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A Journey through the Wine Regions of Spain

September 12th

A Journey through the Wine Regions of Spain, wine tasting with winemaker Telmo Rodríguez, one of Spain's most celebrated winemakers, in association with Wines of Spain, 12th September.

Maria Doyle Kennedy & Heathers

Two of Ireland’s most exceptional female acts unite for a unique and intimate performance. A twist of old and a hint of new, their show is part of one of the most exciting musical tours this year in Ireland.

Ballymaloe Garden Festival

August 31st & September 1st 2013
Building on the hugely successful Lit Fest, Ballymaloe announces the first ever festival dedicated to all things horticultural. English and Irish gardening experts will gather in Shanagarry to speak on topics ranging from rare plants to garden design. The Big Shed will once again be abloom with abundant trade stands, food and fringe events.

Ballymaloe pop up wine shop

We are delighted to have recently opened a pop up wine shop in Brown Thomas Cork, to showcase a selection of wines from the award winning Ballymaloe wine cellar. Continuing the innovative tradition started by the late Mr Ivan Allen, when he started the Ballymaloe wine cellar almost 50 year ago, along with Jim Whelan, and the work by his grandson, Sacha Whelan. We are delighted to offer the Ballymaloe wine experience in Brown Thomas Cork, with a team from Ballymaloe, including Daphne, Nicola, Colm, and Fionn.

Poolside Pimms

I just love summertime at Ballymaloe and this year’s hot summer days have been so welcomed. Would you believe, for the first time in years, there was no fire lit in the drawing room during the month of July! Being down by the swimming pool, listening to the children squealing with delight as they jumped into the water, made me smile. There is always a grandchild or even great grandchild around to entertain both the guests and staff!

Fresh Fish

Entertaining guests this summer has been easy with the good weather and more often than not this entertaining involves the guests getting involved in Ballymaloe life. Most evenings Rory Allen takes guests and friends fishing at Ballycotton in his boat “MOLLY DANIEL”.

Globe Artichokes with Melted Butter

Have a large saucepan of boiling water ready and add 2 teaspoon of vinegar and 2 teaspoon of salt to every 1.2 litres of water. Pop in the artichokes and bring the water back to the oil. Simmer steadily for about 25 minutes. After about 20 minutes you could try testing to see if they are done.

We do this by raising the artichoke out of the water and tugging off one of the larger leaves at the base; if cooked, it should come away easily; if not continue to cook for another 5-10 minutes. Remove and drain upside down on a plate.

Only at Ballymaloe # 3

So it’s been a while since I last updated my blog and I apologize for that. So much as happened since then. Where do I begin? After looking back at my last two posts I realized I never actually talked about what exactly I do here at Ballymaloe. My shift is split into two ( which I’m not used to but I have the afternoons to myself :) ). In the morning I go around and pick and arrange flowers into lovely clay pots for the dining rooms and the bedrooms for the guests when they arrive. In the evening I am the official “trolly dolly” as they say.

Only at Ballymaloe Part 2

So it has been nearly four weeks now since I have arrived at Ballymaloe and I am continuing my Ireland adventure, and enjoying every second of it! This past Sunday two of my friends, Todd and JR and I went to Ballycotton to have a few drinks at the Irish pub; “The Blackbird”. I have never been to the pub before, but I have heard so much about the place from everyone, including my sister Rochelle who also worked at Ballymaloe about eight years ago, that I just had to go! The town has such a wonderful relaxing atmosphere, much like Ballymaloe House.

Only at Ballymaloe

So it has been exactly three weeks since I have arrived here at The Ballymaloe House. I have to emphasize how exquisite and miraculous this place truly is. For a Country House hotel in the middle of the country, this place has so much history, amazing food and the people here are absolutely lovely. I was also quite surprised to see how many people working here were not from Ireland. For instance some who work here are from South Africa, Mauritius, Tanzania, France, Canada (me :)) and other places. How random is that? Only at Ballymaloe. Where else would one rather be?

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