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I was worried but the new Dragons are on fire – Gavin

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 Gavin Duffy  Favourite Things  ...... Rudyard Kipling Collection  Pix Ronan Lang/Feature File

Gavin Duffy Favourite Things ...... Rudyard Kipling Collection Pix Ronan Lang/Feature File

Gavin Duffy Favourite Things ...... Rudyard Kipling Collection Pix Ronan Lang/Feature File

He's the oldest Dragon in the den, a business veteran and not afraid to take a risk, but Gavin Duffy admits he had his concerns with the new Dragon's Den line-up.

"I was nervous," he told the Herald. "I was definitely concerned. When you have three new dragons coming into the den, you don't know what they're going to be like, or what the dynamic is going to be like."

The RTE show took a hit last year when Norah Casey (52) became the fifth dragon to quit the hit series, following Bobby Kerr, Niall O'Farrell, Sean Gallagher and Sarah Newman.

And Gavin says he missed Norah's quick wit and shrewd business eye this season.

"I was very sad when Norah left," he said.

"Norah and I are very close and I was surprised when she left. We got short enough notice that she wasn't coming back. What I miss about her is her sharpness. And she's a very good adversary. And she has this incredible talent of being able to critique someone quite strongly but with a smile on her face."

But Gavin understands Norah's decision to leave. "I was the one who had gently twisted her arm to do the show after Richard's death. I think the way she copes with her grief is making herself busy. But she couldn't do everything and she has a lot of projects coming up."

Gavin says he has no intention of leaving the Den any time soon.

"I love doing the programme so they'll have to shoot me before I leave."

While he misses the old dragons, Gavin admits there is something exciting about having a new line-up.

"It's great having fresh blood. The new dragons like to spend and were prepared to invest, a lot."

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