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Garden Talks: Peter Donegan, Limerick Garden Festival 2018

This June I will be hosting The Garden Talks Stage and speaking at Limerick Garden Festival 2018. My own talk will be on garden design in small spaces and how to make the very best of your space outside.

What They Say:

The covered Milk Market is located right in the centre of the city in walking distance from all major car parks and key streets. For the festival we will be using the full covered market area featuring over 35 Plant, Garden and Food Stalls and also we will be making use of the streets around the market featuring a further 10-20 stalls. The market will also feature our Expert Garden Speakers, exhibitions and entertainment from the garden & beyond for Young and Old.

A real honour to be invited here, I’ll be there with a fantastic line up of speaker and experts. Very much looking forward to this one.

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national trails day sunday october 4th ’09

ballyboughal image courtesy of phil-o-kane photography

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Sunday October 4th sees the national trails day arrive.

I love the great outdoors. I love it when I am warm…. and outdoors. This day is all about getting wrapped up and getting out and about. There’s the usual reaons as to why being active is good for you but its is also very much from by point of view about nature and actually seeing, feeling and touching it.

If you are interested… here’s what discover Ireland have to say

It’s autumn. The days are fresh. The colours of the countryside are just spectacular. You should get out there! Why not visit our Discover Ireland website and choose from over 100 scenic looped walks, great forest trails or more challenging mountain trails. There are walks to suit all levels of ability and experience from the relatively easy 2-hour stroll to more challenging 5-hour trails.

I did my own version of this last January around Limerick and Cork and I loved every second of it. There’s also more information at the National Trails Day website.

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the holy tree stump…

Tree Stump Draws Believers to Limerick

thats the title RTE news [ Radio Teilifís Eireann] – the national broadcaster gave it….

Sounds a little like St Kevins Stump from father ted ….?
And how did I find out about it… I read this comment from Dara O’ Briain on Twitter!

although love this quote: “‘It’s only a tree’ said local parish priest Father Willie Russell.” Fair play Father Russell..

I’ve heard Dara talk about safari’s and doctors and all sorts of odd ball weddings… but I’ve never heard him mention trees and priests in the one sentence. I scrolled back and got this.
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Here’s what  had RTE had to say:

Hundreds of people have been gathering to pay their respects to what they believe is an image of the Virgin Mary in a tree stump in Co Limerick.

There have been nightly vigils in the grounds of Holy Mary Parish Church in Rathkeale after workers spotted the similarities while cutting down trees.

Those visiting the site believe it depicts an image of the Virgin Mary on one side and an image of Jesus Christ on the other.

Believers have come in their hundreds to pray and light candles.

Now thousands have signed a petition to try to keep the stump in the grounds permanently.

A spokesman for the Limerick diocesan office said the ‘Church’s response to phenomena of this type is one of great scepticism.’

‘While we do not wish in any way to detract from devotion to Our Lady, we would also wish to avoid anything which might lead to superstition,’ said Fr Paul Finnerty.

Rathkeale Community Council Graveyard Committee chairman Noel White said workmen sprucing up the church land saw the image when they cut the tree.

‘One of the lads said look, our Blessed Lady in the tree,’ Mr White said. ‘One of the other lads looked over and actually knelt down and blessed himself, he got such a shock.’

‘It’s only a tree’ said local parish priest Father Willie Russell.

courtesy RTE news

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10 green-er bits and bobs…. for you!

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unusual...?

Every now and again, I get a list of things that generally wouldn’t make an entire blog post so to speak or simply just deserve a good mention…. here are another 10 green-er-[ish] bit’s and bobs…. just for you! enjoy 🙂

  • Two company’s I recently reviewed Qik & Maxroam – they’ve just joined forces. A great Irish business success story. A great man in Pat Phelan at the helm. Read the facts here. Tanáiste Mary Coughlan was on hand celebrate with the lads great news. Bulaidh bós All.
  • Limerick Mothers asked to get real…? I’d mentioned real nappies before… It seems Limerick Co. Co. are going a step further and doing something… I’m all for this one. April 22nd and 23rd… Pity this isn’t an All Ireland gig. Well done Sinéad Mc Donnell, Limericks Environmental Officer!
  • According to Clare County Council… well, their press release [read it here], 37 plots measuring 15m x 10m is the way to tackle the recession?! Great idea – slight bandwagon jumping on me thinks! Would have been nice-er if this was simply just a good news story…. But then it is The Mayor of Clare
  • Free Gig! Interested? Composting at home? Limerick County Council & the Irish Peatland Conservation Council Coláiste Iosaef, Kilmallock (7.30-10pm, Thursday 23 April). I wonder do they have brown bins in Limerick? For more info contact Helen Rooney at 061-496192 or e-mail hrooney [at] limerickcoco [dot] ie
  • Courtesy of Eoghan Mc Cabe – been sitting in my locker a while… just waiting….  Ma! ? Press play below…. 😆

  • Courtesy of Nick Mc Givney – a new meaning to green business cards
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great idea...

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beautiful & guaranteed irish [part 2]

T.J. Tobin, John & myself

T.J. Tobin, John & myself

Before you read this post please read beautiful and guaranteed Irish – part 1[clck here]

Of course part of the reason I went to Limerick was to visit some good great friends. [Pictured left is T.J. and John Donegan [no relation – he was just in the bar that evening and decided to say hello 😉 but that is the Ireland I visited]

I went all of the back roads to see another good friend in Carrigadrohid. It was freezing and the sun was shining – yet Ireland is still so beautiful and we are so fortunate for this beautiful island. I drove around [very much around] the Galtee mountains and came in by the river Lee. It was worth it. I stopped into Doneraile Park for a picnic of sorts [another post for another day – but also free by the way..] and continued on our way to Cork City. I love Cork. I love the city. It is so colourful and energetic.

I got to meet some of the great people of the Cork Open Coffee on the Friday. To all of you who made this week, for me, amazing – go raibh míle maith agaibh. Thank you so much.

I suppose the question I’ve answered now is… that I am glad I took my ‘holdays’ in Ireland. I am so very happy that I kept my euros in this beautiful island of ours. And now I realise that rather than dwell on those who bore and snore me to sleep with their tales of woe and depression [the same goes for that Enda Kenny crapola spiel et cetera… that just keeps on coming…]. But, I at least made and effort to do my bit for Ireland. I am happier knowing that I did 🙂