The Garden Group Set To Sail

I have a different gig on this weekend – not be confused! To this one, planning had started some time ago for the garden groups second journey and I am pleased to say we are ready to roll.

Never been on a garden group gig…?

After a late night phonecall with a gentleman called Mark from Island Ferries [4th February] our next adventure will be to Irelands Eye.

  • Date: April 18th, Sunday
  • Time: 11.30 am
  • Meeting Point: Outside The Bloody Stream Pub, Howth, Co. Dublin
  • Cost For Boat Trip: €15 return – paid to Skipper on the day
  • Booking: via comment here only
  • Contact me: I’m on [Vodafone Prefix]6594688 or
  • Other: As we are travelling by boat I will need to call two days in advance to ensure that weather conditions are suitable for us to travel. There are no toilet facilities on the island – so use your head!  Also be very careful with rubbish/ wrappers that may blow away.
  • Dress Code: See above video and this is Ireland.
  • Duration: I conferred with The Skipper and I and he reckon about 3 hours on the island should be ample.
  • Weather: the weather…. your guess is as good as mine ;) and this is Ireland. But I will be keeping an eye on met eireann and saying a wee prayer. Bring an umberella. Wrap up warm. And wear some shoes that will keep your feet dry.
  • Lunch: I had suggested bringing a picnic. That’s what I will be doing anyway. All things going good it’ll be a flask of coffee and some nice sambos!
  • Anything else: leave a comment below or gimme a call.
  • Directions: Get to Howth via DART is the best option. The entrance exit of the station is right next to our meeting point The Bloody Stream Pub. Bus numbers 31 & 31B also go there from Lower Abbey Street and there should be ample parking.

Have I ever been there…? No. But from my extensive google research here’s what I have found out.

Courtesy Wikipedia

The ruins of a Martello Tower and an 8th-century church (the Church of the Three Sons of Nessan) are the only signs of previous habitation. The tower’s window entrance 5 metres above ground level can now be accessed by a rope that hangs down from the window. The church functioned as parish church for Howth until recent centuries, eventually being replaced by a church in the village due to the limitations of having to take a boat for every service.

In Celtic times the island was called Eria’s Island. Eria was a woman’s name and this became confused with Erin, derived from Éireann, the Irish name for Ireland. The Vikings substituted the word Island with Ey, their Norse equivalent, and so it became known as Erin’s Ey and ultimately Ireland’s Eye. The island was also known formerly as Inis Faithlenn.

Ireland’s Eye comprises the main island, a range of rocks and an islet called Thulla. The most spectacular feature is the huge freestanding rock called “the Stack”, at the northeastern corner of the island, which plays host to a large variety of seabirds, including thousands of guillemots, razorbills, fulmars and gulls. Ireland’s fifth gannet colony became established on the Stack in the 1980s, and there are now a few hundred pairs breeding there each year. There is a large cormorant colony on the main island, and a few breeding pairs of puffins. Grey seals are abundant in the sea around the island.

The Eye is a townland in its own right, with a registered area of 21.5 hectares (53 acres). also have some good reading for those a little more into the nature side of it with some great notes on routes to take and what you can expect to see. I would pay particular note to this line of their writing

It is good policy to stick to the trodden paths as it is only too easy to walk on well camouflaged chicks or eggs.

Places for trip are limited to 18 people. Those who were on the previous Garden Group trip have first refusal and the usual Garden Group Guides apply.

*The First Garden Group Journey

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25 replies
  1. peter donegan
    peter donegan says:

    noted 😉 aye aye cap’ain

    nice to see you as always

    3 please. absolutely!

    @bngr @stephen
    done and done 🙂

    no problemo

    an honour sir 😉

    *that’s 11 places gone 🙂

  2. peter donegan
    peter donegan says:

    if you start singing

    Micheal row the boat ashore

    I’ll shall have to refer to stephens comment. *you and your possé have been warned !
    welcome aboard 😆


    *note: waiting list rules now apply…. usually one or two drop outs for whatever reason. see you all soon 🙂
    ** suggests you bring last weeks pocket money plus this weeks for a refreshment after 😉

  3. dena
    dena says:

    Ooh, well isn’t that a nice little group?

    Just heard that Mummy Walker is really looking forward to the trip… which inevitably means that Daddy Walker is too… and that we will be heading straight to the local, er, refreshment-bearing establishment, upon return to the mainland.

  4. Stephen Hewitt
    Stephen Hewitt says:

    Hi Peter.

    If possible, spend too much time at work and missed your last group. Would like to take 5 spots for me and the family. I know that there are no spots left at the moment, but feel free to let me know if anyone drops out.

    Otherwise looking forward to seeing you at the Blog Awards in Galway.


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  1. […] The second garden group event took place today. This time to Irelands Eye. […]

  2. […] Peter Donegan’s  garden group is also planning a boat trip to Irelands eye. They are meeting outside The Bloody Stream pub, Howth, Co. Dublin on April 18th, Sunday at 11.30 am. Cost For Boat Trip from Island Ferries is €15 return.  For more details on the boating trip check out Peter’s blog post. […]

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