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Thursday 27 April 2017

Lock up your Easter Eggs if dogs are within range 

Pete Wedderburn - Animal Doctor The UK's first chocolate egg was produced in 1873 by Fry's of Bristol, and since then the Easter Egg has become far bigger business than anyone could have predicted. The world's most popular egg-shaped chocolate is now Cadbury's Creme Egg, with the Birmingham factory in the UK producing 1.5 million every day for UK and global markets. In the USA, 90 million chocolate bunnies and 91.4 billion eggs are produced each year. Overall, sales of chocolate at Easter...

Grow your own - on a small scale 

Andrew Collyer - Practical Gardening For many years probably the single most annually made gardening promise to oneself is 'I must start a vegetable garden this year' or as I prefer the more inclusive term kitchen garden. An admirable promise. Probably the single most annual reason for failure to achieve your much vaunted kitchen garden is dreaming too big. Nothing wrong with big dreams again admirable but a dose of reality needs to be sprinkled on these dreams to bring them to reality. While...

Why not plant a long-lived tree? 

Andrew Collyer - Practical Gardening March 5 to 12 was National Tree Week. This is an awareness week organised by the Tree council of Ireland to promote all things trees. It has been an annual event since 1985 and should be embraced and celebrated with gusto in my opinion. Where the National tree week really becomes valuable is in schools where the education of the young in tree importance will hopefully produce a generation of responsible environmentally aware adults in the future.

Getting creative about a better quality of life 

Conor Nelligan, County Heritage Officer The Centenary Commemoration of 1916 was a tremendous success in the County of Cork, as it was across the entire nation. In response to the heightened sense of shared identity that was established in 2016, and in respect of the breadth of cultural activity and public engagement that took place, the Government has embarked on an insightful legacy project that sets out to harness the country's culture, arts and heritage over the next five years with the purpose of...

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