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The Garden is privately owned. The owners don't live in the house but are there frequently. My name is Frank and I am the head gardener. The garden is still under development though most areas are already cultivated. Beside the garden we also have hens, sheep, bees, two pigs and two cats.
Our aim is to create a lovely and peaceful place. Still we are no dreamers and know to achieve this a lot of work has to be done.
The West of Ireland has a rich culture. Tourmakeady is in a gaeltacht area where our visitors can learn some Irish if wanted. The nearby town of Westport is well known for good trad music (Matt Molloy's pub etc.)
We are looking for people who are interested in gardening.The Garden is one of the biggest, privately owned gardens in the West of Ireland. We do have flower gardens, vegetable gardens, an orchard, a poly tunnel etc. The vegetable garden and orchard are run organically.
Our Workawayers are staying in a nice little cottage 5km from the garden. The cottage has three bedrooms, bath, living room and kitchen and a nice porch facing the lake. We always welcome two visitors to share the house. Usually we are trying to get two different nationalities. Workawayers can take surplus fruits and vegetables from the garden. We also offer €50 a week for each volunteer to cover for food and drink.
We provide bicycles and lifts to nearby towns or the bus station. Tourmakeady is in the middle of nowhere and as such a good starting point to visit towns like Galway, Westport or Castlebar. For the last two years we had wwoofers who all enjoyed their stay a lot. We are easy going, friendly and helpful. My personal attitude is: 'There are no problems, only tasks that need solutions.' Tourmakeady might be small but is very active. We do have a festival (ceol na locha) and an agricultural show every year. It is a GAA region and therefor to learn a lot about gaelic football.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
25hours a week max
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