Date: Sunday 25 February 2018

Time: 9.30am to 5pm

Entry: €6 (Free for under 16's) Tickets required for talks & demos see below.

The Ballymaloe Good Living Day

The Ballymaloe Good Living Day 2018 is set to bring the importance of health & wellbeing to life and for 2018 it is being hosted by TV3’s Deric O’hArtagain & Rachel Allen. It promises to be another vibrant, fun filled & informative day of engaging and inspiring health and wellness events for the whole family.  An Tanaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney will also be present on the day. 

This year's event features a programme bursting with fun and engaging activities to benefit the whole family in wellness of mind, body and spirit. Expect cooking demonstrations hosted by Rachel Allen from Melissa Hemsley, James Kavanagh & William Murray from Curabinny foods, Lilly Higgins, the inspirational Jack Crotty from Rocket Man will present ‘Vegetables: A Center Plate' and Lean Mean Momma 'Fun Family Brekkie Ideas'. If fitness is your thing, then you can choose from a class with Fitness World Champ Claire McGrath; Yoga with Instagram star Cat Bradley or take part in the annual 5K Lucky fun run or more;

Engaging talks range from the Dublin Science Museum on vaccines, renowned child psychologist and regular contributor to the Newstalk Sean Moncrieff Show, David Carey on ‘raising resilient children’. Domini Kemp will be sharing her learnings on the science of nutrition in a talk entitled ‘Food and Cancer’ and John Lonergan, former prison governor of Mount Joy Prison will be sharing his tips on 'How to be Happy & Content.' 

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For the children, the Big Shed Children's area returns focussing on the subject of recycling and offering a timetable of activities and events throughout the day.  From getting involved in creating a recycling art installation to garden walks, seed planting and smoothie making, there is something for every child.  

Garden Tours will be hosted by Ballymaloe's Head Gardener Mags Coughlan at 11.15 and 15.15 from the welcome tent and the BIG SHED will be offering a range of fresh and locally produced food stalls throughout the day.

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Ticket Prices

  • €6 Entry to Ballymaloe Good Living Day #GLD18 - Entry includes access to the Big Shed along with Fitness Classes, Garden walks and the Food 4 Fun workshop for kids.  Spaces for these events are limted and need to be pre-booked.
  • Entry is FREE to children under 16.
  • Timetabled TALKS and COOKERY DEMONSTRATIONS cost between €10 - €17

(Please note that the €6 Good Living Day entry fee is also required when booking events).

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Good Living Day Lucky Run

The Ballymaloe Good Living Day Lucky Run is proudly supported by  Ballymaloe Foods who kindly sponsor the 5K Fun Run.

The Ballymaloe Relish 5k Lucky Run which celebrates the joy of movement. Relish a rewarding afternoon on the 5k trail winding around the beautiful grounds of Ballymaloe House and Farm.

Registration at entrance to from 12. Race starts at 2pm



Movement with Shakira

Cat Bradley

Melissa Hemsley

Domini Kemp

Cliona O'Connor

John Lonergan

Food 4 Fun

David J. Carey

Lilly Higgins

Jaconel Janssen

Vaccines: health, trust and evidence

The Golden Bean

The Rocket Man

Mags Coughlin

Good Living Day Timetable


(Drinks shed)


(Carrigaun Room)




Tanaiste​ ​Simon Coveney

Good Living Day Host Deric O’hArtagain / TV3

Welcome by Rachel Allen 


10am:   Domini Kemp - Food & Cancer  



Power Yoga with fitness world champion Claire McGrath


‘How to make the perfect Coffee’ Mark Kingston from The Golden Bean


11.15am:   The Importance of Nutrition & Fitness with fitness world champion Claire McGrath  

Garden walk with Head Gardener Mags Coughlan


Pilates for Buff Bones with Jaconel Jansen


Cliona O'Connor aka Lean Mean Momma ‘Fun Family Brekkie ideas’.



Food 4 Fun – creative food workshops for kids with Margaret Foley & Norah McCarthy.

‘Raising Resiliant Children – a Parents Responsibilty’ Child Psychologist David Carey  from Newstalk Radio.

James Kavanagh & William Murray / Currabinny Foods


1.45pm:   ‘How to be Happy & Content’ with Former prison governor of Mountjoy Prison John Lonergan & psychotherapist Caroline Crotty.  

Gather for Ballymaloe Lucky Run - Race starts at 2pm


Yoga for all with Instagram star.

Cat Bradley.


Special guest: Melissa ​Hemsley



3.15pm   Vaccines: Health, Trust & Evidence: A panel presentation by The Dublin Science Museum.  

Garden walk with Head Gardener Mags Coughlan


Fighting Monkey (Strength training) with Shakira.

Round table discussion following vaccines talk.

Lilly Higgins ‘Kids Lunchbox ideas’.





Jack Crotty aka The Rocket Man – 'Vegetables - A Centre Plate'


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