Spirit of Folk @ Dunderry Park

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The Spirit of Folk Festival takes place in the magnificient grounds of Dunderry Park in Co.Meath. I visited there with Brian Greene to record some audio for The SodShow and was so blown away by the grounds we decided to give them the entire SodShow for Friday 26th August.

The SodShow – A Spirit of Folk Special (mp3)

Within the audio there is talk of the festival but, for those who have never seen a cairn [for eg.] or maybe have never seen the grounds, I felt some pics and one or two video’s might make it that little bit easier to imagine the audio as you listen. Anything more and I’ll have told you too much. Tune in tomorrow and enjoy.

They say:

Dunderry Park is situated in the heart of historic County Meath, close to the ancient sacred sites of Tara, Newgrange and Loughcrew. The 200 year old completely restored Georgian residence, is surrounded by 25 acres of wooded parkland and a lake. It is located just a ten minute walk from the village of Dunderry halfway between Navan and Trim.

Dunderry Park is run by The Oaktree Charitable Trust a non-profit organization which was set up to help people cope with the stress of life. We fund courses for individuals and groups which have suffered from the effects of trauma and also maintain the house and grounds of Dunderry Park.

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With very special thanks to Martin Duffy, Caroline duke and Natasha Duffy for being really nice people. It was an absolute honour.

Wanted: Gardener Volunteers – Peter McVerry Trust

The Peter McVerry Trust have a garden section type facility based about 15 minutes from Dublin Airport, in Garristown North Dublin. There’s one gardening employee of the trust that looks after their six acre holding.

They are looking for volunteers who are gardeners, or people who simply like to garden to help out. One could do two hours per week or I’m sure two hours a month. More if you so choose.

If nothing else it sounds to me just a bit more logic than an allotment for those with busier schedules who really don’t have the time or even better for some who maybe were thinking of giving gardening or growing your own a go, it really wouldn’t be a bad place to start to learn the ropes.

I also know that the facility has been used for team building days, most recently by some of the IBM staff in helping to celebrate being 100 years old. [see IBM/ PmcV video] and also for the Google volunteer day.

Joanne Lindsay Martin [Fundraising Officer] and Liam Doyle [Gardener] of The Peter McVerry Trust will be guests on The SodShow this Friday – they explain a lot better than I can the work of the trust and that at the gardening facility and volunteering there as a gardener. I will add the audio in here after.

The trust can be contacted on

Irish Times – Saturday 23rd July – The SodShow

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Noted in The Irish Times garden section on the 23rd July was The SodShow. It wasn’t a full page photograph of yours truly, but then again it was about Dublin’s only Garden Radio show as versus Peter Donegan and more importantly it’s not how much but what was written. It also made me smile.

Here’s what was said….

Don’t know much about gardening?

. . . well, Dublin City FM DJ Brian Greene doesn’t either, but his co-presenter on The Sodshow, Peter Donegan, sets him straight every Friday at 3pm (also on iTunes). It’s irreverent, local, garden-y and – as the catchline says – “it grows on you”. (103.2FM and

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Bloom In The Park 2011

The Bloom 2011 SodShow Special with Show Director Gary Graham – airs live Friday 3rd June 2011 @ 3pm – details of how to listen live and later below

Bloom 2011 runs from Thursday the 2nd of June to Monday the 6th of June 2011 in the Phoenix Park in Dublin, Ireland.

  • Thursday 2nd June  10:00 – 18:00
  • Friday 3rd June 10:00 – 18:00
  • Saturday 4th June 10:00 – 18:00
  • Sunday 5th June 10:00 – 18:00
  • Monday 6th June 10:00 – 18:00

Dublin’s Garden Radio Show – The SodShow – will air a Bloom in the Park Special with Show Director Gary Graham this Friday @ 3pm

Here’s a little taster of me getting it mildly wrong and also Gary telling myself and Brian about the shows ticket prices.


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The audio was originally recorded for The SodShow, the gardening radio programme I present with Brian Greene on 103.2 Dublin City Fm. It was first aired Friday 11th March.

The first voice you will hear is that of Irish Times garden writer Jane Powers.

The second voice is that of Peter Martin from Living Shamrock. His company is responsible for the hydro gel that allows Irish shamrock grown in Ireland to be transported and exported, soil free world wide. More than that, is responsible for the Shamrock that is presented to The US President by the Irish Head of State annually on the 17th March.