Retired Horticulturist now living in Tullamore commenced his career in Horticulture in 1965 in Warrenstown College in Co. Meath. Mark graduated from Pershore College of Horticulture in 1970 with a Diploma in Amenity Horticulture. He was asked by Warrenstown College to join the staff of the college as a Horticultural Technician and establish an Amenity Horticultural Dept and a Nursery. Mark established his own Nursery Garden Centre in 1971 in North County Dublin at Blakes Cross Lusk and was a leading Garden Centre in Dublin.
Mark co-presented the RTE Gardening Programme ‘ The GARDEN ‘ with Maiie NiDhomnaill in 1982 but due to cutbacks the programme was not continued for 3yrs. Mark was also Director of the Dublin Millenium Garden Festival held in the Campus of UCD and ran from 1 – 10 July 1988. Due to tragic family circumstances in 1988 he sold the garden centre as a going concern in 1989, He then became involved in Horticultural training for people with special needs, socially disadvantaged and long term unemployed establishing a Horticultural and Catering College for the Daughters of Charity in 1991 to train young adults with Learning Difficulties.
In 2000 Mark Joined ROUND Ltd as Team Leader involved in the creation of Darndale Park a 32 acre neighbourhood park project under the EU URBAN REGENERATION PROGRAMME for North Dublin training 15 long term unemployed to work in the creation of the park in partnership with Dublin Corporation Parks Dept and the Dept of the Environment. In 2002 Mark became the Project Leader for the EU ASIA URBS project involving Dublin City Council as Lead partner, Leicester City Council and Mumbai City Council, INDIA in a 2yr project “ Environmental Services and Waste Management in a Social Economy Framework”. The project ended in November 2004 and Marks contract ended in February 2005.
In 2005 Mark left for India to continue working with the Vermiculture project in Mumbai and became involved with the Indian Nurserymen’s Association providing consultancy in Nursery Practice and Landscaping and was also involved in training staff working in Nurseries and in Landscaping Projects. Mark Returned to Ireland in April 2014 unexpectedly having been diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer. He had Surgery in September 2014 and has recovered well and settled in Tullamore in August 2016. Mark immediately became involved with Tullamore Gardening Club and the Tullamore Agricultural Show Horticultural Committee. He is also involved with the Dochas Cancer Day centre in Tullamore .
Mark is now well settled in Tullamore and delighted to be actively involved in supporting the Tullamore Agricultural Show Horticultural Committee.