The SodShow meets Dermot Carey

The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – in iTunes, all good podcast stores.

Dublin’s Only Garden Radio Show. The SodShow – with Peter Donegan & Brian Greene – Every Friday 3pm.

On This Weeks Garden Radio:

dermot carey, gardener the sodshow and greensax

I chat with Dermot Carey, a sustainable & organic vegetable food producer. Formerly the Lissadell House Head Gardener Dermot is also a heritage potato collector & now walled garden expert with Donal Doherty of Harrys Restaurant.

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The Sodshow – July 29 – A Lissadell House Special

The Sodshow Garden Podcast – every Friday – in iTunes, all good podcast stores.

Sodshow 29 July 2011 A Lissadell House Special (mp3)

The SodShow – Fridays 3pm – 103.2 Dublin City Fm

Listen to The SodShow in MP3 – or – listen to the podcast in iTunes. Alternatively, subscribe to the blog and listen to them right here. Missed last weeks SodShow

This weeks guest:

  • Keith McNair – Discover Sligo – and Keith will be talking to me about Lissadell House and Gardens, Sligo – how, what, why and the future.

Next week the show will return to it’s normal format but for this week, we felt it was deserved of a show to itself.

Details on how to listen live below….


Listen Later:

Listen Live:

  • Tune in: 103.2fm on your radio dial if you are in the Dublin area
  • Listen live online: every Friday 3pm via – on your phone or desktop

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*Photo of Peter Donegan & Brian Greene with very special thanks to @dalekmad

Sonairte Potato Day – Sunday 6th March 2011

Sunday 6th March 2011 saw me head with fellow spud lover Tricia Sheehy Skeffington to Sonairte in Co. Meath. I’ve been there before, many many times and Sunday is supposed to be my day off, but I just couldn’t resist when I heard what was on offer.


I met many wonderful people there and want to save and savour some of the audio, particularly the chat I had with the wonderful Laura Turner, were it is one might say of greater interest for The SodShow this Friday.

But the day was a lot more than just the 100 plus varieties of potato on show. It was a lot of listening and watching and learning.


I also met the gentleman, gardener and potato expert that is Dermot Carey who was responsible for the largest Irish private collection of potatoes still grown in Lisssadell House. Dermot was also doing working demonstrations on the lazy bed method of growing.

Another great Sonairte day out for €3. I also bought some spud seed and some [more] onion sets.

For more information check out and don’t forget to tune into The SodShow this Friday to hear my chat with Laura. Well done Sonairte and thanks Tricia. Really Enjoyed that 🙂

Sligo County Council Win. Lissadell And Sligo Lose

The High Court has ruled that public rights of way exist across the grounds of historic Lissadell House in Co Sligo, according to RTE and its website.

From an Edward Walsh, Constance Cassidy and family persepctive it notes…

However, they said they could not continue to operate it as a tourist amenity if rights of way existed. This afternoon, they said the gates of the estate would be opened today but their dream for Lissadell House was over.

So Sligo County Council have won their battle, albeit very stupidly on behalf of the people of Sligo but in reality everyone has lost. There are no winners in this case. It will essentially cost the taxpayer and the state, in more ways than one.

If you want to see an example of what one family could have done for an area try Lough Key in Roscommon. That is, although very differently the general idea, except this was being done privately. I wonder [for eg] just how much revenue the locality gained after just one concert in the estate.

Sligo County Council had noted their statement via Twitter at 9.40pm this evening. These are the quotes from their statement that I found interesting….

Sligo County Council’s over-riding concern in this case, was to safeguard the public interest…..

The Council wishes them every success with this venture and hopes that Lissadell will continue to play an important role in the heritage and tourism sectors…..

The Council believes that this issue could and should have been resolved locally, by negotiation. The Council did everything it reasonably could to achieve such a settlement, including an offer of mediation, but all its approaches were rejected out of hand.

….interesting based on the two posts I have previously written on this.

Let me just take a part of a quote from the first post and the family statement

On 1st December 2008 Sligo County Council, without any notice to us…..

I personally hope it opens again. Either or I  am with the family on this one….

Why would anyone continue?

UPDATE: 21st Dec It seems has been taken down.

ALSO: from The Sligo Today – yet more logic. That is, apart from the colourful comments by a ‘Diane O’Brian’.

And so, following the longest High Court action in the history of the state, the future of Sligo’s most historic tourist attraction and open-air concert venue hangs in a delicate balance, weighed between the few hundred people who will exercise the rights of way and the 40,000 annual visitors complimented by an extra 30,000 concert goers.

Mr Walsh told waiting reporters, “We took on what the State was not prepared to do. We had a vision. The vision is over. My involvement ceases.”


Sligo County Council and Lissadell Gets Interesting….



I had written a post under the title Sligo County Council Close Lissadell House
read it and come back if you wish……

And I have just received this email…. Sligo County Council ** Lissadell House is a client of Michaels by the way.

Mr. Donegan,
please try and get some of your facts right concerning the situation at Lissadell.

Your website dramatically announces ‘Sligo County Council close Lissadell House’.

Untrue. The Council agreed to amend the county development plan to include ‘provision’ for the “preservation of rights of way”.

This action did not change any law, but merely gave rise to due process where all interested parties could have a say.

At that point the current owners closed Lissadell House, and initiated high court proceedings _agains_t Sligo County Council.

I direct you to current reportage in yesterdays and todays Irish Times;

that is if you want facts, as opposed to the somewhat hysterical and rather creepy approach from your odd website.

I ask you to correct your website’s headline to: ‘Lissadell owners close their own holiday home despite Councils calls for mediation and compromise’.

from Michael Wann

* I have not replied to this email by the way.

UPDATE 21st january ’10

**Michael has been in touch again… and hence the ammendment to the the above notation. It is in fact noted on his website michaelwann[dot]com that in fact his art is in Sligo and Lissadell House rather than with Sligo County Council.

UPDATE 23nd January 2010

Michael I know you will be reading this….. please stop emailing me.