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Farmers Market
Every Saturday
10am to 2m

Craft Market
1st Sunday of Every Month
11am to 4m

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Freshly Prepared Food

Rest and relax in spacious outdoor food court. Our new retractable roof and heating system is the perfect surroundings to unwind with a barista coffee, tasty snack or delicious dinner from our ever expanding food menu.


Our Latest News

Some of the latest news stories we have, give them a read.


News
20 June 2022

Festival Français returning to Portarlington

SOLAS is delighted to announce that the French Festival will return to Portarlington in the summer of 2022

In conjunction with Bastille Day in July SOLAS will host a weekend of events to celebrate the towns French Huguenots heritage




Schedule of Events:

A sneak peak at some of the events planned for the Saturday & Sunday at SOLAS garden centre include:

A La Marche: Our farmers market will take on a french theme on Saturday 16th July

Le Discotheque:  Dj Filip and Jazz Quartet playing french music

Tour de Portarlington: in conjunction with Critical Mass Cycle Group

Taste of France: in our food court with a selection of french dishes, deserts & wines on sale

Allez les bleus! Revealing our latest art installation at SOLAS

Street performers & French Mime artists
Traditional puppet shows
Children crafts & French face painting
Quest speakers & Historians
Plus special guests

Much more to follow so stay tuned

News
16 June 2022

New Events Space at Solas

WELCOME TO SEOMRA

SOLAS is delighted to announce the opening our new Events and training room 'SEOMRA'

This spacious room, 100 Sq.M. is an ideal location for your next event or training day.
There has already been huge interest in the room are have already lined up a number of brilliant courses & activities some of which include:

DANCE & EXERCISE
Laois Best Dancer hosted by RAM


HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
Weekly Yoga classes, hosted by Alica in Yogaland. Courses running Tuesdays & Saturdays 10:30 to 11:30am
Other health and wellbeing events coming soon include:
Meditation, Reiki, Sound Meditation

GARDENING & SUSTAINABLE LIVING
Living Wall Talk with Niall
Irish Wildflower Masterclass with Sandro Cafolla
Eco Warrior Gardening Skills for Kids

CRAFTS
Watercolour & Painting with Jacinta Hughes
Summer Camp for Kids


See SEOMRA Schedule here: https://www.ecogardenshop.ie/events




What our space offers:
  • A safe & secure location within our 22000Sq.ft Eco Shop
  • Relaxing & quite surroundings
  • 100SqM. area is Spacious and Tranquil
  • Floor space finished in Oak Laminate flooring
  • Over head Silk Style Drape gives an enclosed feel & calming vibes
  • Easy access to toilets
  • Option to use adjacent kitchen facilities
  • Option to use Projector & Screen
  • Seats up to 70 people
  • Electricity Included


Rental Rates
  • Hourly: 25€
  • Day: 125€
  • Contact: Georgina to Book:
[email protected]



News
02 June 2022

Art At Solas

Check out our latest compilation of artwork & installations now at SOLAS

Over the past 18 months we have worked with local artists & crafts people to introduce lots of inspiring works and designs

1. TOURIST MAP 

                  
Local tourist maps of Portarlington, Laois and surrounds in our revamped food court           
40ft in length           
Showcasing over 25 different tourist sites            
Designed by: Adam Warren @adwart
Lazer cut metal work by: C&G Engineering Naas   


                   
           

2. SOLAS SCRAP MEADOW

80ft Long scrap metal art piece embodies everything we strive for a SOLAS   
This art piece uses only left over sheets of shipping container & scrap metal from our build   
The piece incorporates different flowers, plants & insects   
Tulips, Sunflowers,  Mushrooms, Bees & Bluebells
Designed by the very talented Beta Franca of the Port Art Collective   
Installed by Beta and Niall O Donnell  
Beta Website can be found at betafranca.carbonmade.com  


       
       
Interesting facts:   
A subtle touch in this design, that makes all the difference, is the fact that all the bits (petals, leaves etc) align with its corrugated steel background. That was also what made the making of it very tricky.   
As a result, we have the mural looking like two different pieces of art - one, when the sun hits it throughout the morning, creating hard shading that reveals the texture of the corrugated steel; and another one after it goes into shade in the afternoon, when the objects themselves stand out (see images attached).   
Very interesting was the fact that, throughout the making of it, when the flowers were already up on the wall and spring was just around the corner, we witnessed a good few times a bumble bee going along the whole mural, visiting flower after flower, from one side to the other, and then leaving. That was really incredible, especially because it happened again and again.    
       

3. 9 Flags

Designed in house at SOLAS
These colourful festival flags measure 4m in height
Hand made in Co Cork by : Tara Marshall /
9 flags at Solas Eco garden centre
Each representing various environmental ideals.
Sun: solar energy. Farm land: local produce. Wind: Wind energy. Trees: Carbon storage. Wildflowers: Native plants. Honeycomb: Protect our Bees. Ladybird: Natural Predators. Butterflies: Biodiversity. Water: Protect our seas/ reduce plastic waste
One to follow: Nuclear Energy!



4. Welcome Container      

Designed by Adam Warren    
One of several art pieces by Adam & Darren at Solas   
The entrance container spans 40ft in length   
The art piece brings together many elements of our garden centre  & town   
Our now famous Chickens
Our tower Logo
Plants, flower & insects
And a bridge representing Portarlington



5. Art in the pipeline

Watch this space
We have a lot more to come
See a sneak peak of our next works, due to commence June 2022 



6. Other pieces                                         

Our Bug hotel entrance sign           
Designed in house, built in Franz Caffery of Portaoise
           
Our hand made welcome entrance           
Designed & built by Franz Caffery of Portlaoise      

     
Our metal screen wall           
Lazer cut in Portarlington           
                       
Our Recycled Re-bar internal walling               
Designed in house & built by johnny bracken     

  
                       
                       
We also have willow weaving art                       
Our Farmers Market Sculpture               
Designed & created by Jerry Smith of Monasterevin       
Our Shop Lamp Shades               
Designed & created by Jerry Smith of Monasterevin

                       
                       
Up Cycling                       
This area is a work in progress                       
Obviously the shipping containers                   
We have an our tractor now decorated with flowers / plants in our farmers market                   
We have an old 1960 public bus from Scotland                    
Signage throughout the shop & garden centre:
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