Just one of the many impressive sections of Tom’s garden. (Pauline O’Dwyer)

By Lisa O’Donnell

Garden enthusiasts in Glanworth got a real treat recently when a local man opened his beautiful garden to the public for the first time.

Tom O’Sullivan is the proud owner of the garden which is situated on an acre of land at his home in Ballinroe, just outside Glanworth village.

A keen gardener, Tom has spent years working on the garden, so he was delighted that there was such a great response to the opening.

Consisting mainly of shrubs, flowers and trees, the garden’s highlights are its walkways and stunning water features. While there was no entry charge for the garden, a bucket collection realised €340.

All proceeds will be given to the local clergy to restore St Dominic’s Well in Glanworth. The well has not functioned for 100 years, and legend has it that trout from the well hold curative powers.

Speaking to The Avondhu, Tom said that the opening was a major success, and he thanked everyone who attended to support the cause.

Tom added that many people expressed their disappointment to him at not being able to attend the opening, and he plans to hold another in late September.