SOLAS Eco Garden Centre – St Patrick’s Family Carnival

    SOLAS is very much in festival mode with arrival of ‘Spin City’ carnival on March 10 for 10 days and a huge array of activities based around the St. Patrick weekend celebrations.

    David Maher of SOLAS explains: “The Carnival is the biggest single event on the calendar here at SOLAS with up to 3,000 people a day attending.

    “It just such a well-run and fun event and best carnival in Ireland with over 16 different rides to choose from – which is 3 more than we had last year.

    “This weekend also sees the re-opening of the Food court for new season. Our staff are working around the clock to get everything ready – spring really is here and it all starts in SOLAS.”

    Events @ SOLAS

    Saturday March 11

    10am-2pm Weekly Farmers Market
    March 10-19

    10 days ‘Spin City’ carnival at SOLAS

    Sunday March 12

    Noon Hanging Basket Workshop. Learn how to create a beautiful rustic summer hanging basket to take home and enjoy.

    All materials are provided, including a 12-inch rustic hanging basket.

    March 17-19

    St Patrick’s weekend Celebrations will include Irish dancing, live traditional Irish music, face painting, free children crafts and lots more.

    March 19 (Mother’s Day)

    6.30pm Sound Mediation Contact Joan 085 1218908
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    Food Court & Cosy Cafe

    This weekend the 11-12 March will see SOLAS Food Court open for the first time this year.

    David Maher explains: “If all the things that makes SOLAS special nothing really compares to our food court – from the retractable roof, the art works, the Mediterranean feel to the space.

    “Best of all it means a return to the Full Menu from chef Allan and the team” There is a be strong festive theme to the menu to match the party mood of the ‘Spin City’ carnival.

    “Double ‘Green’ Stamp – to encourage a greener world, the SOLAS loyalty card is now giving a double stamp when you bring in your own reusable takeaway cup to our cosy café.”


    The ‘Plant of the week’ is Cyclamen coum, which is a deciduous, perennial, winter hardy plant. Flowering time from winter up to mid spring. It is excellent for under-planting small shrubs and trees, naturalised in grass or as companion plant to hellebores and snowdrops.

    SOLAS – Shop

    Our Shop product of the week is Mistletoe cactus (Rhipsalis baccifera) which is a tropical plant in the cactus family that is a perfect houseplant.

    It prefers average to high humidity, so it’s an excellent choice for growing in well-lit kitchens and bathrooms.

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