A Wild Irish year is a new nature documentary set to hit RTÉ screens this coming week, with one farm in Co. Laois set to be featured, as reported in Laoistoday.ie.
The four-part series will focus on changes witnessed in nature throughout the year and country. The show is set for the broadcast of its first episode this coming Sunday, May 20th, at 6:30pm on RTÉ 1. Part of the episode featuring Ballykilcavan farm near Stradbally in Co. Laois will be featured this week. The farm is featured to highlight their focus on environmentally sustainable farming and how they face the economic realities of keeping the farm viable.
David Walsh-Kemmis is the 13th generation of his family to farm the land in Ballykilcavan and said the film crew focused on how the family were attempting to ensure the farm survives for further generations.
“The filmmakers were here for three days last summer, and were really interested in the interaction between the farm and the environment, and the measures we’re taking here to ensure that the farm survives and can be passed onto the next generation.”, he said.
“For us, that has meant diversifying our farming regime, and opening our new craft brewery, which will allow us to keep farming and to keep the farm in the family.”, David added.
The release of the episode comes during a busy time for the family, with the pressure on to get spring crops growing efficiently after the winter and with construction starting on the new brewery they are building on site.
“We’re working hard on two fronts at the minute…We got all our malting barley into the ground eventually, but we need to keep a close eye on it for the next few weeks to help it to
establish as well as possible.”, he noted.
“At the same time, we’re starting work on the brewery – the kit is ordered and will be on-site by early August, and we need to have the building ready to take it by then…It’s all very exciting, and we’re looking forward to being able to brew our beers on-site in the near future”., he adds.