• Marian Finucane

    In advance of his documentary ‘What’s Ireland Eating?’ this evening on RTÉ One Television, journalist Philip Boucher Hayes talks to Marian Finucane about our food and how it gets to our tables – and the impact on our health.

    Ear to the Ground - Heart|Land Special

    The ‘Ear to the Ground’ Heart|Land Special will feature the three presenters and their personal relationship with rural Ireland and life in the country. Darragh will bring us behind the scenes on his home farm in County Meath. Helen will show the joys and trials of a blow-in in rural Kilkenny. And Ella will take us to remote West Mayo where a city girl discovered the country’s secrets.

    What’s Ireland Eating?

    Journalist and consumer champion Philip Boucher Hayes casts a cold eye on Irish eating and shopping habits. To get to the heart of what Ireland’s eating in 2011, he will examine some of Ireland’s most popular foodstuffs, as revealed in a nationwide survey, to reveal some shocking facts about the food we eat: where it’s coming from, what it’s doing to us and, critically, what it’s doing to our economy.

  • Today with Pat Kenny

    Broadcaster Ella McSweeney, who presents Ear to the Ground on RTE 1, will be joining Pat Kenny each day throughout the week. She'll be talking to people throughout Ireland about their connectedness to the land, farming, and Irish food.

    In Tempo

    Each day at about 10.45, In Tempo will play a piece of music chosen for the Heart|Land season. Music which evokes our relationship with the land will include Arthur Duff’s ‘Meath Pastoral’, Ciaran Farrell’s ‘Shannon Suite’, ‘In the Antrim Hills’ by Hamilton Harty, ‘Down by the Sally Gardens’ played by James Galway, Larchet’s ‘Dirge of Ossian’ and AJ Potter’s arrangement of ‘The Irish Washerwoman’.

    Drivetime

    Throughout the Heart|Land season, Drivetime looks at the future of rural schools in the light of the proposed school management changes by Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn. What will be the implications for schools and their communities of a move from religious patronage to, as the Minister described it when launching the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector, a model which would “reflect the diversity within our population”?

    Nationwide

    Nationwide celebrates Heart|Land right across the week. Meet the young Kilkenny woman who is exporting her honey to global markets. The Cavan farmer who works full time with the farm Relief Services as well as running her own farm. The Roscommon farmer who will eat nothing but Irish- produced food for the entire week and the Bantry woman who has turned part of her land into a driving academy!

    The Home Place (Part 1)

    This two-part documentary series by acclaimed director Sean Ó Mórdha explores the history of the Irish family farm - and the silent revolution underway in rural Ireland as small and medium-sized farms are eroded and the rural community merges with urban Ireland. (Part 2 on Tues 10 May)

    The Frontline

    The Frontline will examine the position of rural Ireland in 2011, asking whether its economic needs are being met and whether it is realistic for Government to attempt to reverse the drift of population away from rural areas towards urban centres. Also whether issues like anti-hunting and anti-drunk/driving legislation betray a lack of understanding and sympathy towards rural life or whether the "death of rural Ireland" is in fact exaggerated.

    The Book on One – ‘Holy Land’

    At the heart of ‘Holy Land’ (Faber, 2007), Maurice Riordan's third collection of poems, read here by the author, is a sequence of dramatic idylls set in rural Cork in the 1950s. The subdued microcosm of farm and smallholding is brought quietly to life through the voices of the poet's father, neighbours and assorted farmhands (Moss, Dan-Jo, Davey Divine, the Bo'son, Uncle Tom the Buck, the Gully).

  • Today with Pat Kenny

    Broadcaster Ella McSweeney, who presents Ear to the Ground on RTE 1, will be joining Pat Kenny each day throughout the week. She'll be talking to people throughout Ireland about their connectedness to the land, farming, and Irish food.

    In Tempo

    Each day at about 10.45, In Tempo will play a piece of music chosen for the Heart|Land season. Music which evokes our relationship with the land will include Arthur Duff’s ‘Meath Pastoral’, Ciaran Farrell’s ‘Shannon Suite’, ‘In the Antrim Hills’ by Hamilton Harty, ‘Down by the Sally Gardens’ played by James Galway, Larchet’s ‘Dirge of Ossian’ and AJ Potter’s arrangement of ‘The Irish Washerwoman’.

    Drivetime

    Throughout the Heart|Land season, Drivetime looks at the future of rural schools in the light of the proposed school management changes by Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn. What will be the implications for schools and their communities of a move from religious patronage to, as the Minister described it when launching the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector, a model which would “reflect the diversity within our population”?

    Ardtráthnóna

    Beidh Máirtín Tom Sheáinín ag caitheamjh súil siar ar Aonach Dhoire Néidh agus na jabairí a bhíodh ag teacht ann, agus áiteacha eila mbíodh aontaí san am a caitheadh chomh maith. Máirtín Tom Sheáinín looks back at the history of the Doire Néidh Fair in Connemara and the jobbers who used to come there to sell livestock, as well as the history of other fairs in the area.

    Reels to Ragas

    Wherever humankind has applied itself to labour, be it hardy women waulking the cotton in Barra, octogenarian Korean farmers clearing the rice paddy, or the Lomax recordings of stevedores in the docks of Genoa, the human voice has been in close attendance, and Gerry Godley bids you to down tools for a celebration of work song around the world and down the ages.

    The Home Place (Part 2)

    The second part of acclaimed director Sean Ó Mórdha’s documentary series which explores the history of the Irish family farm - and the silent revolution underway in rural Ireland as small and medium-sized farms are eroded and the rural community merges with urban Ireland.

    The Book on One – ‘Holy Land’

    At the heart of ‘Holy Land’ (Faber, 2007), Maurice Riordan's third collection of poems, read here by the author, is a sequence of dramatic idylls set in rural Cork in the 1950s. The subdued microcosm of farm and smallholding is brought quietly to life through the voices of the poet's father, neighbours and assorted farmhands (Moss, Dan-Jo, Davey Divine, the Bo'son, Uncle Tom the Buck, the Gully).

  • Today with Pat Kenny

    Broadcaster Ella McSweeney, who presents Ear to the Ground on RTE 1, will be joining Pat Kenny each day throughout the week. She'll be talking to people throughout Ireland about their connectedness to the land, farming, and Irish food.

    In Tempo

    Each day at about 10.45, In Tempo will play a piece of music chosen for the Heart|Land season. Music which evokes our relationship with the land will include Arthur Duff’s ‘Meath Pastoral’, Ciaran Farrell’s ‘Shannon Suite’, ‘In the Antrim Hills’ by Hamilton Harty, ‘Down by the Sally Gardens’ played by James Galway, Larchet’s ‘Dirge of Ossian’ and AJ Potter’s arrangement of ‘The Irish Washerwoman’.

    Drivetime

    Throughout the Heart|Land season, Drivetime looks at the future of rural schools in the light of the proposed school management changes by Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn. What will be the implications for schools and their communities of a move from religious patronage to, as the Minister described it when launching the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector, a model which would “reflect the diversity within our population”?

    'Oileán' and Other Worlds

    Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin joins the RTÉ CO and a top line-up at the National Concert Hall for an evening of his music including Oileán/Island with the great Matt Molloy. As the composer notes, several significant Irish poets have been drawn to the concept of Ireland as an island, ranging from Oileán agus Oileán Eile by Seán Ó Ríordáin to the acclaimed love poem Oileán by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill.

    The Book on One – ‘Holy Land’

    At the heart of ‘Holy Land’ (Faber, 2007), Maurice Riordan's third collection of poems, read here by the author, is a sequence of dramatic idylls set in rural Cork in the 1950s. The subdued microcosm of farm and smallholding is brought quietly to life through the voices of the poet's father, neighbours and assorted farmhands (Moss, Dan-Jo, Davey Divine, the Bo'son, Uncle Tom the Buck, the Gully).

  • Today with Pat Kenny

    Broadcaster Ella McSweeney, who presents Ear to the Ground on RTE 1, will be joining Pat Kenny each day throughout the week. She'll be talking to people throughout Ireland about their connectedness to the land, farming, and Irish food.

    In Tempo

    Each day at about 10.45, In Tempo will play a piece of music chosen for the Heart|Land season. Music which evokes our relationship with the land will include Arthur Duff’s ‘Meath Pastoral’, Ciaran Farrell’s ‘Shannon Suite’, ‘In the Antrim Hills’ by Hamilton Harty, ‘Down by the Sally Gardens’ played by James Galway, Larchet’s ‘Dirge of Ossian’ and AJ Potter’s arrangement of ‘The Irish Washerwoman’.

    Drivetime

    Throughout the Heart|Land season, Drivetime looks at the future of rural schools in the light of the proposed school management changes by Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn. What will be the implications for schools and their communities of a move from religious patronage to, as the Minister described it when launching the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector, a model which would “reflect the diversity within our population”?

    Nationwide

    Nationwide celebrates Heart|Land right across the week. Meet the young Kilkenny woman who is exporting her honey to global markets. The Cavan farmer who works full time with the farm Relief Services as well as running her own farm. The Roscommon farmer who will eat nothing but Irish- produced food for the entire week and the Bantry woman who has turned part of her land into a driving academy!

    The Book on One – ‘Holy Land’

    At the heart of ‘Holy Land’ (Faber, 2007), Maurice Riordan's third collection of poems, read here by the author, is a sequence of dramatic idylls set in rural Cork in the 1950s. The subdued microcosm of farm and smallholding is brought quietly to life through the voices of the poet's father, neighbours and assorted farmhands (Moss, Dan-Jo, Davey Divine, the Bo'son, Uncle Tom the Buck, the Gully).

    Grace Notes

    Ellen Cranitch will have eco-friendly fun with traditional and folk songs and tunes with rural connections; The New-mown Meadow, The Hare in the Corn, The Old Bush, Come West along the Road, Horses and Plough, Farmer Michael Hayes, Tiocfaidh an Samhraidh and many more.

  • Today with Pat Kenny

    Broadcaster Ella McSweeney, who presents Ear to the Ground on RTE 1, will be joining Pat Kenny each day throughout the week. She'll be talking to people throughout Ireland about their connectedness to the land, farming, and Irish food.

    In Tempo

    Each day at about 10.45, In Tempo will play a piece of music chosen for the Heart|Land season. Music which evokes our relationship with the land will include Arthur Duff’s ‘Meath Pastoral’, Ciaran Farrell’s ‘Shannon Suite’, ‘In the Antrim Hills’ by Hamilton Harty, ‘Down by the Sally Gardens’ played by James Galway, Larchet’s ‘Dirge of Ossian’ and AJ Potter’s arrangement of ‘The Irish Washerwoman’.

    Drivetime

    Throughout the Heart|Land season, Drivetime looks at the future of rural schools in the light of the proposed school management changes by Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn. What will be the implications for schools and their communities of a move from religious patronage to, as the Minister described it when launching the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the Primary Sector, a model which would “reflect the diversity within our population”?

    Nationwide

    Nationwide celebrates Heart|Land right across the week. Meet the young Kilkenny woman who is exporting her honey to global markets. The Cavan farmer who works full time with the farm Relief Services as well as running her own farm. The Roscommon farmer who will eat nothing but Irish- produced food for the entire week and the Bantry woman who has turned part of her land into a driving academy!

    The Lyric Feature

    Rock, Sea and Sky: A vivid sound-picture of Inis Mean: footsteps crunching on shingle, rushing wind, and a dog's bark hanging in the air, the plaintive sound of a tin whistle. Dance to Your Shadow: In the Irish and Scottish traditions there are many local names for ‘mouth music’; this celebration of lilting as it’s commonly known in Ireland is also a celebration of the life energy of dance.

    The Business – Heart|Land Special

    For generations, Irish people have been encouraged to move off the land and develop industry. Yet now it looks like our agriculture and food industries could be the saviours of our economy. With food prices going through the roof, are we capitalising enough on what is our greatest natural resource? The Business asks just how good our food industry is and how it can save us.

    The Book on One – ‘Holy Land’

    At the heart of ‘Holy Land’ (Faber, 2007), Maurice Riordan's third collection of poems, read here by the author, is a sequence of dramatic idylls set in rural Cork in the 1950s. The subdued microcosm of farm and smallholding is brought quietly to life through the voices of the poet's father, neighbours and assorted farmhands (Moss, Dan-Jo, Davey Divine, the Bo'son, Uncle Tom the Buck, the Gully).

  • CountryWide

    Cavan is the location for one of CountryWide’s regular forays beyond the Pale. It’ll also be the location for this year’s All-Ireland Fleadh, and that’s why Cavan music will star on the show. We’ll check the artistic heartbeat of the county and we’ll hope to tee off with the Maguire sisters. Sport, agriculture and what you could call “characters” will also feature in this ode to the Breffni County.

    Documentary on One – ‘Olivia’s Farm’

    In ‘Olivia’s Farm’, meet thirty-five year-old Olivia Hynes, a suckler and sheep farmer from Four Roads, County Roscommon, during her busiest time of year. Despite the fact that Olivia has four brothers and three sisters, she was the one who chose to work on the family farm and the land was transferred into her name at the age of twenty-three. The challenge for her is to maintain a viable, full-time farm.

  • Drama on One – ‘The Field’

    Ray McAnally gives a towering and taurean performance as the Bull McCabe in the 1969 RTÉ production of ‘The Field’ by John B. Keane also starring Eamon Keane and Niall Toibin. Adapted for Radio by Sean Mac Reamonn and produced by Sean Cotter.

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8 - 15 May 2011

In all the glamour and blare of The Celtic Tiger, we might have forgotten that our deep relationship with the land and landscape of Ireland continues into the 21st century, as essential as it ever was. Now, whether thanks to urban allotments or realising that - unlike the construction bubble - the agriculture industry has survived and thrives, we're remembering where our roots lie. In an RTÉ season of radio and television documentaries, through poetry and music both live and broadcast, Heart|Land throws a light on that relationship, celebrates some of its riches and asks some hard questions about the challenges to its survival.

Please check programme transmission times with RTÉ Guide and newspaper listings. The content of live daily programming on television and radio may change due to unforeseen events. And don't forget that you can catch up with Heart|Land TV programmes after broadcast on the RTÉ Player.