stop Press! check out these Publications that Olly’s honey has been featured in
August 18, 2018
Lovin Dubliners: Olly From Olly’s Farm Tells Us How He’s Created A Buzzing Business.
Read more »
More Press Articles
Click on an article to go directly to the publication
This cocktail is a celebration of our resident Beekeeper, Olly Nolan (of Olly’s Farm) and our continued support of local innovators as well as the importance of supporting biodiversity in local food production.
In May 2018 a small collection of honey bees were set up with a new home on the roof of our Teeling Whiskey Distillery with two hives to start and more planned for the future. During the season we were lucky enough to join Olly in our bee-keeper suits getting to know our new friends and help carefully extract the raw honey produced.
Olly farms in the valley of Glenasmole in the Dublin Mountains. He's new to farming, and talks about his approach to producing food and habitats for wildlife on his land.
Olly started his 8.5 acre smallholding in August 2012 with his partner Chris and since then have been developing it into an ecologically run self sufficient farm with nature and wildlife in mind. They have planted over 1,000 native hedging and trees. They converted a disused sand arena into an organic vegetable garden, planted an orchard with mainly traditional fruit trees and keep rare breed animals from their small herd of Irish Dexters to a couple of rare breed pigs for the freezer. They have also leased a number of lands in the area.
Oliver Nolan, farms as a smallholder in Glenasmole, Dublin 24, alongside his partner Chris, with the main focus on the production of local raw honey and grass fed Dexter beef.
He commenced tweeting over a year and a half ago as @OllysFarm.
This week, he will take the reins of the @SmallholderIRL Twitter Account on Monday 11th April and will tweet right through until Sunday evening .
Our spirits were light despite the overcast morning. We were driving into the Dublin Mountains on our first full day in Ireland, and after recovering a bit from jet lag, we were full of energy. We (my boyfriend, myself, and another friend) were headed to visit Olly’s Farm. I was a bit anxious never having randomly visited a farm before, especially run by a stranger I met on the Internet. And my friend had never been in Ireland before so I also wanted to ensure he enjoyed the trip. The pressure was on.
Wild honeybees have been all but wiped out due to a mite introduced into Ireland in the 1990s, but in the Dublin Mountains, a small organic farm is creating a bit of a buzz. In addition to the farm’s offerings – like his grass fed and finished rare breed Irish Dexter cattle – the farm’s owner, Olly, has been coaxing honey from thousands of stinging bees in a tradition that goes back centuries – and selling it raw.
Honey has some great health benefits, for example, it’s full of polyphenols – powerful disease-fighting antioxidants – but it’s raw honey that you want and not the clear, processed stuff.
Raw honey is a good natural substitute for refined sugar, so if you’re putting sugar in your tea or commercial honey in your smoothies, why not try replacing both with a raw honey substitute?
STARTING out as a beekeeper in 2012 with one hive on a plot of land in Glenasmole, business has been buzzing for Olly’s Farm.
The raw honey producer has won a number of food industry awards, including two gold stars this week from UK’s Great Taste for their summer blossom and heather honey products.
“If you ask ten different beekeepers a question about bees you’ll get ten different answers – and they’ll all be right!” This was just one aspect of the complex and fascinating world of beekeeping explored with Olly from Olly’s Farm in Wicklow during a recent event hosted by Symantec.
Have you ever visited someones home and thought “Omg I wish I Lived here”?
Well, that is exactly what happened to me when I arrived at Olly’s Farm.
Tucked away on a quiet country road just twenty minutes outside of the city, you’ll find Olly and his partner Christian’s home nestled in the Dublin mountains.
My name is Olly, I’m a smallholder living up in the Dublin Mountains. In September 2012, after a lot of searching around Dublin, myself and my partner Chris bought a house with some land up in the Dublin mountains in the beautiful valley of Glenasmole and set about making it into a smallholding.
Our goal is to be as self-sufficient as we can, both from a food point of view and energy, and combining it with modern living. It’s a constant work in progress, with trials and errors
In May of this year, Olly’s Farm began the process of making honey on the roof of the Teeling Distillery. The Teeling Bees have been hard at work for the past few months and have successfully produced some delicious honey. We’re delighted to announce that Teeling Honey is now available to buy in the Teeling Distillery Gift Shop! In August of this year, the Distillery Digest was taken over by the man behind the bees, Olly Nolan. Read below as he explains his beekeeping story and how his collaboration with Teeling came about.
Dublin Food Chain is a collaborative initiative of Local Enterprise Offices in the Dublin area. The Dublin Food Chain is part of an ongoing effort to harness the power of the 'collective', in order to ensure that Co. Dublin's unique food heritage benefits from the attention it deserves.
Slow Food Dublin is a community of like-minded people who champion the ethos of good, clean and fair food in Dublin by hosting regular events highlighting food businesses and producers who honour these values, supporting food and community initiatives and celebrating great Irish food with our members and the public.
So after a break up my heart was hurting and had a lot of questions about my future and life and my solution to that was to run off the the greenest place on earth and get away from everything. Kara Vincent my beautiful funny friend from America's next top model cycle 13 had told me about wwofing and every since I knew I would do it one day. I just didn't know when I was scared to go alone but after the break up I was in need of an adventure and on fire so I put my fears aside and booked a ticket to Ireland.