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Corkagh Park Demesne, Dublin

It was Sunday last when I visited Corkagh Park Demesne with The [Non] Gardeners Group that I run and if I’m honest, I was very aware that I had passed this park, sited just off the Naas Road Clondalkin, many times and had never popped in. For that alone, my love of the great outdoors and maybe to an extent for the historical gardens I have designed, I most probably deserve a wee kick in the bottom.

Opened to the public in 1986, the 120 hectare Demesne dates back to 1650 with Corkagh House being constructed there between 1702 and 1714. And though the original grounds, would have contained water gardens, rose gardens, walled and kitchen gardens, to name but a few – through its evolution, there of course have been changes.

Of note in the estates cycle is it’s connection to The Titanic and how it did change the course of the estates future. That however and it’s the life story is one far better told by the staff of South Dublin County Council, namely Máire Ní Dhomhnaill, Joe Hickey and David Cotter who were ever so lovely in their welcoming of the garden group.

With that in mind, Dublin’s garden radio show and podcast, The Sodshow will air a Corkagh Park Special this Friday [part1] 12th October and next Friday [part 2] Corkagh Park Demesne 19th October.

In the meantime, be you a garden designer, a lover of the great outdoors or just looking for a nice spot to bring your picnic for a days outing, a visit there is highly recommended. From the fishing lakes, pet farms and playgrounds – to the history, the rose gardens and nature walks ~ there is literally something there for everyone.

Further info and listen details:

Further information from South Dublin County Council:

Social Media Means Business 2011

On Wednesday 8th June the Social Media Means Business conference will take place in Tallaght Stadium. Hosted by South Dublin County Council in partnership with South Dublin Chamber of Commerce, it will be chaired by Ms. Krishna De and runs from 8am until 1pm

I’ll be talking at it about promoting your business using Podcasts. More details and information on the event and the speakers list can be found over on the website: smmb.ie

Here’s what I’ll be talking about and what they say about me:

Peter Donegan will be speaking at the Social Media Means Business event on June 8th, 2011 in Tallaght Stadium. There he will be presenting a case study on “Promoting your business using Podcasts”

Peter is a landscape gardener – a business man who is constantly in touch with and using social media.  By all accounts he likes to chat and you will find Peter tweeting and creating audio-boos of anything and everything throughout his normal working day (and often later into the evening).  When following Peter, you will realise that he is honest, straight talking, passionate about gardening, and genuine in all that he does. Through the online medium, Peter has built a sizable following. He is a landscape gardener who tweets, blogs, boos, podcasts (appropriately named the sodshow), and otherwise interacts across diverse social medium.

Incidentally the ‘sodshow’ mixes traditional broadcast media with social media.  It airs on 103.2 Dublin City FM – every Friday @ 3pm and is also available in iTunes.

His gardening background began spending four years studying horticulture, before moving on to brighter pastures: teaching horticulture in South Dublin, landscaping in London and becoming head of grounds for Dublin City University. After leaving his post as Contracts Manager in Dublin, Peter moved to Scotland to work on garden design and consultancy, before returning home in 2001 to set up Donegan Landscaping. In 2001, Peter decided to start his own company, Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd and has been at the forefront of Irish landscaping ever since. With nine awards already under his belt, including the Overall Winner’s prize for Design at the 2007 ALCI Landscape Awards, the future looks bright for Peter and Irish gardening.

Connect with our speaker –

Peter Donegan Landscaping – twitterwebaudiobooblog

Who should attend

Social Media Means Business is an open event.  It is being organised with emphasis and specific content for supporting the business community. As such the programme being presented at Social Media Means Business will typically suit SME Owners, Senior Managers and Executives, Business Development Executives, Marketing Executives and Sales Managers, PR & Communication Managers, Media Professionals, Customer Service Managers and other Executives.

Conference Cost

The cost of attending this sensational event is a mere €20.  Booking is essential as numbers are limited. Please use the register now options from this web site.