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Friday 20 September 2019

Shane features in show filmed locally

DUNDALK BASED COMPANY PRODUCED IT

Celebrity writer Victoria Mary Clarke and Shane McGowan in a scene from 'Victoria and Shane Grow Their Own', which was screened on RTÉ last week, and filmed in Anaverna House by Dundalk based Big Mountain Productions
Celebrity writer Victoria Mary Clarke and Shane McGowan in a scene from 'Victoria and Shane Grow Their Own', which was screened on RTÉ last week, and filmed in Anaverna House by Dundalk based Big Mountain Productions

Margaret RODDY

CELEBRITY writer Victoria Mary Clarke was seen strolling through the beautiful walled garden at Anaverna House in ' Victoria and Shane Grow Their Own', which was television on RTE One last week.

And there was another local angle to the programme in that it was produced by Dundalk based Big Mountain Productions.

As the country fell in love with gardening last summer, Victoria Mary Clarke decided that she would attempt to grow vegetables in their own back garden.

While her long-term partner Shane McGowan of The Pogues fame was supportive of her efforts, he stopped short of doing any digging.

He was, however, fond of giving her gardening tips from his childhood farming experiences on the family farm in Tipperary.

The programme showed Victoria visiting Vere Lennox Conygham and getting some helpful tips about growing her own produce as he took her on a tour of the walled garden and glasshouses at Anaverna House in Ravensdale, and addressed the thorny problem of slugs.

During her visit, Victoria pursuaded a quartet of musicians playing in the converted table block to a tomato plant which Vere had given her.

As the programme closed, Victoria invited all those who had helped her develop her gardening skills to a party where she served up some of her homegrown vegetables as well as a suckling pig.

The programme was made for RTE by company Big Mountain Productions, which has offices in Dundalk and Newry.

It was directed and filmed by Conor O'Mahony, with editor Bob Caldwell, and Jane Kelly and Philip McGovern as executive producers for Big Mountain and Sarah Ryder as executive producer for RTE.

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