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Pictured from left outside Croí House: Christine Flanagan, Croí’s Fundraising Director; Christine Harnett, Croí Programme Participant; Croí Garden Designer and Project Lead, Dr Derek O’Keeffe – Professor of Medical Device Technology, NUI Galway, and Consultant Physician, Galway University Hospitals; and Mark O’Donnell, Croí’s Head of Foundation and Chief Operations Officer. Photo: Aengus McMahon

Galway-based garden designer Professor Derek O’Keeffe has won a silver medal for the Croí show garden at the Bord Bia Bloom festival in Dublin which kicked off this morning.

The show garden, sponsored by local heart and stroke charity Croí, raises awareness of cardiovascular health and the role gardens, plants and technology can have in protecting the heart.

Prof O’Keeffe, who is a consultant physician at UHG and professor at NUIG as well as an avid gardener, believes gardens are ideal for communicating the importance of heart health.

Plants are used in many life-saving cardiovascular

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