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There are so many useful on-line resources now. Here are links to some I have found useful and interesting (2014).

There are more recent up-to-date links (likes) on the facebook page Honeyoak.


Irish Seed Savers Association.The Irish seed savers association is doing vital work in preserving Ireland's diversity of plants.
"Our main objective is the conservation of Ireland’s very special and threatened plant genetic resources. Our work focuses on the preservation of heritage varieties from all over the world that are suitable for Ireland’s unique growing conditions".

The Irish Garden Plant Society,
 Garden visits, members seed list, plant sales/exchanges, talks, newsletter and a blog, all with an emphasis on Irish gardens and on Irish plants.

 Carraig Dúlra 
Suzie and Mike have put heart and soul into Carraig Dúlra to create a space to nurture the soil, plants and people, a unique and inspiring vision is unfolding there.

 "Carraig Dúlra is an organic small-holding run by Suzie and Mike Cahn. It is also a space where a variety of other educational and community initiatives take place. These include: teaching organic growing, permaculture, gardening for bio-diversity, sustainable and traditional skills, permaculture, primitive living (or bushcraft), nature courses for children and families, and creative healing workshops combining Art Therapy Techniques with Eco Pscyhology and Nature, as well as, other gatherings and eco/hikers' camping".

Howbert and Mays  
 Previously known as D.Y.G (Delivering Your Garden) This garden centre in Monkstown, Dublin also has an excellent on-line site delivering nationwide. Now, also a new shop at Airfield estate in Dundrum! I cannot praise highly enough the skill, knowledge, experience and artistry that Anthea and Tig bring to everything they do.
 " Established and run by Anthea Howbert and Tig Mays, they choose plants that they love as well as all the other supplies necessary for the keen gardener: from tools and gadgets to pots and vases; from books and bird feeders to seeds and furniture. Everything they sell is of a high quality: designed to look good and to last a lifetime. Most of the plants are from specialist Irish nurseries, and they sell plants that you'll be hard pressed to find elsewhere".

Future forests.
I have been an appreciative customer of this family run business since we started our garden.
This west Cork nursery supplies "Trees, conifers, shrubs, hedging, roses, climbers, perennial flowers, fruit trees, soft fruit ... and more, with an emphasis on native and unusual varieties. Prices are reasonable, visitors welcome and plants are available by mail-order to Ireland and the UK".
 I have found bare-root plants in Winter will get off to a good-start and are much more affordable than buying plants in pots in the growing season.

Fruit hill farm, 
Excellent tools and very good value green manure seed.
"Fruit hill farm specialises in catering for the organic gardener and grower with high quality tools, natural fertilizers and soil improvers, biological pest control, green manure and vegetable seeds as well as other products essential for chemical free growing. Their knowledge comes from the day to day running of  their own market garden with over 700m² greenhouses plus outside areas, they have been supplying customers locally (and nationally by mail-order) with Certified Organic produce for over 20 years".

Mount Venus Nursery & Garden Centre Dublin. Wonderful plants. Really wonderful plants!

 Altamont plants. The best snowdrops and Hellebores! An excellent range of perennials, great trees and shrubs. All on the doorstep of the wonderful Altamont gardens in Co. Carlow.

Kilmurry nursery  Gorey Co. Wexford." A family run plant nursery based in co. Wexford. offering a huge selection of herbaceous perennials and grasses. The garden is part of Wexford Garden Trail and open to visitors. In the summer months offering refreshments in the new Tearooms".   Lovely garden and tea rooms, fantastic plants!

VAN DER WEL LTD. (Cappagh Nurseries),  Aughrim, Co. Wicklow. "A family run Nursery / Garden Centre , growing and supplying a wide range of plants since 1967".  An increasingly interesting range of trees and shrubs, (some real gems at times!). Great selection and good value bare root trees in winter.

Grow it yourself
 "Founded in Ireland in 2009, the GIY movement runs events and campaigns to build awareness and knowledge of food-growing on an individual and community level."

The organic centre
"Promoting organic horticulture, gardening & sustainable living, through training, demonstration & community projects". 

The natural beekeeping network.
 All things bees, bee hives, habitat, honey and wax....

Irish wild flowers.
 A brilliant and well laid out site with photographs and details of over 800 native and introduced wildflowers found in Ireland.

Wildflowers
  Irish grown seed available mail order and useful information on growing and maintaining meadows and wildflowers. 

Donegal wildlife 
 This is a a comprehensive and fascinating site with a unique window into Irish flora and fauna. "A regularly updated pictorial narrative of the wildlife around Raphoe, Co. Donegal, Ireland".

Moths Ireland. 
 Moths Ireland has resources and links to help with the identification of Ireland's moths as well as maps indicating species distribution and existing records.
 Moths Ireland also collect and collate records to reflect the diversity and distribution of Moths and caterpillars in Ireland. It is easy to submit records on-line.
These records are forwarded to the National biodiversity data centre.

The national biodiversity centre.
A national organisation for the collection, collation, management, analysis and dissemination of data on Ireland's biological diversity.

RHSI. "The Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland, founded in 1816, is a registered charity, dedicated to promoting and improving the knowledge, skill and practice of horticulture, arboriculture and floral art. Today, the RHSI is the leading organisation for gardeners in Ireland".

Home birth association 
Home birth, not for everyone, but essential to some. The home birth association provides women with information to make informed choices in birth, wherever that is.

Home Education Network 
 Lots of useful links and information on this home education site.

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