Paul Smyth

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Box hedging in an Irish garden. Photograph:  Richard Johnston

Like shiny-haired, doe-eyed contestants in a reality TV show, it’s the prettiest plants in fullest leaf and bonniest bloom – those exhibiting what the(...)

Snowdrops.

It’s funny how the arrival of spring so often takes us by surprise. Each day a few more precious minutes of daylight until nature’s pendulum silently (...)

Have you ever taken a last-minute flight to another city just to eat in a restaurant? What about emptying your bank account to eat a Michelin-starred (...)

Niamh O’Donohoe, the young National Botanic Gardens-trained horticulturist

What does it take to make a career as a professional horticulturist? A strong back? Green fingers? A love of nature and of working alone outdoors? A w(...)

Redwood House, Virginia, Co Cavan

“I knew when I saw the site here I wanted to do something really special,” says former town planner Paul Smyth, of the six acres of woodland that surr(...)

Photograph: Richard Johnston

What do you do when you love to garden but don’t have a garden of your own? That’s the conundrum facing an increasing number of Irish people as apartm(...)

Time to get the garden ready for summer. Getty

 Few things remind us more forcefully of the fleeting, quicksand nature of time than a garden, especially the last few months where spring lasted(...)

Northern Ireland’s Paul Smyth celebrates scoring his side’s second goal  during the international friendly match against South Korea at Windsor Park. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Northern Ireland 2 South Korea 1 Debutant Paul Smyth needed just four minutes to deliver on Michael O’Neill’s assertion that “the future starts today(...)

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill reads a statement at his press conference on Monday. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has suggested that his Republic of Ireland counterpart, Martin, misunderstood the point that he was attemptin(...)

Late last week, navigating my way through the warren of narrow city streets that feed off Dublin’s Grand Canal, I caught the briefest of glimpses of t(...)

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