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Series 7

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Episode 1 BALLYHANNON HOUSE RIDING SCHOOL, QUIN, CO CLARE Brand new series presented by hotel experts John and Francis Brennan who own and run the 5 star Park Hotel Kenmare. In tonight’s programme the Brennans are in unfamiliar equine territory. Johnny Hassett is owner, manager and trainer at the Ballyhannon House Riding School in Quin, Co Clare. Johnny’s keen to diversify and find new ways to boost his business. The Brennans have to find ideas for Johnny that make the most of his facilities, which include stables, a disused hayloft and an intriguing gazebo in the garden. Francis takes an adventurous trek on horseback to the local pub, whilst John and Johnny visit the Goresbridge Horse Sales to sell Valerie, a thoroughbred filly to raise cash for much needed renovations.

Episode 2 McGARRIGLE’S RESTAURANT, BUNDORAN, CO DONEGAL In this week’s programme John and Francis Brennan come to the help of a restaurant in Bundoran, Co Donegal. McGarrigle’s Restaurant badly needs a facelift and to boost its declining business. McGarrigle’s is a family venture, run by the charismatic Sean McGarrigle, chef and owner, and his young daughter, Yvonne, who wants to drag her dad into the 21st century. But Sean is set in his ways and the Brennans and Yvonne have an uphill task persuading Sean to trust them about what’s best for the business.

Episode 3 MILLTOWN HOUSE, DINGLE, CO KERRY This week the Brennans are challenged by an Irishman and an American who have gone into business together. Stephen McPhilemy is an Irish tour guide and co-owner Patrick Wade is a pharmaceuticals entrepreneur. Stephen and Patrick recently bought Milltown House in Dingle, Co Kerry. The 10-bedroom guesthouse has Hollywood connections, being once lived in by Robert Mitchum. Now Stephen and Patrick dream about making this one of the finest guesthouses in Dingle. However, there’s an awful lot of work to be done and they have no experience. Can the Brennans make this Irish-American dream come true?

Episode 4 SHERKIN NORTH SHORE, SHERKIN ISLAND, CO CORK Can the Brennan brothers help a new island business? Kathy and Mike O’Connor own a hostel on Sherkin Island that’s been neglected for years and now needs a huge amount of work to be brought up to modern standards. The Brennans have their work cut out - an island location is challenging and this is a brand new adventure for Kathy and Mike.

Episode 5 ANNESBROOK Duleek, Co. Meath This week John and Francis Brennan are challenged to restore the fortunes of Annesbrook, an historic house that needs to finds new ways to pay its way. Owner Kate Sweetman, her daughter Sadhbh and her niece, Caroline, plan to work together to develop Annesbrook as a wedding venue. They want the house to bring in revenue and become sustainable for future generations of the family. However, they have no background in the bridal business, they have a very limited budget and no profile in the highly competitive wedding market. Can the Brennan brothers help them succeed?

Episode 6 THE BEACH HOTEL, MULLAGHMORE Co SLIGO Francis and John Brennan come to the help of Patrick Markey & Louise Mc Ardle who have just bought a 28-bedroom seaside hotel. Patrick and Louise dream of making the hotel a success. But despite a great location the hotel bedrooms need an awful lot of work and Patrick and Louise have a very limited budget. The Brennans know it’s vital to attract new and returning business to fund their renovations and they bring a range of suggestions for creating packages with local businesses, including fishing trips and stand up paddleboarding lessons.

Episode 7 RIVERSDALE GUESTHOUSE & BARGES Ballinamore, Co Leitrim It’s a first for the Brennans as they’re asked to help a barge holiday business. Graham and Patricia Thomas are the owners of a 9-bedroom guesthouse that’s used for B&B, 3 separate self-catering family units and 7 barges which are used for holiday rentals. It’s a big business and it’s badly in need of modernisation but Graham and Patricia don’t know what they should be concentrating on. Can the Brennan brothers help them focus and steer this diverse business into the 21st century?

Episode 8 ICA – AN GRIANÁN Termonfeckin, Co Louth This week Francis and John Brennan come to the help of a national institution. Liz Wall, President of the ICA (Irish Countrywomen’s Association), has asked the Brennan brothers to help invigorate business at An Grianán, the ICA college. An Grianán is comprised of a 17th century house and grounds with 53 bedrooms, a 120 seat dining room, function room, bar, 6 self catering cottages and a small shop. To keep An Grianán alive they need to attract new members, update their facilities and attract people to their courses to support their ambitions. It’s a huge place and a huge task – can the Brennans make a difference?

"Brothers In Bother. Just when we thought there was a sameness to many of the programmes in this long-running series, the Brennan Brothers get a chance in this edition to prove they can do something a bit different. Frolics, and some fun, is guaranteed when the finicky Kenmare duo are asked to revive the fortunes of Dublin’s United Arts Club; but how will the famously flighty Francis deal with the demands of the posh establishment’s committee? He has never helped a private members’ club before and, to compound matters, he discovers that his bed in this one is already occupied, so he can’t stay overnight. The bother. " Sunday Times 3 Feb 2013
"The Brennan Brothers arrive up to Dublin, as they've been called to the United Arts Club, where changes seem to be required to ensure it's survival. The club is 100 years old and the Brennans quickly feel every year of it, with Francis refusing even to stay the night in one of it's rooms. Further for the first time, he has a committee, rather than just one person, to bend to his will." 'TV OF THE WEEK' Sunday Independent, 3 February 2013
"Pick of the day." 'CRITICS' CHOICE' Sunday Times 13 January 2013
"Francis is what we in Ireland call 'a character.' He has snow white hair like a happy sheepdog, a pocket square that changes colour over the course of an episode and a voice that shifts pitch like a haunted theremin. He keeps his spectacles on a string around his neck and peers through them on occasion to examine the sins of mankind or a nice piece of cake. " Patrick Freyne, Irish Times - 'Judgmental TV at its very best'