Date Posted: 15/06/2015
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Winter Wedding Tips

 

1. Remember it will be cold and accessories will be important to keep warm. A faux fur stole, a veil, a cape or a chic cardie are all good options.

2. If it's very cold you can always wear thick tights under your wedding dress (as long as it's long) - nobody will know! This goes for your bridesmaids too.

3. If you're wearing heels, have another shoe option for your outdoor pics. You don't want to be sinking into mud or snow in your Jimmy Choos or Valentinos! Boots can be a stylish (and warm) bridal shoe option for winter weddings, especially if it rains.

4. Don't forget your bridesmaids will be cold too! Make sure to have cover ups ready for them on the day.

5. If possible have your ceremony and reception in the one venue, or venues very near to each other. This will make transport easier, in case of bad weather.

6. It will be dark quite early. Embrace it with lots of romantic candle light in both your ceremony and reception space.

7. Ensure your guests are kept warm and cheery once they arrive. A hot drink on arrival is a nice and simple idea, mulled wine or hot chocolate are always a favourite. Maybe some nice Christmas cookies or mince pies too.

8. Check with your venue if they have Christmas decorations in the room where your wedding will be. Have they photographs of them from last year? Is it ok for them to take these down if they're not to your taste?

9. It gets dark much earlier in the winter so adjust your photo schedule for more light. Taking portraits before your ceremony is often a good idea. If you're not sure how to go about this, just chat to your photographer.

10. Have nice umbrellas on stand by for outdoor wedding photographs. These don't have to be fancy - simple and black can often do the job.

11. Popular Winter options for Colour combos are Christmas -reds and greens, frosted -light blue hues and whites, metallics -antique gold, pewter, silver or copper.

12. Talk to your florist about what's in season in the winter, and work from there. Greenery like eucalyptus lends itself well to a winter wedding, and branches can make stunning centerpieces and loads of candles of course.

13. Winter Wonderland: If the snow won't come to you, rent it! Snow machines can be rented for you to create your own winter wonderland.

 

Winter Dates Available for Nov/Dec 2015 Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 046 9025239 for details

Date Posted: 19/05/2015
Categories: Wedding Blog

Top 10 Wedding Tips

Top Wedding Tips:

1. CJ Stone- Comfy shoes!

2. Ann Doherty- Make sure you have breakfast it’s going to be a long day with a lot of excitement

3. Ingrid Kelly- Take 5 or 10 minutes 'time out' during the day, just to sit by yourself and savour everything that's going on. Because it goes by so quickly you may forget some of the little things. Enjoy it and have fun

4. Lorraine costigan- You'll never please everyone so don't try. Please yourselves!!

5. Leona Lau- cake- if you don’t want wastage of left over wedding cake but you still want to give your cake a wow factor with extra layers , ask for your baker to provide a dummy layer and just ice/design it as if it was an actual cake layer. Saves money and waste. Tip - the dummy layer should be the biggest layer at the bottom so it can give you cake the height and then easy to cut into the actual edible layers. If you are making your own cake you can buy dummy layers at good bakery shops.

6. That special scent - Have a brand new bottle of perfume on the day one that you never had before if possible have your partner pick out a wedding day perfume for you and you pick his. Its special and every time you wear the perfume it will remind ye of your big day.

7. A love note. - For ye sentimental folks. This is nice for any grooms to do but can fit the bride too. Grooms why not surprise your bride to be with flowers and a love note /sweet message delivered early in morning (morning is important because if there are tears it will not ruin the makeup) Brides can do the same with a gift maybe exchange the perfume/colognes with the notes on the big day.

8. Avril Campbell- Turn your phone OFF and keep it off all day! I've seen too many brides getting phone calls and texts taking them away from enjoying the preparations on the morning of the wedding. And keep a bottle of rescue remedy at hand for the butterflies. Relax and enjoy every moment

9. Laura Cahill- Buy two shower caps for each of the bridesmaids and yourself (groom and groomsmen too if you wish) to protect your shoes when getting pictures taken on grass or in wet areas.

10. Yvonne J Walsh- Make sure you've picked the right man

Date Posted: 13/02/2015
Categories: Wedding Blog | Events in Meath

Engagement at Valentine’s? Calling newly engaged couples…...

Saturday 21st February 2015, 12pm - 3pm

Following a very busy January with wedding enquiries at the Station House Hotel and Award winning"Signal Restaurant", the next "Wedding Preview" is scheduled for February Sunday 22nd, 3-6 p.m. Come along on the day and experience this unique setting, our experienced wedding team and wedding tasters for your big day. Appointments recommended: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Refer a Friend & dine for FREE!

If you refer a friend to Book a Wedding at the Station House Hotel between now and June 30th 2015, you can avail of dinner for 2 when they pay their deposit.

Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) today to get some last minute dates for 2015

The "Irish Restaurant Awards" Nominations are now open

The Station House Hotel takes great pride in its signature hotel, the Award winning "Signal Restaurant" and if you have enjoyed dining here as much as we enjoyed having you, we would love if you could vote for us through this link: http://www.irishtimes. com/sponsored/restaurant- awards-ireland

Thank you for your support and we endeavour to improve our service and standards daily! We look forward to seeing you again soon. For any lunch or dinner bookings, contact us on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Packages and Great Deals

1. Family Breaks

Meaning to get a away with friends or family but need space?

Enjoy a family break in one of our offsite 5 bedroom houses (sleep's up to 15 people comfortably)

Makes a great location for families / cousins to use as a base to see:

  • Tayto Park (15 minutes drive )
  • Dublin Zoo (20 minutes drive )
  • Newgrange Tour the Boyne Valley
  • Causey Farm (10 minute drive )
  • Blanchardstown Shopping Centre (20 minutes drive )

Some Easter & Weekend Dates still Available

Rates

1 Night € 300 includes Breakfast in Hotel

2 Nights € 500 includes Breakfast in Hotel

Call to book today for Easter availability on 046 902 52 39

2. St. Patrick's Day Special

Traditional afternoon Seisiun and Irish Dancing and 4 course Dinner at the Station House Hotel.

Bring along your instrument and join in from 6pm to late

4 course dinner, €29.95 per person

Dinner, bed & breakfast, €69.95 per person sharing

3. Mother's Day Lunch special - Sunday March 15th ....save the date!!

Take the hassle out of Mother's Day this year by reserving your family table at the Station House Hotel today.

3 course lunch - € 25.95 - book in advance.

4. Easter Lunch - Saturday 4th April and Sunday 5th April for family get togethers.

€ 25.95 pp - Reserve today on 046 902 5239

Why not book stay overnight with B&B + lunch - € 79.95 pps

5. Communion & Confirmation

Lunches NOW being taken, but hurry, booking fast!

€ 24.95 special

Call today 046 902 5239

6. Friday and Saturday Specials (Subject to Availability)

Due to popular demand, we have introduced additional Friday and Saturday night special package rates in our offsite guest accommodation.

5 course Dinner + B&B + FREE shuttle service € 69.95 pps

Date Posted: 22/01/2015
Categories: Wedding Blog | Events in Meath | Food Blog

Station House Hotel Comes out of Examinership

 

PRESS RELEASE:

19th Jan 2015:

 

“All Aboard for The Station House Hotel”

The Slattery Family of The Station House Hotel, Kilmessan, Co.Meath are pleased to announce that they have successfully exited Examinership on 3rd December 2014. They would like to thank their customers, suppliers, staff, the local community and all those who supported them during this time, and look forward to hosting generations to come in the 30 year old family business at the Station House Hotel. As part of the company re-structure last year, the Slattery’s sold the Waterside House Hotel in Donabate, Co. Dublin which had been purchased in 2005.

"We were humbled as a family to receive so much support from our customers, suppliers and our dedicated team in what was a challenging period for the business and the family, and would like to thank everyone sincerely” said Chris & Thelma Slattery, proprietors. “We look forward to the future at the Station House Hotel, and are optimistic about the next chapter in the hotels’ journey. We’ve hosted many weddings, conferences, events and customers during our 30 years at the Station House Hotel and award winning Signal Restaurant, and havealways taken great pride in delivering excellent food and service, with the attention to detail that comes with a long-standing family establishment. We’re proud to have won so many awards over the years, and are constantly working to ensure this commitment to excellence continues, now more so than ever.” In 2014 The Station House Hotel was nominatedby Weddingsonline.iefor Leinster’s “2014 Wedding Venue of the Year“.

 “We look forward to welcoming new brides and grooms, and our customers for another 30 years and beyond” said Denise Slattery, who has worked in the business for the last 20 years.

Looking to the future, the Slattery’s plan to launch their new Wedding Menu selection ahead of their upcoming Wedding Fair due to be held at the Station House Hotel on February 8th, 2-6pm, along with new wedding venue options including ‘The Paddocks’ set within the grounds of the hotel.

“The Station House is very special to all of us and our main priority is to ensure our customers experience the hotel to the best of its potential for many years to come” said Darina Slattery, Customer Relations.

ENDS

Date Posted: 01/10/2013
Categories: Wedding Blog | Events in Meath

Our Top Pick Honeymoon Destination

Hi All,

We have looked after thousands of weddings over the years here in The Station House Hotel and as a result we have found out a thing or two about honeymoon destinations and hotels along the way. Our top pick is Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. We have teamed up with Sorrento's finest luxury 5 star romantic hotel - Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria to offer one lucky Station House Hotel Wedding couple the chance of absolute romantic luxury in one of Italy's most respected hotel establishments. Check out these fantastic photos and videos of our number one honeymoon destination!

 

Date Posted: 15/08/2012
Categories: Food Blog

Chocolate ‘lowers blood pressure’

Merely thinking of chocolate may set pulses racing, but research suggests it can actually lower blood pressure. Daily consumption of dark chocolate or cocoa powder caused a slight reduction in blood pressure readings, a review of study evidence showed. Although the effect was small, it was potentially enough toChocolate help protect people from heart disease, said experts. Scientists analysed data from trials in which people consumed daily helpings of dark chocolate or cocoa powder. The chocolate products contained varying amounts of plant compounds called flavanols that are believed to benefit health. A total of 856 people took part in 20 trials lasting an average of two to eight weeks. The most flavanol-rich chocolate or cocoa was found to lower blood pressure by an average of two to three millimetres of mercury. When chocolate or cocoa powder was compared with flavanol-free products, the beneficial effects were more pronounced. In this case, blood pressure reductions of up to four millimetres of mercury were seen. Lead researcher Dr Karin Ried, from the National Institute of Integrative Medicine in Melbourne, Australia, said: "Although we don't yet have evidence for any sustained decrease in blood pressure, the small reduction we saw over the short term might complement other treatment options and might contribute to reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease." Flavanols in cocoa, the raw material from which chocolate is made, are believed to boost levels of nitric oxide in the body. This in turn causes blood vessels to relax and widen, thereby reducing blood pressure, say scientists. The link between cocoa and blood pressure first emerged from the indigenous people of San Blas Island in Central America. They drink flavanol-rich cocoa drinks every day and have normal blood pressure regardless of age. Flavanol concentrations in cocoa and chocolate vary greatly between different products.
source: independent.co.uk

Date Posted: 14/08/2012
Categories: Wedding Blog

The Wedding and Honeymoon Show

The Wedding & Honeymoon Show will take place in the Main Hall (Hall 1) at the RDS over the weekend of Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd, September 2012 11.30 – 5.30pm.  

And of course you will find The Station House Hotel at The Wedding & Honeymoon Show, so do not pass us and come over to say hi!

The One Stop Show Now On Two Levels This event is Ireland's largest Wedding Show and the longest established. The Wedding & Honeymoon Show attracts over 250 Exhibitors, catering for all aspects of planning a wedding and honeymoon destinations.   The RDS has an ambiance and buzz that only a city centre venue can create, it is spacious so visitors can shop around in comfort, enjoy fully professional catwalk shows on the Ground Floor and wedding fashions for Mums and guests going to the wedding on the Irish Wedding Diary Fashion Style Stage on the Mezzanine Level. 

Date Posted: 12/08/2012
Categories: Wedding Blog

The Wedding Journal Online Show

No other wedding show provides the variety, the glamour and the wedding wow factor like The Wedding Journal Show Dublin.

Get the wedding party started with a visit to Ireland's biggest and best wedding shows. Keep your wedding planning fun, informative and get value for money with a visit to the Wedding Journal Show, in Citywest, Dublin on 29 and 30 September.
Planning a wedding isn’t easy, your wedding suppliers will be all together under one roof including The Station House Hotel!

Come along to the Citywest in Dublin to view hundreds of Ireland’s leading wedding businesses and plan your dream wedding to perfection. A reception venue, wedding cake, wedding flowers, stationery, wedding cars, wedding dress, accessories…the list goes on.

Date Posted: 08/08/2012
Categories: Wedding Blog

Top 10 Wedding Traditions

Wedding traditions are many and varied. Many people decide to create their own wedding traditions by factoring creative elements into their wedding day. Other people follow the traditions established by their cultures. And then there are those who are just slightly mad and decided to go with the crazy traditions. 

1. 3 Dresses
In China, the girls have not one one wedding dress but three. The first is a traditional slim fitting dress which is usually red as this is a strong lucky colour in Chinese culture. The second may be a white dress of the typical western style. The final dress is usually a cocktail dress in whatever colour the bride chooses.
2. From The Right To The Left
In Chile it is traditional for the couple to exchange wedding rings upon their engagement. They will wear them on their right hands in the run up to the wedding, when they will then switch them to their left hands during the ceremony after the vows have been made.
3. Floral Necklaces
Flower Garlands known as leis are traditionally tied around the necks of the bride and groom in Hawaii. An important part of Hawaiian culture: they symbolise love and respect and can be made up of between 40 and 50 of the islands most beautiful flowers.
4. Wedding Toast
In France a toast is made to the newly weds during the wedding reception in which they drink together, as husband and wife, from an engraved two handed goblet that has been passed down from one family generation to the next.
5. 13 Coins
Before an engaged couple gets married in Spain, the groom gives the bride a present of 13 coins at the altar before they exchange their vows. This symbolises his commitment to support her. The bride then carries these coins in a small bag during the wedding ceremony.
6. ‘Buste’ Bags of Money
In Italy the bride carries a satin bag called ‘La Borsa’ in which guests will place envelopes of money. These are intended to help with the expense of a typical Italian wedding which is very lavish in nature. the grandmother often guards this purse during the celebrations or the bride wears it, allowing the men to have a dance with her in exchange for some money.
7. Breaking Glasses
In Russia, after a relative or close friend makes a toast to the couple at the reception, each person smashes their champagne glass on the floor. It is thought to be good luck if the glass breaks when it hits the ground.
8. Bread Salt and Wine
An important tradition during polish weddings is the sharing of bread, salt and wine. The parents of the newly weds give the newly married couple give some  rye bread sprinkled with salt and a glass of wine. The bread represents hope that the couple will never go hungry. The salt symbolises the fact that  life might be difficult at times but that they will survive. The wine represents the hope that the two will never be thirsty and they will have a life full of happiness and good health.
9. Bridal Doll
In Puerto Rico it is customary for a doll looking similar to the bride to be placed at the head of the table. The doll is usually covered in charms which are then given out to the guest and gifts.
10. Burning of the Crown
In Switzerland it is traditional for the bride to wear a crown or wreath on her head during the wedding ceremony to symbolise her maidenhood. When the vows have been exchanged and the wedding ceremony is over, the crown is taken and burned. The bride is considered lucky if it burns quickly. source: weddingdates.ie

 

Date Posted: 07/08/2012
Categories: Holidays in Ireland

Escape to Ireland - Viral Video

Well done to Discover Ireland.... love the new style of promoting escapes in Ireland. 
 

Date Posted: 07/08/2012
Categories: Food Blog

What do the olympic sprinters eat before running?

If food is the fuel of the human body, what do the world’s fastest men consume right before they race?
“I had a chocolate cupcake for breakfast,” said Artur Rojas of Bolivia, still perspiring after clocking 10.65 seconds in his 100-meter heat.
A chocolate cupcake?
“Yes,” he said through an interpreter. “It was the first thing I saw in the cafeteria in the Olympic Village, and I always like to eat something light but sweet.”
Rojas isn’t the only sprinter whose prerace diet would make a nutritionist blanch. Pavel Maslak of the Czech Republic ate a danish — or something that sounded like a danish, through an interpreter — on Saturday morning, but only because the cream-filled pastry that is his usual wake-up fare was not available.
“I can’t find those here,” he said, right after placing second in his 400-meter heat and qualifying for the next round.
Sanford was one of the few sprinters who declined requests to speak to reporters. Most took a few moments to answer even trivial breakfast-related questions as they traversed a 20-yard slalom course of metal fencing, one that looked like the queue for the world’s largest Wendy’s. News media magnets like Usain Bolt and Oscar Pistorius were interviewed by groups of journalists, then chaperoned to an athletes-only area.
A few athletes were in tears and avoided eye contact. Others were chatty and willing to linger. As Marek Niit of Estonia said, it took far longer to get through the Habitrail of reporters than the 100 meters he had just raced.
“I feel good, but when the pistol goes off something doesn’t click,” he said, wincing. “The first 5 or 10 steps just aren’t there.”
Would he blame his breakfast, which consisted of bacon and eggs? No. But he noted that he was looking forward to dinner, which was likely to include Chicken McNuggets.
“They’re free,” he said, referring to the giveaway policy at the McDonald’s in the Olympic Village. “And I hear McNuggets are Usain Bolt’s favorite meal.”
This could not be verified because after Bolt’s group interview, he scooted out a door.
His Jamaican teammate Asafa Powell, who qualified with a 10.04, paused long enough to shout “orange juice” when asked about his breakfast.
That’s it? “That’s it,” he said.
That was easily the lightest meal among the runners polled, if orange juice can be considered a meal. On other end of the calorie spectrum was Erison Hurtault of Dominica. “Ready?” he said. “Four eggs, one sausage, an apple, a half a cup of granola and one bar of Weetabix.”
The breakfast of real-life champions — or at least men fast enough to make the Olympics — runs the health continuum, from junk food on up. Oatmeal, it turns out, is a popular, as is coffee, eggs, apples, bananas, toast and sausage.
“I’m from Yorkshire,” Gerald Phiri of Zambia said. “I don’t get a chance to eat Yorkshire sausage all that often. So I had that and baked beans, eggs and a piece of toast.”
Daniel Bailey had a bowl of Rice Krispies, and for that little plug, Kellogg executives, you can send a check to him in care of the Antigua and Barbuda Olympic Association. Plenty of sugar and carbohydrates are favored, too.
Derrick Atkins of the Bahamas has his own version of the Atkins diet.
“I had a couple Nutri-Grain bars this morning, which are pure carbs,” he said. “I don’t think Dr. Atkins would have approved.”
Tabarie Henry of the Virgin Islands wolfed down pancakes and syrup for his breakfast. Asked if he had any rituals on the starting blocks, he said he relies on a little incantation. “Lord, forgive me for my sins,” he says to himself, “because here I come.” source: nytimes.com

Date Posted: 07/08/2012
Categories: Wedding Blog

Natalie Portman got married over the weekend!

Natalie Portman and her choreographer boyfriend Benjamin Millepied were married this weekend and now we’re getting a first glimpse of their beautiful wedding and their shocking and strictly vegan reception.

The couple married under a chuppah in the traditional Jewish tradition in near complete darkness, as is the custom.

Apparently their guests weren’t told that they were attending a wedding but ladies were only instructed to wear “flowy dresses.”

Natalie Portman's Wedding

Date Posted: 31/07/2012
Categories: Wedding Blog

Wedding Party Falls into Lake

This will not happen when you marry at The Station House wink!

Date Posted: 20/07/2012
Categories: Food Blog

How will we pay for goods this decade?

Cheques are being phased out, few of us have pockets full of notes and coins and many see chip-and-pin as a way of life. But what does the future look like when thinking about how we will pay for the goods in our shopping basket?

Nipping to my local convenience store (it's a Co-op outlet if you must know) and paying for lunch with a debit card using the Visa payWave system of contactless payment has become an almost daily routine.
It's quick and easy and (so far) secure. The bods at Visa say there are around 20m contactless cards in the UK, which is growing at a rate of 28% a year. It estimates that by the end of 2012 there will be 30m contactless Visa cards in the country.
There has been some scepticism around whether contactless cards would become popular. Two years ago, when The Co-op decided to install the technology in its stores, some rivals said they wouldn't follow suit, saying investment in improving speed at tills meant customers could process transactions quickly anyway.
However, it seems the payment method has gained traction, with the likes of McDonald's and Pret a Manger using the system.
Interestingly, Asda could soon be next to introduce contactless payment. At a conference this week held by the British Retail Consortium, Visa Europe chief commercial officer Steve Perry said Asda would soon offer the system.
Nevertheless, companies like Visa are eyeing the next trend. By 2020, Visa's Europe division predicts 50% of the transactions that cross its network will be via a mobile device.
A report issued in France this week predicted that mobile payment will "take off" within the next three years in the country.
A study by consumer analysts CCM Benchmark and financial service consultants CSA Consulting said m-commerce sales were expected to cross the "symbolic threshold" of EUR1bn in 2012.
However, they said mobile has the potential to become "the most natural interface between retailers and consumers". The firms pinpointed 2015 as "a pivotal year" for the payment method. By then, they argued, NFC technology should become "a technological standard" for payment by mobile. NFC is the technology that allows consumers to use contactless cards to pay for goods by holding your contactless device over a wireless reader in a shop without the need to enter a PIN. The card or phone works using a secure radio signal between the contactless terminal and an antenna found in the contactless device.
Visa's estimate and the French study suggests the way we pay for goods will change rapidly as we move through this decade.

Date Posted: 20/07/2012
Categories: Wedding Blog

Jessica Simpson is going to create bridal range

After singing, acting, creating a fragrance and a designer range that boasts shoes, handbags, swimwear and accessories, Jessica Simpson is set to create her own range of fairytale wedding gowns. The 31-year-old is engaged to Eric Johnson and is planning her own nuptials sometime this year; however, this won’t stop her from growing her fashion empire further by stepping into the lucrative market of wedding clothing.

According to the Hollywood grapevine, the blonde beauty has always wanted to design wedding dresses and her attempt at entering the market is in conjunction with her upcoming nuptials.

A source told: “A wedding line is something she’s always wanted to do.”

Already, celebrity fashionistas are predicting the fate of her upcoming bridal range. Daniel Musto is a stylist on Simpson’s reality show Fashion Star. He says that the style of the star’s own wedding dress will prove crucial for the success of her bridal gown line: “If she does something that’s going to be memorable for decades, her wedding line is going to be successful because girls will want to mimic it.”
Simpson is famous for enhancing her fashion range along with major events in her life. The star, who gave birth to her first child in May this year, released a maternity range to coincide with her pregnancy.
It remains to be seen whether her bridal range will take the wedding industry by storm. At the moment, the fashion star seems content and increasing her business in a sensible way. 
 

Date Posted: 16/07/2012
Categories: Holidays in Ireland

History of the Irish Language

Very interesting and good to know when traveling to Ireland! All the signs you see when entering this beautiful country will show you the English as well as the Irish name of the city or village. After watching this short movie you know where the language comes from!

Date Posted: 10/07/2012
Categories: Food Blog

Restaurants to fight calorie count law

The plan to introduce calorie counts on menus could be scuppered by difficulties in controlling the practice. Restaurant chiefs have questioned if information on menus will be accurate and are worried that customers could become fixated by a number and refuse to go beyond it. Adrian Cummins, chief executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) welcomed the addition of calorie counts on menus as a voluntary practice but he questioned how the practice would be regulated. "How does the Government propose that this will be monitored? "Will inspectors be paid to eat out in all of Ireland's 22,000 food outlets and check if each menu has calorie counts on them? "Any chef will tell you that menus in restaurants will vary from day to day and therefore calorie counting will be highly inaccurate anyway."
 
Cost
The move was also greeted with cost warnings from the RAI which said the price of implementing the practice could damage an already weak industry. It is predicted that for every restaurant to meet the necessary target of having calorie counts on every meal would set restaurants back over €110m or approximately €5,000 for every individual restaurant. Cummins said: "How does the Minister for Health and his department suggest that we pay for this without having to absorb the cost? "It's not easy for any business to cough up €5,000 in the morning. The banks aren't lending any money. 'The move will cripple the restaurants industry at a time where revenues are 20pc down on 2011, and one restaurant a day is closing. "The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) also welcomed the introduction of voluntary calories. But Michael Vaughan, president of the IHF, warned people should not be fooled by a "one size fits all approach" and that the plan could be difficult to introduce for local hotels and hostels due to their changes in menu. "Hotels and guesthouses seek to source local, seasonal produce and our menus change frequently to reflect this. "Any given premises could have hundreds of ingredients making up their menu and there simply wouldn't be the resources to calculate the value of dishes each day."
 
Mandatory
Health Minister James Reilly has indicated that in future, calorie counts will be mandatory on all restaurant menus and that he will push through legislation to ensure that this happens. Currently it is voluntary for restaurants and large fast food chains to have calorie counts on their menu. But the minister warned that the practice is "voluntary for now, but if people don't come to the party, I will legislate".
source: www.herald.ie

Date Posted: 09/07/2012
Categories: Wedding Blog

US Congress gets its first gay wedding

Barney Frank, the US Congressman and first national US politician to come out as a homosexual, has tied the knot with his longtime partner in a ceremony officiated by the Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. Mr Frank's spokesman said the 72-year-old congressman married Jim Ready, 42, on Saturday evening.

 

Date Posted: 27/06/2012
Categories: Events in Meath

Loughcrew Opera

The Loughcrew Opera Festival on 20-21st July will include a spectacular contemporary-circus performance by aerial dance troupe Fidget Feet.

Acclaimed for their popular interactive family shows, Fidget Feet will perform ahead of the main event, Mozart’s lively Le Nozze di Figaro (Marriage of Figaro) in Loughcrew Gardens' specially constructed circular marquee. The flamboyant production by Opera A La Carte, one of the UK's most exciting and original chamber opera companies, stars rising Irish soprano Norah King, who has been highly succesful in France where she is now based.

"This opera is Mozart at his very best - and most naughty", says Norah, from Naas. "I'm very excited about performing at legendary Loughcew - besides having a great role, it's a great opportunity to meet my family and friends for what will be a superb show."

Led by the popular director and performer Nicholas Heath, Opera A La Carte's flair and enthusiasm has provoked great critical acclaim, inviting favourable comparisons with Glyndebourne.

Opera A La Carte has consistently created innovative and memorable performances under the direction of Nicholas Heath, and its forthcoming appearance at Loughcrew will certainly be no exception. An outstanding cast will be accompanied by a wind quartet and piano, bringing to life one of opera's greatest masterpieces. Le Nozze di Figaro, with its philandering husband and husband-to-be, scheming rivals, a lustful teen, a drunken gardener, a silly young girl, plus a dash of mistaken identities, promises to be the perfect evening of love, lust and intrigue.

"We had such a wonderful response to last year's production of Die Fledermaus, we couldn't not go ahead again this summer," said Emily Naper of Loughcrew House & Gardens. "It's brilliant to be working with Nick again and we're looking at developing the pre-opera day-time entertainment in the Gardens. We'll also be doing special opera dinners and of course picnic-makers are always welcome."

Date Posted: 27/06/2012
Categories: Wedding Blog

What to wear to a Summer Wedding

Dressing for someone else's big day needn't be a nightmare, says Naomi Atwood. Just observe the rules: no white, no black and don't forget the hat.
The cardinal rule of dressing for a wedding is not to upstage the bride. This in itself doesn't count as a fashion dilemma; it's a euphemism for "don't be too tarty" – sound advice on any occasion. There are, however, several highly pertinent issues involved in choosing a wedding-ready outfit, but they tend to be of a more practical nature.

The most familiar concerns include how to eat a three-course meal plus cake in a skintight dress. Answer: go for a stretchy shift or blousy tunic. Then there's how to dance till midnight and beyond in your brand new heels. Answer: wedges or gel inners are your friend. Must you necessarily invest in a pashmina or wrap? No. Sleeves, either on your dress or in the form of a posh jacket are a better option. Are trousers ever going to look smart enough? Why not – especially if you splash out on some of this season's super smart printed silk ones,many of which are currently making a splash at a designer sale near you.

The key to dressing to impress on this particular occasion is not to equate formal with uncomfortable. For a city wedding or civil ceremony a smart shift in a single colour with a patterned jacket or vice versa will cut a dash, especially paired with bold heels and costume jewellery.

For a country event, something softer, or a long hemline is highly recommended. For Tuscan hillside or exotic beach nuptials, the heat is a perfect excuse to go, if not more casual exactly, then more comfortable. Pick a printed maxi dress, some spangled sandals and a suitably jazzy clutch. The latter gives rise to its very own dilemma, incidentally: how's a girl to remember exactly where she last put it down after seven-odd glasses of chilled champagne?
source: www.independent.co.uk

Date Posted: 21/06/2012
Categories: Food Blog

10 Guinness Facts

When you walk into a bar in Ireland you could shout across at the barman and ask for a pint of plain, the good stuff, your best or Irish Mother’s milk.
You could even just walk up to the bar and hold your forefinger in the air, any barman worth his salt would know that you were asking for a pint of Guinness.
Officially the most internationally recognized symbol of Ireland, Guinness is the most popular alcoholic drink in Ireland and in many other countries besides.
Here are some of many interesting facts about the black stuff.
 
1.Pouring a glass or pint of Guinness is a skill. A “perfect pour” should take 199.50 seconds. This is the result of pour at an angle of 45 degrees followed by a rest. This is crucial. Most Irish people would cringe if they saw anyone pour it any other way.
After a pause, long enough so what’s in the glass is a perfect black, the rest of the glass is filled, again at a 45 degree angle. What is handed across the bar should have a creamy head and should be served at exactly 42.8F.
2.It is a known fact that the Irish love to travel around the world but did you know that Guinness is brewed in more than 150 countries. These include Nigeria and Indonesia.
3.Though the Irish obviously love a pint of plain 40 percent of all Guinness is sold in Africa. Who would have thought that in such a hot climate it would go down so well!
4.Over 10 million glasses are sold every day. Are you doing your part? That’s quite a high quota to fill.
5.Guinness is the perfect diet drink. A pint of the good stuff contains only 198 calories. That’s less than most light beers, wine, orange juice or even low fat milk.
6.Guinness does not contain oatmeal, contrary to a popular myth. This wonderful stuff is made of roasted malted barley, hops, yeast, and water. Also it’s not black. It actually a very nice dark ruby red.
7.The famous advertisement slogan "Guinness is Good For You" is still used around the world. Though Guinness has now officially on the record as denying this claim some research does support that Guinness is good for your heart.
It was not so long ago in Ireland that pregnant women were told to drink a glass of Guinness every day to fortify themselves and their baby.
8.St. James’ Gate Brewery, in Dublin City was leased for 9000 years at an annual fee of about $65.
In 1759 when Arthur Guinness was just starting out in the brewing business he had such confidence in his product that he knew his brewery would still be running in 9000 years time. Well that’s 251 years over with. I’m pretty sure Guinness will make it the next 8,750.
9.The Guinness breweries in Counties Louth and Kilkenny will be shutdown in 2013. There was also talk of closing down the Dublin brewery and moving back it to Leixlip, in Kildare, where Arthur’s career in stout making began.
A national outcry ensued. Guinness will be staying put on the banks of the River Liffey and multi-billion renovations will begin soon.
10.On September 24, 2009 at 5.50 (or 17.59 in the 24 hour clock) Ireland and the world celebrated 250 years of Guinness with “Arthur’s Day”.
The time 17.59 was cleverly chosen as 1759 was the year that Arthur signed his lease on St. James’ Gate. It also gave most people enough time to finish up work and meet their friends at their favorite pub.
It may have been nothing more than massive marketing ploy but it was also one of the largest united parties every held in the world. In almost every country across the globe merry makers raised their glasses and cheered “To Arthur”.
source: www.irishcentral.com
 

Date Posted: 18/06/2012
Categories: Holidays in Ireland

Landscapes in Ireland

A short video showcasing just a selection of the stunning landscapes that can be found all over Ireland. If you are interested in photography, ask at our reception where are the best photo opportunities around The Station House Hotel. 

Date Posted: 07/06/2012
Categories: Wedding Blog

Trend setting….the French manicure or a pop of colour?

Trend setting…the French mani or a pop of colour?

Us girlies know all too much the importance of nails and especially more than ever on your big day.

You’ve flashed the perfectly manicured nails at the engagement party, but have you thought about what way you would like your nails to be on your big day?

Loving all things beauty-related and from chatting to our brides in the hotel, I have noticed more and more are starting to stray from the very safe white-tipped French manicure and more going with the perfectly shaped nail with block colour.

If white tips aren’t something you would dream of wearing – why feel that you have to on your wedding day?

With the explosion lately of Shellac, short and neat is most definitely in and gel / acrylic are not as popular as they once were.  

We had a beautiful Spring bride who opted for a cerise pink Shellac on both hands and feet, and with the Spring bouquet and crisp white dress, the look was fun yet sophisticated.

Why not  go all out with a dusky blue shade, if only on your toes?  Makes way for the “something blue” dilemma!!

If you would rather play it safe, beige, creams and greys are your safest bet, and will look good with any colour dress.

Maybe this could be a look for you?  

Date Posted: 31/05/2012
Categories: Wedding Blog

Inside the Zuckerberg wedding!

I think everyone and thier granny have heard about Facebook  founder Mark Zuckerberg’s wedding to his long-time girlfriend Priscilla Chan!

The suprise wedding may have looked all very rushed, but in fact the couple had been planning the wedding for 7 months and didn’t announce an engagement.

The 28 year olds girlfriend was walked down the aisle by no other than......the couple’s dog!! The Hungarian sheepdog even has his own Facebook page - suprise, suprise!!

The couple wrote thier own vows and the 100 guests had thier wedding meal in a local Mexican restaurant, where per head, they paid $7.50 per guest.  Dessert was mice-shaped chocolates priced at $3.00 each. Big spenders eh??

The all important wedding dress cost $4,700 and the Bridal Shop where is was purchased noted sales had gone up 680%!

She used a false name to buy the dress last October. Surprisingly  though, dresses very similar to Priscilla’s design are not selling at all. Wonder why, cause we think its fab!!

So billionaires or not, every couples idea of the perfect wedding will always be very different. Something we love here at the Station House!! 

Date Posted: 24/05/2012
Categories: Wedding Blog

D.I.Y Weddings

Have you all been watching Franc's D.I.Y. Brides on RTE 1?

Franc (real name Paul Kelly) is well established as Irelands finest wedding planner, most famous for his exclusive and couture weddings. Now Franc has stepped back a little to show us how to keep costs down while still ensuring elegance and flair.

More and more of our wedding couples are getting into the whole D.I.Y. wedding, while its fun, you can also learn a new skill and keep some dosh for some extra drinks on the honeymoon!!!

So why try D.I.Y???

  • Doing-it-yourself means that you can get something exactly right. No compromises.
  • It also means that you are putting a little bit more of yourself in your wedding; personalisation, family history, a personal touch.
  • They are easier on your wedding budget!
  • The digital age: increasingly, you can use your computer or some other gadget (digital cameras, iPhone..) to produce something as professionally finished as what was only possible by some expensive specialised service a few years ago.
  • Lots of websites i.e. Ebay are offering bulk products at great prices such as card for invites, lace, bows, ribbons...the list is endless. 
  • Get together with your friends, bridesmaids, partner, have a glass of vino while memories of Blue Peter come flooding back, and trying to pick bits of glitter off your face!!

We found a fab website www.diywedding.ie that has everything you need from paper to card to favours! Theres also some great tips on different types of paper you can use and how to make the prefect bow!

  Also a Top Tip if your making your own weding invitations - measure your envelopes first!! Your invite should be 1/4 inch smaller in width & height in order to fit nice and snug !!!

Maybe D.I.Y. is something you could both try for your wedding? Who knows, maybe theres a budding florist in there, dying to get out!! smile  

Date Posted: 23/05/2012
Categories: Holidays in Ireland

History & Heritage

A short visual collection of important sites of Irish heritage and history (many of which lie in and around the Boyne Valley, the central focal point for heritage sites in Ireland).

Date Posted: 09/05/2012
Categories: Events in Meath

Le Cheile Arts & Music Festival

Celebrating the cream of Irish talent, both musical and artistic, Le Cheile Arts & Music Festival 2012 will celebrate its 15th year in 2012. One of the country's most independent festivals, Le Cheile is run by volunteers every August Bank Holiday Weekend, drawing huge crowds to the streets of Oldcastle for a fun filled weekend of the very best in Irish music. Events over the course of the week include historical talks, art workshops, street traders and stalls, live art exhibitions, two big name music gigs each night from Friday night right through to Monday night, along with street theatre, fire dancing, art exhibitions, and street entertainment for all the family.

Date Posted: 08/05/2012
Categories: Food Blog

Food Works Ireland

Date Posted: 03/05/2012
Categories: Holidays in Ireland

Myths of Ireland

An interesting little video details just some of the rich culture of mythology that can be found all around Ireland.

Date Posted: 27/04/2012
Categories: Food Blog

Why Salt Enhances Flavor

This is partially simply due to the fact that “saltiness” is one of the five primary basic tastes the human tongue can detect.  Those five tastes being: salt, bitter, sweet, sour, and umami (if you’re not familiar with this one, it is from glutamic acid, which is found in many foods, particularly some meats, and is the basis of the flavor enhancer monosodium glutamate, also known as MSG).
The extra salt has other effects as well though, outside of simply making things more salty.  Particularly, adding salt to foods helps certain molecules in those foods more easily release into the air, thus helping the aroma of the food, which is important in our perception of taste.
Salt also has been shown to help suppress the bitter taste. So adding a bit of salt won’t just increase your salty taste perception, but will also decrease your bitter taste perception in any given food (which is why it is often sprinkled on grape fruit, for instance, before eating).
Finally, adding salt to sweet or sour things, while not shown to suppress sweet or sour flavors as with bitter flavors, will help balance out the taste a bit by making the perceived flavor, for instance of sugary candies or lemons, less one dimensional.
source: www.todayifoundout.com

Date Posted: 18/04/2012
Categories: Wedding Blog

Personal Wedding Touches

What bride doesn't want those personal touches in her wedding? From vows to guest involvement, there are endless ways to let your personality shine through. Stamp your wedding with your own style and make sure it represents your union.
Are Macarons your favorite dessert? Do you and your future hubby have a special dish that is a favorite? Or even more personal, would you like to involve your dear friend by having her do a reading of your favorite poem? There is nothing that cannot be created!
Try to incorporate your hobbies, interests and quirks into the day. If you love old Hollywood, incorporate this into your theme. It really is all in the detail; your guests will notice the extra effort and time you put into making your day unique. It is not about the money you spend, it is how you spend your energy and the way your guests feel at the end of the evening.

Here are some ways to incorporate your personality into the small details at your wedding and make your big day the opposite of cookie cutter:

Postage Stamps- Yes, even a tiny detail such as purchasing wedding-themed postage stamps goes a long way. Use them for all your pre- and post-event correspondence. It shows the special touches even before the big day begins!
Invites- This is the kickoff to your wedding that your guests will experience! What is your favorite color? Incorporate some personal touches into the design and color palette. You can also add in a distinctive font and wording to spice things up! A past couple of mine even brought their proposal story into their invites -- it was perfect.
Seating Cards- A couple whose wedding I planned last year had met on a plane. Their seating cards looked exactly like a plane ticket and featured the seat numbers that the groom and bride sat in when they met. This allowed their guests to experience intimate details of their relationship.
Monograms- One couple whose wedding I planned had the same initials, so they created a custom monogram and included it everywhere from the aisle runner to the candle display outside of the tent. It was not only personal but it represented the commitment between the new couple.
Photo collage- Having photos of you and your friends or you and your fiancé as a couple at the wedding allows you to bring your past into the day that marks your future. Guests love to see old photos and it's a great way for them to see all the memories that you have experienced together as a couple. It's a simple yet powerful way to allow your guests to be a part of your memories and your special day.
Personalized Wedding Favors- Depending on the wedding's theme, think of small items that can be personalized and used as guest favors. An idea that I love is a personalized CD with all of the special songs that you and your fiancé love. Every time your guests click play, they will sing along to your favorites. I also like wedding favors that guests can enjoy -- wine from your favorite vineyard with personalized labels, sweet treats with a note -- all of these items are exquisite and delicious, and unique to you and your wedding.
Guest Book
- My favorite kind of guest book is the kind that will be with you every day. Instead of your guests signing their name and well wishes on a piece of paper, why not have guests sign their messages on a personalized item. I especially love when the item can be displayed in the couple's home so they are reminded each day of their wedding. Are you a music lover? Why not have your guests sign an older musical instrument of yours? Do you surf? One of my grooms was obsessed with surfing. His bride surprised him with a custom made Robert August surfboard and had all of their guests sign it. It was a keepsake that he would have forever and is hanging in their family room now. Fun!!

While there are many elements that can make a wedding grand, guests appreciate the beauty in these smaller details. These are the details that help create the warmth and love in the room. To accomplish this, the most important thing is to stay true to your personality. If you do, it will show. And always remember to follow your heart by doing what you love! source: www.huffingtonpost.com

Date Posted: 12/04/2012
Categories: Food Blog

Real Irish Brown Soda Bread

The warm and comforting smell of brown soda bread wafting from the kitchen has cheered and nourished countless generations of Irish people after a hard day's work in the fields and bogs. It is the quintessential Irish bread.

Occasionally we add a small fist of fine stoneground oatmeal, 1 egg or 1oz/30g butter to make a richer soda-bread dough.
Makes two loaves.
You will need
560g/1¼lb brown wholemeal flour (preferably stone ground)
560g/1¼lb plain white flour
2 rounded tsps salt
2 rounded tsps bread soda (bicarbonate of soda), sifted
750-900ml/1¼-1½ pints sour milk or buttermilk
Method
First, pre-heat the oven to 230°C/450°F/Gas Mark 8.Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and add most of the sour milk or buttermilk, all in one go. Working from the centre, mix with your hand and add more milk if necessary. The dough should be soft but not sticky.
Turn out on to a floured board and knead lightly, just enough to shape into a round. Flatten slightly to about 5cm/2in deep.
Put on to a floured baking sheet.
Mark with a deep cross and bake in the hot oven for 15-20 minutes, then reduce the heat to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6 for about 20-25 minutes, or until the bread is cooked and sounds hollow when tapped.
Cool on a wire rack.
source: www.independent.ie

 

Date Posted: 02/04/2012
Categories: Wedding Blog

Five Tips for Selecting Wedding Shoes

 

After you've made your bridal dress selection, you should focus on finding a wedding shoe to go with your dress.  Here are five tips you should follow when selecting your shoes.

1.  Do not select your shoes before you have decided on a dress.  It is always easier to match shoes to a dress.  Having the dress first allows you to find shoes that complement your dress.  There are many shades of white and ivory so you want to avoid the colors not matching properly.

2.  Find comfortable shoes!  If you have a long dress, the shoes don't show so you can wear a shoe that is more comfortable.  If you are wearing a shorter dress, the shoes will show.  Shop around and try on a shoes to get a fit that is comfortable.  If you can't find a comfortable pair, get a second pair that you can change into later.

3.  Pick a heel height that is comfortable for you.  All eyes will be on you and there is nothing worse than not feeling confident in the shoes you are in.  Also, consider the heel height for standing next to the groom.  If you are tall, you don't want a three inch heel if you will tower over the groom.

4.  Purchase your shoes before you have your first wedding dress fitting.  You will need to take the shoes with you to the fittings so the dress can be properly hemmed.

5.  Break your shoes in.  Wear the shoes around the house or practice dancing in them.  Whatever you do, your wedding day should not be the first day you wear the shoes. source: www.bridetide.com

Date Posted: 22/03/2012
Categories: Wedding Blog

Alternative Hen & Stag destinations

HEN WEEKENDS

Your own palace in the sun
For laid-back sunshine and a spot of culture, try the coast of Montenegro, a cheaper, quirkier alternative to Croatia. The glamour of the 1930s, when it was visited by Hollywood stars, has begun to resurface, but prices remain rock-bottom. A 17th-century former palace a few minutes' walk from Kotor Bay, which has pretty open air bars, has been restored with local stone and handmade furniture. All bedrooms have lovely views of the mountains or the sea, and it sleeps 16 people (or 23 if you also rent the adjacent smaller building). You can take trips to beaches and restaurants accessible only by boat, and beautiful Dubrovnik is just an hour's drive away.
To party all night
Party like a Madrileña in Spain's capital.
It's not just the women who wear heels when you celebrate your impending nuptials in Madrid. A great night in Spain's party central could start with a transvestite dinner and floor show – just like an Almodóvar movie daaahling – at Gula Gula (gulagula.net) on Gran Via before you dance the hot night away (Madrileños rarely go out before midnight) under the frescoed baroque walls of 19th-century Palacio de Gaviria (palaciogaviria.com), now a club, on Calle Arenal. Next day, recover with alfresco chicken and cider at Casa Mingo (casamingo.es) on the edge of the Casa de Campo urban park to the west of the city centre, and take a dip in the outdoor pool in the park.
Be a real lady
Pretend you were to the manor born by taking over a country house. The Lynhurst, a Victorian pile overlooking Exmoor and the north Devon coast, sleeps up to 23 people. Stock up with food and drink, luxuriate in the three acres of gardens, and play games on the sun terrace. If the weather isn't great, retreat to the luxurious lounge for a singalong around the baby grand by the fireplace. There are pubs, restaurants and shops a few minutes' walk away.

STAG BREAKS

Drinking, with a chaser of exercise …
Involving pickled sprouts, Dirty Tackle beer and bar games like Ride the Bull, the 99km Yorkshire pub crawl around 18 boozers isn't for the faint-hearted – or weak-livered. Covering the glorious scenery of the Dales, the five-day circular walk from Kettlewell – use The Inn Way to the Yorkshire Dales – follows historic trade routes littered with great value B&Bs and some of the country's loveliest pubs. Warning: not suitable for black pudding-phobics.
Rafting with a difference
You and your fellow stags can embrace your inner Ray Mears with a build-it sail-it raft trip on central Sweden's Klaralven river. Vildmark i Varmland provides the timber and tuition for a one or two-day float down the historic logging route with a night in a basic cabin. Obviously, this being a stag do, there's also a beaver safari. The critters explode out of the water unnervingly close to your canoe, so take revenge by eating smoked beaver washed down with beaver gland schnapps at Falkholts Dalslandskrog restaurant.
Bar hopping and beaches
Lisbon is a less obvious choice than Prague or Barcelona, but it's a great – and cheaper – option. Casa da Estrela is a renovated town house sleeping 20 in the historic Ajuda district. The enormous roof terrace offers spectacular views over the city for early evening drinks, before you jump on Lisbon's famous tram 28 into the centre. Bar-hop in the Bairro Alto and visit Cinco Lounge for great cocktails. During the day you can take the train up the coast to one of dozens of surf beaches for a lesson.
source: www.guardian.co.uk
 

Date Posted: 19/03/2012
Categories: Wedding Blog

Advice On Choosing The Best Honeymoon Destinations

So you have decided to get married, you realize that although the ceremony itself is a very important segment of your wedding, probably the most critical aspect to get your married life off to a great start is the honeymoon and consequently the honeymoon destinations available. The honeymoon destinations are very important your honeymoon is not only where you get to have a romantic vacation with your new spouse but also get to relax from all the stresses of the wedding itself. Do not forget that your honeymoon only occurs once during your married life. Admittedly you can always decide to go on second or third honeymoon later in your married life. Just remember that second and third honeymoons will not have the same romance and memories that you both will experience on that first honeymoon.
 
As with any vacation or holiday you must realize that the actual honeymoon destinations are probably the factors that are most important of your honeymoon vacation. The best option is to choose honeymoon destinations that both of you will enjoy. Consequently to really love your honeymoon it is best to choose exotic honeymoon destinations that both you and your significant other have dreamed of going to. Obviously there are a huge amount of tropical honeymoon destinations all over the globe where you both can enjoy a week or two of wedded bliss. Obviously it is imperative that you should know these vacation destinations and their locations and also that you probably are going to have to hand over some serious money in order for you to fully enjoy your honeymoon destinations.

That said you have to consider that taking your honeymoon in a tropical location does not mean that you have to spend a huge amount of cash, there is no need to have your bank account emptied. Do some research online or with your travel broker and choose the best honeymoon destinations that fall within your honeymoon budget. Before you book your honeymoon vacation with your travel broker, make sure you check out all the different honeymoon destinations available to you. You can peruse travel magazines or even bridal magazines. Using bridal magazines is a great idea as they specialize in showing you the best honeymoon destinations vacations. These honeymoon destinations are located all over the world. Perhaps your idea of great honeymoon destinations might be Hawaii, a Caribbean island, Bora Bora, Europe or even one of the exotic islands in Asia like the Maldives.

All these are great exotic honeymoon destinations. For all these destinations you will locate excellent honeymoon packages at your local travel broker. That said, probably the best option to save your hard earned cash is to book your honeymoon package online. You will find that booking your honeymoon vacations online will offer some great discounts as well as providing you with most options when it comes to honeymoon destinations. Taking all these factors into account will help you choose your honeymoon destinations and ensure that you have a wonderful honeymoon vacation.
source: webraydian.com

Date Posted: 14/03/2012
Categories: Holidays in Ireland

Outdoor Activities in Ireland

If you want to experience some adventure sports, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and one of our reservations staff will be to help plan your holiday activities.

Date Posted: 13/03/2012
Categories: Food Blog

Country Markets in County Meath

Meath    Athboy Farmers Market     Athboy     First Sunday of every month 11 - 2pm     Brian Andrews - 087 8173325
Meath    Kells Market     Brendan Doyles Yard, Farrell Street, Kells     Saturdays 10am - 4pm     Brendan Doyle Tel: 045864598, Mobile: 087 2578635
Meath    Local Food Market     Sheridans Cheese Mongers, Virginia Road Station, Carnaross     Saturday 10am-3pm     Kevin Sheridan Tel: 046 9245110
Meath    Oldcastle Country Markets     Masonic Hall, Oldcastle, MeathOldcastle     Friday 9.30am - 2pm     Contact: Helen Mackey 044 9666510
Meath     Sage and Stone Farmers Market     Sage&Stone, The Farm, Julianstown Road, DuleekDunleek     Last Saturday of every month 11am-4pm. Begins on Sat 31st March     Ciara Burke; Tel 04198143262
Meath    Sonairte Farmers Market, Laytown     The Ecology Centre,Laytown     Last Sunday of every month from 11.00 - 5.00 from 25th March to 16th December     Tel: 0419827572
Meath    Trim Country Market     Emmet Street Car ParkTrim     Friday 9am - 4pm     Contact: Ken Pratt .Phone: 0862566902.
Meath    Trim Organic Market     Loman Street, Trim, Co. MeathTrim     Every Friday 9am - 5pm     Contact: Norman Kenny.

Date Posted: 02/03/2012
Categories: Wedding Blog

Wedding Traditions & Superstitions: 35 Wedding Facts & Trivia

Everyone's got a know-it-all in the family: the uncle who spits out World Series stats at the drop of a hat, the sister who can list all the James Bond flicks in reverse chronological order, the reptile-enthusiast cousin. We're proud to be your wedding equivalent -- here are 50 wedding facts to ponder as you plan your big day:
 
Good Luck and Bad Luck

1. Hey, brides, tuck a sugar cube into your glove -- according to Greek culture, the sugar will sweeten your union.
2. The English believe a spider found in a wedding dress means good luck. Yikes!
3. In English tradition, Wednesday is considered the "best day" to marry, although Monday is for wealth and Tuesday is for health.
4. The groom carries the bride across the threshold to bravely protect her from evil spirits lurking below.
5. Saturday is the unluckiest wedding day, according to English folklore. Funny -- it's the most popular day of the week to marry!
6. Ancient Romans studied pig entrails to determine the luckiest time to marry.
7. Rain on your wedding day is actually considered good luck, according to Hindu tradition!
8. For good luck, Egyptian women pinch the bride on her wedding day. Ouch!
9. Middle Eastern brides paint henna on their hands and feet to protect themselves from the evil eye. Find out about Muslim wedding rituals.
10. Peas are thrown at Czech newlyweds instead of rice.
11. A Swedish bride puts a silver coin from her father and a gold coin from her mother in each shoe to ensure that she'll never do without. Learn more about Swedish wedding traditions.
12. A Finnish bride traditionally went door-to-door collecting gifts in a pillowcase, accompanied by an older married man who represented long marriage.
13. Moroccan women take a milk bath to purify themselves before their wedding ceremony. See more Moroccan wedding customs.
14. In Holland, a pine tree is planted outside the newlyweds' home as a symbol of fertility and luck.
 It's Got a Ring To It
15. Engagement and wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was once thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart.
16. About 70% of all brides sport the traditional diamond on the fourth finger of their left hand.
17. Priscilla Presley's engagement ring was a whopping 3 1/2-carat rock surrounded by a detachable row of smaller diamonds.
18. Diamonds set in gold or silver became popular as betrothal rings among wealthy Venetians toward the end of the fifteenth century.
19. In the symbolic language of jewels, a sapphire in a wedding ring means marital happiness.
20. A pearl engagement ring is said to be bad luck because its shape echoes that of a tear.
21. One of history's earliest engagement rings was given to Princess Mary, daughter of Henry VIII. She was two years old at the time.
22. Seventeen tons of gold are made into wedding rings each year in the United States!
23. Snake rings dotted with ruby eyes were popular wedding bands in Victorian England -- the coils winding into a circle symbolized eternity.
24. Aquamarine represents marital harmony and is said to ensure a long, happy marriage.
Fashionable Lore
25. Queen Victoria started the Western world's white wedding dress trend in 1840 -- before then, brides simply wore their best dress.
26. In Asia, wearing robes with embroidered cranes symbolizes fidelity for the length of a marriage.
27. Ancient Greeks and Romans thought the veil protected the bride from evil spirits. Brides have worn veils ever since.
28. On her wedding day, Grace Kelly wore a dress with a bodice made from beautiful 125-year-old lace.
29. Of course, Jackie Kennedy's bridesmaids were far from frumpy. She chose pink silk faille and red satin gowns created by African-American designer Ann Lowe (also the creator of Jackie's dress).
30. In Japan, white was always the color of choice for bridal ensembles -- long before Queen Victoria popularized it in the Western world.
31. Most expensive wedding ever? The marriage of Sheik Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum's son to Princess Salama in Dubai in May 1981. The price tag? $44 million.
32. In Korea, brides don bright hues of red and yellow to take their vows.
33. Brides carry or wear "something old" on their wedding day to symbolize continuity with the past.
34. In Denmark, brides and grooms traditionally cross-dressed to confuse evil spirits!
35. The "something blue" in a bridal ensemble symbolizes purity, fidelity, and love.
source: wedding.theknot.com

Date Posted: 29/02/2012
Categories: Holidays in Ireland

Discover Ireland - Tourism Promotional Video

Wow.... check out this great video! It makes me proud to be Irish and happy to be living in this wonderful little country.

Date Posted: 28/02/2012
Categories: Food Blog

The “57″ in “57 Varieties of Heinz” Has No Real Meaning

The “57″ in “57 Varieties of Heinz” has no real meaning; it’s just a lucky number.

By 1892, H.J. Heinz Company had grown from a small company selling horseradish in clear glass jars, to having over 60 products.  Despite having more than 57 products, at the behest of the founder of H.J. Heinz Company, the business instituted their now famous “57 Varieties of Heinz” slogan.  Henry Heinz had come up with the slogan while riding on a train in New York City in 1892.  While on the train, he spotted a shoe store advertisement that was promoting their “21 styles of shoes”.  He thought his company should have a similar slogan, promoting the fact that they produced many different products.

Rather than go with the exact number of products they made at the time (which would continue to grow to the over 5,700 today), he instead chose “57″.  According to H.J. Heinz Company, he chose this number simply because he thought it was a lucky number and liked the sound of “57 Varieties of Heinz”.  It was also reasonably close to the number of products that they actually produced, so they went with it.
source: www.todayifoundout.com

Date Posted: 15/02/2012
Categories: Food Blog

Traditional Foods of Ireland

Almost everyone when asked about Irish food mentions two things – Irish Stew and Corned Beef with Cabbage. And almost every visitor to Ireland is surprised to find that neither features all that commonly on restaurant menus! In fact corned beef is not traditionally Irish at all – but Bacon and Cabbage is.
That isn’t to say that such dishes are no longer eaten, they are, but they are homely dishes, served to family, rather than ones which would be chosen on an evening out. And so their appearance on a restaurant menu is a rarity. Most traditional Irish foods use simple, basic and cheap ingredients, a reminder of the fact that they originated in a less affluent past. Many have been given a modern twist by a new generation of chefs or incorporated into dishes that better suit the tastes of a more widely travelled population.

Is it really traditional?
Traditional Irish recipes tend to be very simple, with just a few ingredients in most cases. This should be no surprise – it was the food of the poor and they did not have a huge range of exotic ingredients available to them. So when you come across, as I did recently, a recipe for Irish Brack that included peaches, apricots, prunes and pumpkin pie spices, you can be sure that there is nothing Irish about it – the previous generation of cooks in Ireland would never have heard of some of those ingredients, much less have been able to obtain them!

Whiskey & Guinness in Irish Cooking
There is a tendency to take any recipe at random, add a dollop of whiskey and then append the word Irish in front of its name! I have even seen it mentioned – horror! – in recipes for bread. Truth is that Whiskey is not much used in traditional Irish recipes – the Irish always preferred to drink it rather than cook with it! Guinness is a little different – for many years the Irish considered it to be not so much a drink or even a food, but a whole food group all of its own! While it may not be traditional in cooking in the sense of going back centuries, it has been used for quite a long time in stews and as a marinade. But again, taking any old recipe and adding Guinness to the mix does not magically turn it into an Irish recipe.

Everything but the Grunt!
Irish tradional cuisine is a peasant cuisine and food in a poor household is never wasted. There is nothing that illustrates this so well as the pig. Few ordinary Irish households in the past would have eaten beef – this was a food for the rich – but many kept a pig and it is said that they ate every part of it except for the grunt. Crubeens or pigs trotters, tripe (pigs stomach) and drisheen (a blood sausage) were all popular dishes and are still eaten in parts of the country, notably Cork. Irish people are still extemely fond of their fried breakfast, which always includes pork sausages, bacon rashers and black pudding (another type of blood sausage). The killing of the pig was a ritual in which neighbours came together to complete the work, with everyone getting a parcel of meat to take home. In that way each time a pig was killed, several families had food. Since there was no refrigeration, what was not eaten fresh was cured or salted, and hence bacon became a very important part of the Irish diet.

Foraged Food
When times are hard free food is a real bonus and there is and was plenty of it availble in the woodlands and around the shores of Ireland. Summer is berry time and wild blackberries are abundant throughout Ireland as are rosehips and wild strawberries. The wet warm weather of late summer and early autumn is mushroom time and wild mushroom can be found in large amounts in both woodland and on pasture, especially following a good rain shower. A little later there are nuts aplenty, in particular hazel and beech nuts and crab apples ripen. All year round nettles, dandelions and thistles are readily available and very nutritious while elderflowers were (and are) used to make excellent wine or cordial. By the coast there is samphire and various types of edible seaweed. Rocks along the shoreline are often dense with mussels.  Crabs and shrimp can simply be picked from rock pools when the tide goes out and limpets, clams and periwinkles are also there for the taking Not surprisingly all of these ingredients feature in traditional dishes.

The Potato
It’s impossible to talk about Irish food without mentioning the potato. They first saved us then almost destroyed us in history, but there are few households where the potato is not still a staple and anyone who makes even a basic stab at growing vegetables will plant a few spuds in their garden. They are eaten boiled, mashed, fried, chipped and baked, mixed with cabbage or scallions to make colcannon or champ, made into potato cakes and used to top pies and thicken soups or stews. It’s common to find potatoes cooked two ways on the same dinner plate. It’s not all about dinner either. The food that Irish people miss most when they are overseas is Tayto, an Irish brand of potato crisps and a night out on the town is rarely complete without a feed of chips on the way home to soak up the alcohol! Irish people are very fussy about their potatoes. Typically a supermarket will stock at least 5 or 6 different varieties, often many more, with the varieties changing depending on the season and each suited to a particular method of cooking. Of all foods, the humble spud is certainly the most traditional. We may not be dependent on them in the way we were in the past but there are a lot of Irish people for whom a dinner without potatoes is not a dinner at all.
source: www.dochara.com

Date Posted: 14/02/2012
Categories: Wedding Blog

Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher maintain Guinness World’s Record for longest marriage.

In a day when marriages begin and end with the greatest of ease, Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher are a rarity. The James City, N.C., husband and wife have been wed 86 years and hold the Guinness World Record for the longest marriage of a living couple.
Banners and signs celebrating that record decorate the front lawn of their ranch-style home. They’ve captured the attention of newspapers, magazines and websites everywhere. And just recently, they received a signed commendation from President Obama with a promise of an official invitation to the White House to meet him.
The hoopla over their accomplishment doesn’t faze them at all. Zelmyra, 103, scorns the idea that there’s some secret to the longevity of their marriage. “No secrets,” she says. “There isn’t any secret. It was only God that kept us together.”


 
Herbert, 105, is amazed at their longevity. “I didn’t know I would be married this long,” he says. The retired Coca-Cola Bottling Co. mechanic still has a sharp mind, though his hearing is failing. Revered as a hard-working husband and father, Herbert built the family home in 1942, and he and his wife still reside there. His diligence and aggressive saving paid for the college educations of the couple’s five children. They also have 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Their granddaughter Iris Godette is responsible for arranging the Guinness recognition. In 2005, after seeing a TV news report about a couple married for 75 years, she was motivated to research how long her grandparents had been hitched. After poring over records at the county Register of Deeds, she found that they had been married for 81 years. But when she submitted an application to Guinness, another couple who had been married just a few months longer held the record. Godette resubmitted the application in 2008, and that year they officially became the world’s longest-married couple still living.

Date Posted: 02/02/2012
Categories: Holidays in Ireland

Irish Sights & Culture

A short video that captures some of the highlights of Ireland. Located just outside Dublin, in the Boyne Valley, The Station House Hotel is well placed to enjoy Irish sights and culture.

Date Posted: 30/01/2012
Categories: Holidays in Ireland

Discover Ireland

Date Posted: 20/01/2012
Categories: Food Blog | Holidays in Ireland

Food in Ireland

Date Posted: 10/01/2012
Categories: Wedding Blog

What to Wear to a Winter Wedding

Winter weddings can be very beautiful whether they are held inside or outdoors. If you are deciding what to wear, follow these fashion tips to help choose the perfect outfit to wear to a winter wedding.
Though winter is not the most popular time of year for a wedding, the number of winter weddings has increased dramatically in recent years. If you have been invited to a winter wedding, you are probably trying to figure out what to wear. The proper attire for wedding guests depends on a variety of factors including the wedding style, location and time of day.
Is it a black tie wedding?
The wedding invitation will normally state if the wedding is black tie. If that's the case, it makes dressing a bit easier. For black tie weddings, men are expected to wear tuxedos and women don full-length evening gowns. If it's anything less than black tie, that's where it can get confusing.


Where is the wedding taking place?
If it's a church wedding with a reception at the local country club or hotel ballroom, then you can expect formal yet conservative attire. Select a dress, knee-length to tea-length. Anything shorter isn't appropriate and a long gown may be too much. For a church wedding, add a wrap or bolero jacket if you are wearing a strapless gown. Avoid plunging necklines and high slits.
If the wedding reception is being held at a restaurant, wear whatever you would normally wear to dine at that establishment. For an upscale restaurant, a dress is appropriate. For something more casual, perhaps a cashmere sweater and slacks are a better choice.
Choosing the right colors
When selecting the color of your outfit, there are a few things to avoid. Don't wear white - it's not appropriate for anyone but the bride. If the wedding is in the daytime, do not wear black.
Avoid bright colors such as sunny yellow and orange. These shades are best reserved for spring weddings. Instead look for a dress in rich, wintery colors such as burgundy, deep plum and forest green. Red is an appropriate choice, but lean more toward dark reds rather than bold fire engine red.
Dressing for an outdoor wedding
Many couples are planning outdoor weddings, even in the wintertime. Snow and ice can make a beautiful backdrop for a weddding. If you are invited to an outdoor wedding, dress appropriately for the weather.
Don't wear a flowing skirt that can easily get caught by the wind. You don't want to expose yourself! Select a sheath style dress instead.
Choose chunky or wedge heels rather than stilettos. Skinny heels will sink into the ground and you may trip or fall.
 Add a fur wrap or cape. Though you might not want to cover up your dress, you also don't want to freeze!

Date Posted: 05/01/2012
Categories: Food Blog

Why Carbonated Beverages Are Called “Soft Drinks”

It turns out, soft drinks aren’t just flavored carbonated beverages.  “Soft Drink” refers to nearly all beverages that do not contain significant amounts of alcohol (hard drinks).
The term “soft drink” though is now typically used exclusively for flavored carbonated beverages.  This is actually due to advertising.  Flavored carbonated beverage makers were having a hard time creating national advertisements due to the fact that what you call their product varies from place to place.  For instance, in parts of the United States and Canada, flavored carbonated beverages are referred to as “pop”; in other parts “soda”; in yet other parts “coke”; and there are a variety of other names commonly used as well.  Then if we go international with the advertisements, in England these drinks are called “fizzy drinks”; in Ireland sometimes “minerals”.  To account for the fact that they can’t refer to their product in the generic sense on national advertisements, because of these varied terms, these manufactures have chosen the term “soft drink” to be more or less a universal term for flavored carbonated beverages.

Interestingly, according to a study done in 2006, most carbonated “soft” drinks actually do contain a little alcohol.  In older methods of introducing the CO2 to the drink, this was resulting from natural fermentation, similar to how most beer gets its alcohol.  However, with modern methods of introducing CO2 to the drink, this is not an issue; yet measurable amounts of alcohol remain.  This is due to the fermentation of sugars in the non-sterile environment of the drink.   In some types of soda-pop, additional alcohol is also introduced due to the fact that alcohol is used in the preparation of some of the flavor extracts.  However, before anyone starts campaigning to make soda-pop illegal for kids due to the alcohol content, it should be noted that a typical container of yogurt of similar volume to  some amount of soda-pop, will contain about 2 times the amount of alcohol over the amount in the soda-pop.
source: www.todayifoundout.com

Date Posted: 21/12/2011
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Winter Solstice at Newgrange Heritage Site

Today was a magical day at Newgrange, our 5300 year old neolythic neighbour here in the Boyne Valley. At midday today, the shortest day in the year, the beams of winter sunshine shone down the passage into the central chamber, as if illuminating a path through history. 

Click on the photo to see a recent RTE news video clip covering the annual event. 

Newgrange Winter Solstice

While Newgrange is certainly the most famous historic site in the area, it is only one of many ancient treasures to be explored here in the Boyne Valley. For more information on holiday packages that incorporate some of the world's top heritage sites, check out our special package deals

Newgrange Passage of Light

Date Posted: 14/11/2011
Categories: Food Blog

Come Dine With Me - cookery demonstration by Paolo Tullio

Paolo Tullio will be demonstrating how to prepare 'An Italian Christmas Dinner' on November 26th at The Station House hotel cookery school. The demonstration will begin at 6.30pm. He promises to make it easy for people to take home these recipes enabling you to prepare the perfect menu for your next 'Come Dine with Me' dinner party!! Just on time for pre-Christmas home parties!! For more information abotu Paolo and this event, click here.

Date Posted: 06/10/2011
Categories: Wedding Blog

Best Wedding Venue Meath

Great News!!!!

We have just been awarded the fantastic award of Best Wedding Venue in Meath by weddingdates.ie

Thank you so much to all of our great fans and customers that voted for us!

Well done to the great wedding team for their hard work.

If you would like to visit our award winning meath wedding venue make sure to contact our wedding team on  0469025239 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Voted Best Meath Wedding Venue on WeddingDates.ie!

Date Posted: 09/09/2011
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Another Award Under Their Belt!

The Station House Hotel has recently scooped an amazing award from Trip Advisor. Reviews were ranked in the late ninety percentage bracket which meant that The Station House Hotel were awarded 4.5 stars in Trip Advisor Excellence Awards. What an amazing award to receive as this is based on honest reviews from customers.

Earlier this year Executive Head Chef Dave Mulivihill won Best Chef in Meath for the second time.

It has been a great year of recognition for The Station House Hotel. Make sure to come and visit this Award Winning hotel!

Date Posted: 17/08/2011
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Station House Hotel New Website Opening Blog

Dear Customers,

We are delighted to announce the launch of not only our new website but our new blog! In this section you can find out all of our latest news and special offers. We will also keep you in the loop on activities taking place in our area!

On our blog you will also get to see recipes from our award winning executive head chef David Mulvihill and also get some great wedding tips from our wedding team.

If there is something that you would like to see on our blog, make sure to send us your feedback to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Enjoy our new site!

From all of the team here at The Station House Hotel & Award Winning Signal Restaurant