Cork on Friday 31st January 2014. This year is particularly special as The Allen’s are celebrating 50 years of business at Ballymaloe House and it would not have happened at all if Mrs Myrtle Allen had not first met Ivan Allen at an RNLI dinner in Ballymaloe House Hotel, then owned by The Simpsons.

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