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Tralee Flower & Garden Club present “The Magic of Christmas” by Rose Hickey in the Grand Hotel, Tralee, on Monday November 17 at 8pm.

AOIFA demonstrator, Rita Moore, (in association with Sunday’s Well Flower & Garden Club) is having a Christimas Open House at St. Killian’s, College Road (junction of College Road and Magazine Road), on Wednesday, November 19 to Saturday, November 22 from 7pm — 10 pm each evening, in aid of Breakthrough Cancer Research. Admission €10. Mulled wine and mince pies. Raffle included.

Mallow Flower and Garden Club’s annual Christmas Gala will take place in the GAA complex, Carrigoon, Mallow, on Tuesday next at 8pm. Geraldine McCarthy, AOIFA, will demonstrate on the night.

East Cork Flower Club will host a gala demonstration with Richard Delmer, AOIFA, on Thursday, November 27, at 7.30pm, in the Park Hotel, Midleton. Mulled Wine and mince pies served. Tickets €15 (at door) in aid of Motor Neuron Disease and local charities.

The Ballinora / Waterfall Garden and Lifestyle Club will host Eavan and Justine Looney to demonstrate Christmas arrangements on Monday next, 8pm at Ballinora Scout Hall.

Bandon Flower Club will hold its annual dinner and a flower arranging demonstration by Beatrice Hartog AOIFA in The Munster Arms Hotel, Bandon on Monday next at 7.30pm. Tickets from committee members or contact Margaret on 023-8841022 or Carol on 023-8844489.

Ladysbridge and District Flower and Garden Club will meet on Monday next, November 17 at 8pm in Garryvoe Hotel. Christmas Demonstration ‘Merry and Bright’ with Margo Allen. Floral Competition “A Winter’s Tale’. Sales table on the night. All welcome.

Cork Flower Club hosts Christopher White for a gala demonstration in Canon Packham Hall, Douglas on November 18 at 8pm. Admission €15 at the door. Raffle and supper included. Supporting Motor Neurone Disease Ireland.

A clean-up of Beaumont Quarry, Cork takes place this morning at 10am under the auspices of the Cork branch of the Irish Wildlife Trust. A disused limestone quarry, it ceased operation in the 1960s and has been used by local residents for recreation and as a walking area ever since. It also supports a diverse range of wildlife and plant life and is an important site for Cork City. The Irish Wildlife Trust Cork Branch are looking for help to clean up this site and if you can offer an hour or two please do come along. Clothing worn should be suitable for the outdoors — stout shoes, old clothes, and rain gear are recommended. Gloves, hi-vis vests, bags and litter pickers are provided. Meet by SPAR on Beaumont Drive at 10.30am. This event will run to 1pm. Contact Jo Goodyear 085-7276738, or email: corkbranch@gmail.com 

Mark Grehan, from the award winning ‘The Garden’ in Powerscourt and most recently Cow’s Lane, is running a three-day pop up flower shop in the courtyard of The Cake Café, Dublin with owner/ chef and Irish Examiner food columnist, Michelle Darmody. Running on the 4th, 5th and 6th of next month, it will launch with a Christmas wreath-making workshop on December 3. All the materials will be provided. www.thegarden.ie/  thegarden.html or www.thecakecafe.ie/shop.aspx 

The Nano Nagle Centre will hold a Christmas cookery & gift making course with Noreen O’Brien NNC Farm Manager on Friday, November 28, from 10-1pm. The centre is also hosting a ‘Christmas Decoration’ workshop, using garden materials with Tim Mulchinock, Bloom Gold Medal Winner on Saturday, December 13, from 10-4pm €75 (incl €20 for materials for take home pieces). Bring packed lunch.


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