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 Dear Fellow Gardeners, Winter has arrived and gardening in the cold and rain is not much fun unless you have a polytunnel or greenhouse.  Last week we pulled out all the tomatoes at the community garden in Bundoran, dug over the soil, sprinkled organic poultry manure pellets (Greenvale) and raked it into a fine bed. … Read more »

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November Grower’s Calendar Preparation Thoughts really are now starting to turn to next year’s growing. If you are planning to cover down your beds for the winter (which will keep the worst of the bad weather off them, suppress weeds and prevent the rain from leaching nutrients from the soil), you need to get working… Read more »

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Lion afraid of the mouse by thereluctantemigrant Much as I hate mention of Christmas outside of December, preparations do have to start a little early when your live in a Muslim country literally devoid of the little touches that make Christmas special. Sure, Carrefour carry a few decorations, and there are toy shops in every mall, but… Read more »

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Posted by: Liam in Beautiful Irish Photos, Castle & Monuments, Galway, I spent a few days in Galway a couple of years ago, and while there I stayed in the Claregalway hotel around 7 or 8 miles from Galway city center. Just a short distance from the hotel was the Claregalway Friary, a medieval Franciscan abbey. There’s not a whole… Read more »

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1250: A Franciscan Friary was founded in Claregalway by John de Cogan!, an Anglo-Norman adventurer.  He had been granted Claregalway as reward for his involvement in the conquest of Connacht c 1235. Eugene O’Heyne, a local noble, provided the friary with a dormitory, having provided the same for the Dominicans of Athenry in 1241. 1252: De… Read more »

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Over the many years people have watched in awe at families that have taken on the challenge as Ireland’s fittest family. The contestants are faced with tremendous obstacles in the challenges and this weekend the local Flynn family in Lackagh take on the challenge. It is hard to imagine that Julien and his wife Emma… Read more »

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Day 1 & 2 So it’s Day 2 and to be honest, I was just too traumatised to start my blog yesterday. Why? Well where the fuck do I begin! Ok… So I rushed home from work to kit myself out in lovely unflattering shiny lycra stuff and the first moments of shame came when i… Read more »

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10 Reasons To Grow For Wellbeing GIY’s first full time therapeutic horticulturalist, Caitriona Kelly, describes 10 ways that growing can help improve our mental health, as evidenced by research. Mental wellbeing ebbs and flows, and in the same way a person can experience a bout of physical ill-health, anyone can experience a bout of mental… Read more »

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OCTOBER 19, 2018MAIREADMCWELLNESS 52. Newly diagnosed? Here are my top 5 tips Living with cancer is like living with any other chronic disease. It needs to be managed. How do you do that? With great difficulty, time, research, trial and error, testing, monitoring, trying, failing, trying again… It takes over your life, it is now… Read more »

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