March Herb of The Month
An early spring herb we love, who is growing vibrant and aromatic in the Lughnasa garden and who represents the promise of spring, is lemon balm or Melissa officinalis. Lemon balm nourishes the nervous system, specifically uplifting to the spirit and emotions. If there are any lingering coughs or viruses from the winter, lemon balm offers a burst of anti-viral protection. Crush a bit of leaf between your fingers and inhale its crisp, fresh scent amplifying the sun and the warming breeze. She is delicious added fresh to your spring salad, steeped into a tea (if it is a clear day, infuse her in the sun!) or make a lemon balm cordial. She is the taste of spring!
Lemon Balm Cordial
1 cup of fresh lemon balm leaves
1 cup of castor sugar
1 cup of water
Combine water and sugar in a sauce pan and bring to a low boil for about 15 minutes. The consistency will become thicker and syrupy. Reduce heat, add the lemon balm leaves and simmer for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and steep for an hour or more. Strain out the herb, bottle and store in the fridge. Use as a dessert topping, add to sparkling water or prosecco, use instead of lemon and honey in salad dressings. Delicious in a bit of whiskey! A wonderful gift for Mother’s Day and Easter.
Accommodation Close by
(for Friday and/or Saturday night)
In Roscahill Co. Galway- 5 mins drive from Brigit's Garden
Rockfield House B&B, www.connemara-galway.net 091 555586
In Oughterard, Co. Galway: 10 mins drive from Brigit's Garden
Camillaun Lodge, www.camillaun.com 091 552678
The Boat Inn, www.theboatinn.ie 091 552196 (family rooms from €78)
Ross Lake House Hotel, www.rosslakehotel.com, 091 550109
The Connemara Lake Hotel, www.theconnemaralakehotel.com 091 866016
Oughterard Hostel, www.oughterardhostel.com 091 552388
There is plenty of other accommodation listed at www.discoverireland.ie Follow links for accommodation and search for Moycullen or Oughterard.
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Slán go fóill :)*
Driving along the N59 from Galway city you will pass through a small town called Moycullen. Follow the festival traffic signs.
A few kilometres after this you will reach the small village of Roscahill. You will then see a brown heritage signpost on the left hand side of the road with Brigit's Garden name on it pointing to Turn Right. Take this right and the entrance to Brigit's Garden is on the left approximately 2km from this turn (after the community centre and church on the left hand-side).
For those using GPS or Google Maps, they may direct you turn right at Connemara Motors but it is more efficient if you continue onwards with the festival traffic signs.
GPS Coordinates for Brigit's Garden:N: 53.38558 W: 9.2131
Please pay attention to the signs for the overnight carpark and day carpark during this event.