Show caves ready for influx of tourists after painstaking preparation
As the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark prepares to officially open to the public again on St.Patrick’s Day next week, The Impartial Reporter took a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the work staff undertake to ensure Fermanagh’s underground attraction is ready for the new season.
Staff at the famous Fermanagh caves are looking forward to a busy season, with a German tour company already arranging to visit the attraction on a regular basis, bringing in excess of 5,000 to 6,000 German tourists to the area alone this year.READ MORE ….Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark
Marble Arch Caves Geo Park, Co. Fermanagh, great place to visit…kids of all ages love the caves but there are also beautiful walks in the park, Florence Court House is just down the road so is The Shannon Pot and Neven Mcguire’s famous restaurant in Blacklion. And if you are looking for accommodation Lake Avenue House B&B is the perfect place to stay……
Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark – Cosmic Cuilcagh
Date and time: 25 February 2012 @ 11:00 to 26 February 2012 @ 17:00
Location: Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre
The Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark in West Cavan and West Fermanagh is fortunate enough to have some of the clearest skies in the north of Ireland. In recognition of this we have teamed up once again with the staff from the Armagh Planetarium to host Cosmic Cuilcagh, a weekend of star-gazing and astronomical activities at the Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre.
Starting at 11am on Saturday 25th February, activities will include visiting the Planetarium’s mobile stardome, star gazing walks with the Irish Astronomical Association, meteorite exhibitons and talks, and a whole host of other hands-on activities.
The event is completely free and runs from 11am until late on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February. Star shows will take place at 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm on both days
Marble Arch Caves Global GeoPark Events 2011
Sunday 18th of September, 2011
GeoPark Nature Walk: Killeshandra Looped Walk- Part of Fáilte Ireland’s Looped Walk Network, the forest and lake walk in Killeshandra is one of the most tranquil and relaxing of our Geopark walks. Join local wildlife expert, Heather Bothwell for this gentle stroll and find out about the wide range of trees, birds, insects and mammals that are all found along the way.Meet at town Lake, Killeshandra at 2pm, returning again at 4pm. Booking is essential for this event. Visit Marble Arch Caves Global GeoPark
Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann-13th to 22nd August, 2011
The Geopark is contributing to this magnificent celebration of Irish heritage through a number of specially organized events throughout the area.
- The Tullyhaw Trail, following the McGovern Clan
Saturday 13th August 2011 from 10:00 to 17:00 Location: Ballyhugh Arts and Cultural Centre
Admission: The cost of this event is €10 and includes a light lunch, refreshments and all entertainment. Places are strictly limited for this event so booking is essential.
Join local historian Oliver Brady as he follows in the footsteps of the McGovern Clan, visiting many of the archaeological and historic sites of the Geopark in West Cavan. The tour begins at Ballyhugh Arts and Cultural Centre at 10am and will take in sites including Drumlane Abbey, St Mogue’s Island, Maguire’s Chair, Tullydermot Falls and the Shannon Pot. The day will finish with some light refreshments and entertainment at Ballyhugh Arts and Cultural Centre.
- Family Friendly Day at Con Smith Park
14 August 2011 from 14:00 to 18:00 Location: Con Smith Park, Cavan
Admission: Free. Join Geopark staff for an arts and craft event as part of the Family Friendly Day in Con Smith Park, in Cavan town. Have a go at fossil rubbing, and learn how to make your own fossils whilst soaking up the atmosphere of the Fleadh. The event will take place from 2pm until 6pm, beside the Cavan Institute in Cavan Town.
- Historic tour of the Kilmore and Clogh Oughter Area
Tuesday 16th of August, 2011
- Storytelling at Clogh Oughter Castle
Wednesday 17th August, 2011 Costs €5
For more information of these and more events please go to Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark website
Going Batty: Geopark Bat Detectives
Date and time: 05 August 2011 from 21:00 to 23:00
Location: Courtyard Car Park, Castle Archdale Forest
Admission: Free however booking is essential
Join staff from the Northern Ireland Bat Group and discover more about some of our most elusive and mysterious mammals in their natural environment. The meeting point for this event is the Courtyard Car Park within Castle Archdale Country Park. Castle Archdale Country Park is located 10 miles north of Enniskillen. The event will begin at 9:00p.m. and finish at 11:00p..m.
This event is suitable for all the family. However, all children must be accompanied by adult. Please bring a hand or head torch. Warm waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear are essential.
Booking is essential. For further information or to book your place please contact the Marble Arch Caves Visitor’s Centre via telephone on +44 (0) 28 6634 8855 or via e-mail at or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cuilcagh Way Walking Guide-County Fermanagh- A Waymarked Way
A new excellent guide for walking in County Fermanagh, The Cuilcagh Way is a 33km waymarked circular route through a breathtaking patchwork of habitats in Western Fermanagh. It stretches from the low lies of Cladagh River, past Marble Arch Caves, to the blanket bog summit of Cuilcagh Mountain European Geopark. It returns via Florence court Forest Park, across the limestone pavement of Brookfield, skimming the base of the knolly Gortmaconnell Rock, to Marlbank Scenic Loop.
The Cuilcagh Way can be enjoyed in sections, and offers something to walkers of all abilities. Stunning views ans a chance to explore an astounding land of geology, wildlife, archaeology, folklore and natural history awaits you.
For more information contact Fermanagh Tourist Information Centre, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, BT74 7EF tel:028 6632 3110
Jampa Ling Tibetan Buddhist Centre
SUMMER PROGRAMME 2011
3rd– 5th June WHITE TARA RETREAT For those students with this initiation. Starts at 7 p.m.
12th June SAGA DAWA A celebration of the Buddha’s life, enlightenment and parinirvana We invite you to share in this special day- everyone welcome Starts at 11.30 a.m. – please bring food to share.
18th -19th June RELAX and REVIVEwith Joy O’Reilly and Romy Gray Enjoy a weekend of peace with Meditation and Tai-Ji. Come and learn how to let the tension and pressure go – if only for weekend.
21st June SUMMER SOLSTICE The celebration includes a purification ceremony for the environmen Starts at 2.30 p.m. – everyone welcome.
3rd July BIRTHDAY of H.H. THE DALAI LAMA We will celebrate with prayers for His long life and good health. Starts at 2.30 p.m
15th July UNIVERSAL DAY OF PRAYER. A day of prayer for world peace, initiated by H.H. the Dalai Lama. Prayers will continue the whole day. Starts at 8.30 a.m.
24th July LONG-LIFE PRAYERS for Ven. Panchen Otrul Rinpoche We invite all students to come and celebrate the continuing Good Health and Long Life of our precious teacher. Starts at 9.30a.m.
6th-7th August A WEEKEND for REVIVING the SPIRIT, bring your walking boots!We invite you to come and enjoy the beauty of West Cavan, part of Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark and where the Shannon rises. With its many ancient remains, on Saturday we will explore the Burren with a guide, and in the evening enjoy a talk on the spiritual nature of this area. On Sunday a gentle walk will take us up the Cladagh Glen to the Marble Arch Caves.
26th -29th August YAMANTAKA RETREAT For those having the initiation. Help will be appreciated on the afternoon of the 26th in order to make the preparation.Starts at 7 00 p.m.
17th-18th September A SILENT MEDITATION WEEKEND A weekend spent in silence can be a time of renewal for our spiritual self. There will be guided meditations and contemplations, time also for relaxing and absorbing the surrounding peace of the centre. Suitable for everyone, newcomers to meditation are welcome. Come for a day or the weekend. Led by Desmond Gough
17th May MAHAYANA PRECEPTS.
12TH September A purification practise at the time of the New Moon, it lasts for twenty four hours and include partial fasting. Those wishing to participate should arrive the evening before, the practise starts before sunrise
OTHER EVENTS AT THE CENTRE.
28th – 29th May WORK WEEKEND The centre needs continual maintenance and these weekends give everyone the opportunity to come and help.Accommodation and meals are offered in return.A very good opportunity for new people to come and visit the centre.
2nd July NATURAL VOICE and SINGING WORKSHOP.This highly popular workshop gives us the opportunity to express ourselves in song. No previous singing ability is necessary – just to learn to enjoy the sound of your own voice and have fun singing. Led by Anna Felton and Eileen Stephens. 10.30 – 4.30 Please bring lunch to share
10th July VINYASA FLOW YOGA with Lauren Hensey suitable for all levels and inspired by recent Anusara yoga studies. Come, enjoy the day and relax, wear comfy clothes, mats and other props will be provided 10.30 – 4.30 please bring lunch to share.
16th July GROWING YOUR OWN ORGANIC VEG, with Aisling Blackburn A qualified horticulturist, Aisling, runs community gardens and training days with great skill – guiding people step by step through the basics of growing herbs for teas, herbs for cooking and the table,, salads, vegetables and frui It’s easy when you know how!Come and enjoy our walled garden and grounds.10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. please bring lunch to share.
1st August OPEN DAY Linked with Bawnboy’s Festival Week. Everyone is invited to spend an informal day at the centre, and to enjoy the garden and grounds with your friends and relatives. Stay for a cup of tea and visit our craft shop. There will also be a Cake and Book Saleto raise funds for our Mongolian project .Offers to help on the day are greatly appreciated – please contact the centre. 2.30 p.m – 5 -p.m.
20th-21st August VEGETARIAN COOKING WEEKEND with Jo Conway. Jo loves cooking, she is inventive and yet also traditional and we are delighted that we can enjoy her skills during the teaching weekends at the centre.During this weekend she will cover the cooking of soups and main courses and preparing salads and different dressings.Places will be limited so book early
3rd – 4th September WORK WEEKEND Preparing the centre for Panchen Otrul Rinpoche’s return from Mongolia.Everyone welcome to come and help. Meals and accommodations are offered in return for help.
Accommodation is available if anyone wishes to stay before or after a workshop
Ven. Panchen Otrul Rinpoche will leave for his annual trip to Mongolia on the 25th July returning to Ireland on the 8th September
Bear Essentials Workshop & Showroom, Bawnboy, Co. Cavan
Magical Irish Tree Day in partnership with Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark
Date: Sunday 22nd May – part of Biodiversity Week
Time: 2- 5pm
Enjoy a nature walk, arts and crafts, games and refreshments.
Strictly limited, pre booking essential
Cavan Walking Festival
Date and time: 29 April-2 May 2011
Cavan Sports Partnership and Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark are delighted to announce Cavan’s 1st Walking Festival which will take place from Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May 2011. The festival includes five walks which have been designed to meet the needs of all walking abilities. The festival will showcase the natural beauty of West Cavan and the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark and will encourage people to be more involved in walking as a form of physical activity. All walks are being led by trained IHF Walking Leaders and local guides will be present to add a history element to the walks. Refreshments will be provided for participants after each walk.
Participants must register for walks. All walks will be led by IHF walking leaders
Walk for All Shannon Pot – a short accessible walk suitable for all
Ballyconnell Canal Walk – a 5km walk alongside the Woodford river (buggy friendly)
Sean Eamon Ruairi Trail – a 7km trail through Glangevlin
Cuilcagh Summitt Walk – a 14km trail through the Cuilcagh mountain (for serious walkers)
Killeshandra Lake & Forest Walk & Family Scavenger Hunt (family focused easy grade) Click Here For More Information