RTÉ One, Thursday, 7.00pm
Dermot's Secret Garden

People In the Programme

Peadar Robinson

Padraig Larkin

Padraig Larkin

Tanguy de Toulgoët

Sheila Farrelly

Peter Dobbin

Brian O'Donnell

Pat Mitchell

Brendan Larkin

Peadar Robinson

Local builder with lots of experience. Worked on the restoration and extension of the gardener's cottage.

Padraig Larkin

Local beekeeper who set up beehives in the field of wild flowers outside the walled garden. Is a member of the Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations (www.irishbeekeeping.ie). Padraig is also an accomplished basket maker (www.padraiglarkin.com)

Tanguy de Toulgoët

Frenchman Tanguy lives with his wife Isabelle close to Durrow where he runs Dunmore Country School (www.dunmorecountryschool.ie). They specialise in organic gardening classes and cookery classes. Tanguy is a very accomplished gardener and works part-time at Clondeglass.

Tanguy obtained a degree in agriculture from the Pierrefonds school of agriculture and specialised in crops and ecology. Through his extensive studies and his life experience, Tanguy has gained a wealth of rare information. He started gardening at 10 years old and was inspired by an old French master gardener who took him as a young boy and instilled in him a lifelong passion for gardening and becoming self sufficient.

At 16 years old Tanguy started his own vegetable garden. He got the opportunity to take over a period walled garden, and started to produce for a restaurant owned by his family. Tanguy employed the traditional ideas learnt from his old tutor, many of which were once commonplace in every household in Ireland, but which have been all but lost to modern day living.

In Dunmore country school, you can see these traditional methods at work through Tanguy's talented hands. He is a naturally gifted teacher, extremely approachable, and makes learning to garden in the traditional way a very pleasurable experience.

Click here for the Dunmore Country School's introductory courses...

Sheila Farrelly

Sheila came to work part time in Clondeglass last summer. She has a wealth of experience, having worked as an assistant to head gardener Noel Forde at Farmleigh.

Peter Dobbin

Has lived at Clondeglass all his life. His father was chauffeur to the Pimm family who lived here until the 1940s. Peter keeps a close eye on Dermot's poultry, especially when he's not around.

Brian O'Donnell

Proprietor of the award-winning Danny Minnie's Restaurant in Annagry, The Rosses, Co Donegal (www.dannyminnies.com), Brian has had a passion for gardening and cooking all his life. He has presented cookery programmes on TG4 for many years. Brian also shares Dermot's passion for keeping poultry.

Pat Mitchell

Based in Loughrea, Co Galway, Pat is a renowned poultry breeder who specialises in Toulouse geese, among many other unusual and rare breeds.

Brendan Larkin

A local poultry breeder, Brendan makes poultry housing and breeds hens which are particularly good layers. He made the poultry houses that are seen in the programme and also helped Dermot to trap the mink.

What's On