Decorative shapes created from garden plants in Youghal, County Cork.

On a stretch of road linking Youghal in County Cork and Clashmore in County Waterford, lies a pretty cottage owned by Mrs Catherine Joyce.

Catherine Joyce's recently deceased husband had a passion for topiary and her front garden is a testimony to his talents. The boxwood hedges have been transformed into weird and wonderful figures such as a leprechaun working on a real shoe on a real last. And beside him is a person on horseback wearing an actual hat, holding proper reigns.

Should Mrs Joyce need to take a break, there is a square of lawn laid out exactly like a sitting-room, with a sofa, chairs and a coffee table displaying a potted-plant.

Next to this area is a shrine to the Virgin Mary and another to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, both framed with carefully manicured boxwood hedging.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 16 August 1962. The footage shown here is mute.