Donal's Kitchen Hero

October 2021

Season 4 Episode 7

4.0 1 x
In the early 1960s, more people in Ireland were employed in domestic service (cooks, gardeners, maids) than there were teachers. Donal meets Patricia Quinn Murphy who started her working life as an assistant cook aged 16, in a large house in Wexford and learns about a recent but largely forgotten part of our social history...

Season 4 Episode 6

3.0 1 x
Donal visits Mary O’Rourke who taught English before she became a politician. She used Theodora's columns in the Irish Times as a teaching aid, believing that the stories and use of language would improve her own students' English. She talks about this to Donal, reads a couple of extracts from the paper, and discusses the ...

Season 4 Episode 5

3.0 4 x
Donal meets Marie O'Toole, a senior member of the ICA, for lunch. Marie tells Donal about the role the ICA has had in improving the lives of women in Ireland, teaching them how to grow plants and raise livestock. They discuss how the organisation campaigned for electrification and mains water in rural Ireland, and the impa...

Season 4 Episode 4

4.0 3 x
There has been a Benedictine Abbey at Kylemore since 1919, and one of the Benedictine traditions is extending hospitality to anyone who visits. Donal visits the Abbey and meets Sister Karol, one of the last teachers from the girls' boarding school which the nuns ran at the Abbey. She cooks Donal a lemon sponge cake, and on...

Season 4 Episode 3

3.0 0 x
Ireland's tourism industry started in Killarney more than 250 years ago, and Donal travels to the Kerry town to meet Seamus Healy, a chef who worked in hotels there for 45 years. In the grand dining room of the Malton Hotel, formerly the Great Southern Hotel, Seamus tells Donal about the types of food served in hotels nea...

Season 4 Episode 2

3.0 6 x
Donal meets Brenda Costigan, who had a cookery slot on RTE's magazine programme ‘Live At Three’ for 12 years. She also had a column in the Sunday Independent for 40 years. Donal asks Brenda how food has changed in Ireland over the last 40 years, and they chat about Ireland's first TV chefs, Monica Sheridan and Darina Alle...

Season 4 Episode 1

4.0 2 x
Donal visits Michael Gill, one of Ireland's leading publishers, to talk about Theodora Fitzgibbon, author of 30 books and a food writer at the Irish Times for 20 years. On Muckross Traditional Farms Donal learns how to milk a cow by hand, taught by 70-year-old farmer Neily Cahill who began milking his family's cows when h...

Season 3, Episode 13 - Christmas Special

3.0 3 x
Donal visits Rovaniemi in Finland, the official home of Santa Claus to make some homemade edible gifts - fudge, Florentines, gingerbread - and gives them to Santa Claus to deliver, though finding Santa Claus is easier said than done.

Season 3, Episode 12 - Waterford And Suir Valley Railway

3.0 1 x
Donal cooks Toulouse sausage and puy lentil stew, and salt baked salmon for the passengers waiting for the next train on the Waterford to Dungarvan line.
September 2021

Season 3, Episode 11 - Dublin Zoo

3.0 9 x
Donal visits the Dublin Zoo - one of Ireland's most popular attractions, which opened in 1831. Feeding time at the zoo is always a popular event, and Donal sets out to feed some of the visitors with caramelised banana pancakes, Mexican fish tacos, and a polenta cake.