CountryWide Saturday 5 January 2013
Countrywide - Rita Ann Higgins Poem
Galway poet Rita Ann Higgins is one of Ireland’s best known and most decorated poets- Galway County's Writer-in-Residence in 1987, Writer in Residence at the National University of Ireland, Galway, in 1994-95, Writer in Residence for Offaly County Council in 1998-99, Green Honors Professor at Texas Christian University, in October 2000, a Peadar O'Donnell Award in 1989, several Arts Council bursaries and was made an honorary fellow at Hong Kong Baptist University Nov 2006.
And she contributed an exclusive New Year poem to us for this show.
Countrywide - Rev Elaine Murray
Elaine Murray is a Church of Ireland minister and her area extends from Ballinhassig, through Carrigaline, Ringaskiddy and over as far as Monkstown, in Co Cork . There are approximately 184 families in the parish, a mix of rural and urban. Married with 2 children, Elaine came to her vocation later in life having worked in IT (Financial Services) as a Systems Analyst, lived in Utrecht, Holland for 10 years (both children born there), then Greystones, Co Wicklow for 10 years and finally Kilkenny city for 7 years, before moving to Cork
The Revd Elaine Murray
Countrywide - Mary O' Toole
Mary O’Toole splits her time between the family farm in Ballon, Co Carlow, and her job in Euro Farm and Garden Supplies in Kilkenny. They mainly farm beef ( Limousin) with some sheep and tillage. Mary was in the final of this year’s Macra Queen of the Land festival ( Sponsored by FBD) , which might sound a bit like Fr Ted’s Lovely Girls Contest, but Mary put us wise to that one! After all, she has an MA in Business.