A touch of Clondeglass: Mountrath’s horticultural treasure

Paul Brady is greatly looking forward to restoring the late Dermot O’Neill’s once-flourishing 200-year-old walled garden in Co Laois

Paul Brady, the new owner of Clondeglass: ‘I think all gardeners have a conscious or subconscious desire to have a walled garden – it’s the ultimate. But I never, ever thought I would have my own’

Having a key to your own secret walled garden is something most gardeners can only dream of, but for Paul Brady it has become an exciting reality.

While it required a huge investment to restore – this wasn’t just any walled garden – Clondeglass, near Mountrath in Co Laois, is a garden full of horticultural treasures that had belonged for a time to one of Ireland's best-known gardeners, the late Dermot O’Neill.

For Paul Brady ...