How to Select the Perfect Artificial Christmas Tree

How to Select the Perfect Artificial Christmas Tree

by Andrew Southwell on November 13, 2018
Choosing the perfect Artificial Christmas tree is key to enhancing the festive atmosphere in your home. Follow our simple guide to help you pick that perfect tree for the most magical time of year!
Best Place to Visit Santa 2018 - Rathwood Santa Experience

Best Place to Visit Santa 2018 - Rathwood Santa Experience

by Andrew Southwell on November 1, 2018
Rathwood's Santa train adventure is Ireland's most popular Santa experience!

Best Artificial Christmas Trees Ireland

Best Artificial Christmas Trees Ireland

by Niamh on November 6, 2018
We have the best selection of the best artificial Christmas trees in Ireland!
How to fill pots with plants?

How to fill pots with plants?

by thomas keogh on August 16, 2018
Simple guide to pot plants in a pot

How to choose the perfect Garden Furniture in Ireland?

How to choose the perfect Garden Furniture in Ireland?

by thomas keogh on July 3, 2018
Choosing the perfect garden furniture for your outdoor space is key to enhancing the look and feel of your garden. Get this right, and you can create a versatile space that’s enjoyable to use, stylish and practical.
Easter Specials

Easter Specials

by Andrew Southwell on January 1, 1970
What to look out for this Easter? We have all the answers for you here at Rathwood

Mothers Day brunch Special at the MerryTree

Mothers Day brunch Special at the MerryTree

by Andrew Southwell on February 27, 2018

Ginger Bread Men

Ginger Bread Men

by on December 5, 2017
This easy recipe for gingerbread men is great for baking with children, and it makes a lovely homemade Christmas present.

Our Rathwood Santa Train Adventure

Our Rathwood Santa Train Adventure

by on November 18, 2017
Our Rathwood Santa Train Adventure from Donna Marie in the popular Bella Dee blogging website
Rollercoaster says Yes to Halloween at Rathwood

Rollercoaster says Yes to Halloween at Rathwood

by on October 21, 2017
Top parenting site in Ireland says yes to Halloween at Rathwood

Vlog of the newest Halloween Train - don't miss it!

Vlog of the newest Halloween Train - don't miss it!

by on October 17, 2017
Vlog of the newest Halloween Train from Sonja and the Shulligans - thrills, spills and lots of fun!
Halloween - Fab Review of the newest adventure

Halloween - Fab Review of the newest adventure

by on January 1, 1970
Halloween - Fab Review of the newest adventure by Journal by Jen https://journalbyjen.com/2017/10/15/rathwoods-halloween-pirate-adventure/

Halloween progress

Halloween progress

by on September 28, 2017
We have started the building for our halloween event. Check out our progress!
Sensational Kids - Competition - Clue Number #9

Sensational Kids - Competition - Clue Number #9

by on September 5, 2017
Fairies and elves of all ages are invited to the Sensational Kids Enchanted Fairy and Elf Festival on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September in the fabulous surroundings at Rathwood, leisure and entertainment centre just out Tullow in County Carlow.

Sensational Kids - Competition - Clue Number #8

Sensational Kids - Competition - Clue Number #8

by on August 31, 2017
Fairies and elves of all ages are invited to the Sensational Kids Enchanted Fairy and Elf Festival on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September in the fabulous surroundings at Rathwood, leisure and entertainment centre just out Tullow in County Carlow.
Sensational Kids - Competition - Clue Number #7

Sensational Kids - Competition - Clue Number #7

by on January 1, 1970
Fairies and elves of all ages are invited to the Sensational Kids Enchanted Fairy and Elf Festival on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September in the fabulous surroundings at Rathwood, leisure and entertainment centre just out Tullow in County Carlow.

	Sensational Kids - Competition - Clue Number #6

Sensational Kids - Competition - Clue Number #6

by on August 31, 2017
Fairies and elves of all ages are invited to the Sensational Kids Enchanted Fairy and Elf Festival on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September in the fabulous surroundings at Rathwood, leisure and entertainment centre just out Tullow in County Carlow.
	Sensational Kids - Competition - Clue Number #5

Sensational Kids - Competition - Clue Number #5

by on August 24, 1970
Fairies and elves of all ages are invited to the Sensational Kids Enchanted Fairy and Elf Festival on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September in the fabulous surroundings at Rathwood, leisure and entertainment centre just out Tullow in County Carlow.

Sensational Kids - Competition - Clue Number #4

Sensational Kids - Competition - Clue Number #4

by on August 21, 2017
Fairies and elves of all ages are invited to the Sensational Kids Enchanted Fairy and Elf Festival on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September in the fabulous surroundings at Rathwood, leisure and entertainment centre just out Tullow in County Carlow.
Sensational Kids - Competition - Clue Number #3

Sensational Kids - Competition - Clue Number #3

by on August 19, 2017
Fairies and elves of all ages are invited to the Sensational Kids Enchanted Fairy and Elf Festival on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September in the fabulous surroundings at Rathwood, leisure and entertainment centre just out Tullow in County Carlow.

Sensational Kids - Competition - Clue Number #2

Sensational Kids - Competition - Clue Number #2

by on August 16, 1972
Fairies and elves of all ages are invited to the Sensational Kids Enchanted Fairy and Elf Festival on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September in the fabulous surroundings at Rathwood, leisure and entertainment centre just out Tullow in County Carlow.
Sensational Kids - Competition - Clue Number #1

Sensational Kids - Competition - Clue Number #1

by on September 14, 2017
Fairies and elves of all ages are invited to the Sensational Kids Enchanted Fairy and Elf Festival on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September in the fabulous surroundings at Rathwood, leisure and entertainment centre just out Tullow in County Carlow.

Rathwood's Pirate Adventure at Halloween

Rathwood's Pirate Adventure at Halloween

by on August 10, 2017
Welcome the to the latest Pirate Adventure at Rathwood this Halloween.
Scary Food for Halloween at Rathwood

Scary Food for Halloween at Rathwood

by on August 10, 2017
Scary food for Halloween at Rathwood - come and join the spooky fun at Halloween with our all new characters and fun.

Teddy Bear train

Teddy Bear train

by on August 6, 2017
A super review of the Teddy Bear Train - read the latest from journalist Ruth Chambers and her family when they visited Rathwood last week
Active Retirement BBQ at Rathwood

Active Retirement BBQ at Rathwood

by on June 28, 2017
For the fifth year in a row, the Active Retirement organisation from Tullow have held their annual BBQ at Rathwood. The group boasts more than 200 members and almost half of them attend the annual event.

Mindful Health

Mindful Health

by on June 26, 2017
Boost your Resilience to Stress
Teddy Bear Train - Review and Video

Teddy Bear Train - Review and Video

by on June 12, 2017
From Life of a Bride to Be a fab review and video of the Teddy Bear Train
https://www.lifeofabridetobe.com/rathwood-teddy-bear-picnic/

Brows for Barnardos

Brows for Barnardos

by on June 10, 2017
Brows for Barnardos
Calling all Fairies

Calling all Fairies

by on June 7, 2017
Calling on Fairies of all Ages…..Fly to Rathwood for a Magical Day Out while Supporting Children with Special Needs!

Protect your skin

Protect your skin

by on May 24, 2017
Protect your skin from the sun through sun cream, hats and sunglasses
Outdoor furniture ideas for small gardens and patios

Outdoor furniture ideas for small gardens and patios

by on May 23, 2017
Spring is on the way so our Rathwood Furniture Team has put together a list of outdoor furniture ideas to help you maximise your space and enjoy it to the full:

Caring for your Skin after Waxing

Caring for your Skin after Waxing

by on May 17, 2017
Caring for your Skin after Waxing
Benefits of Juicing

Benefits of Juicing

by on May 16, 2017
Vegetable Juices and Smoothies are a fast way of insuring the intake of important minerals and vitamins straight from the raw vegetables.



Full Irish Breakfast only €8.99 - get second one half price on Saturday before 11am

Full Irish Breakfast only €8.99 - get second one half price on Saturday before 11am

by on May 16, 2017
Yes, you read that right. Every Saturday morning before 11am enjoy a full Irish Breakfast for and get a second one half price before 11am.
Couscous - fast and healthy food

Couscous - fast and healthy food

by on May 16, 2017
Couscous - Pronounce it: koos-koos

Can you feel it? Spring is in the Air!

Can you feel it? Spring is in the Air!

by on May 15, 2017
Can you feel it? Spring is in the Air! Please visit our garden centre for some special discounts and wonderful plants
GIANT COUSCOUS WITH BUTTERNUT SQUASH & HERBS

GIANT COUSCOUS WITH BUTTERNUT SQUASH & HERBS

by on May 15, 2017
GIANT COUSCOUS WITH BUTTERNUT SQUASH & HERBS

 Explosion of Colour!

Explosion of Colour!

by on May 15, 2017
Come visit the restaurant and see what fabulous organic vegetables we are cooking with this month.


Afternoon Tea for Two

Afternoon Tea for Two

by on May 15, 2017
Why not book an afternoon delight in our restaurant? For just €20 for two

My First Wax

My First Wax

by on May 10, 2017
Okay, maybe not your first wax but perhaps you had a bad experience before, or you felt uncomfortable or you just don’t like to think about the whole messy business of waxing. Well, welcome to the Beauty Boutique and Waxperts where we hope to change your opinion of waxing forever.
Tullow Parkrun - first for Carlow in Rathwood

Tullow Parkrun - first for Carlow in Rathwood

by on May 10, 2017
Welcome to the first carlow based Parkrun, the Tullow Parkrun based here in Rathwood. It caters for runners and walkers of all abilities in the Carlow/Wicklow area. See you at Rathwood at 930am on Saturday

Teddy Bear Train - Review and Video

Teddy Bear Train - Review and Video

by on May 9, 2017
Teddy Bear Train - Review and Video from Tracey Quinn, blogger with Love of Living dot ie. Read through to the end for a super video
Train Review - Another Happy Customer

Train Review - Another Happy Customer

by on May 3, 2017
Another happy reviewer - this time from the blog 'Where Wishes come from' and you can visit the page at http://www.wherewishescomefrom.com/2017/04/rathwood-easter-train-review.html

Waxing – a pain free service

Waxing – a pain free service

by on May 2, 2017
Here at the Beauty Boutique in Rathwood we do the research so that we can bring you the best products. Sometimes that means putting in long hours or submitting ourselves to different treatments in order to find the best products.
Me Time – that’s time for you!

Me Time – that’s time for you!

by on April 26, 2017
Want to enjoy a better work life balance? Then be prepared to fit Me Time into your life. Studies show that making time for yourself has big benefits including better wellbeing, becoming more productive at work and creating better relationships.

First Communion Fashion from Oona Conroy

First Communion Fashion from Oona Conroy

by on April 24, 2017
First Communion Fashion from Oona Conroy
Easter Train from Daddy Poppins

Easter Train from Daddy Poppins

by on April 24, 2017
A lovely review about the Easter Train from Daddy Poppins. Expect lots of 'egg' jokes and great pictures from the day. Also a lovely video on the whole experience.

First Communion Fashion

First Communion Fashion

by on April 20, 2017
While all the fuss is rightly focused on the children receiving their first communion, the day itself poses a bit of a dilemma for mothers and other female members of the family. It is easy for Dad – he just wears his suit and maybe spruces it up with a new tie or none at all, but for women it is much more nuanced.

Double Cleansing - what is it all about?

Double Cleansing - what is it all about?

by on April 19, 2017
Double Cleansing - what is it all about? Let Aoife in the Beauty Boutique in Rathwood explain everything you ever wanted to ask about Double Cleansing.

Easter Train at Rathwood - by Suzy in the Airing Cupboard

Easter Train at Rathwood - by Suzy in the Airing Cupboard

by on April 17, 2017
Easter Train at Rathwood - by Suzy in the Airing Cupboard
Easter Train Review - The Chaos of 3

Easter Train Review - The Chaos of 3

by on August 17, 2017
Lovely Easter Train review by Sabrina and her three children.

Here comes the Sun (hopefully)

Here comes the Sun (hopefully)

by on April 12, 2017
After covering up for the cold winter we need to do an audit on our skin condition. The Beauty Boutique in Rathwood has five top tips to make sure your skin looks fresh and dewy. This article selects products from the comprehensive skin care range Dermalogica.
Easter Train 2017 - our first review!

Easter Train 2017 - our first review!

by on April 10, 2017
Janine from JaninesLittleWorld travelled to Rathwood to go our famous Easter Train. Read her exciting review below

Perfect Food for Easter - slow cooked shoulder of Lamb

Perfect Food for Easter - slow cooked shoulder of Lamb

by on April 10, 2017
Perfect Food for Easter - slow cooked shoulder of Lamb
Quinoa - Super Star

Quinoa - Super Star

by on April 10, 2017
Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) has risen to superstar fame in recent years. It’s a gluten-free, high-protein, high-fiber, quick-cooking whole grain with a nutty flavor and a fun pop between the teeth when cooked. You’ll find beige, red, black, or tricolor quinoa in stores; they all taste the same, so use whichever colour you prefer. Because quinoa has a bitter-flavored natural coating, it’s always a good idea to rinse it before cooking. Quinoa is great for pilafs, salads, soups, casseroles, and more.

What is a Pseudo Cereal?

What is a Pseudo Cereal?

by on July 10, 2017
In case you haven’t encountered quinoa yet, it is a pseudo cereal that grows near the Andes in South America. By pseudo cereal, I mean that it is grain-like, but it’s technically not a grass like wheat. So I guess it is kinda cheating a little.
Quinoa - Cooking perfect Quinoa every time

Quinoa - Cooking perfect Quinoa every time

by on April 10, 2017
Quinoa – pronounced Keen-Wah is the ‘go-to’ food for healthy meals. However, like its sister staple rice, it can be tricky to cook. Not enough water in the cooking process and the grain like texture is too crunchy and moreover will absorb any liquids afterwards. If you are adding a dressing then this can result in too strong a flavour as the undercooked quinoa soaks up too much.

How to Lacquer an Oak Dining Table

How to Lacquer an Oak Dining Table

by on April 10, 2017
Once you have your oak table then the next question to ask is what kind of finish you would like. Unlike cheap fast growing wood, oak has beautiful markings and grain. So, it makes sense to provide a finish that shows off those granulations. Typically oak furniture, especially something like an oak dining table that has a large surface, can be finished in either oil or lacquer.
The benefits of cast aluminium garden furniture

The benefits of cast aluminium garden furniture

by on April 6, 2017
Cast aluminium has many qualities that make it a popular material for outdoor furniture and a fantastic choice for patio and garden furniture in Ireland. Here’s why:


Caring for your nails - the easy way to fix problem nails

Caring for your nails - the easy way to fix problem nails

by on April 5, 2017
Beauty Therapist Aoife of Rathwood’s Beauty Boutique finds that sometimes women come in and are almost ashamed of their nails. It is a Catch 22 situation where leaving the nail naked is too scary, yet the polish is only hiding any bad nail surfaces underneath.
Little Bo Peep review

Little Bo Peep review

by on March 30, 2017
Claire visited the Little Bo Peep train and this is her review

How to get a perfect tan

How to get a perfect tan

by on March 29, 2017
Spray Tan – preparation, application and maintenance
Cinderella Tea Party Review

Cinderella Tea Party Review

by on March 17, 2017
Alan, author of the OMG It's a girl blog, enjoyed the Little Bo Peep train so much he returned with his children to take part in the Cinderella Tea Party.

Walking Dad - another Father's Perspective

Walking Dad - another Father's Perspective

by on March 15, 2017
Dad of Mimi tells us all about how she enjoyed the Little Bo Peep train.
OMG It's a Girl! Written by a Dad

OMG It's a Girl! Written by a Dad

by on March 19, 2017
OMG It's a girl is a humorous blog written by Dad Alan about his family of three boys and, yes you guessed it, one little girl. Here is their day at Rathwood on the Little Bo Peep Train

Cinderella Tea Party was perfect

Cinderella Tea Party was perfect

by on March 18, 2017
Triona from the blog A little Londerer visited Rathwood recently and this is her review on the Cinderella Tea Party
Quinoa - help!

Quinoa - help!

by on March 17, 2017
How do I pronounce Quinoa? And how do I cook with it?

Rathwood earns Best Casual Dining in Carlow at the Irish Restaurant Awards

Rathwood earns Best Casual Dining in Carlow at the Irish Restaurant Awards

by on March 17, 2017
Award earned in regional final – goes forward to National finals in May 2017
To share or not? How men and women differ on sharing food

To share or not? How men and women differ on sharing food

by on March 21, 2017
A recent survey conducted for a women’s magazine in the UK highlighted the discrepancies between men and women when it came to sharing food. While some 70 percent of women said they would share food while out dining, only 47 percent of men said the same.

Flanagan Kerins finds match in Rathwood

Flanagan Kerins finds match in Rathwood

by on March 22, 2017
Rathwood now has its garden furniture in both showrooms in Mt Merrion and Bray and the customers welcome the new range.
Cinderella Train gets Thumbs Up

Cinderella Train gets Thumbs Up

by on March 23, 2017
Multi Award Winning blogger Kellie Kearney of MyLittleBabogBlog travels to Rathwood for the Cinderella train and loves it.

Three reasons to eat Organic Vegetables

Three reasons to eat Organic Vegetables

by on March 9, 2017
Three reasons to eat Organic Vegetables

There are many reasons to eat Organic but here are a couple of good points. At Rathwood we have a fabulous range of seasonal organic produce sourced locally and served in a range of fab new dishes in our restuarant.

How to make the most of your small living room?

How to make the most of your small living room?

by on March 9, 2017
The key to keeping small living rooms looking smart and uncluttered is by choosing very wisely when purchasing and arranging your living room furniture. It is essential that you avoid large or oversized pieces when decorating rooms with limited space because they will make your living room feel much smaller than it actually is – and will probably look out of place too!

Toasty Toes

Toasty Toes

by on March 2, 2017
How do you keep your toes toasty in the cold weather? Check our Rathwood 50% sale off winter boots - never go cold again!
Trains Glorious Trains

Trains Glorious Trains

by on May 2, 2017
Why not try out some of the very special train experiences at Rathwood. The next major train experience is the Easter Train running from April 8 to April 16

Healthy by Water

Healthy by Water

by on March 2, 2017
Today we think of a Spa as a place of regeneration but one which is more likely to be frequented by ladies than gents. The emphasis of a modern spa is also more likely to focus on beauty rather than just health, although relaxation is at the core of a Spa treatment.
Why Is Rattan Garden Furniture A Popular Choice For the Irish Climate?

Why Is Rattan Garden Furniture A Popular Choice For the Irish Climate?

by on March 2, 2017
Rattan garden furniture, particularly resin wicker garden furniture, has been in increasing demand at the Rathwood Furniture Store in the past few years. There are many reasons why rattan garden furniture has become such a popular choice in Ireland.

Pancake Tuesday

Pancake Tuesday

by on July 22, 2016
Pancake Tuesday is all about eating our luxury foods before Lent begins. And we know you are busy people so read on to find out about the simplest and most foolproof pancake recipe ever.
Plastic, Aluminium or Rattan Garden Furniture?

Plastic, Aluminium or Rattan Garden Furniture?

by Thomas Keogh on February 22, 2017
Wood, cast aluminium, rattan, wicker, plastic... garden furniture comes in many different styles and materials, all with their specific styles and particular characteristics. It is important you are aware of these properties before you purchase your garden furniture set, so you can find the best suited material for your needs.
In this post, our Rathwood Garden Furniture expects give you an overview of the main differences between plastic, cast aluminium or rattan as garden furniture materials: