Our third Poultry Day this year and it is a great opportunity to buy your hens, ducks etc as well as gain advice on all things poultry. This is a great event as there is no fee to attend and you can have a cuppa and a slice of cake in the tea room.
We also hope to have the owner of Newmarkets Champion Chick Selling her birds see the link for full details:
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It’s that time of year again Spring is well and truly in the air, life has returned to the countryside, and we are fast approaching our new season here at Millstreet Country Park.
Millstreet Country Park will re-open for its 2011 season on Sunday 3rd April and for Mothers Day! To celebrate the beginning of our new season and Mothers everywhere Millstreet Country Park will host an Open Day and everyone from the community and surrounding areas are welcome and encouraged to visit!
A special Mothers Day Menu will be available from our Cafe / Restaurant; there will be Musical Entertainment in both the Visitor Centre and the Band Stand! Guided Safari Tours of the Estate will be available throughout the day also. Advanced Booking is Advised For Mothers Day Lunch to avoid disappointment and ensure seating at your preferred time!
So Bring your Mum! Bring a Friend! Tell a Friend! Everyone is welcome and there is NO ADMISSION FEE for this day! So try somewhere different for that Sunday Drive or for that Special Mothers Day Lunch!
Season Tickets. Seasonal Tickets are also now due for renewal. Seasonal Tickets are available to all guests and are fantastic value at only €60.00.
As promised, we are featuring part one of two sequences relating to the amazing weather related scenes in the Millstreet area on Christmas Eve 2010. These scenes could not have been recorded had Brendan Murphy not very kindly provided his sturdy means of transport to the various points. I could not even move onto Mount Leader Estate with my own ordinary car. So we begin at Mount Leader, proceed into [read more …] “Christmas Eve 2010 Snow Tour – Part One of Two”
IRD Duhallow are hosting an Information Night on “Identifying Garden Birds” the information night will take place on Tuesday the 19th Oct 2010 at 7.30pm in the James O’Keeffe Institute, Newmarket, Co Cork. All are welcome and Admission is free of charge. For further information please contact Katie Crowley on 029 60633
The National Dairy Show is back in the Green Glens next Saturday the 16th. It promises to be a great show with Ireland’s best cows, a large number of trade exhibitors this year, star studded line-up to discuss the topic ‘Dairy Expansion inside and outside the Farm gate’, and lots of activities for all the family including cookery demonstrations, face-painting, bouncing castle, new exotic pets etc. Doors open at 9:30am
Keeping the Show on the Road
At the National Dairy Show, farmers will attend a discussion on how they can expand Irish milk production by 50%, and how the processing industry can cope with the extra supply, in the Irish Examiner Farming Forum. Ireland’s 18,000 or so dairy farmers can be confidently predicted to deliver on target, if the … Read the Full Article
Apple Day at the Secret Garden
Come and join in the celebrations of all things apple.
Sunday 17 October · 13:00 – 17:00.
A fun afternoon for all the family
-Apple foods to try and buy
-Apple specials in the Tea Room
-Ballyhoura Apple Farm try and buy fresh local grown apple juices.
-John McNamara Nurseryman and expert grafter on hand to give advice on choosing and growing trees.
Curious about chickens? This Sunday, 10th October, come along to The Secret Garden in Newmarket between 2 – 5pm to meet Margaret McGuire of Mobile Pet Shop. She’ll be on hand to answer any questions on choosing, feeding and general care of hens. She’ll have a range of organic and GM free feeds, as well as other pet accessories, to buy on the day. Come along and meet her friendly hens! For more information call 029-60084. This event is free.
Just a reminder that we have a market here at The Secret Garden on Sunday afternoon between 1 – 5pm. We’ve a lovely selection of food & craft stalls, as well as poultry for sale. The tea room will be stocked up with cake, so if you want to escape the football craziness for a little while, here’s your chance!
September and October are busy months, so there’s quite a bit to get through in this newsletter!
We have now taken delivery of our bulb collection for this autumn – loose top-size daffodil bulbs, tulips, dwarf daffodils, snowdrops, alliums, hyacinths for indoor preparation amongst others. There are bulbs for meadows, pots and rockeries – a bulb for any situation! There are some lovely little gift items for under €5 including the bulb planter with bulbs inside.
There is a lot of confusion as to when you should plant bulbs – for your daffodils and snowdrops, you want to get them in as soon as possible. For tulips, although now is a good time to buy before all the best varieties sell out, the ideal thing is to hold on to them until November and plant them then. The golden rule of planting is plant the bulb at least 2 – 3 times the depth of the bulb, and if you’re not sure which way is up plant on its side – it’ll find its way up!
Summer is almost over and sadly Millstreet Country Park is fast approaching its end of season for 2010. End of season is Sunday 3rd October and we are calling on all seasonal ticket holders and general visitors to plan that final trip now! Millstreet Country Park will continue to open daily for September from 10am – 7pm, Restaurant and café hours for September are 12.30am – 6pm mon – Sat and 12.30am – 6.30pm sun. Visitor Centre and Restaurant will be closed from 3rd October. Grounds will however be available to those with annual membership.
What an amazing summer so far, almost makes up for the winter! We hope that you are making the most of your garden and enjoying the fruits of your labour. Although this is a quiet time in the garden, remember to water, weed & feed. Keep deadheading roses and annuals to keep plants flowering for longer. This is also a good time to sow vegetable seeds for quick croping plants (beetroot, radish, salads, scallions,carrots, french beans) as well as winter-hardy crops such as kale, cabbage and winter lettuce. We have three events coming up in July:
1) Bee Day – In association with The Duhallow Beekeepers Group Come along to find out all you need to know about keeping bees. Practical demonstrations, advice and a chance to quiz the experts on all things Bee!
Local honey for sale. Specials served in the Troom, including Cream Tea.
“if the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would have only four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.” Albert Einstein [read more …] “The Secret Garden – July Events”
Spring has come at last, but it looks as if we have headed straight into Summer. The swallows have arrived over the weekend zipping around the place excited about the imminent nesting, and the long bright evenings have put a smile on most faces, and got them out and about. Below are some interesting photos from the last week from the Millstreet area. [read more …] “Spring at Last”
Based in Millstreet, they travel with their animals to schools and parties all over Ireland. Fantastic education program with loads of learning opportunities. They also offer arts workshops, face painting, balloon modeling and family fun days around Munster. Next one is in Dromtarriffe Community Centre (on the N72 Near the Sandpit House Pub) 26th October 09 12pm to 5pm.