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Easter Apple Trees: Instead of an Easter Egg, one of our teachers at Ballymaloe, Florrie Cullinane, gave each of her children an apple tree to plant — a huge success — they got plenty of Easter Eggs from other people.

Slow Food Clare — A Date for Your Diary:

The Burren Slow Food Festival is from Friday to Sunday, May 15 to 17, in Lisdoonvarna this year. Clodagh McKenna will demonstrate her delicious recipes and Diane Curtin will cook yummy food for teenagers. Enda Conneely from Fisherman’s Cottage, Inishere, of the Aran Islands is keeping the Irish language alive by doing a cookery demonstration in Irish. Local food café, barbecues, traditional music, films and dance. For more information 065 6850027

Kackar Mountains Eco Trekking Holiday:

Cheese Making, bird spotting, and dancing are all part of a seven-day trek around the rugged Kackar region in Northeast Turkey, once part of the Georgian Kingdom.

The trek is scheduled for mid-June through wild flower valleys and over high passes at altitudes of 2,700 metres. Particular attention is given to supporting local enterprise, sourcing the best local food along the way.

For more information, visit, or phone 085 1655575.


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