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Garden trail raises money for hospice


FLOWER POWER Clew Bay Garden Trail members Cormac Langan, June Bourke, Genie Keating and Máiréad Bourke enjoying the garden of their fundraising hosts in Newport. 

THE summer sunshine played its part on a beautiful day in early August when a local family joined forces with the Clew Bay Garden Trail and hosted a wonderful tour of their gardens followed by a sumptuous feast, all in aid of the Mayo Roscommon Hospice. The family wishes to remain anonymous, but their warm and generous hospitality, together with the proceeds from an art auction, raised the amazing sum of €8,150.  
‘Purple Sensation’, a floral delight of alliums in oil by renowned artist Deirdre Walsh, topped the art-auction bill, followed closely by a west of Ireland magical watercolour from the portfolio of the late Helga Kaffke. Works donated by printmaker Sinéad Wall, artist and illustrator Pamela Gray, artists Helena Bennett Moran, Honor Gallagher, Elsie Higgins and Breege McGowan all went under the hammer of auctioneer Gerard O’Toole.  
“The Clew Bay Garden Trail committee wishes to acknowledge and thank each of the participating artists , as well as Gabriele Berthel , spouse of the late Helga Kaffke for their generosity. Many of them are delighted to welcome enquiries at their studios by appointment,” said Máiréad Bourke.  
Among the sponsors, whose generosity was much appreciated, were Knight and Day Jewellery, Craftworks Mayo, Connacht Weed Control and Aurivo Homeland.
“The Mayo Roscommon Hospice in Castlebar is now nearing completion and in just over seven months will be ready to accept patients who are at life-end stages, in addition to offering day care services to patients receiving palliative care,” Ms Bourke continued.
“Many of our gardens in the Clew Bay garden trail  open  their garden gates annually to support Palliative Care and related Cancer Care services.  The worlds of art and nature are intrinsically linked – their unique garden design is to gardeners what canvas is to artists.  Thank you to everyone who visits the gardens . Your donation really makes a difference to the nominated charities.”
Máiréad confirmed that there is already an ‘exciting line-up underway for the 2019 trail, with new gardens to explore’.
“We are delighted to receive expressions of interest from anyone who would like to know more about joining the trail,” she added.  

For more information on the Clew Bay Garden Trail, please contact any of the committee members – June Bourke, Genie Keating, Cormac Langan or Máiréad Bourke; email or visit