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New Year’s Resolutions...are you the type who rolls their eyes when this is mentioned?

Me? Well, I am one of those people who has an unattainable list of goals, an unrealistic idea of how I might change for the better, and, in 11 months’ time, a list of resolutions identical or longer, than the previous one!
So, this year, no New Year’s resolutions for me. However, I am going to make a change, well, carry on and improve on a change we, as a family, have already started, which is to have a more plant--based diet.
Following on from this, as I have written previously, I hope to have another, sustainable go at the veg garden. With this in mind, I have had a look at various catalogues online for seeds, I particularly like Irish Seedsavers, which are a company based in Clare.
They encourage open pollination, saving your own seeds and promoting heirloom and Irish varieties oF apples, fruit and veggies.
They also run excellent workshops – from setting up your polytunnel to making skincare products.
Needless to say, all organic, as is my other go-to for seeds and especially potatoes, Fruithill Farm based in Bandon. Fruithill Farm is exclusively organic, and apart from seeds sell organic pest and weed controls. I mention these two resources, not because they are paying me, (ha! that would be nice!), but because I am so often asked where to buy organic Irish produce.
It is a bit early to do anything outside other than to cover the beds with black polythene or weed suppressant in preparation for the spring, but inside you can sprout greens or grow micro greens while you wait.
To grow sprouting seeds, all you need is seeds, I recommend using organic ones, and a jar, or a special sprouting tower. Sprinkle a small amount of seeds, such as kale, alphalpha, fenugreek or radish, on the tray if using the sprouting tower, or in the base of a jar.
Chickpeas, lentils, sunflower seeds and mungbeans can be used too – just be aware that a small amount goes a long way! Place in a bright spot, and rinse the seeds twice a day, leaving a small amount of water in the jar – it will automatically stay in the sprouting trays. Within a few days your seeds will be ready to eat. A handy trick for sprouting mungbeans is to soak them overnight to start the process. Then place them in a muslin cloth, or cheesecloth, the size of a hanky, and tie the 4 corners together. Place in a bowl and rinse twice daily.
As the beans begin to sprout loosen the corners slightly. Keep them in a press, or somewhere dark, at room temperature. When the beans are fairly tightly packed together, they sprout a bit stubbier than you would normally see them in the supermarket, which makes them more nutrient dense, crisper and sweeter.
Microgreens are very easy to grow indoors now also, a seed tray with two-centimetre depth of compost is all you need. Peas, sunflower, kale and fenugreek are my favourite plants to use. Soak peas overnight before placing them close together on the compost. Cover with one-centimetre of compost and place something such as a piece of plastic and a magazine on them for about two days. Peas need to feel a bit of pressure to germinate! When they are ready to cut for use, they will give you a second crop within a week.
I hope that, like myself, you are optimistic for the New Year, and that rather than making personal resolutions, we might make promises which will help our health, mental and physical wellbeing as well as helping our planet.
Happy New Year!

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Applecroft B&B named in Ireland’s Top 10

By Michelle Crean What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic. Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s […]

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By Michelle Crean

What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic.

Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s Top 10 B&Bs for 2022 by the Irish Independent ‘Reader Travel Awards’ while Ireland’s Best B&B was named as Dingle’s Pax House.

The couple began their business in 1997 and are very happy with the feedback from visitors who voted for their B&B, especially after two difficult years.

“I’m thrilled, especially as we’re celebrating our silver jubilee this year,” Kathy told the Killarney Advertiser.

The couple built their house in the early ’80s and aptly named it ‘Applecroft’ as it was built in a field which has an orchard.

In the late ’90s they opened five spacious rooms up, each with its own theme; 
‘Poet’s Corner’, ‘Past Times’, ‘The 19th Green’, ‘The Race-goer’s Club’ and ‘The Kerry Way’, for guests as Kathy, who worked in The Europe Hotel and the Great Southern Killarney for many years, had a passion to bring a great stay experience to guests visiting Killarney. They kept themselves busy planting in their two acre garden during the pandemic.

They have won numerous awards over the years and have had film crews in but this latest award is the icing on the cake for the couple who are looking forward to reopening in late March.

“It’s amazing, and a bonus especially with the two years we’ve had. We’ve never experienced anything like that. It was “wow” – we were preparing to reopen on St Patrick’s Day that year and all of a sudden everything closed down on the 16. It was a big shock.”

Don creates amazing bread and scones which guests rave about, she added.

“I was delighted as we came tenth for breakfast and sixth for the B&B.”

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Tributes paid to life-long Legion supporter

By Sean Moriarty Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday. Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage. As well as a life-long supporter of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday.

Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage.

As well as a life-long supporter of Legion, he played basketball in the famous town leagues of the 1970s and the seven-a-side soccer ‘Wipeouts’ competitions.

“He was a very proud Legion man and always flew the green and white flag out his window whenever the club was playing in a big game,” PRO Enda Walshe told the Killarney Advertiser. “He was a fervent loyal club supporter but was also one of the characters of the winter basketball leagues.”

Tim was also a regular participant in Dart Pub Leagues back in the 1970s and 1980s.

Tim’s funeral took place today (Friday). He was laid to rest at Killarney Burial Ground after 10am Mass St Mary’s Cathedral.

Tim is survived by his wife Nuala, his children Joanne, Paudie and Timmy, and was a much loved grandfather to Stephen, Makaela, Chloe, Padraic, Keelan, Alex and the late Lorna. He will also be sadly missed by his daughters-in-law Margaret and Sharon, son-in-law Tony, sisters Kathleen, Sheila and Ann, brothers Lewis-John and Paddy, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, relatives, neighbours and many great friends.

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