donncadh o’ leary – pr garden guest #5

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For the moment writer #5 is  Donncadh O’ Leary of Edelmann PR




Donnchadh is a Senior Account Manager on Edelman’s Corporate Communications team. He has been with the company since 2003 and in his spare time is a raging heavy metal fan who currently has no time for gardening but does know where some interesting Gardens can be found……


Gardens from the sky…. I noted with intrigue that Neil O’Gorman included a Hot House Flowers video in his guest post. As a former colleague of Neill’s, I thought I’d have to go one better by including something that represents my own musical passions and thought immediately of cult UK heavy metal band ‘Lawnmower Deth.’  Then I remembered I was representing Edelman in this so chickened out a little and went for something more conservative in Guns N Roses ‘The Garden’ which also features Alice Cooper and Shannon Hoon and is a fine song. The Guns have actually recorded a few tracks with garden related titles or themes – Garden of Eden, In the Jungle, Bad Apples, New Rose (The Damned cover) and Rocket Queen, actually that last one isn’t in any way garden related (unless maybe in a potato or lettuce leaves sense ) but is such a fantastic track I thought I’d stick it in all the same. Infact maybe I’ll include Catcher in the Rye while I’m at it too. You can of course look up Lawnmower Deth of your own accord if you feel the need….

Anyway, before I sat down to write this I was trying to think about the last time I gave any thought to gardens or gardening. Surprisingly, it would appear it was just last week. I tend to spend far more time than I should in the office, which at the moment I guess is a nice complaint to have, but there is a definite relationship between that and the fact that the balcony in my apartment is as bleak looking as it was the day I moved in two years ago. This is despite plenty of intentions to green it up, at least a little bit. There’s even a Garden Centre within five minutes walk but I just haven’t managed to swing a few spare hours to go and make a start.

So one night last week, I was again in the office late, despairing about what I hadn’t got around to doing recently and the bleakness of my balcony again came to mind. I think the bright spring mornings have pushed it into my thinking a little bit more as its actually visible before I leave in the mornings now. So my thinking turned to plants and gardens and the time I’d spent in our family garden when I was younger as well as other gardens in the neighborhood. There were many fantastic gardens in my home town of Killarney of varying shapes and sizes ranging from small vegetable patches right up to the world famous Muckross Gardens in Killarney National Park. It occurred to me that many of the smaller residential gardens may have been gobbled up by the Celtic Tiger fueled development that has engulfed much of the town over the past fifteen years so I thought I’d have a look to see if I could see anything of their faith on Google Earth.

Unfortunately, Google Earth doesn’t do Killarney – at least on the free version anyway. Which is a shame but while I was looking my thoughts turned to my current neighborhood in Dublin. I’d looked up where I live before on Google Earth but this time I decided to see what kind of parks and gardens I could make out. It really provides a fascinating insight into what Irish people have in their Gardens, particularly the larger high walled ones that you are always curious about when walking past. Fair enough, it’s a bit of a one dimensional view but I was amazed at what some people have hidden away in their Gardens and back yards. For instance, I was enormously intrigued that a house not too far away from me seems to have an incredible maze in the shape of a shamrock tucked away behind its garden walls. Other things include ponds, swimming pools, little rivers and bridges, glass houses etc. The resolution isn’t fantastic but you zoom in a lot but you can make out things that might be out of the ordinary. It’s also a great way of having a peek into some of the Parks in our cities and towns, ones you’ve only passed but never bothered to wander into. Many of them are far bigger and more interesting than they look on the outside and when you know what they layout is like from the sky it makes going in a bit more interesting.

Until I get around to sorting my balcony out and get a bit more free time for actually walking in parks this may have to do me.

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garden time on dublin city radio 103.2fm

peter and peter

peter and peter

Tomorrow, Tuesday March 24th I will return to the studios of Dublin City 103.2fm – the 10am – 11am show.

It’s been a while since I was in with the lads so I’m looking forward to it. And the guys are particularly nice so making it all worthwhile 😆

If you are hoping to tune in on the wireless you’re grand… but I found if you want to do it online a little preparation is required – for a non techie like me anyway… click here and get yourself ready and you can also email… easy!

And no Peter eile won’t be interviewing me – Phantom fm don’t really do a garden slot… I think… ?!!

longlisted for the irish blog awards…

nominated @ 150% (CMYK/Preview)as this is my first time to be nominated for the blog awards… the process was a little new to me and ‘maybe’ to you. I have written about it before – but that was because I was nominated. Now, I have been longlisted.
As a brief by the way there are two official blog awards logos – so I have chosen this one by Davy for this post. Thanks Dave 🙂

Here’s how it all goes: First one gets nominated. Then one goes to the long list. From the long list the nominees are whittled down to a short list of just five and from there the winner of that category is announced. A blog is only allowed to be nominated [eventually] in one category. The winners will be announced on February 21st, on the awards night.

To quote my last post on the Irish blog awards I feel sums up how I still feel. Thank you so very much once again.

That said – awards or not, it is because of *you* that I write and to be simply nominated is reason enough for me to smile :)

As I said above I have a choice of category and must chose one or have it chosen for me. But, I really am just so happy to be a part of it. And as I am a newbie – I think I’ll let the judges decide that for me.

Here are the longlists of the two categories. One again many thanks to the sponsors. Have a leaf through – they are all, really, good blogs.

Best Specialist Blog – Sponsored by iQ Content

Best Blog of a Business – Sponsored by

nominated for the irish blog awards…

to my absolute delight i found out that my weblog has been nominated for the Irish Blog Awards 2009.

Why does a gardener blog – click here & read. It may just make sense…

That said – awards or not, it is because of *you* that I write and to be simply nominated is reason enough for me to smile 🙂

To you who read it, to those who nominated me and to those who were there from when I couldn’t turn on a computer. Thank you.

With regard to the categories. I am nominated for Best Specialist Blog sponsored by iQ Content and also for the Best Blog of a business sponsored by Well done to both and all of the sponsors. Congratulations to Damien Mulley too the brains behind what is always an amazing and once again sold out event.

Here are the nominees for both categories containing a lot of my own personal favourites. Well worth a browse.

Best Specialist Blog – Sponsored by iQ Content
Small-leaved Shamrock:
Michelle Gallen’s E-learning Blog:
The Limerick Animal Welfare Blog:

Knitting Neels:
Pauldervan: Random Thoughts On Marketing:
Turbulence Ahead: |:

Into That World Inverted:
Irish Taxi:
The Lavatorial Review:
The Voyage: Life With Autism In Northern Ireland:
Mum Lives On:
Tims Times:

Nalil – North Antrim Local Interest List:
Stochastic Geometry:
For The Fainthearted:
The Irish Economy:
Montana Gael:

The Biopsy Report:
Made Marian: Oozing Crafty Goodness:
Piaras Kelly Pr – Public Relations In Ireland:
Homebug : Homes, Interiors, Art & Design – Ireland & Elsewhere:
I Squatted Your Eu – Domains / Internet Technology News:

Moore Groups Blog:
Peter Donegan Landscaping Weblog:
University Blog:
The Frog Blog:
Clasheen By Nicola Brown:
Irish Allotments:

Kedco | Renewable Energy News:
Podcamp Ireland: Social Media Strategies, Social Networking, Online Marketing:
Bad Librarianship Now!:
Stig For Cf Ireland 2008:
Lichens Of Ireland:

Kevoto – I Only Come Here Cos It’s Free:
Éireann Live:
World Debating Website Blog:
Pete’s Irish Lighthouses:
Assistant To The Brand Manager:
Smasher Lagru:

David Coallier:
Irish Family History:
Kind I Like (things That Look Like People):
Brim Brothers – Personal Power Meters:

Aran Brew:
Stephen Kinsella:
The Blog Of Kells:
Lex Ferenda:

Best Blog of a Business – Sponsored by

Bobby Buckley Gardens:
Denise Cox’s Blog:

Ice Cream Ireland:
No More Art Notepad:
Moore Groups Blog:
Declan Shalvey:
Cully And Sully:
The Cycling Blog:
IIA Blog:
Curious Wines:
Limerick Business Blog:

Nice Day Designs:
Echolibre Blog:
Pure Play:
Developing Ewrite:
Robin Blandford:

Krishna De:
Peter Donegan Landscaping Weblog:
Keith Malone Wedding Films:
Sabrina Dent:
Security Watch:
Argus Car Hire:

Contrast | The Blog:
The No Nonsense Blog:
Puddleducks Blog:
Find a Conference Venue Blog:
Blacknight Blog:
Brightspark Consulting Dublin:

Weeno Blog:

beautiful & guaranteed irish [part 2]

T.J. Tobin, John & myself

T.J. Tobin, John & myself

Before you read this post please read beautiful and guaranteed Irish – part 1[clck here]

Of course part of the reason I went to Limerick was to visit some good great friends. [Pictured left is T.J. and John Donegan [no relation – he was just in the bar that evening and decided to say hello 😉 but that is the Ireland I visited]

I went all of the back roads to see another good friend in Carrigadrohid. It was freezing and the sun was shining – yet Ireland is still so beautiful and we are so fortunate for this beautiful island. I drove around [very much around] the Galtee mountains and came in by the river Lee. It was worth it. I stopped into Doneraile Park for a picnic of sorts [another post for another day – but also free by the way..] and continued on our way to Cork City. I love Cork. I love the city. It is so colourful and energetic.

I got to meet some of the great people of the Cork Open Coffee on the Friday. To all of you who made this week, for me, amazing – go raibh míle maith agaibh. Thank you so much.

I suppose the question I’ve answered now is… that I am glad I took my ‘holdays’ in Ireland. I am so very happy that I kept my euros in this beautiful island of ours. And now I realise that rather than dwell on those who bore and snore me to sleep with their tales of woe and depression [the same goes for that Enda Kenny crapola spiel et cetera… that just keeps on coming…]. But, I at least made and effort to do my bit for Ireland. I am happier knowing that I did 🙂