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St. Francis Hospice Raheny

Sincere thanks to all who kindly donated home grown plants for the plant sale last Saturday in aid of St. Francis Hospice, Raheny. We are delighted to announce that €3,497.70 was raised for the hospice.  Thank you again to all Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society members and the local community who supported and contributed to this worthy cause.


HSHS Plant Sale Sunday 12th June 11:30am

The Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society Plant Sale will take place on Sunday 12th June from 11:30am to 2:00pm in Scoil Mhuire, Tuckett’s Lane, Howth, D13 PW99.  We are delighted to announce the first plant sale of the season and all proceeds of the sale will be donated to St. Francis Hospice, Raheny. 

Why not dig and divide something from your garden or balcony this week and donate to the HSHS plant sale. Plants can be dropped to the school hall on Saturday 11th June between 7pm and 9pm, in advance of the sale on Sunday.  Please ensure all plants are clearly labeled.  Everyone welcome.

New President of HSHS

Outgoing President of the HSHS, David Jeffrey, hands the medal of office to incoming President, Conall O’Caoimh. Warmest thanks to David for his services to the Society and best wishes to Conall in his new role.

HSHS Growers Group

Dear Members,

We invite you to be involved in the new HSHS Growers Group within the Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society. The idea is to help members grow more plants for the HSHS plant sales. The Sales help support the Society and also raise funds for the Hospice. The Growers Group will support members with the information and skills needed to propagate new plants. In return, we ask members of the group to commit to growing 20 plants for next year’s plant sale. Don’t worry, you will be supported with skills and information to be able to do it well.   We are looking for members with some experience of gardening without being experts.  See more details about the Growers Group below.

If you would like to participate, please let us know by sending an email to Conall on  The next steps will depend on how many people want to be involved.

We are starting the ball rolling, but we hope others will also get involved with demonstrations and support.  A number of experienced gardeners have already offered to help.

Yours sincerely,
Nuala and Conall
Nuala Doherty and Conall O’Caoimh
Ardan Garden

Thank You Dominica McKevitt

Many thanks to Dominica  for her talk on Ardgillan Castle Gardens last night.

December’s talk will be given by Sean O’Gaoithin, Head Gardener at Glenveagh House and Gardens in County Donegal.  Sean’s talk is titled ‘The Historic Flower Garden at Glenveagh Castle’.
Wednesday 1st December 2021 at 8pm on Zoom.
Link will be send in advance to members.

Ardgillan Castle Gardens – A talk by Dominica McKevitt

Dominica McKevitt, Head Gardener at Ardgillan will deliver a talk on the castle gardens on Wednesday 3rd November, 8pm.
Dominica trained in horticulture at An Grainán and has spent almost all of her career in Ardgillan, working with a team of gardeners and labourers who maintain the 194 acres of rolling open grassland, mixed woodland and six acres of gardens, including the formal rose garden, the ornamental gardens, the walled garden with its sections of herbs, vegetables, fruits, and the national collection of potentilla in association with the RHS.
Zoom link will be sent by email in advance.

Hospice Volunteer Gardeners Required

Dear members and friends,

The below message has come from St Francis Hospice, Raheny which the HSHS supports with our plant sales and donations.  Janet and David Jeffrey have managed one of the small gardens there which has given so much joy to staff and visitors, as well as patients over the years.  Now the hospice is hoping for another volunteer or two to take over this small garden.

We sincerely hope there might be a couple of people amongst our members who might respond to the following request from St Francis Hospice and be inspired to become volunteer gardeners . Our time spent working in such a welcoming environment, amongst wonderful people, has proved to be the most rewarding experience imaginable.

Over the years a close affiliation between the hospice and  HSHS has  built up, mainly through our Open Gardens and Plant Sales.  Let’s try and continue this worthwhile connection. Nothing could please us more. We will willingly provide  any further information.
David and Janet Jeffrey :

Please contact Barbara at the hospice or Janet and David directly for more information.  We would love to keep the garden and the connection with the HSHS going strong.

Volunteer Gardeners Required

St Francis Hospice Raheny is looking for two volunteer gardeners to nurture our beautiful gardens. Our gardens are at the heart of the Hospice and provide a welcoming, tranquil space for patients, families, staff and volunteers.

Commitment:  4 hours per week.

To apply please contact Barbara Kilbride or Brenda Lowry, Volunteer Department: / 01 8327535