Following on from the ultimate success of Irish Farmer Calendar, initially established in 2010, now in its eight year, applications have opened for the 2017 production.
The calendar series has received orders from the US, Australia, UK, Germany, Brazil, Japan, Canada and South Africa, with an international audience hungry to see the charming owners of Irish farms.
Ciara Ryan is the lady behind the Irish Farmer Calendar, based in Dundrum, Dublin and devised this idea once becoming employed at the age of twenty five when the economic recession took its toll.
Catherina spoke with Ciara, calendar director to receive an insight into the calendar production.
‘Farmers only need to be up for the craic, have a bit of character, own a pair of wellies and a flat cap.
We had all sorts of farmers feature in the past- full and part time, those who grew up on a farm, but only farm at the weekend now, pet farmers, sheep farmers, cattle farmers, you name it’. Ciara explained.
10% of the proceeds will go to Irish farming charity Bóthar, an organisation which enables families and communities worldwide to overcome hunger and poverty and to restore the environment in a sustainable way. In order to do this, they specialise in improved livestock production and support related training and community development. Bóthar also educates the public in Ireland about global poverty.
There are two chosen locations for the photoshoot, one of which will take place in Dublin and the other in Kilkenny during the month of July, where modelling farmers are required.
Farmers can apply by emailing their picture to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications is June 25th. Apply here.
Successful applicants will be notified by the end of June.
The calendar will be available to purchase for €10.99 onlineand will be stocked in Calendar Club stores throughout Ireland and the UK from September.
Last year, the hilarious calendar series caught the eye of a US literary agent, who achieved a book deal with major US publisher St. Martin’s/MacMillan (publisher of Jackie Collins and Dan Brown novels). The full colour coffee table book features the best pictures from the calendar series from the last 7 years, interspersed with hilarious quotes from the farmers, the stars of the show, who up until now have been silent.
Irish Farmers- 100% beef, the book launched onto the Irish market during the last week of May 2016 and is available to purchase from Dubray, Easons and independent booksellers nationwide.
It can also be purchased from Amazon here