Does Anybody Irish still do bonsai??

I’m posing this question to try and scare up some bonsai interest in the Republic of Ireland.

We have members a plenty in our club north of the border but, to the best of my knowledge there isn’t a bonsai club, study group or similar in the ROI.

Of the 2 guys who have made contact with me from Ireland, one was Polish and the other Romanian!  So, are you reading this from Ireland?  Are you interested in getting together with other bonsai enthusiasts in your area? If you are, drop me a few lines and I will endeavour to get you in touch with like minded people.

Last night I had a few mates around to play with trees. Ovidiu, who lives in Dublin, came up to visit me for the first time. [First of many I hope] I met Ovidiu through the Wee Trees Bonsai Forum. He’s keen to work with others to progress his love of bonsai. This is the main reason for this, ‘Calling all Irish!’ post.

After meeting the chaps last night he was keen to get stuck in. As he stayed over night, we got stuck into a Cypress today that he had brought with him. He had done a little bit of wiring previously and wanted help with making a few decisions. Usually I’m not a big lover of this species for bonsai, but this one seemed to be suited to the techniques that we carried out.


We cleared away the surface soil to find about 3 inches of trunk line previously unseen. We wired the main branches and added a little deadwood.

Ovidiu at work.

The result after todays work.

Side by side before and after.

A great time had with Ovidiu last night and today, he also has a great taste in wine 😉

I await the flurry of Irish replies….

8 comments on “Does Anybody Irish still do bonsai??

  1. Really enjoyed looking at these pics, It’s really good to look at the before and after pics of the trees, as a beginner, as i am it’s really good to see the way a tree can be easily improved with a couple of hours work, I suppose it’s knowing were the work has to be done one the tree to start with, i keep telling myself to hang in there it will come with time and time and time and time,How and ever it’s a good way to go mad.


  2. Compared with our bonsai ”BROTHERS”across the pond the Irish scene is sadly lacking anybody know why this is so ?
    I am newly arrived in the republic (ex Thailand (7yrs) ex uk (nearly 50 yrs) have been a bonsai enthuasiast for more then 30 yrs and starting again from scratch, (anybody know of good yamadori sites in the republic) would be interested in meeting like minded people to share and explore in the whole Bonsai scene, I am currently based near Gorey Co Wexford. Anybody wishing to get in touch would be very welcome please phone; 0894 590439.


    • Hi Brendan, So do I but this is usually the sign of a mature tree after many years of training. Probably past the heavy wiring stage. Thanks for taking the time to check in on this Irish Thread 🙂


  3. Well I’m here lads, if anyone is interested in making a meeting in the republic, leave a comment. And well get the ball rolling.

    And it badly needs to roll 🙂


    • Hi Tim, there’s a club in Dublin now that I helped set up but that’s hardly close to you lol. There’s a guy called Bill from Galway on the Wee Trees Forum, that’s the closest I know of. I do a workshop for the Munster Bonsai Club once a year at Bud Garden Centre in Bunratty. Ray, one of the owners is into bonsai. He’d be delighted to see you. We were keen to get a Connaught Club going but are spread out a fair bit in the West. Drop me an email to if you want to chat further. I’d Love to see your trees. Regards Ian


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