01September2014

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Entrance to ITB Horticulture Under 'Available Places' Option

Entrance to ITB Horticulture Under 'Available Places' Option

The listing of the Round One minimum points required for entry to ITB courses in September 2014, with ...


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Last ISNA Plant Fair for 2014 – Fota House Sunday 14th September

Why not join us for the last ISNA plant fair for 2014. Where's the year gone ? This event will take place on Sunday 14th September from 11am to 4pm at Fota House, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork, just a few miles outside Cork City. Click Here for more details.

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    Catering for the Single Diner

    According to research recently published by HospitalityGEM, one in four people are eating out alone at least once a month. The biggest reason for this increase in single diners is the ever-increasing merge in work-life balance activity and the growing acceptability of combining work with dining.

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      Panda-Monium Could Be A Marketing Opportunity - John Stanley

      There are only 1600 pandas left in the world according to WWF. This is a marketing opportunity to make people aware of the crisis and to build tourism. WWF joined forces with French artist Paulo Grangeon this year to create the "1600 Panda World Tour". 

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        'A Garden for Every Season' with Fiann Ó Nualláinn

        Tuesday 2nd September, 11.30pm
        Room: Carolan Room
        Prices: €18 for Friends of the National Concert Hall (Non-members: €24)

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          The Sodshow Meets John Van Der Horst of Acorn Nursery, Australia

          The SodShow, Ireland's Best Podcast 2013 and only garden radio show. Live every Friday @ 3pm – or alligator in podcast.

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            Saving Money Is No. 1 Sustainability Driver

            Saving money is the no. 1 reason executives give for moving towards more environmentally sustainable business practices, according to a Grant Thornton report. The firm's 2014 International Business Report, titled Corporate social responsibility: beyond financials, draws on more than 2,500 interviews with business leaders in 34 economies and looks at what companies are doing to make their operations more sustainable and why.

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              Woodland Walk- Basic Tree Identification Walk

              This walk is aimed at beginners. We will be taking a walk around Marlay Park to learn how to identify a number of different trees based on characteristics such as bark, leaf shape and seed. The aim is for everyone to leave this walk knowing how to easily and confidently identify a number of our common trees, such as oak, birch and hazel, while getting out in the fresh air for some fun and light exercise.

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                Classify and Label Your Mixtures in Time

                From 1 June 2015, the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation will be the only legislation that applies to the classification and labelling of both substances and mixtures in the EU. For now, the Dangerous Preparations Directive and its national implementing legislation is still in force, but CLP takes over from 1 June 2015 onwards. The CLP Regulation has applied in fact to substances since 1 December 2010 but now, mixtures come into play. The CLP Regulation implements the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) that has been agreed in the United Nations (UN).

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                  Stone Wall and Stone Carving/Lettering Workshops

                  Date: 18th-21st September
                  Location: Inis Oirr

                  A series of workshops on stone wall building and stone carving and lettering will take place on Inis Oirr from 18th-21st September.
                  Download the programme and registration form here [PDF 1MB]

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                    O'Neill Announces NI Forestry Public Opinion Survey

                    Forestry Minister Michelle O'Neill has welcomed publication of a new Public Opinion Survey on forestry. The survey shows strong public support for the forestry programme when it improves the environment and mitigates the effects of climate change, and supports the social use of forests. 

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                      Two Hundred and Fifteen Million Less Single Use Bags Littering Our Streets and Countryside - Durkan

                      Environment Minister Mark H Durkan recently welcomed the massive reduction in single use carrier bags in the first year of the 5p levy. The first set of official Carrier Bag statistics published today shows a marked decrease of almost 72%, which equates to a reduction of around 215 million bags.

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                        Check Out this Great Free Event Being Ran by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland...

                        FREE Small Food Business Start-Up Seminar
                        When: 9th October, 8:00am - 12:45pm
                        Where: Silver Springs Moran Hotel , Tivoli, Co. Cork

                        All food businesses, big or small, whether operating from a business premises, in the home or from a mobile unit or food stall, must be aware of the legislation regarding food hygiene and food safety. Ultimately, you are responsible for ensuring the food you produce is safe.

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                          Minister Hayes Welcomes IFA Forest Assessor Service

                          Tom Hayes, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for forestry, has welcomed the launch by the IFA of its Forest Assessor service, which was demonstrated at Ballyfin, Co. Laois on Wednesday evening, 27th August 2014.

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                            Ghost Town To Home Town - John Stanley

                            Many of you will have attended one of my Ghost Town, Clone Town, Home Town workshops. One of the main concerns in communities is what do you do with empty shop fronts.

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                              Notification of Third Round of Public Consultation on Non-native Species Risk Assessments

                              Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) and the National Biodiversity Data Centre (Data Centre) have been tasked by the National Parks and Wildlife Service to undertake risk assessments on certain non-native species listed in the Third Schedule to the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011 (SI 477/2011). The risk assessments provide evidence-based knowledge that will be used by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in the implementation of Regulations 49, 50 and 74. These regulations are concerned with the prohibition on the introduction, dispersal, trading and keeping of certain non-native species and associated licensing requirements that may apply.

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                                Meet The Makers - John Stanley

                                I was working in Tasmania, Australia at the start of the month and dropped into the Tourist Bureau and discovered a great leaflet from the town of Burnie. It was entitled "meet the MAKERS of BURNIE. There's a story around every corner". The leaflet talks about the people first and then the businesses. It was divided into the "Garden Makers"," Cheese Makers," "Whisky Makers" and so on.

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