I've been in Dublin for the last two nights, a city I enjoy very much. I came in on Sunday so that I could take a train on Monday out to Cloughjordan, a little village in the north of County Tipperary. I went there to visit the Cloughjordan Eco-Village, and more specifically the RED (Research, Education, and Demonstration) Gardens in the village. The gardens are the project of Bruce Darrell who was my host for the day. The hospitality shown to me by Bruce and his family was truly amazing.
RED Gardens is five gardens, each exploring a different method of growing. The five growing techniques include: extensive, intensive, no-dig, poly-cultures, and growing in a poly-tunnel. Through the gardens Bruce is exploring the best ways to grow food; enough food to provide his family and a handful of other people a diverse variety of veg year round.
I was a bit overwhelmed by how much I learned, and am in many ways still processing the experience. The amount of knowledge and wisdom Bruce generously shared with me was truly inspiring!
Today was a total change of pace from my day spent talking gardening and food empathy in rural Ireland; Today I explored Dublin City on foot, with a decidedly literary and historical bent to the day.
I visited the Writer's Museum, the National Library, an exhibit on the 1913 Dublin Lock-out, an exhibition of WB Yeats archive, Books Upstairs, and Sweny's Pharmacy. I had lunch at Kennedy's, one of the oldest pubs in Dublin, visited the National Museum of Natural History (or "The Dead Zoo" as it's nick-named), strolled through Marion Square, visited Parnell Square and the Garden of Remembrance. I also walked along the canal to admire the Georgian houses that line the streets. Dublin is an amazing city rich with history and tradition.
Tonight I shall take myself out for a Guinness. Tomorrow I pack up again and head for County Kilkenny.