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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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11 Irish farming families to feature in new Saol na Feirme TV show

Saol na Feirme is a new six-part RTÉ series which aims to take viewers into the lives of eleven Irish farming families engaged in arable, hill and lowland sheep, dairy, beef and vegetable enterprises across four seasons.

The series gives viewers a “timely insight into one of our oldest industries, showing the journey of our food from field to fork and celebrates the custodians of our countryside”, according to a spokesperson for the production.

“Our farmers are always racing against the weather, managing unpredictable animals and temperamental machinery – there’s plenty to keep them busy.”

“Viewers get to know the men and women who are growing and producing the food we all eat and providing income and employment in our rural communities.”

“The series charts their lives from spring through to winter, how they cope with everything that nature has to throw at them and how more than ever they are affected by environmental responsibilities.”

“Our local farming industry is also a global concern, impacted by price fluctuations across the world, natural disasters thousands of miles away and even war in Ukraine.”

Saol na Feirme

Saol na Feirme cameras have been out in all weathers capturing the stories of the people who live and work the land, giving an insight into modern Irish rural life in counties Antrim, Armagh, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Meath, Waterford and Kerry.

Some farmers are high-tech and cutting edge while others are keen to preserve traditional methods.

This series is filmed in some of Ireland’s “most stunning locations”, and there is the contrast of the “beauty of the land” with the practicalities of making a living in these places.

Episode two, which screens tonight (Monday, March 13th, 2023) at 8 pm, takes us to Mayo, where Niamh Seoighe is raising sheep and Connemara ponies.

We meet Briain Ó Doibhlin on the scenic shores of Lough Neagh, while Blatnaid Gallagher is in Galway, spreading her passion for the Galway sheep and its wool.


Seánie Ó Baoill
Niamh Seoighe
Brain Ó Doibhlin
Conal Ó Laoire
Jamie Costin
Máiréad Costin
Ronán Ó Síochrú
Blatnaid Gallagher
Liam Ó Cathasaigh
Cathal Mac Cába
Piaras Ó Lorcáin
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