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At Your Service – Cappagh Hospital Garden

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At Your Service RTE TV Christmas Special, Cappagh Hospital Garden.

  • When: Wed 22 December 2010,
  • Time: 8 – 8.30pm
  • TV Channel: RTÉ One

Courtesy RTE.ie

Francis and John Brennan are challenged to makeover two children’s wards at the Cappagh Hospital and transform a disused garden space for the in time for the annual Christmas party, but they have no budget and must beg, borrow and steal building materials for the project

It can be watched on RTE player.

Update: This [below] went live after the show and the garden story goes as such:

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The garden created in Cappagh Hospital was for The RTE 2010 At Your Service Christmas Special, a television programme presented by Sean and Francis Brennan. It began as a result of meeting really nice people and ended knowing that it was an honour to have been in their company.

Around mid October 2010 a phone call came in. The gist was that Laura would like me to build a garden, for free. The lovely voice asked that I come and simply take a look.

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On initial inspection, the garden space outside had some industrial planting and the courtyard walls were industrial grey. On a more detailed note, the garden had no access, apart from a side alley that one could only access through a semi excavated building site. I then found out the hospital had zero euro of a budget, the garden was to be built within 3 weeks of that day and that that resulting garden maybe shown on Irish television as a Christmas tv special.

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I agreed. But, the final garden is with massive thanks to so many people who all donated their time, products, services and so much more than the extra mile, because they were very simply nice people. The garden was also just one part of what I can only describe as very much a bigger picture.

There was one day that should be noted when I and George came down to find this poem and note stuck inside the window. The words are now painted on one of the garden walls. In my opinion, if what I have done in this garden achieves what is written in this poem, I’m am quite simply the happiest gardener I know.

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Further:

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the media frenzy…

peter donegan television

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After receiving our second & third awards both as designer and contractor this year, RTE’s Capital d did a show including the much celebrated and historical Brackenstown House Gardens. It’s our second time on the show this year and I know I was asked to put this up some time ago. You can watch it here and I’m really sorry for the delay.

Brackenstown House also featured in Thursdays Irish Times last week but as usual it was sold out. If anyone has a copy that would be great. It always nice to know what was said.

Whilst the media does play a great role in my work, when I have appeared it’s been for my designs or my writing for publications, only. I think I’d prefer if media frenzies were kept relation to my ability to design gardens for the moment anyway. I don’t think I or the world is ready for my personal life on tv [or my sense of humour] just yet! The last capital d show apparently allows some insight into my mind, I’m told & disagree… but good luck getting lost in there! enjoy.