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Thomas Barnardo – Irish founder of Barnardo's charity

Thomas John Barnardo - Irish founder of Barnardo's charity

Thomas John Barnardo was an Irish doctor who set up the world famous Barnardo’s charity providing help and care for homeless children across the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. He began the charity in 1866 and it has since grown into a multi-million pound project providing more than 900 services …

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Paul Boyton – Fearless Frogman from Co Kildare

Paul Boyton, the fearless frogman

Paul Boyton was a world famous adventurer and showman, known as ‘The Fearless Frogman’. He specialised in daring stunts and challenges across water  and set up the United States Life-Saving Service, a forerunner of today’s Coastguards. He also developed a water sports park that became the forerunner of the Luna …

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5 tips for planning a deck or patio

5 tips for planning a deck or patio

1. Where your garden gets the sun at different times of the day could make a big difference to how much you’ll use your new deck or patio. The usual place to put it is near the house, so it’s convenient for alfresco dining and entertaining, but there might be …

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Action packed adventures for kids and parents

Action packed adventures for kids and parents

Trying to get your kids to turn off their phones and come outside during the summer holidays can turn into one endless nag. You want them to get some fresh air and exercise, try new things and share some experiences with you in the real world. They don’t care what …

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5 tips for making your home more sellable

5 tips for making your home more sellable

If your kitchen units have seen better days and you don’t want to go to the expense and hassle of replacing them, give them an instant makeover by changing the doors and drawer fronts. This will transform the kitchen and needn’t be too expensive.

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Time to climb – get the garden you want!

Time to climb - get the garden you want!

Do you have a tall space you’d like to fill with fragrant blooms? Or perhaps an eyesore you want to mask? The answer may be in a carefully chosen climbing plant, whether it’s roses around the door or velvet blue wisteria dripping from the house wall, fragrant sweet peas in …

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How to protect your garden valuables from thieves

How to protect your garden valuables from thieves

Now it’s summer, it’s time to really show off your garden – but it’s also a time when it’s particularly attractive to thieves. Research from Co-operative Insurance found two-thirds of households have been the victim of green-fingered thieves in their gardens at least once.

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