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Vintage motorbikes, great food and education – a vibrant weekend ahead at SOLAS

Solas Eco Garden Centre

Last weekend marked a significant milestone at SOLAS, with the craft event organized by Events Manager Georgina Carey turning out to be the busiest and most remarkable of the year.

The event attracted an impressive turnout of 32 different stallholders, and it’s no wonder there’s now a waiting list to participate. The ‘Craft and Vintage Fair’ is slated to occur on the first Sunday of every month, and its commitment to quality and value sets a new standard for other markets to follow.

Educational Opportunities at SOLAS

As children return to their classrooms, it’s an opportune time for schools to consider booking educational courses at SOLAS. SOLAS Education offers a diverse selection of 12 hands-on courses covering areas such as food, farming, business, and technology.

These courses are designed specifically for Transition Year (TY) students and have gained immense popularity. To learn more about these courses, please     visit https://ecogardenshop.ie/education/ or contact our Education Manager, Sundara, at 085 1381016.

SOLAS Welcomes Active Retirement Group from Tipperary

SOLAS also had the pleasure of hosting an active retirement group from Tipperary during the past week.

The visit included a guided tour of SOLAS, an engaging gardening talk by co-owner and horticulturist John Carey, a delightful lunch, and a 10% discount card for use in the shop and plants area on the day.

For those interested in booking a similar experience, please contact events@thegardenshop.ie or reach out to Georgina at 083 0452810.

Events @ SOLAS


  • 10am to 2pm: Visit our weekly Farmers Market and explore the finest local farm produce and crafts, including ‘Iris and Milk’, whose cakes and buns have become a market favourite.


  • 12 pm to 5 pm: Experience the Vintage Motorbike and Scooter static display in collaboration with The Rockin Strawberry Motorcycle Gathering. This event supports a fantastic cause – Ulemu, which is dedicated to offering affordable, community-owned healthcare and education projects in Malawi. Mark your calendars for a day filled with classic motorbikes, scooters, and an atmosphere brimming with camaraderie.

Coming Soon

  • Circus Gerbola is coming to town – more on this later

Food @ SOLAS

Before indulging in the excitement of the Vintage Motorbike & Scooter event, treat yourself to a heartwarming breakfast in our Courtyard. Enjoy it your way: as a hot fry or served in a fresh brioche bun.

Don’t forget to explore our daily hot specials, prepared with locally sourced ingredients. Breakfast is served daily in our outdoor heated courtyard until noon.


This week, our featured “Plant of the Week” is the fern. Whether you prefer small, deciduous native woodland ferns or the majestic Tasmanian tree fern, these plants can introduce leafy drama to your garden.

At SOLAS, we offer a wide range of fern varieties to cater to all preferences and budgets. Consider displaying them in macrame hangers to add a fresh dimension to your plant collection.


Discover the art of macrame, a creative knotting technique, with our variety of plant pot hangers. These hangers come in various colors, sizes, and materials, from twine to cotton to cord. They offer a unique way to elevate your plant displays. Visit SOLAS today to explore our collection.

SOLAS Weather

The weekend weather forecast promises mainly dry, sunny, and warm conditions. A sunny autumn day at SOLAS’ food court is nothing short of heavenly.

Join us for a special autumn weekend at SOLAS Eco Garden Centre, situated in Portarlington, Co. Laois R32 RPX8. We extend our warm invitation to visit us daily from 10 am to 6 pm. We can’t wait to welcome you!

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