MARY Keaveney, Catriona Meehan and Kathleen Concannon with some of the delicious produce from the garden.

A garden where friendships grow

A community garden in Glenamaddy has cabbages, carrots and plenty of craic!

Did you hear? They’re growing melons in Glenamaddy.

It’s not quite home to the tropical gardens of Galway yet, but a few miles out the Creggs Road, there’s plenty to get your green fingers into while enjoying a shot of their feel-good tonic.

Six years ago, a message was placed in the local newsletter seeking anyone who might be interested in a community garden. The idea took hold, and it has grown into a space where polytunnels are full of laughter, vegetable beds are overseen by chitter chatter, and planting seeds and tugging weeds have all spurred wonderful new friendships.

Saturday mornings are no longer silent ones on the grounds of the former national school, now the offices of Glenamaddy Heritage Group. Here is home to two polytunnels, raised beds and planters as well as a cosy tea and equipment shed – they and the chatter sounds belong to the Community Garden…

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