April 2020 – Enniscoe House news letter 2020
April 2020 ENNISCOE HOUSE
2020 has become a very challenging year for everyone including all of us here at Enniscoe. Due to covid-19 and following the directions from the government we will not open Enniscoe House until later in the year. We are working behind closed door to be ready to welcome guests again when it is safe for our guests, staff and ourselves.
The Heritage centre is working away with the family history genealogy and is currently working on a project adding a decade’s worth of new church records from 1910 to 1920 to their database so if your family came from Mayo and you would like to find out more information about them you can ring the Heritage Centre at +353 96 31809 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
It is a huge year for our organic garden, it is celebrating its 25th year being organically certified by the Organic Trust www.organictrust.ie – we had started to plan some big celebrations to mark this occasion but in light of the challenges of 2020 we will postpone these until the summer of 2021. There are many other things happening in the organic garden this year, for example we have partnered up with the local brewery Reel Deel www.reeldeelbrewery.ie and are preparing to grow organic hops to be used in a fresh hop brew.
We are also getting ready to start offering year long Organic Horticulture courses in partnership with the Education and Training Board (ETB) www.mayosligoleitrim.etb.ie with up to 16 people per course. We are in the early stages of developing a new education centre in the old farmyard buildings near the Heritage Centre. The students will be primarily working in the organic garden, learning how to grow organically, and to gain experience into managing a two acre organic garden. They will also be undertaking some carefully selected projects in the Ornamental Garden and the Pleasure Grounds.
Last year we partnered with Nephin Beg Honey and nine hives have been placed in our woodlands. The bees had a very successful first year. The honey never leaves the estate and will now be served in the house and also will be on sale at the house and in the Heritage Centre.
As always, we are looking forward to welcoming you all back to Enniscoe and welcoming new guests to explore Enniscoe and North Mayo for 2020. We hope to see you soon!
DJ, Colette, and Fearne (Fearne will be two years old in April)
Connie & Chloe (the Labs)