THE County Wicklow Irish- German Association will hold its annual trip to Wurzburg from June 30 until July 3.
The visit will include a civic welcome, the opening of Kiliani Fest, a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the German-Irish Association and church celebrations of St Kilains. Anyone interested in going can contact George Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or (01) 2875678.
On Saturday, August 13, the group will hold a bus trip to Cavan County Museum in Ballyjamesduff. The facility has many exhibitions including World War One and 1916. There will be tea and scones on arrival. The day will include lunch in the Kilmore Hotel and a visit to St Fethlimidh’s Cathedral.
The cost is €35 for members and €50 for non members to include the bus, museum, tea and scones, and three-course lunch. GARDEN designers, nursery owners, floral artists, horticulturists and garden centre owners will all be beavering away at the Phoenix Park in Dublin next week ahead of the launch of Bord Bia’s Bloom Festival.
Among them are a number of Garden County residents who will be hoping to impress the public at the popular festival, which runs from Thursday, June 2, to Monday, June 6.
There will be 23 show gardens on display this year, with local interest in three of them.
Bray lady Sofi Dosa is a newcomer to Bloom, although the 21-year-old’s ‘Blurred Lines Garden’ is sure to impress, gathering together as it does little bits of Ireland. In the heart of her design, a fire roars, guarded by the sharp limestone lines, while rainwater sustains the garden’s tranquil pond. The garden is presented as a living thing, with its own natural music, from the crackling fire to the murmur of water and the whisper of plants native to Ireland.
Kilcoole’s Tünde Szentesi is a two-time Bloom medallist and designer of this year’s ‘Out the Other Side: A Garden of Hope’. This garden for the Marie Keating Foundation garden by Roche is designed to offer hope to people affected by breast cancer. The garden is inspired by the recent ‘Out the Other Side’ exhibition, which featured the stories of ten brave women who have all survived the disease.
Aughrim designer Hugh Ryan’s garden, ‘Well Centred’, encourages people to think for a moment about who they are and what it is they want out of life. Hugh’s design draws on both the natural landscape and on the footprint which humans have left behind. To emphasise this, it incorporates the use of ancient circular motifs for a central body of water, a grassy bank, and an encircling copse of birch.
In addition to this, floral artist Carol Bone from Bray will take part at the AOIFA Floral Art Stage which offers advice and demonstrations on the techniques and artistry required to achieve a perfect floral display at home.
Some of Co Wicklow’s finest local produce will also be on display in the hugely popular food village.
Among those taking part are Kiltegan’s Daisy Cottage Farm, Gran Clarke’s Bakery and Janet’s Country Fayre, both from Kilcoole, Miena’s Handmade Nougat from Donard, Organic Herb Co. from Arklow and The Happy Pear from Greystones.
The Happy Pear will also be joined by some of the biggest chefs as part of the Chef ’s Quality Kitchen stage, including Oliver Dunne, Roz Purcell and Neven Maguire to name but a few. At the Bloom Inn, Glendalough Distillery and Wicklow Way Wines will be there alongside a wide range of Irish craft beers and spirits.
Now in its tenth year, the Bloom festival has gone from strength to strength and attracted over 100,000 visitors last year. Speaking at the launch of this year’s event, Gary Graham, Bord Bia’s Bloom Manager, said: ‘We are working hard to ensure that visitors are in for a real treat in this our special celebratory year. Once again, the Bloom audience can expect to see breath taking show gardens, sample some of Ireland’s finest food and enjoy wonderful entertainment, shopping and plenty of lively debate.’
Tunde Szentesi from Kilcoole.
Sofi Dosa from Bray.