Saturday, December 13, 2014

Nells Farmhouse Achievements 2014

2014 has been another eventful year here at Nell's Farmhouse.  We held a number of events throughout the year but the one we are most proud of this year is our "Traditional Irish Wake Re-enactment".  In 2013 we held our first wake re-enactment as part of Heritage Week.  On the back of the success of that event we decided to expand on it for 2014 to include the reading of the will.  The 2013 crew were rounded up again with a few extras, the script was written and plot was set.  

So on the 31st of August at 8pm it was show time.  Poor Pattie Murphy was laid out in the parlour for the wake.  The crowds came to give him a good send off.  They came from far and wide, Carrick, Dublin, Kilkenny and even Australia to pay their respects.  After everybody paid their respects to the chief mourners - Patties wife Hannah, his brothers TJ and John Joe and the workman Jimmy (who was like a son to him...) Fr. O'Shea said the prayers then everybody gathered in the kitchen for the reading of the will.  Solicitor Michael Prendergast officiated over proceedings.  There was great speculation as to who would inherit the extensive farm owned by Pattie.  Things took an interesting twist when it came down to the big business of the evening resulting in Jimmy the workman being the heir to Patties throne.  Following this big shock to all drinks were had and stories were told with a few songs thrown in for good measure around the open fire.  

Last years event was a runner up in the most innovative event award category in the Heritage Week awards.  This year Irish TV decided to come along and film our event to be broadcast on their Waterford Matters show.  We were over joyed when we discovered that our event won the Best Interactive Event award nominated by The Heritage Council.  On the 5th of December we went to the Heritage Council Offices in Kilkenny to accept the award.  This was a great honour.  We would not have been able to achieve this without the help of our wonderful friends and family.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody that was involved.  We look forward to next years event.  

Monday, March 19, 2012

Bog Trotting Time Again

I can't believe its almost 12 months since last years Bog Trot, the months are flying. Its a sure sign that Spring time is definitely here! We had a ball last year on the Bog Trot with Mike Wall and all the Nire Valley Walking Crew. After spending all my years looking up at the Comeragh's it was nice to get up to the very top and look down. This was something I had said I would do for years but just never got around to it. Its an amazing sight when you get to the top, I didn't know that it actually was like a bog up there! The initial climb up was tough going but well worth the effort. When you get to the top its pretty much flat until you get to the Nire Valley side. Going down was much harder than going up I thought.
If you've no plans for next weekend (Next Saturday 24th March) and you've always wanted to get up there to see what it's like check out the Nire Valley Walking website for more info. There is an A walk and a B+. After all the fresh air you are sure to be worn out so give us a call and we'll sort out a comfy bed for an over night stay at Nells Farmhouse. (086 2206007 / 051 646102).

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Waterford Festival of Food

Now that our muscles have recovered from the Bog Trot last weekend we have our sights set on the next big event in Waterford which will take place from Thursday 14th April to Sunday 17th in and around Dungarvan town. This will be the 4th year of The Waterford Festival of Food and it promises to be bigger and better than ever before. There are lots of free events taking place for the whole family to enjoy including cookery demonstrations, food trails, GIY (Grow Your Own) workshops, Bus Bia tours, wine tasting, film screening, BBQs, food camps and a massive farmers and country market. Check out the web site for more information.

Nells Farmhouse accommodation is only 20 minutes drive from Dungarvan so it is an ideal location to set up base camp for the weekend and enjoy all the festival has to offer. Nells Farmhouse sleeps up to 6 people so there is space for all the family. We are pet friendly so you can bring along your canine family members also. Give us a call now for great rates!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Tall Ships Are Coming

Waterford is definitely the place to be this summer with loads to look forward to especially the return of the Tall Ships. In 2005 the Tall ships arrived in Waterford and it was such a success they decided to return again this year. From the 30th of June until the 3rd of July over 70 Tall Ships will be parking up on the quay in Waterford city. The first leg of the race starts on Sunday July 3rd when the ships set off down the river Suir and head up along the west coast of Ireland and over to Greenock in Scotland.

There is a full festival program over the four days including an amazing music line up with big names like Bryan Ferry , The Waterboys, Waterford's own O Emperor, and The Sharon Shannon Show who will be joined with some special guests like Damien Dempsey and Dessie O'Halloran.

The city is going to be bustling with all the other street entertainment, parades and markets that will be taking place over the weekend and the best thing is its all free!!! The ships won't want to leave!

So Waterford City is definitely the place to be this summer and Nells Farmhouse is the place to stay! You will be close enough to the action and far enough to enjoy the sites and sounds of country life. You will feel at home with all that you would expect from a self catering holiday but with the added accommodation luxuries of the hot tub on the outdoor private patio. Need I say anymore? Give us a call now to book in. Come for the weekend, stay for the week!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Calling All Bog Trotters

This week at Nells Farmhouse we are airing our bog trotting shoes in preparation for the 4th annual Nire Valley Bog Trot which takes place next Sunday March 27th. It promises to be another fantastic day of walking led by the Nire Valley Walking Group. It starts from the car park at the Mahon Falls and asends up the side of the Mahon Falls. From there the walk takes you accross the Comeragh Pleteau and towards Coumfea Loch and decends by Toureen mountain. Eventually you'll end up in Ballymacarbry. Participants have the option of being part of a led group or self navigating. Its about 23kms in total. The views from the top will be outstanding and fingers crossed the weather will be fine and dry.

To make your weekend extra special book in with us at Nells Farmhouse, enjoy a leisurly day on Saturday, knock the cobwebs off with the freshest mountain air and some fantastic walking on Sunday and you will be rearing to go on Monday!

We will provide you with a packed lunch to keep the hunger away and a late check out on the Sunday so you can enjoy a hot shower when you return from your walk. Give us a call today for a good deal! Or for more information on the Bog Trot log on to

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Nire Valley Walking Festival 9-10th October 2010

Its that time of the year again when all roads lead to the Nire Valley for the annual walking festival. This walking festival is not just for those who posses fancy hiking boots and walking poles, as all classes of walkers are catered for at this festival, from the people who like a nice stroll to the more experienced hiker. The Comeragh mountains and the Nire Valley provide the perfect backdrop for an excellent weekend and Nell's Farmhouse provides the perfect base.

Nell's Farmhouse is only 15 minutes drive from Ballymacarbry. Our luxury self catering accommodation is the ideal place to book into for the weekend to make the most of your weekend in the country. Nell's Farmhouse sleeps 6 in total and comes complete with all the modern conveniences you would expect and more...after a day in the hills, would the perfect way to end your day not be with a dip in the outdoor hot tub? Then when your all refreshed you could tuck yourself under the duvet for a good night sleep so you will be totally re-energised for day 2 of the festival.

Visit our website for more details on our luxury self catering accommodation and for more details on the walking program.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Luxury Accommodation for Dance 'neath the Comeraghs Set Dancing Festival

The sixth annual Dance 'neath the Comeraghs festival takes place in Rathgormack Village from 10th -12th of September. If your into a bit of trad or a bit of set dancing or a bit of both Rathgormack is the place to be next weekend. There is a great line up of music and workshops kicking off on Friday night and continuing through to Sunday.

Nell's Farmhouse is only 1 mile from Rathgormack village and an ideal base for a toe tapping weekend at the set dancing festival. So pull the tap shoes out of the wardrobe, give them a dust off and then pick up the phone and give Mary a call on 086-2206007 to book your luxury self catering accommodation for the weekend. You could relax in the comfort that your bed is only down the road ready for you to hop into, and if you felt like it you could steep your tapped out toes in the hot tub to help them recover. Sounds good doesn't it?

For more details on the set dancing line up call Mary Murphy on 051-873851 or email at