THE STORY SO FAR
When Noel and Bridget Duggan purchased Shanbally Estate, Co. Tipperary in 2013 they could see the land and walled garden was ideally suited to growing selected medicinal plants.
They decided that Shanbally should become a “Centre of Excellence” for herbal medicine, traditional healing, folk medicine and spiritual healing. Restoration works of Shanbally House will be complete in Spring ‘19.
Having experienced personal health issues in 2003 and onwards Noel Duggan engaged in the pursuit of alternative solutions and discovered herbal medicine and other healing modalities that not only helped and improved his condition, but in fact reversed a number of his symptoms.
Through this pursuit, Noel met Ross Hennessy and Marina Kesso at their herb farm Irish Herb Dispensary and clinic in Sligo. They agreed together to expand the growing and tincturing operation to a fully-fledged growing, processing and tincturing facility at Shanbally.
SHANBALLY HERBAL PROCESSING FACILITY is now fully operational, providing fresh herbal tinctures from the farm and also dried herb tinctures.
‘Irish Herb Dispensary’ is delighted to be taken under the wings of Shanbally and now rebranded as ‘Shanbally Herb Dispensary’. This year the herbal crops are thriving in their new home having been moved into the walled garden and fields of Shanbally Estate. The fresh harvested plants are still hand sown, hand harvested and processed in small batches to ensure vibrancy of plant material to provide practitioners with the best quality Irish grown medicinal herb products for your clinic.
SHANBALLY ORGANIC FARM
Shanbally organic farm is situated among the rolling green hills of north Tipperary. It is composed of several diverse ecosystems with a wide range of habitats. On the high ground around the house and walled garden are hay meadows which support an array of wild flowers and herbs such as plantain. Below the house, between the highland of Shanbally and Cooldery are callow lands which partially flood during the winter creating an excellent environment for meadowsweet and wild mints.
Throughout the farm old hedgerows are full of Hawthorn, Damson, Slough and Elder through which Dog Roses and Honeysuckles creep and wind, providing us with blossoms and fruit. These hedgerows also provide for the local wildlife and are the bottom tier of a complex system.
Flowing through the callows are two waterways. The main river and smaller stream fed by the large pond below Shanbally House. These waterways are full of plant and animal life providing a natural highway for fowl and mammals such as otters.
Even the large ancient trees around the house itself are ecosystems. The Sweet Chestnuts and Lime trees provide copious amounts of sweet blossom and practically come to life during the spring. The Chestnuts then provide us with fruits in the autumn.
Two small woods bordering the lower side of the pond and the small river glen are rich in Hazel and Ash providing shelter for the wildlife of Shanbally such as foxes, stoats, mice, shrews and many other critters.