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Lá Fhéile Phádraig… agus lá na gaeilge 2010

Más mian leat eolas breise feach ar an bhlog Lá na Gaeilge agus ar an website Lá Fheile Phadraig.

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Ar an lá seo i 2009, scríobh mé píosa ar Lá na Gaeilge agus Lá Fheile Phádraig, as gaeilge. Cén fath? Bheul, is maith liom as gaeile a labhairt. Deacair? Beaganaí beidir. Ach le lá amháin, chun píosa beag a scríobh ar mo bhlog…. Nílim gaelgóir. Tá go lóir chun a fháil trí agam. Ach in aon rud agus i mo thuraim tá sé tábhachtach.

Nur a dhúirt mé faoi gairneoireachta bhí dacrachtaí agam, tháinig deacrachtaí sa bhealach orainn mar is gnách agus shíleamar. Mar atá gairneoireachta saineolaí suibiacht.

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Ach nur a bhím beidir ceathair bhlaoina daois, táim abálta as gaeilge a labhairt. Tá sé mo teanga dhúchais agus iarracht mé thabhairt ar rud a dhéanamh faoi sin.

Go dtí rudaí atá glas. Beidir rudaí faoi amuigh faoin aer….

Ní maith liom óráid mór a dheanamh ach…. cúpla lá ó shin bhí mé i Pairc Naomh Phadraig. So beidir nach bhfuil sé an tabhachtach nach ndhéanaimid dearmad ar an rud seo. Ar Lá Fheile Phadraig, tá sé phairc agus áit go hana speisiúil ar fad. Ach beidir nach cuimhaimid faoi pairc as Baile Átha Cliath, níl sé an phairc seo.

Le lá amháin, beidh mé ag cáint, ag gáire agus beidir ag dámhsa as gaeilge agus freisin ar an lá seo [beidir] beidh mé ag dul go dtí Pairc Naomh Phadraig le Bean Donagáin.

#lnag10

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focail.ie…. technology for a gardener #8

The entire list of companies for ‘technology for a gardener’ is/will be here.

This is piece #8. This is focail.ie.

Surprisingly…. maybe, Focail.ie did win at the Irish Web Awards in 2008 for Best Irish Language website. Very nice. Well deserved. Bulaidh bós.

You can find out more about the focail.ie team here. I do know Forais Na Gaeilge are involved in the project…. and may I say if you are thinking of doing anything Irish with your company…. they are amazing and great help. Do call them. I did and surprisingly, with their help, I became one of the top 50 companies to operate through use of the Irish language!

More recently, we had Lá na Gaeilge where for one day I and so many others wrote for an entire day, online, through Irish. I even did it on my blog. But I try. I try through Irish. I try without making you have to. I do my bit so to speak. Right down to the very simplest of things. In the Irish Blog Awards the best of Irish blogging even has it’s own category. Check out the finalists here…..

My point is that I am not a fluent Irish speaker. I’m not bad. I need the likes of focail.ie. And as it is a piece of technology that I use it so very easily becomes technology for a gardener #8.

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rootballs, bare roots & whips

tree planting

tree planting

All across Ireland on motorways, farmland and construction sites planting is taking place – but time waits for no man, to plant. Some say winter is the quite period for landscaping – I don’t really agree.

There are exceptions to every rule but in general, plants [bare roots/ whips] are dormant in winter. This allows, within reason the plant to be lifted out of the ground and planted without too many concerns apart from keeping the wind from the roots and/ or preventing them drying out. Because the plant it is lifted and sold [no potting] no added maintenance, costs can be reduced […there are exceptions].

There is one thing to remember – most bare roots and whips are native Irish so if you’ve been following my articles on design, you’ll know you pretty much need a large garden if you wish to buy in larger numbers – or else you’re a big bonsai fanatic! Native Irish [in my Moms language] meaning they’ll generally grow over 30′ tall. If you live near Griffith Avenue, you can have them but be sure you know what you’re buying – intelligent horticultural purchasing is required here.

If you dont fancy maintaining a matching hedge of beech [fagus sylvatica], a row mountain ash trees[fraxinus cvs] or a few specimen hollys [ilex cvs] then you can plant pretty much anytime you want, with anything. Now you must decide if you want formal or informal.

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Donegan Landscaping Ltd joins Barr 50

barr 50 award

barr 50 award

At The Four Seasons Hotel on June 1st 2007, in conjunction with Price Waterhouse Cooper and Forais na Gaeilge Peter Donegan MI Hort and Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd joined Barr 50, the top 50 companies to operate through the Irish language.

The awards recognize those who have made efforts in their industry to use the Irish language to improve their business.

After making the website bilingual, initially, the company has slowly adjusted selections of his companies operations ‘as gaeilge’ and bilingual.

On receiving the award Peter Donegan noted, ‘We didn’t do anything catastrophic, we just made an effort through Irish. It is hoped that our customers will applaud this award and that our future efforts with Forais na Gaeilge will prove as successful.’

Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd is the first horticultural related company to join the elite top fifty.

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