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Saturday 23 August 2014

Bird of pray: Capital in a flap over new festival

Mark O'Regan

Published 14/06/2014 | 02:30

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The Very Rev PM Dunne, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, with the buzzard

That well-known bird of prey – the common buzzard – came to pay its respects in Dublin's historic Christ Church Cathedral.

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Resting casually on the arm of the Dean, the Very Rev P M Dunne, its presence added an exotic touch to proceedings in the June sunshine.

The majestic bird is one of the attractions at the first-ever Dublin Garden Festival this weekend in the grounds of the famous capital landmark.

This weekend the cathedral will be transformed into what has been described as "a stunning floral Arcadia".

Some of Ireland's most talented floral artists have contributed a variety of visual arrangements.

And a number of high-profile gardening experts, including Diarmuid Gavin, Helen Dillon, and Gerry Daly, will deliver a series of talks.

The festival is open today from 9am to 9pm and from 12.30pm to 7pm tomorrow. Admission is €12 for adults, and children under 12 can enter for free.

Irish Independent

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