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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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'Jimi Blake Master Class' with the GLDA

'Jimi Blake Master Class' Don't miss this fabulous opportunity, places are limited see booking form.

  • 10am: Tea/Coffee
  • 10.15am Contemporary planting and plants for good garden design.

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    Wild Ireland Tour – Celebrating Ireland’s Wildlife

    A trip around Ireland to celebrate Ireland's wildlife.  Ireland's wildlife gets bad press. Almost always, conservation is presented negatively; controversies about developments that damage wildlife, gloomy reports of species under threat of extinction, compensation for managing land for conservation, and so forth. It is a personal frustration of mine that rarely is Ireland's special wildlife presented in a positive manner, or all that is good about wildlife celebrated. We have a unique and special natural heritage – this tour presents a personalised perspective on some of what is special about Ireland's wildlife and an attempt to share this experience with a wider audience.

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      Green Procurement Guidance for the Public Sector

      Guidance and toolkit to support the inclusion of sustainable and green practices into public procurement procedures in sectors such as: Construction, Transport, Energy, Food and Catering, Textiles, Cleaning products, Paper and IT equipment. This guidance document was developed to assist the public sector to implement and maintain procedures for green public procurement.

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        Kells Bay Gardens - Southern Symposium

        Billy and Penne Alexander are honoured to announce two distinguished visitors to the gardens at Kells this autumn for the Kells Bay Southern Symposium. Firstly at 11.00 a.m. in the dining room our own Seamus O' Brien of Kilmacurragh will give an illustrated talk on, 'A Journey to the Antipodes – in search of Southern Hemisphere Treasures'.

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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.

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            Durkan Announces Planning Permission for Derry GAA Club

            Environment Minister Mark H Durkan recently announced planning permission for state of the art facilities at Banagher Gaelic Athletic Association Club (GAC), Feeny. Minister Durkan approved a new two storey sports and community building. 

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              Organic College

              Sister Paula Buckley - The Organic College

              Late this evening we heard the tragic news of the death of Sister Paula Buckley, our sympathies sr-paula-buckley-431x500and thoughts go to her family and friends. Sister Paula was a great friend of our College and and inspiration to everyone.

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                ITB

                Institute of Technology Blanchardstown Horticulture Open Evening

                We will be hosting our next Open Evening on Wednesday, 3rd Sept between 5pm and 7pm here at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown. Your chance to talk to us about our courses in Business, Engineering, Computing, Creative Digital Media, Horticulture, Sports Management & Coaching, Social Care , Social & Community Development and Early Childhood Care.

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                  The Sodshow Meets John Harnett of An Taisce

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

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                    Growth To Hit 3pc As Consumers Start To Spend Again

                    THE Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) says the economy will grow much faster this year than the Government estimates. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will surge 3pc fuelled by a recovery in spending as well as improving investment. That compares with the more conservative 2.1pc forecast from the Department of Finance.

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                      All-Island Recovery Continues with Signs of Business Caution in Quarter Two

                      InterTradeIreland: Investing for growth now a clear priority for businesses across the island All-island recovery continues with signs of business caution in quarter two

                      • 37% of businesses reported an increase in sales this quarter, this percentage was higher in exporting companies (55%)
                      • The number of companies reporting staff increases remains the highest since 2009 (11%)

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                        Sustainable Tourism Award Nod for Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark

                        The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark has been named in the longlist for the 2014 World Responsible Tourism Awards for the second year running! Over 200 tourism organisations, initiatives and businesses from throughout the world have been selected for the next stage of the Awards across 11 categories.

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                          Homestore and More Sales Surge by 20%

                          Homestore and More, the home furnishings retailer with 13 outlets across the country, boosted its sales last year by almost 20 per cent, as rising property prices lifted confidence among homeowners and shoppers. Sales at Ogalas, the company behind the chain, rose from €53.2 million to almost €64.5 million in the 12 months to the end of January 2014.

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                            ITB

                            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 the 2013 comparison, where applicable is attached here.

                            If you have received an offer in Round 1
                            Round 1 offers (available online from Monday 18th August and received by post on Tuesday 19th August) can be accepted via CAO until Monday 25th August.
                            Please follow all instructions on the CAO website and on the offer notice.
                            For more information Click here

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                              National Hazardous Waste Management Plan 2014 - 2020

                              This revised National Hazardous Waste Management Plan sets out the priorities to be pursued over the next number of years to continually improve the management of Ireland's hazardous waste. This version was updated on 4th July 2014 to correct minor typographical errors identified since publication on 25th June 2014

                              DOWNLOAD National Hazardous Waste Management Plan 2014 - 2020 [pdf,3.52MB]

                              Source: EnvirocentreNews.ie - National Hazardous Waste Management Plan 2014 - 2020

                                Teagasc

                                Beetle Threat to Horticultural Eucalyptus Crops in Ireland

                                Researchers at Teagasc and University College Dublin are investigating the biological control of a new insect pest of Irish forestry and horticulture. The accidental introduction of the Eucalyptus leaf beetle pest, Paropsisterna selmani into Ireland, poses a significant threat to our commercial foliage, biomass and forestry industries.

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