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Christmas 2013

21.12 2013 Christmas 2013

Now that we’ve changed our website theme to Winter, it seems appropriate to reflect on 2013 here at Croan. The cold Spring seemed to go on a little too long, but we were rewarded with a long, hot Summer that will long be remembered. Volleyball on the lawn, beach days, sailing trips, canoe excursions, fishing in Mount Juliet followed by lazy barbeque evenings with the day’s catch – every day brought new adventures, memories...

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For the Birds feed balls

21.12 2013 For the Birds feed balls

You can easily attract many varieties of birds by providing fresh food and water for them. In Ireland, we don’t often have to worry about the water bit, but inexpensive bird feeders and treats can be made easily, often with materials you would otherwise throw away. One thing to remember before you start to feed small birds though; once you start feeding wild birds it is better to continue to do so throughout the year...

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Kilkenny is awarded National Tourism Town title

28.11 2013 Kilkenny is awarded National Tourism Town title

Yet another gong for Kilkenny. This time awarded the 2013 Ireland Tourism Town Award! The Tourism Towns Award recognises those towns and villages which are working hardest to enhance the visitors’ experience. This award comes after other amazing achievments for Ireland’s prettiest and friendliest city: Kilkenny has been ranked the friendliest city in Europe by readers of the Conde Nast Gold Medal winner in the 2013 Tidy Towns award Kilkenny restaurant, The Lady Helen voted the best in Ireland Kilkenny...

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Apple, Pear and Quince pie

04.11 2013 Apple, Pear and Quince pie

This year has produced a bumper crop of apples, not just at Croan but for everyone it seems. The pigs have received bags of windfalls from friends and neighbours and we have been experimenting with lots of new recipes to try to use up our harvest. Last year, we also planted some Quince trees. They haven’t produced any fruit as yet, but we were lucky enough to get some from the beautiful Coolmore estate near...

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Old Fashioned Tea Brack Recipe

16.09 2013 Old Fashioned Tea Brack Recipe

As the weather begins to cool, an old fashioned Tea brack is just the thing with a cuppa on a chilly afternoon. Our apple crop is so abundant this year that we’re literally putting them in everything we make. This tea-brack has been a particularly successful combination! Ingredients 300 ml coldtea (try Earl Grey or Lady Grey for a citrussy tang) 4 tsp Irish whiskey (optional) 110 g sultanas 220 g currants or raisins 120g diced eating apple 200 g brown sugar 225...

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