a venue has been donated….

remember this post on my trip to south africa with the niall mellon township…?

a venue has been kindly donated by niall power of the garden exhibition centre in kilquade, co. wicklow for the entire weekend Saturday & Sunday September 12th & 13th.

Gentleman? you better believe it 😉 thanks niall 🙂

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10 green [juicy] bits…

On that note…. Ireland is more expensive than the UK …..? I think I’ve just blown that arguement to absolute pieces…. or found a retirement plan. Look at the price tag on this. btw postage is £20 extra 😯



  • over at grannymar’s blog – a heated discussion boils over on the possible concoctions using to fennel – old wives [ 😉 ] tales, maybe ?!

ireland is the biggest exporter of bananas in the world. Here’s why – thanks to fyffes

Believe it or not Ireland is the bigest exporter of bananas in the world. Although bananas do not grow in Ireland, Fyffes (an Irish owned company) imports bananas from Columbia, Honduras, Belize and Costa Rica and then exports them throughout Europe making Ireland, as a country, the biggest exporter of bananas in the world!

Connor asked me to mention his Irish Poultry website. I like it 😉

The site isn’t funded, it’s more of a hobbby at the minute. It’s geared to providing information and help to people who hope to start with keeping poultry in Ireland. On the site people can locate breeders with a view to buying and selling poultry. Our blog provides a wealth of information on many topics such as Red Mite, Building a roost, or how to prevent annoyance of roosters (in built up areas).

  • I have my beliefs. But – there’s a point? Like if the best uncle wants to treat one of his nieces to a Mc Donalds – then for one day only – she can have it. Fair point? My money. She’s the boss! Anyhow, this post about the animal rights association may change your mind…. drive through it is so 🙄 grafton street at 4am maybe – not at 4pm with those images.

Speaking of animal rights… and activists 😉

and of course this may also cheer you up…

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interview with a blacksmith

Trekking through The Craft Council of Irelands section within Bloom this year I met blacksmiths Michael Budd and Stephen Quinn.

I did do a live stream interview but it didn’t work out as well as I thought. Still blown away by the old techniques that [still] exist… I returned the following day.

I’m so glad I took the time to talk to Michael

Go on get something made…. you know you want to 😆

Irish Artist Blacksmiths Association
Association Bushy Park Ironworks
Unit 22-24 Greenhills Business Park
Co. Dublin
tel: 01 4622788

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the garden of remembrance

I was waiting for a bus a few weeks ago. Checked the bus timetable… and with an hour an a bit to spare [coffee flask in hand] I took a stroll up O’Connell Street towards Parnell Square and into The Garden of Remembrance.

My Auntie Bridie [God bless her 🙂 ] used to take me here when I was about 6 years old… back in the day when a trip into Dublin City was a treat filled day of ice-creams in the lashing rain, sitting in an old clear plastic raincoat of hers and maybe a trip to The Savoy Cinema [if I was ‘really good!]. In hindsight, I guess this was where she went to rest her legs when I had her worn out!

To the park… it is quite simplistic in its lay-out and overall design. But I love the little snug part where one can sit in quiet and ponder. It is also the heart of Dublin City and where a little tranquility is the order of the day…. this is a little gem.

Designed by Daithí Hanley to commemorate “all those who gave their lives in the cause of Irish Freedom”. It was opened in 1966. The main statue by Oisín Kelly of The Children of Lir [love that story] is to symbolise birth and ressurection.

The Garden commemorates insurgents from various uprisings, including the 1798 rebellion, the 1803 rebellion of Robert Emmet, the 1848 rebellion of Young Ireland, the 1867 rising, the 1916 Easter Rising and the war of independence.

I could be critical of the plants… but I won’t. As a park it is genius. Well maintained overall, clean tidy and a little bit of new with the glass of the Parnell Square entrance. It is that one painting that you could stare at for hours…. and here there are so many of them to see.…. 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

Surprisingly…. maybe, 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 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 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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