Macroom Summer Féile 2018 - Greenshine Live at Toons Bridge Dairy



The fabulous Greenshine play in the cafe! Tapas, wine and bottled beer on offer. Book by texting  (087) 416 1791 Check out the full article about this event over on our News page

Date: 13/05/18 Location: Toons Bridge Dairy Macroom Time: 8.00pm 



GREENSHINE is a Cork based family trio comprising Noel Shine, Mary Greene and their daughter Ellie. Their material straddles the boundaries of contemporary, folk and roots and includes many self-penned songs. The band is known for striking family harmonies and excellent musicianship. Noel is a multi-instrumentalist, turning his hand to guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, bouzouki and traditional whistle and this musical dexterity had seen him much in demand as a session and band player by artists as diverse as The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem and funk and soul legends The Republic of Loose amongst many others. Mary brings rhythm guitar to the mix and her voice is a wonderfully versatile instrument. She has added her talents to the albums of Christy Moore, John Spillane, Mick Hanly and Frances Black as well as cult psychedelic outfit Dr. Strangely Strange. As a duo, Noel and Mary have released 3 critically acclaimed albums to date ~ The Land You Love the Best (placed no. 3 in The Irish Times Folk albums of the year of its release), Unspoken Lines (described as ‘The heart and soul of folk music, coming from a deeper well…,’ by John Spillane) while Mary’s solo, Sea of Hearts, earned an impressive 8 out of 10 in Hot Press.

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Toons Bridge Dairy Macroom 


Toons Bridge Dairy's founders, Toby Simmonds and Jenny-Rose Clarke, began their journey in the English Market of Cork City in 1993 where they established their original business, The Real Olive Company. Starting with a few barrels of olives, Toby and Jenny-Rose gradually expanded their range of products to include a vast range of high quality Mediterranean ingredients and delicacies. They now base themselves between Cork’s English Market and Toons Bridge Dairy, with market stalls and wholesale customers around the country.

When Toby and Jenny-Rose first started making Mozzarella, the market stalls were ideal for distributing their cheese as freshly as possible, and offered the perfect opportunity to get direct feedback from customers. Originally, Toby and Jenny-Rose had been importing Italian Mozzarella, but they found that by the time it got to Ireland, it wasn't as fresh as they would have liked. Mozzarella should always be eaten as freshly as possible, and so Toby and Jenny-Rose decided to start making their own Irish Mozzarella. to learn more about Toons bridge Dairy click Here


Macroom Summer Féile 18 Pizza Night Castle Hotel Macroom


Pizza Night with Local Cheese Makers. 

The Macroom leg of the Old Butter Roads Summer Féile starts off on Friday May 11th with a Pizza Night with Local Cheese Makers. The Event is being held at Castle Hotel and will be featuring local cheeses from fellow Old Butter Roads Food Trails member Toonsbridge Dairy, Coolea, Macron Mozzarella &  Goats Cheese will also be in attendance. 

Date: 11/05/18 . Time: 8.00pm Adm: TBC 

The Castle Hotel Macroom 

The 4 Star Castle Hotel & Leisure Centre has been in The Buckley Family for over 65 years, owned and managed now by brothers Gerard and Don. 


The Boutique Style Castle Hotel now features spacious and luxurious guest bedrooms including 2 suites, 3 contemporary rooms & several family rooms - lots of choice for you!  All are specifically designed for your needs, whether you are a leisure guests or an executive traveller.  During your stay you may enjoy complimentary access to our Leisure Club. Free car parking and free wifi! Dining options include B's Award Winning Restaurant, Dan Buckley's Bar & The Next Door Cafe. Macroom, nestled between Blarney & Killarney, is the ideal base for touring The Scenic South West of Ireland.

Cheese Making at Toons Bridge Dairy


Toons Bridge Dairy  work with raw cow and sheep milk to make over 12 varieties of cheese. They specialise in Southern Mediterranean cheese styles, particularly pasta filata or stretched curd cheeses. We made Mozzarella, Ricotta, Burrata, Cacio Cavallo, Halloumi, Smoked Scamorza and Cultured Butter.

Head cheese maker, Franco Picciuolo, hails from the heartland of mozzarella production, and has been making pasta filata cheese since he was eleven. His innovation and experimentation are key to the range of cheeses made by Toons Bridge Dairy.

Toons Bridge Dairy was  set up in 2009 when they asked their neighbour to import a herd of Buffalo from Italy to milk on his farm. They have since diversified into working solely with local raw cow and sheep milk. Fresh milk is supplied to the dairy from several local cow herds and Vincenzo La Manna's local flock of sheep. 

A Little Pizza Information 


 The word “pizza” dates back over a thousand years—it was first mentioned in a Latin text written in southern Italy in 997 CE.

In 1835, Alexandre Dumas, author of The Three Musketeers, traveled to Naples, where he observed that the Neapolitan poor ate nothing but watermelon during the summer and pizza during the winter.

At first, pizzas were sold exclusively by the pie. But in 1933, Patsy Lancieri (of Patsy's Pizzeria in New York City) started selling pizza by the slice—a trend that was quickly picked up by other pizzerias.

 Pizza may have originated in Italy, but countries around the world have developed their own take  on the classic food. In Brazil chefs top their pizzas with green peas, the French love fried eggs on their slices, and in China a crust made of mini-hot dogs is surprisingly popular.

The biggest pizza in the world was 131 feet in diameter, and weighed 51,257 pounds.

For more absolutely useless but none the less interesting trivia about Pizza follow this link

Summer Féile 2018 Launch Event


The Old Butter Roads Food Trails is super excited to be organising the 2nd year of the Summer Féile and this year looks to be even better than last year. Festivities kick off on Saturday May 05 with the Blarney/Cork Féile which will also include the official launch of The Féile. 


The Old Butter Road Summer Féile is a month long festival that will be launched with an event at Church of the Resurrection, Blarney. The Féile will be officially launched  by renowned food writer Joe McNamee . The Old Butter Roads Food Trails Producers and Restauranteurs will also be in attendance.  There will be Storytelling with The Gab, Paddy O'Brien and much more. Free Event with Donations for the Church welcome. See You There. 

Location: Church Of the Resurrection Blarney Adm: Free


Special Guest Speaker Joe McNamee


Joe McNamee has been writing about food since the late 1990s and is a weekly Food Columnist/Food Feature Writer (and erstwhile Restaurant Reviewer) with the Irish Examiner and a Contributing Editor with John & Sally McKenna's Irish Food Guides. He also writes for other publications, is a Contributing Editor with Taste of Ireland and works as a consultant for small producers, food retailers and restaurateurs. He is the co-author of cookbook/memoir, Clifford & Son (Liberties Press).

Originally trained as a graphic designer, he made the switch to journalism in the late ‘90s, initially as a magazine editor before becoming a features writer with the Irish Examiner and eventually moving to the arts desk to become Deputy Arts Editor. At various lean periods in his life, he has worked as a chef with over eight years professional experience, including two years as head chef in Cork's legendary Quay Co-op Evening Restaurant. He is currently studying at Cork Institute of Technology for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Culinary Arts. He is a member of Slow Food Ireland and the NUJ and dearly loves to commit eating.

Joes runs a lively and entertaining blog  where he writes about all things food and Cork. Be sure to check out The Swashbuachaill


Paddy O'Brien - The Gab storytelling

The Gab is a community committed to the practice and preservation of the oral tradition of storytelling as well as the development of storytelling as a contemporary art.

The most important stuff to The Gab:

  • Respect for all storytellers and listeners
  • Storytelling cultural preservation and practice
  • Development of storytelling as a contemporary art
  • Building a diverse and inclusive storytelling community in and around Blarney and Cork

Our regular monthly event is called The Gab Mixtape, an entertaining evening of storytelling where storytellers perfect their storytelling skills in an informal, positive environment. Stories are interspersed with a little song and a little poetry but the spotlight is very much on the art of storytelling.

Paddy O'Brien will be Fear an Tí for the launch of the Old Butter Roads Summer Festival launch. Always entertaining and lively, be sure not to miss this. 

To learn more about The Gab be sure to like their page on facebook

Wild Boar Spit Roast at The Old Blarney Post Office Café May 05

Wild Boar Spit Roast

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The first day of the Summer Féile 2018 Blarney Event will no doubt have left you exhausted. When you are finished with the launch and listening to the musical talent busking around Blarney we have just the thing for you. Be sure to head over to The Old Blarney Post Office Café where a special night is planned. 

The Old Blarney Post Office Café are hosting a Wild Boar Spit Roast night that will feature Cider, Music, Wine and the legendary Ballinwillin House Wild Boar roasted on spit by none other than Patrick Mulchay. Admission to this event is €20.00 per person , which includes a glass of Chateu Mulcahy Wine or Longueville House Cider.  Proceedings start at 6pm and this  looks set to be a popular event so we highly recommend you book your place in advance . You can do this by either tel or text on 083 853 4355

Date: Saturday May 05 2018 Time: From 6pm Location: Old Blarney Post Office Café               Adm: €20.00 per person. Bookings: 083 853 4355

Old Blarney Post Office Café


The Old Blarney Post Office Café strives to use ingredients and products from Co. Cork. The bread is baked daily in an award-winning bakery Arbutus in Cork, fresh lettuce comes from Malachy Downey’s farm. Free range eggs come from a farm in nearby Whitechurch and jam and relish from West-Cork Follain’s . Our coffee is from Badger & Dodo Irish boutique rostery and they bake their own yummy cakes and deserts daily .

The cafe with its magical garden and unique location provides a fantastic venue for private parties, birthday celebrations, christenings, clubs get together etc. Since they opened their doors in May 2016 the cafe has become an integral part of Blarney's Events Calendar. They organise events ranging from Storytelling to Knitting Sessions, Book Clubs or Baking Classes. Join us for the next one!

Be sure to check out for their full menu & list of up coming events.

Ballinwillin House & Patrick Mulcahy


Set in 80 acres of rich pastureland in the heart of the south of Ireland’s most fertile region (the Golden Vale), Ballinwillin House, Wine Cellar & Farmyard Accommodation in Mitchelstown is a unique experience in a unique part of Ireland. Full of character and charm, this 18th century country house was built in 1727 for the Famed Agriculturalist, Sir Arthur Young, by the Earl of Kingston. It is situated on the edge of Mitchelstown (a vibrant country town). It is a family home and its newly-refurbished courtyard is home to exceptional guestrooms and private relaxation area and now available for bookings along with a functioning farm specialising in Organic Venison & Wild Boar. To learn more about Ballinwillin House please visit

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Bringing his expertise to The Wild Boar Spit Roast will be no other than Pat Mulcahy of Ballinwiillin House. Pat Mulcahy and his daughter Sheena from Ballinwillin House and Farm near Mitchelstown have a herd of 800 deer, 350 wild boar, 150 goats and 40 beef cattle. The produce from his organic farm is sold online, mainly to the UK and Europe, and into hotels and restaurants around the country. All the processing and packaging is carried out on the farm so what goes out is a finished product. The produce from the farm is also served in the B&B. Read a full interview with Pat in the Irish Times Here. 


Old Butter Roads Summer Feile 2018


The Old Butter Roads Food Trails is proud to announce that the Summer Féile is back again this year and even bigger and brighter. This year is a little special as we are celebrating 270 years of the Old Butter Roads. Festivtivies run from May 05 right through to June 05 taking in Blarney/Cork, Macroom, Mallow/Kanturk & Michelstown/Fermoy.

Activities & Events will include Walks, Talks, Presentations, BBQs, Tasting Events, Cooking Demonstrations, Story Telling and so much more. In attendance will be local Butchers, Cheesemakers, Bakers, Brewers and various other members from the Old Butter Roads Food Trails.

The Summer Féile Kicks off on May 05 with a launch at the Blarney/Cork Féile. For a full list of events do be sure to check out our Events page. There will plenty to do for all the family and while most events are free tickets & advance booking is required for some.