24 Hours to Bonsai in Leinster

Well, we are almost there, only 24 hours until the first meeting of the Leinster Bonsai Club in Balbriggan.

Phil and I are popping down there for the evening, should be good craic with a reasonable crowd going, if everyone turns up who says they are going.

Exciting stuff seeing a club get off the ground again in the biggest city in Ireland. Great potential. Phil and I are offering support on behalf of the Northern Ireland Bonsai Society as well as going for our own fun and enjoyment.

A few of those attending have asked for a few sale trees to be brought so we will throw a few bits and pieces in the van but we are also bringing a tree each for display. We are hoping most people attending will bring a tree with them to make the night a bit special.

If you are planning on coming along and are reading this, help spread the word on social media.

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Ulster Vs Leinster Vs Munster

I’ll share my photos from my weekend trip over the next few days. A great weekend with like-minded Bonsai Enthusiasts is hard to beat. It’s a bit of a trip and I’m absolutely shattered. Phil would say that I have no reason to be tired as he did all the driving, but then he goes to bed early 😉

Anyone who follows this blog will know that I’ve been doing my best to give bonsai a little push in Ireland who up until last year had no clubs! So our club in Northern Ireland (Ulster)has offered assistance to those in the South who are keen to get up and running. This trip was for the Munster Club who meet in Cork on the South coast of Ireland but, on the way Phil and I stopped for a coffee with Owen in Balbriggan who is the driving force behind getting a club up and running in Leinster which will cover Dublin the biggest City on this Island. Small steps but we had a good chat and came up with a few ideas for events for the rest of this year. First meeting is 27th June in Balbriggan.

So everyone can put a face to the name, here’s Owen and I at his place also his bonsai balcony 🙂

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Bonsai Ireland… Nearly!

 

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Well last year in July I posted this message calling for a gathering of the clans in Ireland to get a South based club up and running. After some initial momentum, things seemed to stall for various reasons. However in recent weeks it looks like we are on the verge of not one but two clubs making a start, albeit under the one club banner of Bonsai Ireland.

Dublin and Cork look like the first takers in this enterprise and we hope to have a website up and running in the near future, perhaps even with a Forum for Irish Enthusiasts to connect and discuss ideas etc. This main portal will then link to the separate groups within Ireland giving them control of their own content.

Cork are looking at having a first meeting in September, giving themselves time to gather interest and promote over the Summer.

Dublin are exploring the option of meeting at the Botanic Gardens, which was actually were the last club in Ireland met about 15 years ago.

We do have a list of email addresses for those who expressed an interest last time and we will be making contact with you once we have more to tell you. However, in the mean time, if you are in Ireland and are interested in either Cork or Dublin based study groups/Clubs, please click on the contact me tab above to register your interest.

Those of you out West, feel like you are missing out? All we need is someone with the motivation to take the first step and get a meeting organised. We will help. Go on, ya will, ya will, ya will 🙂

As part of the deal, my local Club, the Northern Ireland Bonsai Society has agreed sister club status for any club under the Bonsai Ireland banner. This will allow close working in regards to workshops, schools etc.

Club Night January 2012

Had a good night at the club meeting last night. We had asked for members to bring Larch and we had a great turn out. As usual for January, numbers attending were up. Must be the post Christmas effect.

A few pics from proceedings.

Birch root over rock belonging to Hugh.

Roy’s Raulii

Phil pointing out how many more trees are needed in the forest planting.

First styling for Roy’s Larch.

Davy’s little shohin Yew