Katherine’s home management tip

There is nothing more annoying than finding a hoodie string missing or a string tie from a waistband. It’s good practice to tie strings with a simple bow before putting them in the washing machine. This will prevent the strings from coming out.

Likewise, tie the strings of an apron in a simple bow to prevent them getting knotted up with other clothes during the wash cycle. If a string does come out or one end has disappeared, it is easy to put them back. Tie the string firmly to a sturdy safety pin and pull the string through using the safety pin as a guide. Don’t forget to watch that the string does not pull through completely. It is a good idea to tie a knot in the strings to prevent them pulling through again.


Letter to the editor

Dear Amii

I am writing to you to tell you about a recycle fashion show that was organised in our school, Bunscoil Loreto, Gorey, by our student council just before our Easter Holidays. The pupils created outfits out of recycled materials and then modelled them for the other pupils of the school. One outfit in particular addressed the farming theme and I thought you might be interested in featuring it in the junior edition of the Farmers Journal. This outfit was created and modelled by Ella White. She cleverly took the theme of “cow” and created an outfit complete with accessories of recycled materials. Ella’s outfit was chosen for an award on the day.

Kind regards,

Aileen Kennedy,


The student Council of Bunscoil Loreto, Gorey organised a recycle fashion show with pupils creating outfits out of recycled materials. Ella White took the theme of “cow” and created an outfit complete with accessories of recycled materials. Ella’s outfit was chosen for an award on the day

Growing wild


with Dr Catherine Keena, Teagasc countryside management specialist

Look out for dandelion flowers alongside seedheads. The long tap root storing food, its ability to set seed without pollination and the great quantities of easily dispersed seed give the dandelion properties considered characteristic of ‘weeds’. Each flower contains approximately 200 florets producing an abundance of nectar and pollen, making them important for bees, hoverflies and butterflies. The rare Pearl-Bordered Fritillary butterfly feeds on dandelion among other flowers.


Seedheads are called clocks as the number of puffs to blow out them signifying an hour. Their name ‘pissybeds’ comes from their diuretic properties. Love them or hate them, they are part of our native Irish biodiversity.

Quote of the week

I’m going through a tough divorce and my brother is in bed, he could be dead next month.’ At the time I hid everything away.

Nicolas Roche on his retirement from professional cycling.