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Blog posts from Ballymaloe Country House Hotel
25Jul

Taste the Island: 1 Night B&B & 5-Course Ballymaloe Dinner

TASTE THE ISLAND is a national three month focussed celebration on Ireland's wonderful food and drink during September, October and November 2019.  The initiative is aimed at promoting Ireland outside the island of Ireland and is led by 

25Jun

Lawson's Dry Hills New Zealand Wine Dinner

The original Lawson's Dry Hills vineyard was planted on Blenheim’s Alabama Road in 1982 by Ross and Barbara Lawson. At this stage they sold the fruit to other producers, before launching their own label, Lawson’s Dry Hills, in 1992. Ross Lawson was a leading influence in the New Zealand Screwcap Wineseal Initiative in 2001, which saw screwcaps used on 90% of New Zealand bottled wine by 2008. Sadly Ross passed away after losing his battle with cancer in early 2009.

16May

UCC to Archive Myrtle Allen's Papers

Regina Sexton, UCC's Food and Culinary Historian, and great friend of the Allen family, will be working with the University’s specialist staff of archivists and its Special Collections section of the Boole Library to organise and curate the collection.

“Over the next few years, every single item in Myrtle Allen’s body of papers will be preserved and catalogued and this is a highly significant undertaking for the university,” said Regina Sexton.

13Mar

Ballymaloe Walled Garden Blog 2019 #1

... A perennial question at this time of year as people wonder what a gardener can possibly get up to while the weather is still wet and unpredictable. In fact, Spring is the busiest time of the year in the garden.

24Jan

#IndoTravelAwards Ireland's Favourite Foodie Experience 2019

We were absolutely delighted to receive this Independent Travel Reader award, and to read the wonderful things our guests said about us... thank you, what a fabulous start to the year! 

The Irish Independent Reader Travel Awards 2019 are sponsored by Iarnród Eireann and curated by Independent travel editor and travel expert Pól Ó Conghaile 

22Nov

Ballymaloe Proudly Supports BirdWatch Ireland

Ballymaloe as a group Ballymaloe Foods, Ballymaloe House and the Ballymaloe Cookery School were therefore thrilled and proud to be the lead sponsors for BirdWatch Ireland's 30th winter Irish Garden Bird Watch Survey which started on 3rd December 2018.  In March 2019, Ballymaloe House invited guests and locals to join in a seri

02Oct

Ballymaloe Garden Blog 2018 #5 - Late, Late Summer

So much of the work in the garden depends on soil conditions and weather – I choose to see this dry, sunny spell as a late stretch of summer rather than the beginning of autumn.

So, along with rows and rows of weeding to be done, there’s late summer pruning to be done on wall-trained fruit. The pruning on these trees is done late in the summer so that no new, tender growth will occur just before the frosts begin – the frost will damage tender growth before the wood had a chance to harden.

04Jul

Ballymaloe Walled Garden Blog 2018 #3

Having finally got some good weather and everything is shooting up in the garden! We have been very busy planting everything out in the garden and into the greenhouse while we have good weather. In the greenhouse, we have planted cucumbers, peppers, basil. aubergines,
herbs, and salad. Outside we have planted cabbages, Brussel sprouts, kale, spinach, lettuce, peas, beetroot, navets, carrots and spring onions. The tomatoes have had a growth spurt and the tallest is now about 5 ft! We have been carefully tending to the tomatoes by doing a

05Apr

Welcome to our new bar manager

Welcome to the team Traford and congratulations on recently winning The Bartender Project Havana Club Cocktail Grand Prix Ireland!

27Mar

#Bluebookfamily visit from Hayfield Manor

It was a great pleasure to welcome Dierdre Minihane and her Hayfield Manor front of house team to Ballymaloe House.  Hayfield Manor is 40 minutes away in Cork city and is one of our 5-star fellow Ireland's Blue Book locations. 

It is always a pleasure to welcome members of our #BlueBookFamily and we thank you all very much for taking the time out of their busy schedules to visit and experience Ballymaloe House. 

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