Ir­ish-Ger­man As­so­ci­a­tion

Bray People - - NEWS -

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 gjjones@eir­com.net 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.

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