The Temple Street Music and Quiz Night

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This Saturday. March 30th. 8pm onwards. Taking place in O’Connors Pub in Ballyboughal, its near Swords, Dublin and it’s the only pub in the village. I’ll be doing a muisc and quiz night extravangaza so I can do my 3rd half marthon for Temple street Childrens hospital. Which is where all spondulas raised will go to.

I’ll keep from print the finer points as to why Temple Street is so close to my heart and before I have a Jerry Maguire moment. I’ll get back to the yapping about the big night…

On the big Night:

  • Skerries legend and Music man Martin Byrne will be kicking off the night from 7.45
  • Then we head into the main show bonanza and the super dooper table quiz
  • There’ll be the also sooper dooper raffle
  • and spot prizes
  • and food. yummy
  • And this followed by [for one night only] DJ Brian Greene

5 Euro Per Head OR 20 Euro For Table Of 4! Don’t worry if you come on your own. Or as a trio. We’ll fix you up with somone

Wanna know What Temple Street Will do With The Dollars ?
This year we are hoping to raise €60,000 to purchase 4 diathermy machines to be used in theatre. These machines are necessary pieces of equipment for the operating theatre and provide optimal support for operative procedures in virtually all medical fields. The diathermy machine is used in theatre and is employed in a controlled manner during surgery to seal small blood vessels by coagulation and to cut through layers of tissue.

Further info:

UPDATE: After the 2013 Temple Street Half Marathon


Temple Street, Inis Mór Half Marathon 2013

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April 20th 2013 will be my 3rd year fingers crossed of my running crawling doing the Temple Street Childrens Hospital half marathon. There are of course reasons why Temple Street is very close to my heart, but that may be is a story best told over a cup of coffee.

To my getting there the wee Angels of the Childrens hospital are asking that each runner participant raise €650. As a by the way, last years funds were used to purchase 2 ICU Specification Patient Monitoring Units and here’s what the team wanna do with this years dosh:

This year we are hoping to raise €60,000 to purchase 4 diathermy machines to be used in theatre. These machines are necessary pieces of equipment for the operating theatre and provide optimal support for operative procedures in virtually all medical fields. The diathermy machine is used in theatre and is employed in a controlled manner during surgery to seal small blood vessels by coagulation and to cut through layers of tissue.

In the meantime, I’ve set up a My Charity Page  were you can donate any amount securly online. If however you are feeling a little extra groovy and maybe wanna bigger bang/ some return for your buck ? I’m more than open to any suggestion and my details are below. Try me…. also I make great caffeine and it’s good to talk. 😉

Last year I took The Sodshow microphone and of note maybe its best to suggest you scroll to 21:17 minutes and hear Padraic O’Céadaigh speak a little more indepth and how it all started.

Contact Peter Donegan

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Image below: Bank of Ireland, Inis Mór.

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Happy Christmas And Thank You For 2012

Nollaig Shona duit agus na hathbhliana agus go raibh míle maith agaibh.


The thngymajigs below should say from Peter…. but the shop was all out of them. 😉

Anything else ? You’ll find all the how to contact me deets on the contact Peter page.

See you in January.


Primary School Class To Sell Their Own Veg

You may remember some months back, Fingal Libraries asked me to come up with and teach a 6 part gardening course to [including] Dan’s 5th class in the Educate Together School, Balbriggan.

Not only did class teacher Dan take it a stage further by organising the building of a garden for the class, in his and my spare time, but now he is to the point were the class produce is to be sold at the schools local Balbriggan Market, this coming Friday.

That mildly to one side, what I omitted from the audio above is that Dan also used the gardening class as the basis for their entry into the young scientists exhibition. Quite inspirational when you think about it. Also and still the best thank you card I have ever received 😉

Things To Do: Gardening With Children

Speaking with Hector on 2fm a few weeks ago I noted that when I was 5 and into my gardening, 1981 really wasn’t a fashionable era to be seen as green fingered.

April 2012, my daughter Ella was 2 years old and I nearly fell off my stool when I spotted the lego one of her delightful aunties and Uncles got her came with flowers, picket fencing, carrots and rabbits. All I could think, was the sleepless nights she might have should that rabbit make it the far side of the paling. On a serious note, it is pretty much, for me and gardening, a more than welcome sign of the times.

In the Donegan household, we like a fine mix of simplistic and pretty. The balance is hugely important. To note, the following are a mix of pressies Ella received, garden stuff Dad picked up and a little of how we like to garden. Also important to note is that Ella has approximately 10 sets of wonderful Aunties and Uncles who are ever so kind to her. I’d have got her an Arsenal watering can…..

The Equipment

peppa pig watering can

A gift for Ella’s birthday, I’ve observed Ella’s posture as she attempts to stand, as I wanted to when I was younger, like my/ her Dad. The wheel barrow garden kit above is really simplistic and with/ out the piggy stickers, it’s actually quite smart. The watering can works really well and aged 2 she now instinctively heads to the water butts when suggested…. d’ye follow 😉 We also put her seeds in there and some wee pots when we go gardening together. Personally, I like the yellow handles.

The tools in this pack are actually quite handy and the quality surprisingly good. So much sow, the trowel almost came to work with me this morning. Not a joke. Back to home lands, we used the trowel to put seeds on when we sowed the Homebase bunny tails Grow Your Own Kit. That aside, I think all gardeners tools should be this colourful.

Things To Do

I picked these up at The Garden Fair at Huntstown community Centre – tip: watch out for your local one and turn up late for the bargains and early for the best kit. I think I paid about 50 pence a packet which is really good value. We planted the Natures Haven, attracts bees packet out by the washing line [away from the house]. I like pretty flowers on our kitchen table and I feel it important for Ella to understand that bees don’t eat vegetables.

Understanding the life cycle of the caterpillar, the butterfly packet was sown away from the vegetable pots in some hanging baskets and a planter that Dad made. Like sowing lettuce, fill a pot and just scatter the seeds roughly across the top. It is that simple.

These were also picked up at The Garden Fair. Ella likes their faces. When we don’t water them their hair wilts like some sort of Spandau Ballet no hair spray hair-do. We’ll trim them soon and they won’t last forever, I know. In context, it’s the eating, trimming and taking part that counts. I like the fact that perfecting the art of being gentle [when pruning] will allow for wee mishaps here. These two also make me smile. We gave one to Grandad. Giving is good. It also made Grandad smile. We might make our own next year with some old socks and our own seeds…

I made 6 of these last week for work and kept one for home. Very much a blog post for another day, our hen-house is really a 6 x 4 shed painted very girlie pink and white. I was thinking I might paint this planter pink and white for Ella, to match. What should be by far much better fun is that we paint it white together. Let it dry. And then let her go a bit doolally, under some form of supervision of course, with a pot of pink paint. The sunflower seeds will look perfectly in here I think.

These came as a gift from another of Ella’s Uncles and Aunties ~ you can see where this is going…. The pot is really cool, and it looks good without the seeds germinated. It also matches her hat. And like the Unwins bee/ butterfly mixes, just fill a container with compost and scatter the seeds on top. I think this took us about an hour. Totally unnecessary timing levels I can assure you. But again, that’s not the point….

Lagurus ovatus

I noted the Homebase Grow my Own kit on the blog last week. You can of course make your own with a jam jar and a handful of compost. We did this with some Chilli and Basil seeds in an old tin can. I think we may decorate them on a random rainy day with some wallpaper; Another blog post for another day maybe…

Seed kits and junior gardening paraphernalia aside I like the fact that Ella will have parts in the garden that she was involved in creating, as versus elements I wanted her to appreciate that were handed to her. That, the infrastructure I will note [double underline] is also good and hugely important. But there is a difference between a house and a home, if you get me.

Don’t get me wrong gardening for me as a child was always about being outside in the rain with my raincoat on, feeling the rain on my tongue, the figuring out why my hair went wavy in high humidity, questioning the ‘rule books’ and doing the opposite of what they said just to see what would happen if….

Far, far more important than that though, is the memories I have with my Dad and Grandad helping me in the garden [or the other way round if you like]. And in hindsight, I realise that the gardening was very simply the bit that had us spending time together. I don’t have any major ambitions for Ella to be a big horticulture brain.  That’s for her own wee little head to figure out as she grows up. What I do  know and hope is that she too has memories, happy ones of time spent together.

Audio courtesy The SodShow