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Bloomin' brilliant! Over 100,000 make their way to garden festival

Jude Villegas Phelan (3) from Dublin pictured in the Solus Garden
Jude Villegas Phelan (3) from Dublin pictured in the Solus Garden

Over 100,000 people are expected to have attended Ireland's largest horticulture and food festival that opened over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Thousands of people from across the country have been making their way to the Phoenix Park in Dublin for Bloom.

The flower show is home to more than 60 exhibits from top experts. Organiser Gary Graham said the poor weather should not be a deterrent.

"You know what the Irish weather is like: we're told it's going to be rainy, and it's sunny; we're told it's going to be sunny and it rains.

"We always tell people to prepare - bring proper footwear, bring the rain coat - but also bring the sun cream. You just don't know what's going to happen.

"We've got four and a half acres of marquees - we've got the biggest marquee in the country, so nobody should get wet once they get here."

Bloom, which is organised by Bord Bia, is now in it’s 9th year and aims to promote the high standards found within the Irish food and horticultural sectors to both a national and international audience.

It will remain open to the public today.