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'People ask why I don't charge for my expertise -- where's the fun in that?'

"I'm not stupid with the euro in my pocket, but some of the things I most enjoy I do for free.

"Recently I took a group of people around the war memorial gardens in Islandbridge.

"My wife made country apple pie and we had coffee in flasks, and we have another trip coming up to Ireland's Eye.

"But what people kept bouncing back to me afterwards was: Why didn't you charge for it?

"I don't get that. I competed at the Irish Conker Championships last year just for fun.

"It's like I won't put a shop on my blog (doneganlandscaping.com), because that's not why I do it.

"I'd say 50pc of the phone calls I get are for free gardening advice, and I've been on the garden side of things on the Niall Mellon trips.

"I'm going to sound like a martyr, but for me, it's just not the point of life to always have to tie in everything you do to paying the bills."

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