Tonight’s (Thursday, January 24th) episode of Ear to the Ground will feature a segment on Brexit, a coast guard farmer and a couple with an artistic side to their dairy farming.
David Crockett’s family have been farming just outside Derry since 1911. In those years, his family have lived through partition when their farm was first divided, and then through The Troubles when farming along this stretch of the border between the North and the Republic into Donegal was both dangerous and difficult.
Now they face into an uncertain post-Brexit future and whatever that may bring.
But borders are nothing new to the Crocketts as they are distant relatives of that most famous of Frontiersmen - David Crockett. The current incumbent on the 260-acre Crockett farm is David, who is farming with his son Gordon.
Ella McSweeney visited the Crocketts in Coshquin Rd and talked about the plans they are putting in place for the future.
Coast Guard Farmer
The Irish Coast Guard conducted over 1100 missions and saved over 400 lives in 2018, with teams rescuing people from boats, cliffs and shorelines. There are over 1,000 members of the Coast Guard, and they are all volunteers.
Darragh McCullough went to Ardmore in Co, Waterford to meet James O Donnell, who juggles his demanding day job as a vegetable farmer with volunteering for the local Coast Guard Unit.
Darragh met James on the day that volunteers from Ardmore and nearby Bonmahon were taking part with Rescue 117 in a major rescue exercise.
Dairy farmer - PJ Irish - met his artist wife Marley while they were both attending A&E with injuries received on the hurling field. “He was getting his nose straightened and I was sporting two black eyes and a gash on my forehead from a camogie match. He asked me to marry him a week later!”
Today, the couple run a thriving dairy farm in South Kilkenny, milking 92 cows and raising calves to beef.
But it’s not just a farm - there are a painter’s studio and gallery where Marley paints and exhibits her artwork. The couple are also members of the local Eigse drama group and regularly hold rehearsals in the gallery.” It has become kind of a community facility.” says Marley.
Helen Carroll spends a day with them both and sees the artistic side of their dairy farm.
Ear to the Ground – produced by indiepics for RTÉ - broadcasts on RTÉ One on Thursdays at 7pm and is repeated at 13.10pm on Sunday.
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