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The Sodcast – Episode 3

sodshow, garden podcast

The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – in iTunes, www.sodshow.com all good podcast stores.


Listen to The Sodcast in MP3 – or – as always you can subscribe or/ and listen to the podcast via iTunes.

Alternatively you can subscribe to the blog and listen to them right here. Missed Episode 2 of the garden podcast ?

On The Garden Blog This Week:

Photographs For The Podcast:

This Weeks Oddities:

Ever Been To:

This is the view from where I have been working all week. What you actually see is Irelands Eye…. Stunning! If you were to look to the left you would see Howth Marina. Go there. Worth it!

 

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Whats On:

National Heritage Week – August 21st – 29th

heritage week @ sonairte in Co. Meath

  • 1pm         Walk & Talk: Sonairte’s history & architecture with Luk van Doorslaer
  • 2pm         Walk & Talk: Heritage fruit’n’veg with Horticulturalist Laura Turner
  • 2.30         Nature Scavenger Hunt & kids activities with Botanist Emma Reeves
  • 3pm         Storytelling: Local Folklore &Tales of the Past with Margaret Downey
  • 4pm         Medieval Monastic Gardens, Digging up the Evidence with author & Archaeologist Geraldine Stout

With that in mind…. I got this email in from Dermot Quinn of the Howth Peninsula Heritage Society

In conjunction with the World Etchells Sailing Championships, being held in Howth Yacht Club, August 23-28, the Society is presenting a lecture for the visitors and other interested parties. This will take place on Tuesday August 24th, at 8 p.m. in the Howth Angling Centre (by kind permission). Diarmuid O Cathasaigh will speak on ‘Aspects of Howth’.
All are most welcome.
Dermot also passed this onto me:

We have pleasure in sending you details of our series of lunchtime lectures Mapping Urban Ireland which accompanies our exhibition of historical maps of Irish cities and towns, 3 August 2010 until 20 May 2011.

These free lectures take place on Tuesdays in the Meeting Room, Academy House, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.  Lectures commence at 1.05 p.m. No booking is required. Further details available on www.ria.ie.

  • 24 AugustComparing urban Ireland with maps:  the Irish Historic Towns Atlas Sarah Gearty (RIA, Irish Historic Towns Atlas Project)
  • 7 SeptemberMapping towns in the Ulster Plantation Annaleigh Margey (University of Aberdeen / Trinity College Dublin)
  • 21 SeptemberJohn Rocque’s Irish city maps:  Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny and Armagh John Montague (RIA, Art and Architecture of Ireland Project)
  • 5 October: “Thirty-four minutes, twenty seconds west of London”, Limerick:  provincial city of maps Jennifer Moore (RIA, Irish Historic Towns Atlas Project / University of Limerick)

The Sodcast – Episode 2

sodshow, garden podcast

The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – in iTunes, www.sodshow.com all good podcast stores.


Listen to The Sodcast in MP3 – or – as always you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes.

Alternatively you can subscribe to the blog and listen to them right here. Missed last weeks garden podcast ?

First Up:

This week the sodcast podcast was accepted by iTunes. Find the sodcast on iTunes here. If you like it please pop over and give it a vote and/ or a nice comment. It would sincerely, be really appreciated.

When Brian Greene caught the news, he very kindly recorded the brand spanking new intro jingle. I love it. It makes me smile. Thanks Brian. I really appreciate it.

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Also there’s a massive thanks due to Ronan Hunt-Murphy for the re-writing of the home and about pages on the donegan landscaping website. Really appreciated Ronan. Thank you.

This week on the garden blog:

Photographs For The Podcast – In The Garden This Week:

I did this post some time ago on the corkscrew hazel

There are still places available on the grow your own garden course taking place next weekend, Saturday 21st August. To book a place – simply email info@doneganlandscaping.com

You are the reason I do what I do:

This was posted on Bernie Goldbachs weblog. I left a comment there – but told him I’d answer the rest of it here on the sodcast podcast. Take a browse at Bernie’s garden situation…. see if it rings a bell ?

I posted this link as a comment on his blog regarding the lawn. The rest is in the podcast 😉

This weeks oddities:

Ever Been To:

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My good buddy @mushypea007 took this picture. It’s was taken at 8.45pm tuesday night from the end of Howth Pier in North Dublin. I swore it was a postcard. It’s not. 😉 Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

And finally :

from the puck fair courtesy of Susan. Pure golden once the music starts.

Irish Garden Radio – Podcast For The Weekend

sodshow, garden podcast

The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – in iTunes, www.sodshow.com all good podcast stores.

The garden podcast in MP3 or as always you can rss the podcasts via iTunes or you subscribe to the blog and listen to them right here. Missed last weeks garden podcast ?

Podcast links:

Events:

  • Trim haymaking festival takes place Friday 18th to Sunday 20th June. I’ll probably pop by on Sunday. I like the look of the thatch cottage village and the scythe cutting competition. Its €10 entry but free for kids. I don’t know if there is a charge on car parking ?
  • Richard Berney course on rain harvesting techniques @ Sonairte cost is €80 and it runs 10am-4pm
  • Sonairte also have a gardening and wildlife club for children aged 8 -12 starting this Saturday cost €15
  • Howth Peninsula Heritage Society Present: The Centenary of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association, a talk by Marie O’Toole, in the Howth Angling Centre, West Pier, Howth on Tuesday June 22nd, at 8 p.m. There is a €4 charge for non members
  • Rathbeggan Allotments, Saturday 26th June, is  a taste of the good life day. Special guest is Victoria Mary Clarke and she’ll be doing a demo on yoga for gardening from 2pm. Adults €12 children €8.50

Other:

  • an organic weedkiller via @greensideupveg
  • they took all the trees and put them in a tree museum via @treehugger
  • amazing trees from around the world – via @suzebert @planetd @andrewghayes
  • this from @elliebellie1986 and I asked…. it is real 😉

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  • I meant to put this up ages ago…. I’m so sorry Laura and I hope the parents Mimosa tree gets better…. 😉 Anyhow, Repak recently partnered with the 2nd year Marketing Students in Dublin Business School on an online communications project to promote Repak and recycling. Pretty cool idea and I not your average corporate video…. While you are there check out the repak blog. One of my favorites is the coffee powered car.

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Irelands Eye

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The second garden group event took place today. This time to Irelands Eye.

It was an amazing day. And to that some notes of thanks are due. To the legend that is Diarmuid O’Cathasaigh of The Howth Peninsula Historical Society, who spoke to us about the island and to Mary Stephenson who introduced me to Diarmuid – thank you so very much. It put meaning to the journey.

To the skipper of The Little Flower, Mark Doyle of Island Ferries. You are Sir, a gentleman and I wouldn’t sail in any other boat.

To the people I spent the day with… I applaud you and thank you. Absolute Ladies and gentlemen.

To the island itself… I did try to edit the story teller [the video of him that is] that is Diarmuid [and I could have rewritten what he told me]… but the guy is a legend and I just couldn’t do it. Want to know about Irelands Eye…. really ?

From the famous murder to why martello is actually incorrect spelling. From the year 200 AD to Napoleon and why Howth has 2 of everything…. it’s all there.

All I know is, prior to this trip, I could find very little information on Irelands Eye, including 3-ish photographs and some information on wiki…

This video is the ultimate guide to a history of Irelands Eye. The day out… one I will never forget.

My advice if you are going…

  • Get on well with skipper Mark – that’s if you wish to plan in advance. He is a marine engineer by trade and a gentleman by nature.
  • Wear long trousers and hiking boots, not necessary, just better.
  • Bring a picnic including a hot drink and water And sun screen and water proofs.
  • Relax and enjoy. Worth every cent… more than that, every minute.
  • The boat rip costs €15 and if the tide is with you takes about 15 minutes
  • I recommend you spend a good 2 -3 hours there
  • There is much more than the martello tower there [see images]
  • Anything else…

looking for more information

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Garden Group Tour To Irelands Eye Guide

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ALL CLEAR GIVEN. TRIP IS GO!!!

Not to be confused with another Garden Gig – the grow your own garden course – that I am running this Saturday.

This post is for those attending The Peter Donegan Weblog Garden Group Tour to Irelands Eye.

*ONLY* If your name has been accepted via comment on The Garden Group To Set Sail blog post – can you get on the boat. Hate to sound rude but…. I’d rather you disappointed than the skipper throwing me overboard 😉

Further to my chat with the boats skipper [17:22 hours] departure is reliant upon weather confirmation to be given on this Friday Morning. I have been told to assume however that it is going ahead. The strike through just under the photo above will be removed as soon as full weather clearance is given.

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11.30am arrive

As this trip is all reliant on a boat departing – please be on time!! Think angry Skipper. It is recommended you use public transport. Or do a variation of park and ride. Street parking around Howth is mental on a sunny Sunday!

The Dart stop you want is Howth – do not confuse this with Howth Junction.On exit from the DART station you are right outside The Bloody Stream Pub [pictured left], where we will meet.

Bus numbers 31 and 31B also leave from Lower Abbey Street.

We don’t have a tour guide. But we do have….

Diarmid O’ Cathsaigh from the Howth Peninsula Heritage Society will meet us at the pier and give us a short talk [about 20 minutes] on the history and tales of the island. Big thanks to Mary Stephenson for organising this for me.

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Boat Journey

Boat will depart to Irelands Eye as soon as Diarmuid is finished his talk. All monies [€15] to be paid to the skipper up front. I’d reckon he doesn’t take credit card or cheque.

Clothing

It is recommended that you wear long trousers and good water proof boots if you wish to walk the island. The growth that covers the island is gorse/ thorned/ prickly and wet.

Photography/ Video

Fully recommended. Just google Irelands Eye for images and you’ll understand why. If someone wishes to record Diarmuids chat with us in hi-definition that’d be great.

Lunch

Bring a picnic and flask. And put it in a backpack. A comfy one.

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Weather

the weather is supposed to be good thank God. But – this is Ireland and once we’re there…. we are there. Same rules apply for the bathroom.

Be careful

This is an island.There are jagged edges/ cliff faces etc.

If you are going wandering please do not do so alone.

Birds tend [if they are] to make their nests at ground level. Keep a careful eye out.

Please also be extra careful with wrappers/ rubbish that may blow away when on the island.

Other

My mobile number is vodafone prefix and then 6594688. Use it if you need to.

If Blaithín, Dena and Rosemary start singing Michael row the boat ashore or Rock the Boat – you have my permission to use your logic 😉

It is at this point I will refer to The Garden Group Guide and I’ll look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

I took these pics last week….