Keen birdwatcher Jim Malone studying Little Egrets on the mudflat along the estuary of the River Nanny at Sonairte, just below the 2 acre walled organic garden.

Saturday 14th July was a day of celebrating the acquatic biodiversity between the River Nanny estuary at Sonairte and nearby seashore at Laytown and the Irish Sea fishing traditions off the coast. Johnny Woodlock, marine wildlife expert and John Daly, a third generation fisherman took an interested group of visitors along the estuary and the seashore after viewing the Irish Sea from the 5th century rath above Sonairte.

In between the estuarine and sea shore walks, the visitors passed throught the walled garden. The ripening fruit bushes and crops, many almost ready for harvesting caught the interest of those involved in this free family ‘welly walk’. Today was not the day for weeding the herb patch, or tidying up the flower beds. However, volunteers with a regular hour or two to spare are needed to help keep the place right as a food producing two acres and a walled garden which welcomes visitors. Contact Sonairte on 041 982 75 72 or email:

Lovely to see the Sunflower Garden Cafe in Sonairte using the herbs and vegetables from the walled organic garden in soups and curries for the lunch on the day. The good name of the Sunflower Garden Cafe for tasty, healthy food is spreading far and wide. On Saturday, there were visitors dining at lunch who had travelled from as far away as South Dublin and North Belfast. Drop in when in the Julianstown – Laytown area. Free admission. Open Wednesday – Sunday each week from 10.30am – 5.30pm daily.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Trevor Sargent on April 16, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Thank you for your encouraging comment. I hope you and your sister get to grow some food where you are. I appreciate you taking the time to write.

    Good growing.



  2. Posted by Trevor Sargent on May 30, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Hi there,

    Delighted my kitchen garden blog loads quickly for you. The template comes from WordPress and serves me well. It is easy to update which is a key factor for me who would prefer to be out growing food than in front of a computer screen! Thanks for getting in touch.

    Kind regards,



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