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Dragons' Den winners kept 3-month secret

SCHOOLBOY brothers who came out on top on Junior Dragons' Den have said keeping their victory a secret was harder than starting their own business.

Ronan McGarvey (16) and brother Conor (13) have now set their sights on getting their Donegal Pens delivered to world leaders at the G8 summit in Fermanagh next month.

The teenagers, from Loughanure, Co Donegal, won €4,000 in investment when the junior final was screened on RTE1 last night – the most of any of the 20 businesses pitching.



As the show was recorded three months ago, it was a tough ask for the teenagers to keep their success a secret.

"We were being asked in school every day about it," said Ronan who attends Rosses Community School in Dungloe with his brother.

"It wasn't just the pupils asking us – even some of the teachers were keen to know how we got on, but we had signed a confidentiality agreement. It was harder than starting the business," he laughed.

The boys began making Donegal Pens from a shed at the back of their home three years ago.

Made mostly from Irish bog oak, they've proved a winner. with pens sold in more than 50 countries worldwide via the internet.

Now they're hoping to get some into the hands of the most powerful people on the planet when the G8 summit arrives.

"We've made contact with the security people," said Ronan. "We're hoping that we can make sure all the world leaders get one of our pens before they leave."

On last night's show Dragon Ramona Nicholas, who lives in Bundoran where she heads a chain of Cara pharmacies, awarded them a €2,000 bursary and Peter Casey, a native of Derry, also placed a €2,000 order with them for their pens.