Welcome to our July update with lots of news from around the Kylemore Estate. Although the weather has not always been what we would have wished for, the Gardens and avenues are looking wonderful and we have plenty to smile about. Read on for all you need to know whether visiting Kylemore or just keeping in touch!
This month we welcomed Michael Furlong, a native of Dover, England, back to his former home in the Kylemore Walled Garden. As a young boy of ten years of age, Michael moved into the Head Gardener’s House where he lived with his mother and two sisters for approximately two years in the early 1950s. Michael enjoyed his life at Kylemore which was one of freedom and new experiences. He describes the gardens at that time as having every inch planted with vegetables and fruit which were used to supply the Abbey kitchen. As well as operating an International boarding School, the nuns ran a guest house in the Abbey in those years and, thanks to the garden and farm, they were mostly self-sufficient. As well as serving Mass in the Abbey another regular chore for Michael was to bring milk from the farm to the Abbey with a donkey and very rickety cart. His favourite memories are of flying along the avenues on his bike in a bid to get indoors before darkness descended. Please visit our Facebook page for more of Michael’s story and some photographs of his visit. Michael signing in the visitor book in the Walled Garden
Our Garden Tours have recommenced and will continue throughout July and August. The Garden Tour meeting point is located just in front of the Garden Tea House and no booking is required. The tours are included in the cost of your entry ticket to the Kylemore estate and they add and extra element of interest to your visit. As one of Ireland’s few gardens run to strict Heritage standards and indeed the country’s s largest Victorian Walled Garden, there is a wealth of fascinating history and knowledge to be shared. The Garden is simply glorious right now and has benefitted well from our recent warm spell. Tours take place at 12 Noon each day. Clematis Blooming in the Walled Garden Summer 2016
Please contact our booking office or visit our website for more information. Bookings t: (95) 52001 e:firstname.lastname@example.org www.kylemoreabbbey.com
You know that summer is really here when our lovely Express Café opens its doors. This is just the place to pick up delicious items for your picnic basket which you can enjoy at one of the picnic spots on the estate. Or take a seat on our sun deck and just watch the world go by. As well as take-out drinks, sandwiches, cakes and treats, the Café offers delicious soft scoop ice cream, handmade fudge and best of all, freshly prepared crepes with a variety of mouth-watering fillings. Henry’s Express Café is located next door to our Craft and Design Shop so you can pop in for a treat even if you are not continuing on a full visit to the estate.
We are delighted to unveil our beautiful new website which we have been working on over the last few months. The site was developed with the help of Galway company, Armour Interactive, who have been a pleasure to work with. The design is very sleek and easily navigable and incorporates lots of beautiful imagery as well as some stunning pieces of video created especially for the site. As well as offering discounted tickets for Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden you will find all of the information you need when visiting Kylemore. For the first time, our monthly e-zine will be incorporated into our website for all to read and fans of Anja’s Garden Diary will be glad to hear that we have uploaded all of her old instalments for your enjoyment. We are currently developing our new online and shop and hope to announce its launch in the next few weeks. Please enjoy and share with your family and friends.