This Wednesday 25th August Solas is hosting a hospitality evening for locally businesses & tourist attractions

The evening will kick off at 7pm and run for 2hrs until 9pm. Refreshments, Food, snacks & beverage will be served from our food court on the day

We feel it is a great opportunity for us to showcase what we have on offer here at Solas as well as celebrate our recent opening

Linking in with local business & working with our community is a be part of what we want to do here at Solas and we feel we have a lot to give!

We are now running weekly training courses in gardening & crafts for adults & kids, These have proven hugely sucessful, many courses selling out in hours
Our farmers market which runs every Saturday is the perfect setting to allow us showcase the best food & crafts from the local area & was recently visited by none other than gardening legend & TV personality Diarmuid Gavin
Our eco store is an ideal retreat for people arriving into Portarlington & maybe have a few hours to pass. This 22000Sq.ft complex was recently resorted from a rundown, derelict warehouse.
& our spacious food court built entirely from recycled materials is  the perfect space to unwind & with live music every Sunday we hope to create a tourist destination right here in Portarlington

But that is not all
We hope to open a green energy information facility in the coming months
We are working with our farmers market partners to set up a eco retail shop selling the best of their food & craft selections
we are installing electic car charging points & solar panels throughout our garden centre
And to further promote tourism in the area, we plan to 40ft map of Laois / Offaly / Kildare showcasing the best these counties have to offer

If you would like to attend on Wednesday please contact John on 0871248152, or email [email protected]
The SOLAS Eco Garden Shop & Farmers’ Market in Portarlington is to be featured on Newstalk’s ‘Down to Business with Bobby Kerr’ which will air between 10am and 12pm this Saturday August 14.

David Maher, co-owner of SOLAS, explained how the pre-recorded visit to the popular shop went,

He said: “We were so delighted when we were contacted by Newstalk to let us know Bobby would be visiting SOLAS and sure enough he arrived on Wednesday afternoon.

“The whole visit was very informal and fun with my business partner John Carey and myself giving Bobby the tour.

“We started by enjoying a SOLAS coffee from local coffee roaster ‘Seccoto Coffee’ in our ‘Chill’ Food zone as we explained the industrial history of Portarlington and the why we made the decision to build SOLAS – Ireland’s first Eco Garden Shop.”

Maher continued: “The rest of the visit continued much as expected as we guided Bobby through our range of Plants, Pots and retractable roof greenhouse

“But just as we were about to head towards our 22,000 sq. ft indoor garden shop, we showed Bobby our luxury hen house and from that point it was ‘Chickens all the way’ and we never quite managed to get to the garden shop

“Bobby Kerr without a moment’s hesitation climbed a ladder on to the top of one our containers and proceed to interview both John and myself along with the chickens – it was really quite surreal.”

On site facilities for the chickens include a 40ft container completed with perches, laying boxes and a straw bed relaxation area.

They have access to an outdoor area that includes a climbing frame, swing, mini lake with a solar powered fountain and a range of tasty herbs.

The chickens dine on mainly leftover bread and cakes from the SOLAS café – a true circular economy.

By Department of Agriculture rules, the 500 sq. ft chicken coop would be allowed house up to 600 chickens and still quality as being ‘free range’ – while the SOLAS hens have plenty of room– hosting only 20 chickens at any one time.

The trip end with photo of Bobby, John and David at the magnificent SOLAS sign.

David said: “It was only afterwards we realised that Bobby Kerr was still holding onto his SOLAS Coffee cup, which is a great PR coup for us given his proud history as the Godfather of Irish Coffee through his ‘Insomnia’ Brand.”

This week’s market is to feature several new exhibitors including:

    Leopards kitchen amazing range of Salsas & Couscous
    Houli-HENS free range eggs and healthy Omelettes
    Free Range Meats with bring an array of fresh beef and cooked products on the day
    Crean’s Place artisan fresh sour dough and pastries
This Sunday at SOLAS Eco Garden Shop

Portarlington Concert Band will perform in our food court

Start time: 2.30pm

Spend an afternoon at Solas this Sunday
Our food court will be open serving fresh sandwiches, pizzas, wine & soft drinks
All are welcome!

Full Details
Portarlington Concert Band will be performing in the new Solas Eco Garden in Portarlington on Sunday the 25th of
July at 2.30pm. 😀 🎷🎺

Come along and listen to some amazing tunes performed by Portarlington Concert Band while sitting in the glorious sun ☀️
We look forward to seeing you all there.😎🥁