Mayo farmer Mary Coleman lets RTÉ Radio 1's Brenda Donohue tag along for Countrywide as she comes to Etiquette School in Dublin.

Watching your P’S and Q’s, walking confidently in high heels and learning dining protocols are not what you would normally associate with running a busy farm. but on RTÉ Radio 1's Countrywide, we met one such farmer, who decided to take the bull by the horns and attend a course at the Etiquette School of Ireland.

Mary Coleman is a dairy farmer from Mayo who has ditched her wellies in favour of a pair of high heel.

Mary has a very personal reason for wanting to “improve herself”. In 2015, her beloved husband of forty years, Pat, died suddenly, leaving Mary and her four children heartbroken.

Pat had run the farm, with his passing Mary had to take on a more hands-on role: from calving to fixing wheelbarrows to dealing with accountants and revenue.

Derek Daniels and Mary Coleman
Derek Daniels and Mary Coleman

Although, no one will ever replace Pat, two years on she wants to enter a new chapter in her life and become more confident, more poised and carry off any social occasion with impeccable manners.

That’s what brought her to the poise and deportment class at the Etiquette School of Ireland. Derek Daniels from Assets Model Agency was her coach and Mary kindly let me tag along.

So belly in, chest out, head up and have a listen to Mary Coleman’s journey from her dairy farm in Mayo to a poise and deportment lesson in Dublin.

Mary Coleman

Mayo farmer Mary Coleman lets Brenda Donohue tag along as she comes to Etiquette School in Dublin. On Countrywide on RTÉ Radio 1, Damien O'Reilly checked out how it went for Mary. Listen here.

- Written by Brenda Donohue.