Growing Wild

Growing Wild – Honeysuckle Berries.

With Dr Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist

Honeysuckle Berries

Look out for clusters of bright scarlet red berries of honeysuckle, found on top of twisted stems hanging from trees or shrubs. These are usually above the body of the hedge, where the plant has scrambled up to the light to flower earlier in the year.

The berries are eaten by birds such as coal tits. Honeysuckle will grow from berries or cuttings but the best way is to peg a stem to the ground while still attached to the parent plant and it will sprout roots. These can be cut off and transplanted. Also known as woodbine, honeysuckle is part of our native Irish biodiversity.

Rural rhymes

Two Shakes of a Lamb’s Tail

When are you going to do it?

Do exactly what I wail?

Pack your bag for the holiday

It’ll be done in two shakes of a lamb’s tail

How quick is the shake of a lamb’s tail?

Well the divil is in the detail

Long tails take more time

to shake

Short ones faster if they’re awake

Herself says, ”we’re going

to be late”

Jesus, he’s going nowhere,

it’s a wake

All the good sandwiches

will be gone

Ok I’ll be with you in two shakes

After the wake, it’s to the pub

Mourn the corpse

and more grub

Four pints of Guinness in

and to toilet detail

I’ll be back in the shake

of a lamb’s tail

A shake is a measurement

of time

Of lamb’s tails in their prime

But the poor lambs will

eventually wail

When the farmer has to dock their tails

So look back over your full life

Recall all the fun and all the strife

Our time in this world is

a small detail

Life’s as short as two shakes of a lamb’s tail

From Barstool Notions of Poetry by Dr Jonathan Roth

Consumer tip

According to the 13th edition of the EY Future Consumer Index, which surveyed more than 22,000 consumers across 28 countries, climate change, the cost of living and spending are the top concerns of global consumers.

More than half (54%) of consumers globally say they are responding to their concerns by planning to buy less in the future. This is for a number of reasons, including as part of an effort to save money (73%), because they feel they don’t need new items (49%) or as part of an effort to help the environment (39%). Fashion accessories topped the list of product categories consumers plan to spend less on (61%), followed by toys and gadgets (51%) and clothing and footwear (44%).

Holiday reminder

If you plan to post any parcels overseas for loved ones this season, here are the last possible dates you can post and have it arrive by Christmas 2023 (for standard post).

• Ireland: 21 December

• Northern Ireland: 19 December

• Great Britain: 18 December

• Rest of Europe: 18 December

• USA:11 December

• Rest of the world: 6 December

Online pick of the week

Liga Valge is a Carlow based jewellery designer and maker.

In this week’s Meet The Maker, Maria Moynihan talks to Carlow-based jewellery designer Liga Valge who specialises in the medium of

polymer clay to create simple, contemporary statement jewellery and sculptural wall art.

Quote of the week

I posted one video of her at 13 weeks running around cows and overnight 50,000 people had seen it - and then, within a week, over a million. The social media took off from there really. The Kerry Cowboy

aka Séaghan Ó Súilleabháin.

Number of the week


The number of students who took part in the ‘From Foal to Race’ educational programme in 2023.