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Interested in Growing your own Food? 

First meeting of GIY Carrick-on-Shannon


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Carrick-on-Shannon, October 2011 – Grow it Yourself (GIY) with the aim of inspiring people to grow their own food is launching a new group in Carrick-on-Shannon on Tuesday, 01st November. The meeting will be on at 7pm in The Oarsman with new growers and old hands all welcome.


GIY (Grow it Yourself) Ireland is a not-for-profit initiative (registered charity, CHY: 18920) that is literally sweeping the nation. It aims to make home-grown food the norm by inspiring people to grow their own food and providing them with the practical skills they need to do so successfully. The organisation gets GIYers together (in the community and online) on a regular basis to talk, learn from each other and exchange tips, produce and advice. GIY activities include monthly meetings, talks and demos; garden visits, seed and seedling swaps; produce bartering, mentor panels and grower’s meitheals. 


GIY Ireland aims to establish a GIY group in every community in Ireland. There are currently nearly 100 GIY groups and approximately 8,000 GIYers involved between these groups and our online social network. Meetings are free and open to people who are growing at all levels – from those who grow a few herbs in a window box to those who are completely self-sufficient, from absolute beginners to old hands. The organisation was founded by journalist and author Michael Kelly and patrons are Diarmuid Gavin, Darina Allen, Duncan Stewart, Klaus Laitenberger, Clodagh McKenna and Joy Larkcom. GIY is proudly supported by Woodies DIY and Garden Centres, AIB, Bord Bia, The Arthur Guinness Fund and Ashoka.


Your local GIY group needs a mix of interests, abilities and experience to make this a success – so don’t be shy. Come along and bring any family, friends or neighbours who might be interested too. 


GIY Carrick-on-Shannon will be based at the Oarsman. The first meeting takes place on Tuesday, 01st Nov at 7pm. On that evening following the official launch and introduction to GIY, gardeners and those who would like to learn about gardening are encouraged to get to know each other and share experiences from their own patch. For more information visit or contact Marian on




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