Saturday 1 October 2016

Tenth Bloom for bank holiday weekend

Ciara Treacy

Published 17/05/2016 | 07:00

Eva Casey (5) from Maynooth and Doireann McNally (5) from Dundalk at the launch of Bord Bia’s Bloom Festival, which will take place in the Phoenix Park on the June bank holiday weekend. Photo: Gareth Chaney
Eva Casey (5) from Maynooth and Doireann McNally (5) from Dundalk at the launch of Bord Bia’s Bloom Festival, which will take place in the Phoenix Park on the June bank holiday weekend. Photo: Gareth Chaney

It's the garden festival that keeps on growing: Bord Bia has launched its 10th annual Bloom.

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The event, which attracted more than 100,000 visitors last year, runs from June 2 to 6 in Dublin's Phoenix Park.

It will include 23 show gardens, along with an array of food and entertainment.

This year's event will also feature the Irish Independent's 1916 Commemoration Garden 'Bullets and Boiled Sweets', based on the concept by reader Jacinta Sullivan from Mullingar, Co Westmeath.

She won the competition which asked readers to send in reflections, memories, stories and poems about the Rising which could be translated into a show garden at Bloom.

"I was genuinely shocked, I was only hoping to win tickets," Ms Sullivan said. "The design is focused on imagination and growth, 100 years on from the Rising."

This Saturday's Weekend magazine will feature the winning design. There will also be 10 pairs of Bloom tickets given away.

Irish Independent

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