Tel: +353 91 550905

Family Friendly Destination of the Year 2017

Jun 30, 2017

Education Team Profile: Laura Kennedy

What does your job at Brigit's Garden entail?

I facilitate environmental and development education workshops with primary and secondary school students. I could be hunting for bugs or planting seeds with primary school students or helping 'refugees' cross a river on their journey as part of a development education workshop with secondary students, all of which takes place outdoors in the wonderful grounds of Brigit's Garden.

Describe a typical day on the survival skills camp?

A typical day on the survival skills camp would involve setting up base camp each morning, camouflaging ourselves and searching for signs of wildlife by tracking animals through the woodlands, building shelters and lighting a fire, with lots of nature-based games and challenges to help us build relationships with each other and with the natural environment.

What is your favourite thing about your job?

My favourite thing is getting to be outdoors exploring all that Brigit's Garden has to offer, from meadow to woodland, Celtic garden to fairy village, and most importantly that I get to share it all with so many children who open my eyes to new wonders each day.

Can you name 5 uses for a stick?

1) Make a journey stick.

2) Place a stick in a tin with some holes and put on the campfire to make charcoal.

3) Whittle a stick into a butter knife.

4) Use a stick to paint with mud.

5) Attach a stick to the end of a rope swing to create a seat.

How lucky are you and why?

I am incredibly lucky because I make my living out of how I love to live my life: outdoors, immersed in nature and in the good company of children who are eager to explore it all with me.


Laura will be running the Survival Skills Summer Camp at Brigit's Garden. To book please phone 091 550905 or email



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.


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, 091 555586

In Oughterard, Co. Galway: 10 mins drive from Brigit's Garden

Camillaun Lodge, 091 552678
The Boat Inn, 091 552196 (family rooms from €78)
Ross Lake House Hotel,, 091 550109
The Connemara Lake Hotel 091 866016
Oughterard Hostel 091 552388

Overnight for Campervans, contact Dessie Walsh in Oughterard, €10 per van, 085 2899391

Oughterard Hostel 091 552388

Camp Sites

Salthill Caravan Park ; Salthill, Galway City, County Galway
Tel: 091 523972; 086 8175551 Email:
Spiddal Mobile Home Park Tel: 091 553372, Mob: 087 7607698 Email:

There is plenty of other accommodation listed at Follow links for accommodation and search for Moycullen or Oughterard

Please spread the word, follow us on Facebook and Twitter!! Book your tickets early to avoid disappointment!

Slán go fóill :)*

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