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Below is a listing of just some of the locations offering accommodation in or near Claregalway.
Some disturbing facts are:
The organic movement is increasing throughout the world. One of the key concepts of organic farming is the care for the land and recognising that our soils are the givers of life. They need to be kept healthy and alive. Only a fertile soil can produce healthy crops and only with healthy crops can we have healthy animals and people. The mantra of organic farming is‘to feed the soil which in turn will feed the plant’. The reverse is true for conventional farming where the soil is considered just a medium on which plants grow and anchor themselves. The soil is considered as an inert sponge on which plants are force fed like being on a drip.
Over the last few decades our soils have suffered immensely and are close to the brink of collapsing. As a matter of urgency we need to learn how to care for our soils. Alex Lavarde appropriately called for the need to learn how to “bring soil back to life”.
Soils Matter Conference will take place in Claregalway Castle, Co. Galway on Monday 6th July following the Galway Garden Festival on the 4th and 5th of July. During the Galway Garden Festival there will be talks and demonstrations for children and adults about the importance on how to keep our soils healthy. The Galway Garden festival is a great family event for all those with an interest in the outdoors.
The conference space is limited therefore early booking is recommended. Places are €40.00 with limited free places.
There are excellent speakers and poster sessions organised throughout the day.
AS PART OF THE 2015 GALWAY GARDEN FESTIVAL
Sunday, July 5th, 12pm - 4pm: Join the fun and dress as you like...in whatever you like... street urchin, chimney sweep, the unknown or the famous, a Roman soldier, Cleopatra, Long John Silver, Mad hatter, any time, any person..
Arrive by carriage, by rickshaw, with slaves...as you wish.
Left, Look at them! Entrants ELIMINATED for arriving at the Festival in an overloaded vehicle while under the influence of FANCY DRESS FUN! And will you look at yer wan in the hat... Disgraceful you know, making a show of themselves like that... And not a road-tax disk to be seen, covered as it is by that hussy...
Judges will be roaming incognito to select the winners.
Prizes will be presented on site around 5.30pm
All gate profits of Galway Garden Festival go to local and international charities who have to date received over €110,000. The 2014 beneficiaries were Claregalway Day Care Centre, Galway Simon and CBM Ireland.
Galway Garden Festival was first held in 2009 and was the brain child of garden enthusiast Padraigin O’ Donoghue and her brother Eamonn. Over the past 5 years it has evolved into a unique and multi facetted event. At its core, it is a showcase for the very best of rare and special plant traders from all over Ireland.
This is coupled with a speakers programme that has featured many internationally renowned experts. It also offers a feast of outdoor melody with the best of Brass Band, Classical, Jazz and Traditional Irish musicians. A surprising aspect of this festival is that there is so much to delight children with entertainers, open air performance and educational role play. In parallel there is a superb Artisan Food and Crafts arena and an excellent variety of catering facilities.
This festival is truly an explosion of colour, scent, sound, texture and tastes.
A festival of small and large surprises with an emphasis on excellence and affordability
Claregalway Day Care Centre is open everyday providing hot meals, entertainment, activities and a social outlet for those that may need this in the community. There is welcome for everybody in a safe holistic and caring environmnet.
CBM is an international Christian development organisation, committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world. With over 100 years of professional expertise, CBM addresses poverty as a cause, and a consequence, of disability, and works in partnership to create a inclusive society for all. www.cbm.com
“Being involved with a local garden festival that brings colour, fun and community involvement that the clients of Galway Simon who become volunteers during the festival look forward to palying a key role as part of the huge volunteer festival team every summer” say Hazel Hendy form Galway Simon. www.galwaysimon.ie
2015 Annoucement of Summer Festival dates
The 2015 Galway Garden Festival will be held on the 4th and 5th July with gate profits to partner charities, which in 2015 will again be Claregalway Day Care, Galway Simon Community and CBM Ireland.
In the meantime why not see Claregalway castle in winter? Come this weekend 13th & 14th December 12 noon – 8 pm for a memorable Christmas Fair.
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We are delighted to announce that the exhibitors below have confirmed that they will be showcasing their products and services as they support the Galway Garden Festival. Please give them your support.