Conamara Sea Week, October 2011

Conamara Sea Week 2011

Conamara Sea Week 2011

An action packed week and more with all things maritime, music, literature, history, ecology and lots more.

This annual Festival has been running for over 20 years and always worth a dip into. It runs from October 21st to 31st, 2011 in Letterfrack, Connemara.

Click for Festival Programme ->Conamara Sea Week, October 2011 Programme

Mrs. Coyle’s Crabapple Jelly

Date Posted:
04/09/2011
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Crabapple Jelly

Crabapple Jelly

It's nearly that time of year again. The time where we start gathering our Autumn produce from the Orchard at Renvyle House. With trees full of apples, plums, crabapples and pears, Tim and his crew in the kitchen will have a busy time of it. This recipe, from Mrs. Coyle, produces a beautiful jelly of clear rose colour, good with pork, cold meats and cheeses but especially on hot bread or toast.

  • Gather the apples as soon as they are ripe; don't wait for them all to fall.
  • Rinse them in a sink of cold water, picking them over for mushy bits, discard these or cut them out.
  • Empty apples into a large saucepan (no more than half- way up the side) cover with fresh, cold water and bring to the boil, stirring now and again.
  • When all the apples have burst and are now mushy take them off the heat and spoon into a jelly-bag. Suspend this overnight. Don't squeeze it as this will make the jelly cloudy.
  • Next Day, measure out the apple liquid and for every pint allow one lb of white sugar. Pour the apple liquid into a large, clean saucepan, bring to the boil then add the sugar and stir well to dissolve. Then keep boiling and stirring till setting point is reached, test either by waiting till the last drop on a stirred wooden spoon does not drop but holds on, or until a small spoonful on a saucer left in the fridge till cool forms a skin when pushed with a finger, or use a sugar thermometer.
  • Pour into sterilized jars (a jam funnel is a great help and avoids sticky rims) and cover with waxed discs and screw-top lids or cellophane discs as desired.Crabapples will also freeze well, but use only the prettiest, and are a lovely accompaniment to turkey, chicken and pork. Put straight from freezer into roasting pan with joint of pork, a chicken or turkey for the last 10-15 minutes of cooking. Remove carefully to place around roast on serving dish.

Food & Wine Awards 2011

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22/08/2011
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Food and Wine Awards 2011

Food and Wine Awards 2011

A great day was had by all who attended the Food & Wine 2011 Restaurant Awards held at the National Convention Centre in Dublin yesterday.

There was a great gathering of very well respected Chefs and Restaurant & Hotel proprietors in attendance and a great number of new restaurants on the secene.

A wonderful 5 course meal was had by all and accompanied by beautiful wines supplied by Penfolds. We had great company at our table with the proprietors and chefs from Ginger restaurant, Belfast. There was a great attendance from the West with Jess and Dave from Kai and Alex and JP from Cava and Fergus from the Twelve.

Renvyle received two accoldades on the day which was an added bonus! Tim O'Sullivan was Highly Commended under the category of 'Connacht Best Chef Award 2011′ and Renvyle House Hotel was Highly Commended under the category of 'Connacht Best Restaurant Award 2011′.

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Autumn Activity Breaks

Date Posted:
17/08/2011
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Renvyle House Autumn Breaks

Autumn Breaks

We have some of the tried and trusted activity breaks and a couple of new ideas this Autumn. We have super midweek breaks in September and October with lots of free activities including a digital photography evening, a movie classics night, morning yoga class, a morning guided walk, quiz nights and entertainment. We have some free extras run for September Weekends also so be sure to check them out.

Painter John Hoar will be back this October (by popular demand) to run a great 5 day midweek painting break. So far, this break has been a great success and guests return home with a lovely piece of art, created by themselves. The Murder Mystery weekend will run in November and should tax the grey matter of ones brain. Follow the clues and deduce the culprit for a great prize. Halloween is also celebrated at Renvyle House with fancy dress parties for guests of all ages. For the October Midterm we have a great line up of activities

Here, the only stress is on Relaxation

Apple and Onion Soup Recipe

Date Posted:
05/08/2011
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Apples from Renvyle House Orchard

Renvyle House Orchard

Tim's unusual combination of flavours works very wekk and as the apple and onion season come together is a great way of using windfalls of any type of apple –sweet or cooking varieties. Yoghurt can be used to finish instead of cream.

 

Ingredients:

  • 6 onions, peeled and chopped finely
  • 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped finely
  • 2 shallots, peeled and chopped finely
  • 110g butter
  • 600ml chicken stock
  • 300ml apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 150ml cream

Method:

Melt the butter in a large pot and stir in the apples, shallots and onions for about 5 minutes until soft but not browned.

Add the stock, parsley, thyme and apple juice; simmer for about 20 minutes.

Cool a little, then whizz in a food processor.

Return to the pot, add the cream and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Do not allow to boil.

Taste for seasoning and serve in warmed soup plates with a sprinkling of the remaining parsley.

Serve with freshly baked brown bread.

Nesting Sparrows at Renvyle’s Family Suites

Date Posted:
28/07/2011
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Renvyle House's Sparrow Family

Renvyle House's Sparrow Family

There is a nest of young sparrows outside the Island Family Suites at the moment. Weren't they were very appropriate when choosing a venue to raise their young family?

We watched them for a time and tried our best to get some close up (amateur) photos so that you'd have a chance to see them too. They're facinating. The mother and father sparrow are over and back within a minute from each other to feed the four young sparrows. The young ones never seem to get full!

It's a full time job for both parents but as you'll see from the photos, the clutch of young sparrows appear to be doing really well.

photographs taken by Zoe Fitzgerald

VAT Reduction Passed On

Date Posted:
01/07/2011
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The beach at Renvyle House Hotel, Connemara

We are delighted to be able pass on the new reduction in VAT which comes into play today, 1st July.

We will not have to compromise on our standards, the food will still be top-notch and the welcome as warm as ever. This will not affect any of the free activities put on this summer for hotel residents, nor will it affect the free use of on-site facilities which will also remain free to our guests.

We have super breaks in July and August and we have Great Summer Family Holidays with loads of free extras.

Here, the only stress is on relaxation

Renvyle House’s Breakfast Menu

Date Posted:
09/06/2011
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We are launching our new breakfast menu later this month with some lovely new additions which have been prepared by Tim O'Sullivan and his Team in the kitchen.

You can preview the Renvyle House Breakfast Menu

photographs taken by Aoife Herriott

Bog Week 2011

Conamara Bog Week 2011

Conamara Bog Week 2011

May 27th to Jne 6th in Letterfrack and the Renvyle Peninsula
"A Festival comprising of music, cycling, walking, dancing and a hint of madness!Conamara is probably the largest area of outstanding beauty in the whole of Ireland. It is a complex area and we will be attempting to create a warm, nonthreatening space in which people can somehow touch this magical landscape."

With great walks and talks held at Renvyle House Hotel. Hotel residents can join the guided walk for free:
Thursday 2nd June, 9pm at Renvyle House Hotel: 'New Discoveries in Conamara' – a talk by Michael Gibbons (free admission)

Friday 3rd June, 11am at Renvyle House Hotel: a guided walk with Michael Gibbons, archaeologist. 15.00 to non-residential guests

Click here for more information –> Conamara Bog Week 2011 Programme

A snippet from last year's Festival:

Irish Angler June 2011 reviews the Renvyle Hardy & Grey’s Weekend

Date Posted:
24/05/2011
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Fly-fishing weekend at Renvyle House

Fly-fishing weekend at Renvyle House

A very comprehensive write up of the Hardy & Grey's weekend held in Renvyle in April 2011 in the June 2011 edition of the Irish Angler magazine;

To view it, please click on the link below.

Irish Angler Review of Renvyle's Hardy & Greys Fly Fishing Weekend

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