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Tro­phy towns Two Ir­ish vil­lages are cel­e­brat­ing this month, hav­ing each taken home awards at the pres­ti­gious En­tente Flo­rale, the Euro­pean As­so­ci­a­tion for Flow­ers & Land­scape, awards which took place last month in Slove­nia. Glaslough, Co Mon­aghan’s pic­turesque vil­lage, was awarded a gold medal while Abbeyleix took sil­ver. The awards com­mended both towns for their clean­li­ness and com­mu­nity spirit. For the full list of win­ners visit en­tente- flo­rale. eu Plum pick­ing Amid the del­uge of hol­i­day ren­tal web­sites, The Plum Guide has be­come the most buzzed about travel tool of the year. This in­ge­nious site scans 25 of the best va­ca­tion ren­tal web­sites and se­lects the top 1 per cent of homes ( above), which means you don’t spend hours scrolling through medi­ocre bolt­holes, you’ll sim­ply pick from the very best. plumguide. com Strand strides The first ever Strand Hill Food fes­ti­val takes place on Oc­to­ber 7th with more than 30 food stalls from across Ire­land tak­ing part in the event. Ex­pect a full line up of food demon­stra­tions from lo­cal chefs and cook­book au­thors, a craft beer bar, live mu­sic with tons of free kids ac­tiv­i­ties too, all in the unique set­ting of Sligo Air­port. strand­hill­food­fes­ti­val. com

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