Us BIFFOs are used to hearing this.
However, living in the lovely city of Limerick the past year has made me realise that the grass is not always greener on the other side!
Let’s get one thing straight, Offaly is not now, nor will it ever be Ireland’s number 1 holiday haven.
But sure look, every county, Offaly & Limerick included, have their pros and cons
So what do we have to offer those who are “driving through” ??
#1 Tullamore Dew
After 60 long years of absence, Tullamore D.E.W was finally returned to its homestead, in September 2014. Irish whiskey sales have seen a massive increase globally in recent years, but the legendary taste of Tullamore D.E.W has always remained on top.
The reopening marks a new era for Tullamore D.E.W, which is very much reflected in the fresh lease of life around the town of Tullamore. The visitors center which lies along the banks of the Grand Canal, is open to the people for their very own whiskey tasting session. To experience the whiskey transforming from a mere idea to a drink in your hand, is simply spectacular. For more details on visiting please check out their impressive website; http://www.tullamoredew.com
#2 Offaly Rowing ClubEstablished in 1985 on the Grand Canal, Offaly rowing club celebrates its 30th birthday this year!
The club welcomes all talents and abilities. So whether you want to row for leisure or are interested in it competitively do not hesitate to join life long head coach, Establisher and president Frank Durkin and team. There are boats available for individuals, pairs, fours, for people with disabilities, so everybody is catered for at lock 23.
The club’s first summer rowing camp is running this August, so be sure to check out their facebook page for more details; https://www.facebook.com/offalyrowingclub.
#3 Neil Delamare
Yes, a very successful and funny man, renowned for his comedy and loveable personality, FROM OFFALY! As well as his ongoing tours and sell out gigs, Neil has plenty more tricks up his sleeve for the coming future, including some hilarious TV & Radio projects. So the next time you’re lucky enough to be a front row victim to Neil Delamare’s ferocious wit, be sure to yell BIFFO!!
#4 Lough Boora Parklands
My personal favourite!
The stillness and tranquillity that comes alongside the epic beauty of Lough Boora Discovery Park is truly unforgettable. Another one of Offaly’s attractions recognised and recommended by DiscoverIreland.ie.With some of Ireland’s most endangered Wildlife being protected here, Lough Boora is doing more than its bit for the environment. The collection of Sculptures, Bike Trails and Natural Lakelands are sure to keep you entertained for a day and impressed for a lifetime!
Have a look at the website for a more justifiable description http://www.loughboora.com
#5 Linda O’Brien Jewellery
Have you ever been on holidays and you come across an amazing once off little shop with loads of exciting things? Well, think Linda O’Brien’s studio, a definite once off, modest but beautiful little haven, offering some of Ireland’s most exclusive and original jewellery pieces. The studio and its surroundings boast some of the Midland’s most extraordinary natural beauty. Conveniently located just a stone’s throw from Esker Hills Golfclub, both the Ladies and Gents will be well looked after!
Click over to Linda’s Business Page for a more glamourous browse; https://www.facebook.com/lindaobrien.jewellery?ref=br_rs
#6 The Tullamore Show
One of Ireland’s best attended Agricultural Shows. Welly wearing farmers come from far and near for a promising day off. Attracting over 60,000 visitors, the annual show offers something to everyone. Food stalls, crafts, fashion, livestock, machinery and music, to name a few, it really is ‘A day for the whole family’.
#7 Charleville Castle
Whether in search of an edgy summer festival or a relaxing Sunday stroll, Charleville Castle in Tullamore is the answer. Nestled in one of Ireland’s most eminent Oak woodlands, with walking trails and wildlife, no nature enthusiast will be disgruntled. Castle Palooza combines the precious old and fresh new aspects of Charleville Castle, bringing to life an ever bettering music and arts Summer festival. Take a look at some of their friendly ghost stories online at (http://charlevillecastle.ie) &(http://www.castlepalooza.com/)
Irene JournoCub 🙂 x