FOR CLUB MEMBERS & FRIENDS
A Lambay Weekend - NYE by David Diebold
"Kicking boots off after the boat from Dublin and squeezing past one another with bags in a corridor, we could be strangers still on the way to somewhere mysterious, except we're already here.
In a nearby room, a log fire crackles under a high ceiling. Here in the kitchen, steaming teas come hand over hand across an ancient table. Someone peels off chocolate digestives from an already open packet as bags continue to chatter past.
There's a songwriter with an album coming out, and an author of books on business. There's an entrepreneur, too - that's what he is, right? In some other life already fading like a dream? I can't remember what he told me, because none of that really matters here.
It takes a little time to slip into the rhythm of the island after the cacophony of arrival, but it's not something you need try too hard to do. We even find ourselves struggling against it a little at first, patting pockets for phones and wondering about the WiFi password and the like.
But like a weary child in the arms of its mother, it is so easy to succumb to the island's lullaby. There is something almost indescribably soothing about this distance from the mainland, the incalculable volume of salt water in between, the wheeling teams of birds in the cliffs on all sides, below which waves exhale through sea holes like the slow breaths of some giant beast.
On the island, time ticks to a slower metronome, in a vacuum of calm, far from the white noise of the 'other' shore, just as it always has. Quieter now that we're unpacked, we begin to appreciate some of its subtleties as they gradually reveal themselves.
The smell of wood smoke from a popping fire. The hot metal hum of the range cooker as some sort of poultry cooks behind its thick, blackened doors. The sudden sound outside like someone slapping a rhythm solo on their knees, which signals the startled take-off of a pheasant. The clack of a gate latch. The clatter of game tiles onto a table. A distant bull.
In the scullery, five small pups tumble sleepily out of a hole in the wall to investigate the newcomers as the late afternoon sky, a triptych of winter framed in the glass panes of a window now, begins to melt like a watercolour painting left out in the rain.
Someone picks up a guitar. There's the distinctive rude, wet kiss of a cork being extracted from a whiskey bottle. We're counting down the final days of the year without actually caring what time it is at all, or who we are, or where we're from.
Conversations tend to veer gently wide of our realities and if we talk about what we do at all, it's only in the broadest terms. The places we occupy on shore seem so infinitesimal from the vantage point of the island, it's as though we don't want to be characterised by something so small and insignificant..."
THE LAMBAY GAMES
Established in 2016, this excellent weekend is a top hit with the innovative entrepreneurs of the Club.
Curated by Club Patron Tom Boardman, the Lambay Games is an hilarious and fun-filled weekend of forging new friendships, cementing old ones and getting a proper mental and physical break from the demands of the entrepreneur's life.
A brilliant mixture of disciplines to compete in throughout the weekend on Lambay including Bocce, Competitive Wine Tasting, Portrait Painting, Lambay Cocktail Competition, Mafia, Perudo, Wildlife Photography, Race to the Summit, Table Tennis, Best Costume, Best Weekend Contribution... to name just a few, and you can opt out of any that don't sound like fun to you without it affecting your scoring.
The winner gets a bottle of Lambay Whiskey and their name carved on the Lambay Games Trophy!
Many of our Islanders are young investors or entrepreneurs now looking to invest what they have earned back into interesting projects, with a particular focus on positive global impact.
In the city, their only opportunities for networking are sadly lacking in a very important factor: the time to build authentic and trusting relationships outside of their immediate circles.
Once a year, we invite a select group to come together on Lambay for a weekend of high quality and genuine interaction in a deeply inspiring environment. This is an opportunity for investors and entrepreneurs within the Lambay network to build relationships that can widen their horizons and investment opportunities.
Island exploration, brainstorming sessions, delicious home-cooked dinners and fireside games all contribute to this incredible meeting of the minds.
SEAFOOD & WINE WEEKEND
Sometimes the best way to be healthy is to take a break from all the working, exercising, dieting and regimenting... and go to a place of outstanding natural beauty with fantastic people, kick back and enjoy some really delicious food and drink.
So this weekend is dedicated to the responsible and sustainable foraging (and eating) of fresh, seasonal seafood around Lambay - lobster, crab, line-caught fish, seaweeds. Meals will be paired with excellent wines from independent, family owned wineries who farm with care and pride, and selected by our very special guest wine connoisseur.
If the seas are flat, you can also enjoy a round-the-island trip with the legendary Eamon McGrattan, whose fishing boat comes fully equipped with an onboard BBQ and plenty of cold beers. This offers an unparalleled opportunity to take in the striking cliffs and extraordinary birdlife of Lambay, at angles only visible from the sea.
The rest of the weekend is dedicated to relaxed island walks, afternoon tea in the sunshine, whiskey and inspiring conversation by the fire.
THE POWER OF THE MIND
WIRED interviews Rubens Filho on Magic, Neuroscience & Psychology.
Some people believe in luck; some people in fate. Others believe that if you want something enough and are willing to work for it, you can always get it. What all of these have in common is this: your state of mind is unquestionably linked to the outcome of your efforts.
We are lucky enough to have a few Club Facilitators with exceptional skills in disciplines that require great strength of mind and a willingness to not just think outside the box, but to step right out of the box and close the lid firmly behind them.
Through their explorations, they have discovered that we all have the power within our minds to improve and enrich our lives, if we are willing to shift our perspectives just a little.
Join me for a thought-provoking and beautifully inspiring weekend with Rubens Filho (Founder & Master of Spells @ The Abracademy, London), Michael Regan (Reiki Master, Co Meath) and Mark Robinson, serial entrepreneur and our third ever Patron - he joined the Lambay Club as part of a big movement to change his life through intention and the power of the mind.
Discussions and workshops will be interspersed with delicious meals and island walks where the conversation flows naturally. Michael will also be offering individual Reiki sessions to anyone interested for an additional fee.
Inspired by the fact that our Lambay Whiskey is now a global phenomenon and popping up front and centre in many Duty Free shops around the world, 2020 sees an island distillery going into the old Potting Sheds on Lambay (delayed by COVID to 2021).
The plan is to run the distillery entirely on renewable energy, as we work on improving the island's off-grid system.
This is a weekend dedicated to the future fruits of our distillery! Fun masterclasses, tastings and food pairing sessions led by three fantastic Islanders: spirits connoisseur, Vaughan Yates, wine aficionado Jamie Collins (The Wine Beagle) and our most amazing island chef, Lottie Brook.
The weekend also includes a private view of the (always locked) bonded Sea Cask Room where our own Single Malt is matured, and a taste of the cask strength nectar - a special Lambay Club perk!
Club Members & Friends Only