First Ever All-Ireland Mushroom Festival at Killegar House, Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim-25th September, 2011
All-Ireland Mushroom Festival at Killegar House
25 September, 2011.
Have you ever walked through fields and woodlands during Autumn and wondered which of the mushrooms you see growing would be safe to eat and which are best avoided? Here is your chance to find out! You can be part of the first ever, All-Ireland Mushroom Festival to be held in the grounds of the enchanting Killegar House, Carrigallen, CountyLeitrim, on 25 September, 2011.
Specialists from the Irish Mycologists’ Society and the Northern Ireland Fungus Group (NIFG) will lead small groups on guided forays throughout the day. Experts will share their knowledge not only of mushrooms but of the woodlands, local flora, the birdlife and wildlife that is found in the area. Monaghan Mushrooms, Ireland’s largest producer, will have a display of mushrooms at different stages of cultivation.
Bear Essential’s travelling Teddy Bear hospital will be on hand to tend ailing teddies. Curators Rob and Moira Steinke from the Museum of the Master Saddler, the only museum in the world dedicated to the ancient craft of saddlery and harness making, will exhibit traditional hand-stitching, harness-making techniques and their two miniature Shetland ponies,
Heather Bothwell will set up a moth trap (moths and weather permitting) and Aidan Brady, of the Cavan Bee Keepers Association, will bring his glass observation bee-hive to demonstrate and discuss bee-keeping. Vivienne Mayne of Jera Baskets will demonstrate how to weave baskets. Vivienne will give three workshops for children throughout the day.
Various lectures throughout the day include: The Wonderful World of Mushrooms, The Edible Assassin, Fairy forts, A Mushroom a Day Keeps the Doctor Away??, Nature’s Way
Gates open 09.30 – Close 18.00. Ticket prices: Entry Fee €15 per person, €5 students/OAPs/unwaged. Family tickets €35 (two adults and two children). Guided forays (places strictly limited) are an additional cost of €15 per person, €5 students/OAPs/unwaged. Family tickets €35.
You can book your ticket and your place on a guided foray in advance by email.
Advance ticket purchase will soon be available on-line. Check website for details.
Wild Irish Flowers
The Wild Orchid can be found in the Cavan Hedgerows at the moment. They don’t grow in large numbers but with their bright pink colour they are very pretty and easy to spot among the bluebells and primroses.
Wild Flowers in Cavan’s Hedgerows
Our very cold winter has not effected the wild flowers in the hedgerows this Spring, in fact they seem to be doing better than ever. Primroses, Violets, Bluebells, Buttercups, Rocket and a white flower(don’t know the name) are flowering away in great displays.
There is an abundance of wild flowers in the hedgerows and fields of West Cavan at the moment.We have lovely bunches of voilets down the lane from Lake Avenue House, and there are masses of yellow primroses and butter cups all over.
I don’t know the name for this white wild flower, it is very pretty and seems to grow in fields, near the river and in woodlands.