Some of the island’s finest farmers have manned up, taken off their tops, and posed for the eagerly awaited annual production of Irish Farmer Calendar 2017.
Following hot on the heels of eight previous productions and the recent sealing of a deal with a major US book publisher for ‘Irish Farmers’, the 2017 calendar features an array of truly eye-catching agriculturists from all across the nation.
Dundrum’s Ciara Ryan is the lady behind the innovative idea, which was devised once she became unemployed at the age of twenty-five when the economic recession took its toll.
With an objective to capture attention for new animals, and an attempt to make snails and highland cows ‘sexy’, both Ciara and photographer Ian Shipley set to work earlier this summer in bid to capture the charm of our admirable farming heroes. The calendar presents us with a year jam-packed with tanned country men, who pose effortlessly to convey their passion for goats, rabbits, highland cows, snails, sheep, pigs, and dogs to a global audience.
Models from Cork, Limerick, Kilkenny, Tipperary and Galway appear in the series. The calendar was shot on a snail farm in Carlow (Gealic Escargot), a pet farm in Kilkenny (Nore Valley Park, Bennettsbridge), and Newbridge House and farm in Donabate, Dublin.
Speaking with That’s Farming, Ciara Ryan said:
‘So far, the interest has exceeded our initial expectations, with tremendous feedback. Our first order for the 2017 calendar came from the Massachusetts, United States. The farmer’s quotes are among the highlights. We managed to successfully scoop first place in the Calendars Club stores last year, beating One Direction, the biggest boyband.'
The calendar series has expanded its scope in recent years, with orders received from the US, Australia, UK, Germany, Poland, France, Hong Kong and South Africa. 25% of profits from the calendar series and 10% of profits from the book are donated to Bóthar, an organisation which enables families and communities worldwide to overcome hunger and poverty, and to restore the environment in a sustainable way.
The charity organisation specialises in livestock production and support related training and community development.
Retailing at €10.99, the calendar can be purchased online, or at Calendar Club stores throughout Ireland. It’ll hit the Calendar Club stores for the first time ever in UK this year. The book ‘Irish Farmers’ caught the eye of major US publisher St. Martin’s/MacMillan, and features the best pictures from the calendar series from the last seven years, accompanied by hilarious quotes from the starring farmers.
The book launched onto the Irish market during the last week of May earlier this year and is available to purchase from Dubray, Easons and independent booksellers nationwide.
See here for further details, and have a sneaky peek below to see what kind of farmers are featured this year: