Paul Smyth

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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(...)

Spinkles of snowdrops flowering in the walled garden of Bellefield House, Co Offaly. Photograph: Richard Johnston

I’ve never quite decided which side of the fence I stand on when it comes to snowdrops. On the one hand, I’m by no means a galanthophile, a person utt(...)

Aston Villa’s Conor Hourihane celebrates after scoring their fifth goal during the Sky Bet Championship match against Bristol City  at Villa Park. Photograph:  Scott Heavey/PA Wire

Robert Snodgrass bagged a brace as Aston Villa made it two wins in three days after thrashing promotion hopefuls Bristol City 5-0. Republic of Irela(...)

It’s hard to believe 15 years have passed since the Carlow Garden Festival took its first baby steps with just a handful of garden experts as part of (...)

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