‘To coincide with Bloom Festival in Dublin’s Phoenix Park gardaí have suggested people engage in so-called “defensive planting”. Photograph: Getty Images

Gardaí are advising people to plant prickly bushes in their front gardens to deter would-be burglars during the summer. Members of the public have al(...)

Kiera Leahy, from Raheen, in the award-winning garden created for Bloom which has a permanent home in heart of Limerick. Photograph: Sean Curtin Photo

An award-winning medieval garden has been given a permanent home in Limerick to mark the city’s status as Ireland’s first National City of Culture.The(...)