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Autumn at Ballymaloe

An Indian summer of dry, bright and unseasonal mild weather has helped with garden jobs and extending the shorts-wearing season! After a disappointing summer the autumn months are slowly preparing us for the winter ahead. 
In the herbaceous borders we’ve begun to tidy and redesign before the frost knocks back the foliage and it gets harder to tell what’s what.  It’s also a great time to clear ahead of bulb planting which will go in in early November.  Watch out for hibernating hedgehogs!

Autumn Break with Cookery School Demo

Escape to Ballymaloe for a night of good food and comfort. With a delightful cookery demonstration either on the day of, or the day following your arrival.

Ballymaloe's cookery demonstrations are world renowned and you will be taught by some of Ireland's most acclaimed chefs

Your stay in Ballymaloe house is sure to relax both the body and mind. This package includes a 5 course meal.

From €235.00 per person sharing

Autumn Ballymaloe Breather

Two nights Bed & Breakfast with dinner on both nights.

Enjoy tea and cake by the fire in the drawing room or conservatory on arrival. Relax at Ballymaloe for the afternoon or visit the nearby picturesque fishing village of Ballycotton for a breath-taking stroll on the famous Ballycotton Cliff walk. Spend the day relaxing at Ballymaloe House and gardens and enjoy dinner in our dining room both evenings.

Ireland's Blue Book Vouchers are very welcome – complimentary autumnal sparkler on arrival for Blue Book voucher holders.

From €295 per person sharing.


A classic of modern Irish theatre, Catalpa is the story of the daring 1875 whale ship rescue of six Irish prisoners from Fremantle penal colony in Australia - all seen through the vibrant imagination of a screenwriter, the best movie never made!

Catalpa is about heroes and visionaries, political intrigue and personal loyalty, with hot romance, mixed-up rebels and battles at sea. A subversive epic, a celebration of the power of live theatre “lyrical and passionate, satirical and very funny” (Irish Times).

Screening of Hamlet

National Theatre Live presents HAMLET Starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Broadcast from the stage of The Barbican Theatre in London. Shown on a large screen in the Ballymaloe Grainstore.

Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

Irish fiddle virtuoso Martin Hayes and American guitarist Dennis Cahill possess a rare musical kinship, ranking them among the most memorable partnerships of our era. Together they have garnered international renown for taking traditional music to the very edge of the genre, holding listeners spellbound with their slow-building, fiery performances.

"If your live music rations were limited to a single concert in the entire year, then you’d be either crazy or foolish if you didn’t pass that precious time in the company of Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill" - The Irish Times

Derek Ryan

Derek Ryan - An Exclusive Intimate Show of Acoustic Country

Derek Ryan, who was named Entertainer of the Year by the Sunday World, has always been applauded for his breathtaking performances on his huge concert tours. Now, however, Derek has decided to strip down his show and is bringing this intimate, acoustic concert to just five venues around Ireland.

Ballymaloe Grainstore is delighted to be among the five, and the only venue south of Donegal to host the 'New King of Country’.

Wine dinner in Ballymaloe House with John Wilson

John Wilson, one of Ireland’s top wine writers, will present, over dinner, a tasting of a selection of his favourite wines from his wine book ‘Wilson on Wine’

Upcoming wine event at Ballymaloe with John Wilson wine writer, The Irish Times Bank Holiday Monday 26th October 2015.

Price:€85 including dinner and wines
To Book: Tel: 021 4652531

Lemon Tart

Make the shortcrust pastry and leave it to rest in the refrigerator.
Preheat the oven to 360F/180C/gas 4. Line an 8” tin with pastry and bake it blind for 15-20 minutes until it is just golden. The tart should be 3/4 cooked. Remove beans, paint base with a little egg white and replace in oven for 2-3 minutes. When it is cooked, let it cool while the filling is prepared. Lower the oven temperature to 150C/300F/gas 3.
Whisk all the ingredients for the tart filling together - the eggs, orange and lemon juice, lemon zest, cream and sugar.

I’m not giving up on summer yet!

I have high hopes that weather warnings are on hold ‘til winter and there will be enough sunshine to ripen and sweeten the garden’s bounty. 
This time of year the main job in the garden is staying ahead of the weeds that are growing with the same vigor as the crops.  Amongst the produce in season are courgettes, peas and mangetout beans, blackcurrants, raspberries and peaches. Yes! Peaches – growing in the warmest, most protected (and admired!) corner of the garden. 


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