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Kate’s take on Bloom 2017: ‘Excellence and innovation in garden design’

“I liked it the way it was, we’ll probably get marked down for it,” said Liat Schurmann of Mount Venus Nursery, eyeing the tiny Star of Bethlehem that smuggled itself in under cover of a shuttlecock fern. I’m at this year’s Bloom Festival and ‘Transition’ is Liat and Oliver Schurmann’s show garden for FBD Insurance. Inspired by the Connemara landscape, …

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VIDEO: Soil and the Irish soul with Helen Kelly #People4Soil

February 24, 2017 Helen Kelly gave a different kind of talk at the launch of the People4Soil campaign. Speaking about healing, wellness, and her childhood in Donegal, Helen shared her story about recovery from cancer and the deep rooted cultural connection the Irish people have to the soil. She spoke about remembering, and belonging to the land, walking barefoot and ways …

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OpEd : ‘Fake News’ stories and climate-change deniers are duping hundreds of millions on social media

13 January, 2017 Trump, Twitter, Climate-Change denial and the Advent of ‘Fake News’ EPA, Breitbart News and the credibility crisis of climate-science under the Trump administration Facebook an echo chamber for ideological views and ‘fake news’? Facebook and Google move together with action against Fake News Zuckerberg changes his stance on ‘fake news’ to speak about ‘responsibility’   BS Detector Plugin …

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5 Eco-Friendly Ways to Ease the January Pinch

January can be challenging after the hysteria of the festive season; many of us will have been paid early in December and over spent on gifts for family and friends. And that’s not even taking into account food and drink. Here are some eco-friendly money saving tips to help you get through the rest of the month and ease that …

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COMMENT: Science miscommunication hamstrings the truth

9th January, 2017 Something has been getting my goat of late. What is it you wonder? Has yet another of my houseplants died? Is it the incomprehensible mumbling that comes over the train intercom when it’s delayed? The lack of an Insomnia near me? No, the latest thing to annoy me is scientific communication. Or more accurately, miscommunication. It’s hard …