Meadow Gate stars in new open garden guide

Meadow Gate Garden, a labour of love by Barbara and Timmy O’Connor at their hilltop home near Farranfore, is taking a star turn in a newly published gardening guide, ‘The Open Gardens of Ireland’, by Susan Lanigan.

Last Monday morning, the beautiful tome arrived in the post. Barbara and Timmy were delighted with the praise heaped on Meadow Gate by the renowned garden writer, especially since she had visited during a downpour.

“To say I am pleased with what she had to write about our garden is a slight understatement,” Barbara said. “I'm absolutely over the moon.The day that Shirley visited us last summer was almost monsoon-like in condition, and for her to still see the beauty in our simple garden is truly very humbling. To see The Models (her dogs) also feature was just quite simply the icing on the cake.”

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The world meets in Deborah’s murals

A new set of murals coming to life in Killarney at the tip of the brush of talented artist Deborah O’Keeffe is designed to be a meeting place for the world.

Residents of Willowbrook housing estate in Ballydribeen, who have diverse international origins, and also Irish residents, will see their birthplaces recognised through symbols in the inclusive murals.

Ireland and further shores meld together in landscapes through symbols that Deborah researched as she prepared her unique designs for the works of art commissioned by Kerry County Council to encourage a sense of belonging and to reflect the cultural diversity of Willowbrook. The murals are literally views looking out on the world because Deborah is framing them as window openings.

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