Dilly Dally Café

Linda Sourke brewing up a coffee in the Dilly Dally Cafe at Churchtown.

Dilly-Dallying on the Blueway

With the Barrow Blueway now mostly completed, the Grand canal continues to see increased footfall and cycling traffic. This is particularly the case along the stretch between Vicarstown in county Laois and Athy, county Kildare. It was with this obvious rise in canalside ramblers that entrepreneur, Linda Sourke spotted an opportunity to establish a “coffee pitstop” enterprise at Churchtown/Castlemitchell.

Linda Sourke with customers Joanna & Robyn Torpey and Edel & Emily Harris in Dilly Dally Cafe

Linda has witnessed continued growth in both people using the waterway and her customer base. Opening every weekend between February and December, the Dilly Dally has established itself as the destination point for all outdoor enthusiasts from walker to kayaker and cyclist to boaters. In fact many boaters moored in Athy, Vicarstown and Fisherstown, see it as the perfect excuse to give their boats a run from their moorings of a Sunday, as the coffee shop has ample moorings right outside its door.

Front of the Dilly Dally Coffee Stop

At the Dilly Dally, customers are treated to Barista coffee, homemade jams and home baked treats, just to mention a few of the delights available in store. But not only that, as Linda herself is gluten intolerant, she understands the needs of people in this regard and stocks a wide variety of gluten free and dairy free goodies & treats. In addition, our four legged friends are also well taken care of at the Dilly Dally with doggie bowls and a dog friendly atmosphere always in place.
I’d like to wish Linda and her partner Martin continued success and have no doubt that the business will continue to grow. You can follow Linda and the Dilly Dally on Instagram and Facebook, but we highly recommend visiting in person when traveling the Barrow Blueway. You’ll not be disappointed.

Another great coffee stop off worth checking out on your travels is the Barrow Brew

Two dogs enjoying a walk along canal at Dilly Dally Café

15th April 2024


Clifford Reid

Written by Clifford Reid


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