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Art in the Gardens

Antrim Castle Gardens will be transformed into a celebration of Northern Irish heritage through the arts, during the Allianz Garden Show Ireland which takes place 5th to 7th May.

With a stunning selection of live music throughout the Show, a unique tree hanging exhibition and large scale floral art displays it is set to be a true artistic delight not forgetting the exceptional garden designs that visitors will see.

Director of Garden Show Ireland Claire Faulkner commented,

“We are so excited to be offering such a rich variety of artistic activities this year in our celebration of Northern Ireland’s heritage. It is a priv...

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Obesity in Pets - Pete the Vet

Obesity is shockingly common in pets: all species, including dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters and budgies can be affected. Surveys1 have demonstrated that around one-third of all pets are too fat. It's a complex subject: owners don't set out to deliberately overindulge their beloved pets.

Potential Problems

Obesity causes many problems in pets, just as it does in humans. A vicious circle of weight gain can easily develop. The heavier a pet becomes, the less they want to exercise, and so the less energy they burn up. Instead of enjoying play and exercise, the most enjoyable part of their life becomes eating, so they eat mor...

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Bad Driving Habits to Avoid

It is very easy to pick up bad driving habits, especially in the years following your driving test. These habits are easy to subconsciously adopt and in some cases are hard to kick. Here are 8 common driving habits present today.


This seems obvious right? With the constant stream of road safety advertisements and road signs informing the public of the dangers of exceeding the speed limit somehow, speeding remains one of the biggest problems in road safety. In fact, according to the European Commission of Road Safety, speeding is the key factor in around 30% of fatal road accidents in Europe.1 Exceeding the spee...

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24 Hour Race - Finland

This weekend I go to Finland to do a 24hour race. Anything over a marathon distance is considered as an 'ultra' marathon. A marathon distance is 26.2miles or 42.2km.

In a 24 hour race the objective is to cover as much distance as possible within that time. I am thankful to Allianz Ireland who have yet again shown me encouragement and belief by sponsoring my participation in this race. Thank you guys. Your continuous support means so much.

I am going to suffer during the race. I know I will. One of the hardest parts of the race is standing at the start line and realising that you're going to suffer for 24hrs. But to reac...

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Reflecting on an Incredible Achievement

Hey Everyone,

I’ve had a couple of weeks now to reflect and to try and settle back into normality. However, normality still hasn’t hit as in my local community in Youghal and in Cork city people are still coming up to me congratulating me on the achievement. Many people have asked me - how my recovery has been going and how are my feet. To be honest my legs recovered very quickly. I put this down to the Normatec recovery boots that I have been using. Also I have good leg strength which is one of my advantages. As for my feet they have healed and the swelling and blisters are gone. My toe nails haven’t grown back yet – ...

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Staged Accidents – What You Need to Know

Unfortunately staged accidents do happen on Irish roads. According to Insurance Ireland, insurance fraud in total costs insurers an estimated €200 million annually. Although there are no statistics available for how much of this figure is as a result of staged accidents, An Garda Síochána launched an investigation ‘Operation Nascar’ into car insurance claims scams.

Part of the problem with staged accidents is that they’re difficult to prove and quite often it can be a case of the perpetrator’s word against the victim’s. Being aware of staged accidents however, can help you take the necessary precautions and minimise th...

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