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Garden Talks @ The Oldbridge Country Fair


Over the May Bank Holiday weekend The Battle of the Boyne, Oldbridge House will play host to it’s first Country Fair. Of greater relevance to gardeners or for that matter any [potential] garden enthusiast, is that the Saturday of the fair will see a series of garden related talks take place.

The Country Fair event in its entirety will run over the 3 days of Saturday, Sunday and the Bank Holiday Monday 31st April – 2nd May. For that, you can find details on the Battle of the Boyne website. To all things gardening….

Taking place in the indoor marquee [Saturday 30th April] the garden talks are billed as follows:

  • 12.00 – 1.30 : Short Gardening Talks
  • 3.00 – 4.00 : Short Gardening Talks

The general idea of the garden talks is as such:

  • Each garden topic will be given 15 minutes each.
  • There will be no preachers pulpit or stage
  • There will be some seating available
  • Brian Greene of the Dublin City Fm’s The Sodshow will record the talks
  • The speakers names will be listed here closer to the day
  • Some speakers may come dressed as gardeners. I doubt that they will.

The talks topics are titled as follows:

  • Introduction to the garden talks
  • 2.4 Children. A House and a Car The 20 minute per week gardener
  • I’ve got a balcony and a window ledge. More than enough room to garden.
  • I’ve got a garden. I don’t have an allotment. More than enough room to grow my own.
  • It doesn’t matter the age or space as long as you enjoy gardening Gardening shouldnt be an expensive hobby

part 2 will run as such:

  • Just because it’s not bought in a shop – some call it rustic. I prefer to say I made it myself. Self made garden features.
  • Gardening can be expensive. Not when you have no money. Community gardening without any shoe string
  • I’d like to have some honey, but they might sting me. bee keeping for those that never have… but might like to
  • Hedge laying. it used to be only for farmers. it’s now got a fancy name thats great for biodiversity

Also: Dublin’s Garden radio Show, The SodShow Team, myself and Brian Greene will be there doing some interviews – come on over and say hello 😀

I’ve been to Brú na Bóinne many times before, most notably to most when The Garden Group visited there. It is a wonderful place. There are many other garden and outdoor related events billed over the course of the weekend that for me personally will make it quite difficult to pick just one day on which to come along.

More information on Oldbridge Country Fair:

  • Telephone: +353 (0) 41 980 9950
  • E-mail: battleoftheboyne@opw.ie
  • Address: Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre, Oldbridge, Drogheda, Co. Meath.

I have listed the garden talks on Faceebook as an event:

More information on the garden talks you can contact me in the following ways:

anything else…. just leave a comment ;)
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Garden Group Tour: Battle Of The Boyne Site

Date: Sunday 27th June

Time: 11.30 am on location.

Details: Aisling Mc Mahon of the OPW & Site Manager for The Battle of the Boyne site [Drogheda] will give a personal guided tour to the group.

Numbers: limited to 18

Also: [update] this post on the boyne site

New To The Garden Group:

I recommend you read the garden group guide. The two previous trips were to Irelands Eye and the war memorial park. Dena Williams and her family The Garden Group was also featured in the Mail On Sunday recently.

Our Tour will include:

The Walled Garden and Tea Room 2008, this part is the only part that is fully open to the public at the moment. The layout of which is as per the 1808 and later OS maps.

However, by special arrangement, we have permission from the contractors who are currently on site restoring the outer walls, to access their site, subject to certain limits as there are health and safety concerns. We will also see the Octgaon which the group will be able to see pre- restoration.

And… On the day they visit we will also have living history displays taking place for free on the front lawn with people in period costumes firing muskets with gunpowder and doing cavlary displays.

Please Note:

  • There will be no charge for the tour of the gardens.
  • Anyone planning on bringing children should know that they must be supervised by a parent/ guardian at all times.
  • We are not booked into the centre for a tour but can go in afterwards by buying a ticket and self guide. There are also numerous walks throughout the battle site and Oldbridge Estate that are self guiding and there are directional panels at various locations or one can pick up a free map from reception.
  • There is also a Tea Room located in the Walled Garden.
  • See website for further info www.battleoftheboyne.opw.ie

Garden Group-ees

  • Booking: via comment here only
  • Contact me: see below. not a problem 😉
  • Other: the train/ nor bus stops here. My suggestion is car pooling from Dublin City or Swords meeting point. Most of you know each other. Most people drive anyway. If you are stuck leave a comment it will be easily solved. 
  • Dress Code: advised to wear suitable footwear as all the walks are on grass, except the Boyne Canal towpath which adjoins the site and is surfaced with gravel.
  • Duration: I conferred Aisling and 2.5 hours should see you well
  • Weather: the weather…. your guess is as good as mine.
  • 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: The Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre is located on the South bank of the River Boyne, 3km north of Donore Village.  The site is sign-posted from the  M1 (Dublin/Belfast), Exit 9, off N51 (Slane/Drogheda), Not Suitable for Coaches, and off N2 (Slane/Ashbourne). Also see google maps

Contact Me:

Note of thanks: to Nic Reilly for putting me in touch and to Aisling McMahon for taking my call and arranging this for us.

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