Open Day at Jim Cronin’s Farm in Bridgetown

Last April, we were delighted to have Jim Cronin here at An Gáirdín for a very interesting and enjoyable talk and discussion about different aspects of organic growing.

This post is to let you know that on this coming bank holiday Monday, August 6th, Jim is hosting an open day at his farm in Bridgetown and all are welcome.

The day has two parts:

  • Field scale vegetables and workhorse demonstration from 12-1 at Gortmagee, Garraunboy. This will be signposted from Killaloe. (@52.80858090,-8.4718760)
  • The open home garden is from 2-5 at Ballyknavin, Bridgetown, Killaloe (V94 EH50). The venue is signposted from Bridgetown village.



Learn Permaculture in the Permagarden – May 14

On Monday the 14th, we are delighted to host a practical day-long course with Istvan to look at how permaculture principles and  practices can help in overcoming a wet garden.
With a landscaping practice based on the natural patterns of water flows, Istvan will focus our interest on structures such as swales and raised beds and show how transforming the very
structure of the land allows us to take advantage of the abundance of water to serve the
purpose of bringing more fertility to the garden.

A full description of the day here, and more about Permaculture Resource Ireland here.

Booking: Contact or call 087 2845443.

Istvan Markuly –  Lead Facilitator Local community developer who is working on establishing and growing the permaculture network in West Cork, Ireland and initiating Permaculture Waves across the country! He has taken PDC’s and Permaculture workshop internationally and continues to grow his knowledge. He’s co founder of Earth Environmental Education. He provides easy understanding through the principles of permaculture which might make people feel motivated, zestful and dynamic.



Food – Production, Consumption, Climate

On the morning of 28 April, we will be hosting a three-tiered look at our food choices in the context of climate change.

During the morning, we’ll take a look at organic production in Ireland and whether there is room for improvement in methods employed there, along with the many pros.

Alongside that, we’ll take a broader look at how agriculture is both a victim of climate change as well as a source of greenhouse gases and biodiversity loss globally.

Finally, we’ll hear the experiences of a chef working to produce food with locally sourced ingredients and enjoy a lunch prepared with local ingredients on the day.

More information shortly.

All welcome. To book, contact or call 087 2845443.


Climate Change Talk – Loughrea Library

If you missed our recent climate change talk given by John Cleary, you can catch it at Loughrea library on Thursday 22nd March at 7pm:

The presentation looks at the carbon cycle in relation to resource use, bringing examples of how society has shifted to using fossil fuel as its primary energy source over the past centuries.  This has led to the current build up of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. We look briefly at some of the scientific history of climate change, from John Tyndall to the Keeling curve, and take in carbon isotopes, climate models, and the question of attribution along the way. Climate change is considered in the context of the broader ecological crisis currently facing the planet, and the competing demands of economic growth and ecological limits. Finally, it takes a look at the idea of a carbon budget and assesses the state of play 2 years after the historic Paris Agreement.

Discussion and participation welcome.

Admission is free but places are limited. Starts 7 sharp.


Upcoming Workshops on Plastics and Climate Change

We have a couple of workshops in the coming weeks that we hope you may be able to join us for. Follow the links below to more information on each of the talks:

March 5: John Cleary on climate change – how a long history of resource use interacts with natural cycles to affect our climate.

March 10: Dr Anne Marie Mahon (GMIT) on the problem of plastics and microplastics in our environment and how we can take remedial action.



The art and science of pruning fruit trees can be daunting, but needn’t be so. Come along this Saturday (December 2) to learn the dos and don’ts to keep your trees in shape and productive.

Pruning in medieval times.

Led by Conor Griffin, the day will run from 10.30 to 3.30, and the cost is 25 euros.

Booking 0872845443 and



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Introduction to Permaculture

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Saturday 25th November 10am – 4pm

with Istvan Marguly, Permaculture Teacher and Practitioner

This one-day course will give an overview of the basic principles and patterns of Permaculture.  It will show how to ecologically manage a piece of land of any scale – farm/ garden of personal, community or commercial use.  Permaculture design sees how all the elements and features of the piece of land come together to create productive systems that function in harmony with natural patterns and forces. It shows how we can tune into nature and make the most of the natural resources of water, soil and trees.

Cost €50    

Booking 0872845443 and

New Stories From Nature – November 18

Thinking Afresh in a Time of Climate Change

Saturday November 18th, 10am – 4pm

How should we think in an age of Climate Change? How can we speak differently about its challenges?

On November 18, we will be hosting a day on how our stories from and about nature might help us navigate the current ecological and climate changes. In a creative and participative way, we will explore the roots of our relationship with the natural world and begin to express that relationship in ways that might help us to live in a time of radical ecological change.

The day is hosted by Paul Kingsnorth and John Cleary.

Paul is a writer and thinker based in Co Galway. His work focuses on the interaction of humans and nature and he has a particular interest in spiritual ecology. John has studied climate change in the context of food security and recently worked with affected communities in Vietnam.

Cost for the day is €15 (includes lunch and snacks)

To book a place, email us at: or phone 087 2845443

Learn Composting and Soil Care – October 7th

COMPOSTING and SOIL CARE, Saturday – 7th October

With Istvan Marguly

Learn all about soil:

  • How to create healthy soil
  • How to build up soil fertility
  • How to test your soil
  • How to make bio-fertilisers etc.
  • Learn how to have beautiful compost in just 18 days!
  • Turn your kitchen waste into a rich resource

10am – 4pm. Cost for the day is €35.

For more information and to book your place, contact: or phone 0872845443

Nurturing Nature – September 23rd

Our next day on Nurturing Nature is on September 23rd from 10am to 4pm.

Writer Paul Kingsnorth and consultant ecologist Janice Fuller will facilitate the day. It will be a day of exploration of nature in our everyday lives.  How can we reconnect with the wonders of the natural world in our own lives and communities?  What can we do to communicate its importance to others?

It will be a nourishing day on many levels. We will be both indoor and outdoor.

The event is grant-aided.  The cost is 20e for lunch and refreshments.

To book email us at or phone 0909741689 before September 16th.