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Simnel Cake

Simnel Cake is a traditional Easter cake. It has a layer of almond paste baked into the centre and a thick layer of almond icing on top. The 11 balls represent 11 of the 12 apostles - Judas is missing because he betrayed Jesus.

Line the base and sides of a 9 inch (23cm) round, or a 8 inch (20.5cm) square tin with brown paper and greaseproof paper.

Beautiful Bluebells

Beautiful Bluebells growing in the woods on the grounds of Ballymaloe House.

You can see what else is growing over on our garden blog for April 2014 written by gardener Mags Coughlan.

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Maggie Beer to attend The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine

Maggie has written 9 books in total. The first being Maggie’s Farm, followed by Maggie’s Orchard and Cooking with Verjuice. She then collaborated with Stephanie Alexander and chronicled their Italian cooking school experiences in Stephanie and Maggie’s Tuscan Cookbook which has been translated into 5 languages. Her fifth book Maggie’s Table won the Best Regional Cook Book in English in 2001, and then against all other languages, replicated its success in the Gourmand World Cook Book Awards in Perigord, France.

Ballymaloe Easter Fair

Easterly winds will waft over East Cork on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 April as the first annual Ballymaloe Easter Fair unfurls over two days of springtime fun for children and adults.

Kids are encouraged to wear their wellies and get their hands dirty while participating in a variety of nature-based activities. They'll paint, plant and decorate during a one-hour Craft Workshop, and search for nature's treasures during a Forest Scavenger Hunt in the woodlands behind Ballymaloe House.

The Legend of Luke Kelly

Patrick Talbot Productions Presents "The Legend of Luke Kelly". Featuring Chris Kavanagh and The Patriots.

Remembering Luke, one of the greatest folk singers of the 20th Century.

Supper Club : Guest Chefs

We are delighted to announce our guest chefs for our last Supper Club for the year.

Ivan Whelan of Grapefruit Moon fame, Michael Quinn one of Irelands leading chefs and former head chef of Waterford Castle, Sally Mckenna author of McKenna Guides and leading expert on Seaweed and Aiden McGrath owner of Wilde Honey.

The evening begins at 7.30pm and includes a set 4 course meal for €45 per person.

There will be wines recommended to suit each course. These, as well as wines from our cellar, will be available to buy.

Ballymaloe Cine Club - My Left Foot

Ballymaloe Cine Club presents "My Left Foot" 1989.

Personal Archive of Christy Brown Purchased in London This Week by National Library and Little Museum of Dublin

Ballymaloe Cine Club announces the second film in the new series that combines casual,quality Ballymaloe food with a quality film. My Left Foot (Ireland, 1989), the biopic of Irish writer and cerebral palsy sufferer Christy Brown, will be shown at 8pm on Friday 11 April in Ballymaloe Grainstore, Shanagarry, Co. Cork.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

National Theatre of London presents an Encore Screening of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME.

West End theatre production shown on a cinema screen.

Based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Haddon, adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been hailed by The Times as ‘a phenomenal combination of storytelling and spectacle’. Winner of 7 Olivier Awards in 2013, including Best New Play.

Finbar Furey

Patrick Talbot Productions Presents Finbar Furey In Concert at the Ballymaloe Grainstore

Musician, singer, recording artist, actor, raconteur, Finbar Furey is one of the great Irish performing artists.

He now makes his Ballymaloe Grainstore debut with his full band.

As the lead singer, banjo and uileann pipes player with The Furey Brothers he helped to guide the evolution of Ireland’s traditional music.

Since leaving the band to pursue a solo career, Finbar has continued to push back the boundaries and has gained international acclaim.

Voci Nuove

Voci Nuove is a twenty-four person mixed-voice chamber choir based in Cork.

In Spring 2013 they completed their first series of concerts in Cork, Ennis, and Galway entitled ‘Pitches be Crazy’. Inspired by the tremendous reception received, the group began competing, winning several categories at Cork's Feis Maitiu. They were awarded second place in the Sacred and Chamber choir categories at the Cork International Choral Festival, and also won the John Mannion Perpetual Trophy.

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