Sunday night and it’s been a busy weekend.Saturday we took a short walk in woods to collect Chanterelles and came home with Parasol mushrooms Chanterelles, Blackberries, St.John’s wort and Eye-bright.
Then a Sunday stroll on Boora bog yielded more Blackberries and some Horsetail, followed by visit to Mum in Derrinlough and 3 baskets full of field mushrooms not to mention the abundance of veggies and apples in the garden.
Now tis after ten at night, Mushrooms are drying on racks in living room. Blackberries soaking for a batch of wine and our Icelandic visitor is brewing a herbal tea.
Wild food walks
August 5th, Tues 11am, Cloneen, Clareen, Offaly.
Sept 13th, Sat 11am, Cloneen, Clareen,
Sept 20th, Sat, Canal walk at Clonony, Cloghan, Offaly.
Sept 27th, Sat 11am,Slieve Blooms,
Oct 11th, Sat 11am, Slieve Blooms,
Oct 18th, Sat 12 noon,Janestown Nature Reserve, Wexford.
Oct 25th, Sat 11am, Cloneen, clareen, Offaly.
Nature is shaping up to reward any gatherer this year as there is an abundance of Damsons, Blackberries, Hazelnuts, Elderberries and who knows how many fungi, come along and join in, it’s a great time of year to get busy with hand made gifts, what could be better.
Book through Mary on 087/7418536, all workshops dependant on numbers.
From Tullamore or Athlone to Wild Food Mary, travel time approx 30mins:
There are two options from Tullamore, you can travel through Birr or take the scenic route through Cadamstown and Kinnitty.
Scenic route.Take the R421 past golf course and through Killurin meeting the Mountmellick to Kinnitty road at T junction, turn right toward Kinnitty (still R421) drive through Cadamstown and Kinnitty toward Birr. Just outside Kinnitty take first left (still R421) toward Clareen, continue through Clareen passing St Kieran’s “raggy bush” on your right. Take next right, approx 2km farther on,(L4007) signed Birr and also Tom Shaw farm machinery. My house is just 100 metres from this T junction, a two storey with a cream coloured old cast-iron gate.
From Birr to Wild Food Mary, travel time approx 12 mins:
From the square in Birr follow road to left and at small roundabout take the first exit toward Kinnitty, continue on this road crossing a bridge and travelling slight uphill to next small round about, at roundabout take second exit (straight ahead) toward Clareen, passing Clonoghill cemetry on your right. At next junction (5roads) take the road signed TomShaw farm machinery, the L4007, continue for about 7km on this road passing Tom Shaw on left. My house is approx 1km farther along this road on your right, 2storey with a cream coloured cast-iron gate, if you miss it you will come to the T junction of L4007 and the R421 just 100 meters farther along, just turn around.
From Roscrea. Take the road toward Kinnitty R421, leaving the town past the railway station, continue on this road out into country as far as Brertons pub.Turn Left stay on R421 and continue, soon you will drive uphill and pass Leap Castle on your right. Continue and take the next left the L4007 signed Birr 10km and Tom Shaw, farm Machinery.
My house is the first two storey house on this road on your left with an iron cream coloured gate.
Find Us From Dublin/M7:
Exit M7 at junction 18 (Portlaoise) at roundabout turn for Mountrath and continue to Roscrea, at first roundabout in Roscrea take town centre exit, at next junction turn right passing by small roundabout and the entry to carpark at Tesco and at next lights turn right onto R421 toward Kinnitty, R421. (if you have difficulty finding road ask for Railway station as you must pass it)
Continue on R421 out into countryside over the railway bridge and travel for about 7km till you reach Brereton’s pub, Turn left, still marked R421 drive for about 3km uphill passing Leap Castle on your right, 1km farther along this road take next left L4007 toward Birr (sign for Tom Shaw Farm Machinery). My house is on this road just 100 meters from junction with an old iron gate (cream colour) two story house with a brick porch. Unruly plants round the gate.
If using GPS:
Coordinates: 53.043474, -7.808426
My house is @ junction of R421 and L4007 look for Ballygaddy cross roads, Clareen, Birr.
If asking directions:
Mary Bulfin, same road as Tom Shaw farm machinery.
Drive carefully! And if you need more help with route call Mary 087 7418536