Dragons' Den (Irish TV series)

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Dragons' Den
Dragons Den RTE logo.jpg
GenreReality show
Presented byRichard Curran
StarringGavin Duffy
Barry O'Sullivan
Alison Cowzer
Eleanor McEvoy
Chanelle McCoy
Country of originIreland
Original language(s)English
No. of series8
Original networkRTÉ One
Original release19 February 2009 –
External links

Dragons' Den is an Irish television series, presented by Richard Curran, based on the worldwide series Dragons' Den. It first aired in February 2009 and is currently in its eighth series.[1]


The first episode was broadcast on 19 February 2009.

The third season aired on RTÉ One with Norah Casey as the new Dragon. Toward the end of the season, episodes showed the Dragons on tour visiting their past investments.[citation needed]

For the fourth season,[2] Seán O'Sullivan, co-founder of Kinsale-based Avego Ltd, replaced Seán Gallagher.[3] A live, interactive Sixth Dragon Game was developed to be played whilst watching the show, in which viewers are able to decide if they're "in" or "out" as the pitches unfold. The Sixth Dragon Game is the first live interactive game for an Irish TV show.[citation needed]

The eighth series of Dragons Den included three female Dragons for the first time.[4] Chanelle McCoy, wife of Tony McCoy, was new to the Den this year, replacing Seán O'Sullivan.[citation needed]


The current dragons are Gavin Duffy, Barry O'Sullivan, Alison Cowzer, Eleanor McEvoy and Chanelle McCoy.[5]

The previous dragons with their seat orders were:

Seat order Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5 Season 6 Season 7 Season 8
1 Niall O'Farrell Peter Casey Eamonn Quinn Chanelle McCoy
2 Bobby Kerr Ramona Nicholas Eleanor McEvoy
3 Sarah Newman Norah Casey Barry O'Sullivan Gavin Duffy
4 Gavin Duffy Alison Cowzer
5 Seán Gallagher Seán O'Sullivan Eamonn Quinn Barry O'Sullivan

Former Dragon Seán Gallagher was a candidate in the 2011 presidential election, coming in second to Michael D. Higgins. Three current or former Dragons, Peter Casey, Seán Gallagher and Gavin Duffy, were candidates in the 2018 presidential election,[6] coming in second, third and sixth (last), respectively.


  1. ^ "RTÉ Television - Dragons' Den". Rte.ie. Retrieved 2017-03-28.
  2. ^ "Dragons' Den looking for entrepreneurs". RTÉ. 24 November 2011. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  3. ^ Kelpie, Colm (26 November 2011). "Latest Dragon breathes new life into show". Irish Independent. Retrieved 26 November 2011.
  4. ^ "'We're in' - Dragons' Den pitches show how far economy has come in last eight years". Independent.ie. 2017-03-23. Retrieved 2017-03-28.
  5. ^ "RTÉ Television - Dragons' Den". Rte.ie. Retrieved 2017-03-28.
  6. ^ Carswell, Simon (30 August 2018). "Three 'Dragons' in presidential race 'very strange', says programme producer". The Irish Times. Retrieved 1 September 2018.