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Family Friendly Destination of the Year 2017

Mar 21, 2017

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.


Food

The following food will be provided during the festival:

At the Garden Café

Friday 5.00pm - 9.00pm

Saturday 8.00a.m to 8.00pm

Sunday 8.00 - 6.00pm

Biddy's Bar

Friday til 10.00pm

Saturday til 11.00pm

Sunday til close

At our Garden BBQ

Saturday 12.00- 8.00pm

Sunday 12.00-4.00pm

At the Food Stalls

Saturday 12.00 - 8.00pm

Sunday 12.00 - 4.00pm

Garden Café:

The Garden Café will serve

Breakfast includes a buffet bar with cereals, bacon/sausage rolls, croissants etc.

Lunch & Dinner is a delicious range of hot food, salads and kids’ options and drinks include a selection of herbal teas, coffee, wine, craft beers and minerals.

There will also be a range of home-baking and other treats in store for your delight

The Garden BBQ will be sizzling sausages and burgers with all the trimmings and the Food Stalls will be serving a variety of foods from Asian street food, baked potato, pizza, chips to delicious artisan ice-cream.

Location

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.

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

Overnight for Campervans, contact Dessie Walsh in Oughterard, €10 per van, carbury@hotmail.com 085 2899391

Oughterard Hostel www.oughterardhostel.com 091 552388

Camp Sites

Salthill Caravan Park ; Salthill, Galway City, County Galway
Tel: 091 523972; 086 8175551 Email: info@salthillcaravanpark.com
Spiddal Mobile Home Park www.spiddalmobilehomes.ie Tel: 091 553372, Mob: 087 7607698 Email: paircsaoire@gmail.com

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 :)*


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