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Irish Grass Machinery Live 2015

Irish Grass Machinery Live 2015

Open Invitation To All Sports Clubs, Local Authorities, Contractors and Groundsmen.
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GIY Profile - Ballymaloe Cookery School


Ballymaloe is the only cookery school in the world that is located in the middle of a 100-acre, organic farm of which ten acres are devoted to organic market gardens, orchards and greenhouses. Students learn to cook with a large variety of the freshest ingredients - for instance, we grow over 40 different types of tomatoes alone!

There are a range of gardening courses run throughout the year that are taught by our senior lecturer Susan Turner who was previously head gardener at Yalding Organic Gardens in the UK before taking up the same position at Ballymaloe Cookery School.  Susan has worked extensively in Israel, Germany and South Africa and has been lecturing on all aspects of horticulture since 2001.

The formal pleasure gardens are beautifully laid out and maintained and in the height of summer the herbaceous borders burst into flower. The herb garden is planted in the classic old Victorian knot style within 200 year old beech hedging. In the summer months the glasshouses are bursting with organic vegetables and herbs ready to be picked and taken straight to the eager students in the kitchens. Happy fat free range pigs greedily feed on any veggies left over. Healthy looking free range hens run around the place everywhere and Darina Allen likes to keep special and distinct breeds of fowl in movable chicken runs.

The kitchens and all the school buildings including the dining room, lecture rooms, library and self-catering accommodation - are located in delightful former farm buildings. Like the best traditional farms this is a family run business. There is a cheerful, friendly, welcoming atmosphere to the school, plus, of course, it is incredibly peaceful and beautiful. Visitors can sign up for afternoon cookery demonstrations most week days and it is by no means unusual to learn how to make 20 recipes in an afternoon. There are also half day, one day, two and half day and weeklong courses throughout the year.

The Cookery School is supplied with fresh fish straight from the boats in Ballycotton and as much as possible Darina supports the small local artisan food producers. Organic, local, fresh, Ballymaloe Cookery School

Source : GIY Profile - Ballymaloe Cookery School

Featured Event


21 October 2015

@ Abbotstown, Dublin, Ireland

Irish Grass Machinery Live 2015

Irish Grass Machinery 2015 Live event at the National Sports Campus in Blanchardstown.

Open Invitation To All Sports Clubs, Local Authorities, Contractors and Groundsmen

Irish Grass Machinery are holding our 2015 Live event at the National Sports Campus in Blanchardstown. This is a unique event which will allow sports
clubs and groundsmen test drive the very latest in grass cutting and maintenance machinery. It will also have a element of education with leading experts in pitch construction , renovation and maintenance available throughout the day to share their experience and knowledge.irishgrassmachinery-image

The National Sports Campus is a 500+ acre site in Blanchardstown Dublin 15. It currently headquarters over 20 national sports bodies including, The Football Association of Ireland, National Sports Council. All major field sports bodies are locating their centres of excellance at the NSC. The GAA are currently constructing their centre which will include 5 state of the art pitches,

The FAI have constructed 6 new pitched and have based all international teams at the NSC. The IRFU are also building their Centre of Excellence and it
will be the base for all their International teams. So this really is the future of Irish Sport and it a great opportunity to see it while all this development is going on. There will be tours of the campus throughout the day.

Test drive the full range of Kubota ride on mowers and tractors.
• Use the range of Trimax wide area mowers.
• See the range of Wiedenman Pitch Maintenance
Equipment from natural and artificial surfaces.
• Full range of Vermeer Wood Chippers, Stump
Grinders and Mini Skid Steer Loaders.
• Meet the Pitch builders
• Tour of National Sports Campus
• Lunch
• Prize Draw

To Reserve Your Place At This Unique Event Call 01 899 1212 or Book On Line at www.irishgrassmachinery.ie
This is a free event but places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment

Featured Event


28 January 2016

@ Messeallee, 45131 Essen, Germany

AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards 2016

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) is pleased to announce that FloraHolland is to be the Headline Sponsor at the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards 2016.

FloraHolland is a co-operative organisation of and for growers of horticultural products, and brings the floriculture chain together in several ways. It is an open marketplace where suppliers of floriculture products and their customers can meet to do business. With its new strategy ‘Flowering the world together. Planting seeds of opportunities for all our members.’ it creates opportunities for our industry to encourage the consumer to spend more money on more flowers and plants. It provides benefits to its members and their customers by contributing to their margins by optimising its own logistics and taking control of floriculture standards.

AIPH Secretary General, Tim Briercliffe, commented, “FloraHolland is a major business in the ornamental horticulture industry. As an increasingly international organisation the partnership with the AIPH International Grower of the Year Awards is the perfect match and I am very much looking forward to working with them to promote to the world the very best ornamentals growers”.

Floris Olthof, Manager Cooperation & Communication, FloraHolland, comments, “FloraHolland has been a member of AIPH for years. The cooperative also supports the Horticultural Entrepreneur Award where the most innovative and enterprising company from the horticultural sector is awarded. Winners of this competition are also recommended for the International Grower of the Year Award. We feel strongly about promoting innovation and successful entrepreneurship in this sector and warmly support both awards”.

The Awards which recognise best practice in ornamental horticultural production from all over the world, organised with founding partner FloraCulture International, invite growers of ornamental crops anywhere in the world to enter.

The Awards Gala Dinner will take place at the Messe Essen on Thursday, 28 January 2016. They will be hosted during IPM Essen in Germany, the world’s leading trade fair for horticulture.

For more information visit: www.aiph.org/groweroftheyear



Tim Briercliffe, AIPH Secretary General
Email: sg@aiph.org Tel: +44 (0) 118 9308956 Mobile: +44 (0) 7885 750324
Website: www.aiph.org
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