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Pupils' hard work comes into full Bloom at festival

They say you reap what you sow.

And that's certainly the case for the pupils of Our Lady of Good Counsel National School in Drimnagh

The budding gardeners won the nationwide GIY and Innocent Sow and Grow 2015 competition and were delighted that all the "mucking about" had finally paid off.

It was a bountiful start to the annual Bloom Festival with a record number of people visiting the show gardens and tucking into ice-cream cones.

President Michael D Higgins spent the morning pottering about with his wife Sabina by his side.

Mr Higgins was presented with a scarlet rose bred and named in honour of poet WB Yeats.


Marty Whelan and Nuala Carey sniffed peonies while the RTE Lyric FM Quartet entertained passers-by.

Horticulturists from all over the country had travelled to see the exotic flowers and explore the delights of the food village.

"My daughter and I try to come every year," said Mairead Gleeson from Tipperary. "It's so inspirational - you can extract ideas and take them grow home and watch them grow in your own garden."

Jane McCorkell claimed top prize in the large garden category for her Our Origin is Green at the Phoenix Park event.

The garden was inspired by a Celtic knot design of two dogs found in the Book of Durrow and featured a bright red statue.