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Daniel O'Donnell & Friends St. Stephen's Day Showcase at Powerscourt House

Posted by Brenda Comerford on Jan 6, 2016 10:52:38 AM

Blog Post by Kerry Gordon

 

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It was an absolute pleasure to finish off my third year of blogging for Powerscourt Estate and Gardens with the wonderful opportunity to watch the filming of a St Stephen’s Day RTE TV special, Daniel O'Donnell and Friends. With Powerscourt House sparkling with festive glee it was a showcase of duets with Daniel and other performers - and a bit of magic and chat included too!

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Powerscourt House has often been used in major films and TV shows but there was something extraordinary about seeing Ireland’s beloved Daniel O’Donnell performing to a crowd of his wonderful fans. Great singers Shane Filan, Una Foden, Declan Nearney and Derek Ryan had the crowd singing and dancing.

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Kristina Rihanoff from Strictly Come Dancing performed the American Smooth one more time with Daniel, Keith Barry was up to trickery with Majella O’Donnell, Pat Shortt popped in to surprise us all and Packie Bonner was happy for a chat with his neighbour Daniel.

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Daniel O’Donnell’s supporters and fans are amongst the best in the world and the atmosphere was one of the warmest and happiest I have ever encountered.

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Daniel’s loyal fans proved their worth on St Stephen’s Day as Daniel O’Donnell and Friends, was the most watched entertainment show of the evening in Ireland with 391,200 viewers tuning in!

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Powerscourt looked beautiful and full of Christmas Joy. Thank you to RTE and Big Mountain Productions for a fabulous Christmas Special.

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Happy New Year!

Kerry

Daniel’s official website with details of his tour dates and fan club is here http://danielodonnell.org/

With thanks to http://www.bigmountainproductions.com/

You can watch the show on RTE Player http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/daniel-odonnell-and-friends-30003756/10509708/

About Kerry Gordon:

Kerry Gordon lives by the sea in Co. Wicklow, Ireland with her daughter Molly and greyhound Lola. She is a long term blogger for Powerscourt Estate and Gardens and enjoys nothing more than visiting Powerscourt Waterfall, walking Powerscourt Gardens, followed by a tasty scone and pot of tea in Avoca at Powerscourt House. 

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Making up for Midsummer at Powerscourt's Fairy Fest!

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Jul 16, 2015 2:32:23 PM

I usually make a big fairy fuss at Midsummer, and for the past few years I've brought the girls on a magical picnic to 'the Fairy Forest' to celebrate. This Midsummer past, however, saw me chasing the sun into the west instead and not spending it with my girls at all! As I drove, I promised myself I would make it up to them as soon as possible. As luck would have it, the opportunity presented itself last week, when we were invited to attend the Fantastical Fairy Fest in Powerscourt Gardens 
We were looking forward to it immensely, but when the time came to leave last Sunday the weather looked like this:
There was rain. But not just a summer shower. There was full-on, torrential downpours with some thunder thrown in for good measure. We ran to the car anyway, with raincoats flung over our flower-crowned heads and crossed our fingers that some fairy magic might do the trick and bring back the sunshine.
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As it happened, the good folk from Imaginosity, who were hosting the event, had had convinced the fairies to relocate their garden party indoors - into one of the beautiful rooms in Powerscourt house. There, we were welcomed by three fairies who helped their little guests to practice their fairy moves, make fairy soup, play rainbow games and make little wishes to tie to the wishing tree in the garden.
Lile, Sábha and their little cousin Elsie were absolutely enthralled throughout. 
They excitedly sought out the ingredients for the fairy soup under toadstools, sprinkled fairy dust, tickled toes under the rainbow parachute and carefully considered their wishes. 
After the fairy work was done we were escorted outside to hang our wishes on the fairy bush... in what we assumed would be more torrential rain - but no! The fairy magic had worked and there was glorious sunshine and gorgeous gardens to greet us. 
We spent the rest of our afternoon looking for water fairies in the lakes and fountains, looking for woodland fairies among the trees and and having a very lovely time indeed. 
We rounded off the afternoon with an ice-cream from the little kiosk in the courtyard and the three tired fairies went home very happy.
Powerscourt runs a year-round events programme including treasure hunts, guided walks, gardening workshops, bug hunts, theatre evenings and much more that all the family will enjoy. The Fantastical Fairy Fest event was a 30 minute interactive 'show'. It had a snappy pace that kept the sizable crowd of young children moving and engaged throughout. The event price also included entry to the gardens. My girls really enjoyed themselves and it was a gorgeous Summer 'day-out' that will be fondly remembered.
For more information about Powerscourt Gardens, one of the world's greatest gardens click HERE.
And check out their events page HERE
To read more things about Powerscourt that I have shared on this blog, click HERE and HERE.
To learn how to make a flower crown, like the ones my girls are wearing in the photos, click HERE!
This blog article is kindly re-produced from its original blog with permission from author Sadhbh Devlin. Check out Sadhbh's parenting blog http://wherewishescomefrom.blogspot.ie/ where she writes about seasonal celebrations, simple craft projects and the adventures she has with her girls. 
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A Review of Chapterhouse Theatre Company's 'The Secret Garden'

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Jul 3, 2015 3:58:00 PM

Blog Post by Kerry Gordon

Open air theatre is a wonderful and intimate way to be up close and personal with a play. The cast of 'The Secret Garden' are such accomplished performers that you feel like a character in this enchanting story rather than a spectator.

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It helps when it is set in the walled garden of Powerscourt Estate, with the house looking magnificent in the background - you really do feel like you are in a secret garden!

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We saw this production last weekend when Chapterhouse Theatre returned with to Ireland with 'The Secret Garden'. The atmosphere was wonderful, luckily in the sunshine, with champagne corks popping and families of all generations spread out on picnic blankets.

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The music and singing was an unexpected joy in this new take of an old classic and the puppetry is a trademark of Chapterhouse and its brilliant actors.

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The show itself was funny, touching and engaging and in such a beautiful setting it was impossible to not be taken away and drawn into the storytelling.

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Kids were enthralled by the acting from beginning to end and I would highly recommend it as an introduction to any new theatre goers.

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There was even time to pop to the Avoca shop to get some of their famous scones and tea during the interval.

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Make sure you come and see them next summer. It's a really lovely afternoon which I would recommend unreservedly!

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Until next time ...

Kerry

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Chapterhouse Theatre Company is a professional open-air touring company committed to creating innovative, accessible productions of classic texts and stories and presenting magical theatre in magical surroundings. http://www.chapterhouse.org. The wonderfully talented cast of 'The Secret Garden' includes: Luke de Belder, Matthew Christmas, Graham Hill, Laura Kent, Eve Niker, Bryony Tebbutt

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About Kerry Gordon: Kerry Gordon lives by the sea in Co. Wicklow with her daughter Molly and greyhound Lola. She is a long term blogger for Powerscourt Estate and Gardens and enjoys nothing more than visiting Powerscourt Waterfall and then going to the gardens followed by a tasty scone and pot of tea.

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Nature Detectives at Powerscourt Waterfall - A Review!

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Jun 8, 2015 12:58:59 PM

I love Powerscourt Waterfall and have been there a few times over the last couple of years with the children; however, we haven’t been there as a family for over four years. So I was delighted when we were invited to attend the Imaginosity event ‘Nature Detectives’ at Powerscourt Waterfall yesterday!

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We intended on arriving early and having a quick play at the playground before meeting up with the Imaginosity team by ‘the big tree’ as instructed on the ticket. Of course, best laid plans meant that we arrived breathless and just in time. I was smiling brightly and trying to ignore the - ‘I am too old for this’ and ‘talk about a good walk ruined’ comments from our eldest and Mr Dad.

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Quite aptly for the weekend that was in it, the meeting place was clearly marked by a bright rainbow coloured parachute which was laid out on the ground. Martina - one of the three Imaginosity staff present - welcomed us all warmly and chatted animatedly about our plans for the day. You could not help but be infused with a little of her boundless enthusiasm (which was still there at the end of the day, even when some brats children were getting  a little rambunctious).

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All the children were given a sheet of clues and a pencil, told where to start and what time to return and then we were off! It was all a bit crowded and manic at the start but by the time we had reached the third clue we had all spread out and were happily going at our own pace. Everyone, that is, except my boy Conan who is nothing if not competitive. He was bailing along following the trail and ticking off all the clues without a backward glance to us. Paul had to catch up with him and encourage him to wait for the rest of his team (a.k.a. his family) to catch up!

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Caoimhe, who was ‘too old’, didn’t take long to get into the spirit of things and was soon caught up in the trail and discovering a few fun facts that were laid out along the way. Did you know the air up at Powerscourt Waterfall is negatively charged, so breathing it in promotes a refreshed and relaxed feeling?? I do now!

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We fairly powered through the nature trail and discovered a few things that were not on the list, such as the Fairy Tree which was pointed out to us by Martina – the staff didn’t rest on their laurels but popped up here and there along the trail to keep us on track. Importantly, they also gave us space to enjoy ourselves as a family.

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The trail ended at the waterfall where we hung out for a while, climbing and exploring, before meeting back with the rest of the crew at the appointed time. Martina and crew had some samples of wild flowers and plastic insects and bugs which were laid out for the children to examine with magnifying glasses. Caoimhe and Conan delighted in putting  the bugs in the magnifying jar and examining them in great detail.

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The best part of the event, according to my children, were the games at the end; they got to have sack races and play organised games with the parachute, laughing and giggling throughout. The best part according to me was that the children really did stop to look at and examine the natural world around them.

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Then it was time to say goodbye to the very popular Imaginosity team who really did deserve medals (or at least an ice-cream). Our day didn’t end there. We headed up to the fantastic playground where the children played happily for a good hour before we shared a tub of candy floss and headed home, tired but happy.  We will definitely be making a few trips back there over the Summer!

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Disclaimer: We were invited to attend ‘Nature Detectives’ for the purpose of this review. However all thoughts and words are my own.

Aisling Lyons

Aisling is a blogger for Powerscourt Estate who writes about our family events throughout the year. Aisling runs a parenting blog which you can follow here.

Bio: My name is Aisling Lyons, stay at home mother of three, and sometime radio pundit ;).I have over 20 years experience in the childcare sector, starting out as nursery nurse before moving into nannying, and then returning to work in creches for over 14 years, twelve of which were in creche management. I managed a private creche "Johnstown Kiddiecare" in Kilpeddar, Co. Wicklow, and then moved into Dublin to manage the nursery on-site in Trinity College Dublin. I finally left that position to open my own creche "Aisling Childcare", which I ran for seven years. I closed the creche when baby number three was imminent as I really wanted to focus on motherhood. I am passionate about children being given the very best opportunities to allow them to grow up to be happy and confident. I set up a blog to help any parents struggling with the little and large problems that parenting young children can bring! I really hope that some ideas I bring will help families thrive and forge ahead!: )

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Guided walking tour of Powerscourt Gardens with Sara Waldburg

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on May 14, 2015 4:44:16 PM

With thanks to Kerry Gordon for this review!

"As a long time visitor to Powerscourt Gardens it was interesting to take a guided tour with Sara Waldburg, an expert on all things houses, castles and gardens in Ireland!

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A charming host she met our amiable and chatty group with a surprise up her sleeve that – Alex Slazenger, one of the younger generation of the Slazenger family that owns Powerscourt Estate  – was to join us.  Alex turned out to be great fun and one of the gardening team so his insight, especially about the herbaceous border, was very interesting.

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As you can see from my photo blog we wound our way around the Estate looking at the breathtaking array of statues, gates and fountains carefully picked by the Wingfield Family.

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The Powerscourt blog is full of wonderful historical information and you can read the fascinating story of how this wondrous garden is now here for us to enjoy.

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Information on the statues can be found here: http://powerscourt.com/gardens/statuary

Read more about the Gates of Powerscourt: http://powerscourt.com/gardens/gates

Read about the Italian Gardens, the Terraces and Triton Lake:  http://powerscourt.com/gardens/italian-gardens

Read more about the Pet Cemetery: http://powerscourt.com/gardens/pets-cemetery

Read about Powerscourt House: http://powerscourt.com/house/history"

Until next time!

Kerry Gordon

About Sara Waldburg: Sara is the Manager of Houses, Castles and Gardens of Ireland http://hcgi.ie/and is a County Wicklow resident and a good friend of Powerscourt.

About Kerry Gordon: Kerry lives by the sea in Co. Wicklow with her daughter Molly and Greyhound Lola. She is a long term blogger for Powerscourt Estate and Gardens and enjoys nothing more than visiting Powerscourt Waterfall and then going to the Gardens followed by a tasty scone and pot of tea.

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Review of Hop N Hunt at Powerscourt Gardens

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Apr 16, 2015 11:54:59 AM

We got to attend the Easter ‘Hop n' Hunt’ in Powerscourt Gardens this year. Having spent Easter Sunday feasting and watching television, a trip up to Powerscourt was a great excuse to get out, stretch our legs and most importantly, to STOP eating chocolate!

We were booked in to the 12.30pm time-slot, and were greeted on arrival by a very friendly Easter chick who chatted to the children and happily posed for photos.

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We were then directed to the walled garden where two ladies from Imaginosity were just starting the warm-up exercises to prepare for the hunt. The sun was shining, the children were excited and before we knew it we were donning bunny ears and climbing into sacks to hop around the garden finding clues that would lead to the eventual pay off at the 'treasure table'.

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Our eldest volunteered to hop (a member of the family had to be 'hopping' at all times), while her little brother offered to write down all the letters that the clues revealed (good educational fun!) and my youngest was happy just running around in the sunshine following the herd. The sunshine, the location and the staff from Imaginosity all helped make this a very enjoyable event. 

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So would I recommend it to others? Now, I’m not a fan of adults paying to go to kids events. However, in this case, the €25 family ticket included the egg hunt and full access to the gardens for the day. In my opinion, this ‘package’ makes it well worth the money (particularly as the sun was beaming).There is so much to do and explore in the gardens.

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It may be a thought for next year though to put together a little basket of goodies per family, rather than choosing an egg or tea cake from a plastic tub, but that is just my opinion. Now where did I stash the children’s Easter haul??

Aisling Lyons

Aisling is a new blogger for Powerscourt Estate who will be posting about our family events throughout the year. Aisling runs a parenting blog which you can follow here.

Bio: My name is Aisling Lyons, stay at home mother of three, and sometime radio pundit ;).I have over 20 years experience in the childcare sector, starting out as nursery nurse before moving into nannying, and then returning to work in creches for over 14 years, twelve of which were in creche management. I managed a private creche "Johnstown Kiddiecare" in Kilpeddar, Co. Wicklow, and then moved into Dublin to manage the nursery on-site in Trinity College Dublin. I finally left that position to open my own creche "Aisling Childcare", which I ran for seven years. I closed the creche when baby number three was imminent as I really wanted to focus on motherhood. I am passionate about children being given the very best opportunities to allow them to grow up to be happy and confident. I set up a blog to help any parents struggling with the little and large problems that parenting young children can bring! I really hope that some ideas I bring will help families thrive and forge ahead!: )

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Review of Spring & Easter Floral Art at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Mar 24, 2015 11:25:48 AM

With thanks to Kerry Gordon for this review!

"Powerscourt Garden Pavilion is bursting with colour at the moment with Spring flowers blooming and wonderful Easter surprises at every corner. It is amongst this wonderful backdrop that Carol Bone, a legend in the world of floral art, was working her magic!

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This was my first time at a floral art demonstration and I was very fortunate to see such a maestro at work. Carol, who happens to live in my beloved Co. Wicklow, is such a warm, fun and elegant demonstrator and she explained how to create these displays in a manner that even a beginner could follow. It was an entertaining master class by someone who clearly loves what she does and wants to share this in a truly inclusive manner.

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Carol’s key themes are to keep it simple, take your time, prepare in advance and use everything you have in your garden. Spring is my favourite time of year so I was thrilled when she began with a tulip creation that was breathtaking in its simplicity and contemporary look. Contorted willow was placed into the oasis base which was in a flat wooden tray. Leaves such as laurel or ivy were wrapped around hairpins and white tulips fed in-between the willow. Carol explained the importance of keeping structure with different heights - for example in this display you gain movement from the willow and also from the tulips. Condition the tulip like most spring flowers by placing them in a bucket of water, after cutting the ends off the stem, which should help them last a week. During  Spring time it is lovely to have a mixture of branch and blooming flower which works delightfully. Put the willow in first but leave plenty of space for the tulips. Place the heather and some green hypericon berries, which achieve a calming effect, down low to bring your eye down which helps picks up the container. Finally as it nearly Easter Carol placed in some cute bunny rabbits and an egg – just delicious!

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With this display Carol staggered irises and using different lengths she placed them slightly apart. Some were put in the back to bring depth so that the display is not flat. With most designs you start with the foliage first but in this design where there is little space it is better to put the flowers in first. Anemones were then added and finally succulents at the end. A great tip is that you can take the succulents out of the arrangement, put them in gritty soil, and then reuse them again.  Layering was done with Arum maculatum (known more commonly as Lords and Ladies), then some berries were added and the whole display was surrounded by pussy willow. Little bits of foliage were finally placed at the front and back. As with most things take your time and practice makes perfect!

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Starting with a plain green pot Carol took her Ivy Vine and whilst pushing it in she wound it round and around until it looked like a nest. Onto this she placed quail eggs and guinea fowl feathers that can be sourced from any good florists. This is a low arrangement so the tulips and roses were cut short. With the leaves Carol showed us the clever trick of twisting and turning the leaf back onto itself and using them to cover the oasis. So pretty! Again she emphasised not being too fussy in your decorations. Some cultivated Astrantia was added and its fuzzy texture blended wonderfully with the smoothness of the tulips. The result was one of the prettiest Spring displays I have seen.

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Carol pinned Ivy leaves onto the oasis. She took snake grass which is unusual in that it can be manipulated and placed some into the start of the arrangement. Effortlessly she placed yellow Gerberas and Rip Van Winkles, making sure that everything was at different heights. Being careful  to keep space and to keep it unfussy she finally placed in miniature daffodils and the delightful purple Freschias. A work of art in a few minutes and effortlessly presented – fabulous!

A wonderful surprise was that all the floral art was raffled at the end with proceeds going to Down Syndrome Ireland and floral displays going to very happy homes!

For more events (it is advised to book tickets in advance) see www.powerscourtgardenpavilion.com/events

About Carol Bone: Carol Bone lives in Wicklow, ‘The Garden of Ireland’ and was brought up with a love of gardening, horticulture, art and design. After a successful gardening career, Carol qualified as AOIFA (Association of Irish Floral Artists) demonstrator and teacher. She has since demonstrated extensively in England and Ireland and represented Ireland in the International Demonstration at the World Show in Boston in 2011. Carol has served as President of the Association of Irish Floral Artists and Publicity Officer for the World Flower Show 2014.

About Kerry Gordon: Kerry Gordon lives by the sea in Co. Wicklow with her daughter Molly and Greyhound Lola. She is a long term blogger for Powerscourt Estate and Gardens and enjoys nothing more than visiting Powerscourt Waterfall and then going to the Gardens followed by a tasty scone and pot of tea. 

Text and images copyright of Kerry Gordon

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Global Village Interiors celebrates its 25th anniversary!

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Oct 6, 2014 9:46:00 AM

One of Ireland’s great design success stories, Global Village Interiors, celebrates its 25th anniversary this month – all thanks to a couple’s struggle to furnish their apartment! Global Village has two stores, one based in our very own Powerscourt House.

Husband and wife Martin and Colette Lenehan set out with a vision to introduce quality interior products to the Irish market in 1989, after a fruitless search to outfit their small home in the way they wanted. Over the last 25 years, Global Village has turned that vision into reality, becoming one of the few interiors businesses to survive and thrive during the recession.

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Their decision to become a flagship outlet for Neptune in Ireland established them as must-visit interiors destinations both in Powerscourt and KCR in Kimmage, which has the biggest range of Neptune products in Ireland. “We’ve always had a thing about quality, value and the unusual and, to this day, we don’t compromise on our values," said Martin.

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The first Global Village shop opened in Glasthule, Co Dublin offering an eclectic mix of ethnic style furniture and accessories such as Afghan chests and Chinese Ming Dynasty-style sideboards. “Although our customers in the area appreciated what we did, we realised that if we were going to advance the business we had to change our business model to attract more customers,” said Martin. The company then moved to bigger premises in the Blackrock Centre where their passion for quality products and great customer service quickly became known. "The Blackrock store became a haunt for designers, architects and customers with a passion for interiors, which is where the brand really started to take off," said Colette.

With the opening of their two present showrooms in Powerscourt House (1999) and KCR in 2005, Global Village Interiors became synonymous with an individual style of quality and quirky interior products. It was their decision-making during the recession that was to be the making of the company. “The furniture business was falling off a cliff and we knew we couldn’t continue to do the same thing or we wouldn’t survive,” said Martin. “That’s when we discovered Neptune – a high-end company who shared the values we really looked for in furniture.  “Neptune furniture is out on its own – high quality, handmade, solid wood. This is furniture with soul. It’s good to use, to feel, to touch and everything about the product is emotive. "Global Village's motto is quality never goes out of style, and even in a depressed market we invested heavily in our showrooms. As a result, we now have the biggest range of Neptune products in Ireland under one roof in the KCR showroom."

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Martin and Colette admit it’s been difficult to separate their home and work life as they have lived, slept and breathed what they do, especially over the last five years. It’s that passion and love for Interior Design that has kept them in business. “The real reward for us is to see customers genuinely fall in love with their homes,” said Collette. “We have 25 years’ experience in the interiors business, and customers can get that for free. We also provide a full interior design service. “My advice to a consumer who wants a nice home is to get professional advice, talk to someone who knows what they’re doing. They do it once or twice in their lives – we do this every day."

To find out more about Global Village, visit their website.

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Walk up Lugnaquilla in Wicklow, the highest peak of Leinster

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Jun 28, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Lugnaquilla is the highest mountain outside of Kerry, with its summit at 925 meters (3,035ft) above sea level. Walk the Mountain with us, it's a great day out in Wicklow!

This challenging but accessible mountain is one of the best walks in the Wicklow Mountains and on a clear day, offers breathtaking views over the Wicklow Mountains and far beyond.

Footfalls Walking Holidays & Adventure.ie are organizing a series of fully guided walks to the summit of this mountain over July & August

Each walk is fully guided by qualified and experienced Mountain Leaders (2 guides for 16 people)

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BOOK NOW – LIMITED PLACES
€25 per person

Equipment:

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Well worn waterproof boots
  • Warm clothing, hat & gloves
  • Water and food for the walk
  • Good level of fitness
  • Enthusiasm and good humourclimb-lugnaquilla4

Walk Schedule:

  • 9:30 – 10am:  Walk Registration at the Glenmalure Lodge  (GPS:  52.957727, -6.353465 - click for map)
  • 10 to 10:15am:  Walk briefing at the Glenmlure Lodge  (GPS:  52.957727, -6.353465 - click for map)
  • Walks starts from Baravore/Upper Car Park Glenmalure Valley (GPS:  52.988009, -6.412902 - click for map)
  • Walk:  between 5 and 6 hours to complete
  • Refreshments:  from 3pm at the Glenmalure Lodge

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Walk location:

  • Registration and booking will take place from 9.30 am at the Glenmalure Lodge  (GPS:  52.957727, -6.353465 – click for map)
  • The walk will start at the upper car park in the Glenmalure Valley (GPS:  52.988009, -6.412902 – click for map)

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Terms & Conditions:

  • This is a prepaid walk only. No unpaid walkers will be accepted on the day.  Last booking for each walk will be accepted 4 days prior to the walk.
  • Refund for no shows will be at the discretion of the organizer.
  • Walkers must have required equipment ready before the climb. Walkers without adequate equipment will be refused to take part.
  • Participants must be 16 years of age or older on the day of the walk, all under 18s must have a parent/guardian with them at all times
  • Weather up Lugnaquilla is unstable, and reaching the summit is not guaranteed.
  • Footfalls Walking Holidays and Adventure.ie reserve the right to cancel the walk up Lugnaquilla if weather conditions are not safe.  Alternative walk will be organised for the day.
  • The final decision for the climb or alternative walk will be done at briefing in the Glenmalure Lodge
  • This walk is fully guided, participants must stay with their guide at all times.
  • Dogs are not permitted on the route.
  • Footfalls Walking Holiday will be leading the climbs on the 27th of July & 31st of August
  • Adventure.ie will be leading the climbs on the 6th or July and 10th of August
  • More info on Footfalls Walking Holidays
  • More info on Adventure.ie

BOOK NOW – LIMITED PLACES
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Enniskerry Art Fest 2014 - 17th & 18th May. Join the fun!

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on May 7, 2014 10:32:00 AM

The Schoolhouse for Art in Enniskerry, County Wicklow is hosting the Enniskerry Art Fest 2014 on the weekend of 17th & 18th of May. It promises to be an inspiring and creative weekend packed with lots of artistic activities for the whole family throughout Enniskerry’s beautiful village. This year’s line-up of events includes art demonstrations, school children’s art exhibition, wood sculptures, an art exhibition on the railings, life drawing sessions, arts & crafts stalls, music and lots more. There will also be plenty of “arty snacks” in Enniskerry's cafes and pubs. Why not order a special treat from the artist’s palette at your favourite holstery!

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For more information, visit Facebook - Enniskerry Festivals 2014 or logon on to www. schoolhouseforart.com. The full programme of events is outlined below.

A date for your Diary: The Food Fest & Mad Hatters Garden Party takes place on 28th & 29th June. Check Facebook for further updates. All monies raised will go towards restoration projects for Enniskerry village.

The Enniskerry ArtFest 2014 schedule of events will include;

Art demonstrations. Throughout the weekend in the Schoolhouse for Art artists will show off their talents for you to watch. There’ll be painting, sculpting, felting, textile printing, traditional drawing & printing techniques and more on show.

Schoolchildren’s art exhibition (Theme: Biodiversity). An exhibition of Enniskerry students’ illustrations & paintings with awards and photo opportunities for all the family on Friday evening 16th.

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The ‘Clock Tower’ installation. Community art - more to follow…!

Wood Sculpture: Conleth Gent’s ‘week long’ carving in the SfA Sculpture garden. Come back each day and see the progress.

Outdoor ‘art on the railings’ exhibition by local artists throughout the village. Promises to be varied, colourful & festive.

Life Drawing sessions – clothed models in Victorian attire. See the artists sketch our Victorian ladies throughout the day.

Plein Air Painting in Enniskerry’s acclaimed gardens. A team of local artists will be inspired by the beautiful gardens around the village, watch how they capture the colours in oils & watercolours.

Print Making for adults with Botanical Artist Yanny Petters. Biodiversity is the theme, go for a nature walk in the Bog Meadow with Yanny, then create a set of fine art prints.

Art & Craft Stalls. Choice crafts by local makers, enjoy the colourful hussle and bustle!

Peek Board seaside ‘selfie’ photo opportunity. Just like in the old days, grab a fun picture of you & the family to send to friends.

Face Painting - a must for the children!

Toddlers colouring session of artist Brigid O’Brien’s Village illustrations. All our lovely local shops; let your imagination run wild colouring them in to make the village festive!

Performance Artists - lookout behind you, you never know who you might meet!

Music and Entertainment – it’s a weekend of ArtFest fun.

Arty snacks in Enniskerry’s cafes and pubs. Order a special treat from the artists palette at your favourite hostelry!

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