Katriona reports on one of Ireland's most unusual tree - the handkerchief,dove or ghost tree Derek hears how the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival is spreading the love even further and Brenda reports on last minute preparations for an Irish-Italian opera and a 50 year old cake...
Listener Siobhan Kelly from Co Clare has the top tear of her late parents wedding cake from 50 years ago. She chats with Derek and Dorris Mac Namara from O Connors Cakes in Ennis to see if the cake is still edible
We all Know about the long running Lisdoonvarna Match Making Festival that runs every year since the 1920s in the small Co. Clare village where men and women from all over the world come, not only to "Take the waters", but find love and romance.
This year the Match Making Festival is spreading its wings and becoming even more inclusive. For the 1st year ever the 1st weekend of of festival is dedicated to The Outing. Over 3 days from 30th August to 1st September the Lisdoonvarna Match Making festival opens up to both gay and lesbian community in search of Love
We got an email at the start of the week telling us of a tree-planting ceremony happening in Sligo this week.
But what piqued our interest was the description of the actual TREE. Have you ever heard of a tree like THIS before...
The Handkerchief Tree or Dove Tree is one that requires patience. It's not for the gardener that is looking for instant gratification. Maybe that's why it is the tree of choice for gardeners from Belfast City Council to plant in a public park in Sligo, as part of a peace-building project - working slowly and steadily to make Sligo and border counties a better place to live. The species, Davidia involucrata, was discovered in 1869 but took until 1906 to germinate, grow and flower in Europe.
A deciduous tree, it has large, almost heart shaped dark green leaves and quite dramatic blooms. Two white leaves of different lengths hang down gracefully around a central ball of small, yellow true flowers. From a distance, it looks like a flock of flying birds or handkerchiefs fluttering in the breeze. This is where it gets its name
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