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Ear to the Ground

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Series 22

Programme 1
Ear to the Ground is back for a new series. In episode one a community fighting back in the face of suicide, Wallaby steak and a microbiologist cultivating mushrooms in the Galtee mountains.

Programme 2
After a Summer of harrowing farm fatalities, Helen meets a farmer who is lucky to be alive. Ella encounters an ancient bovine breed and Darragh hangs out with a steam head at Stradbally

Series 21

Programme 1
Fighting the banks, taking on the supermarkets and a 19th Century bake-off, on the first episode of the new series of Ear to the Ground.

Programme 2
Ella rescues horses and donkeys in shocking states of neglect, Darragh gets a birds-eye view of machinery magic and Helen enjoys a feast in a field.

Programme 3
Helen Carroll reports on plans to extend the high voltage electricity network across the South, Midlands and West of Ireland; Ella McSweeney meets Ireland's broccoli baron; Darragh McCullough travels to Leitrim to investigate the problem of Ash dieback

Programme 4
The IFA presidency, a Mayo couple from sea water and Darragh is in the Arabian desert visiting one of the world's largest dairy camel farms.

Programme 5
This week Helen Carroll reports from Tipperary on rural homelessness, Ella McSweeny asks a Roscommon dairy farmer is dairy expansion the next bubble? In this week's Food Journey Darragh McCullough meets Liam Ryan of Moyleabbey Farm in Kildare.

Programme 6
Darragh meets the farmers who won't say "I do" until they have a pre-nup, Ella's not kidding; Ireland faces a shortage of goats cheese and Helen reports on a lifeline for the unemployed.

Programme 7
Ella kills a turkey with her bare hands, Helen visits a community mobilised in the spirit of giving and Darragh's Christmas comes early at a mini machinery Mecca.

Programme 8
Darragh Mc Cullough reports on the extraordinary success of the Mayo Greenway and on this week's Food Journey Helen Carroll meets Monaghan dairy farmer Donal McDaid who supplies local dairy Linwoods of Armagh and whose milk cannot use NDC's Farmed in the Republic of Ireland label.

Programme 9
Darragh visits a man who lost his leg in a farm accident, Ella meets farmers catering to the latest craze in cuisine and Helen meets a 13 year old tycoon.

Programme 10
Ella finds herself in the middle of a row over childhood obesity, Helen visits Killowen Farm in Wexford and Darragh turns his hand to horse ploughing.

Programme 11

Programme 12
This week Helen Carroll meets a group of Irish preppers in a forest in Tipperary and Darragh McCullough meets Mayo farmer, Chris Ginnely, who lost 2 acres of his farm to the sea in the recent storms.

Programme 13
Ella McSweeney reports from Longford on antibiotics in the food chain. Helen Carroll traveled to Offaly and was surprised to witness a resurgence of 'tug of war' among women. Darragh McCullough travels to Laois to ask if we should continue to prop up the beef industry?

Programme 14
Ella Mc Sweeny on building a food fortress, Helen meets a meat family and Darragh on designer cows.

Programme 15
Ella spends a day with the enthusiasts who are working hard to rescue our native breeds from extinction; Helen Carroll meets Tipperary hurler Kieran Bergin who returned to Ireland from America last year to work on the family farm and Carlow tillage farmer Kevin Nolan talks about his futuristic farm.

Programme 16
Last in the highly acclaimed series: an equestrian special, covering the highs and crashing lows of one of Ireland's foremost sports. Ella is inspired by paralysed former jockey Jonjo Bright, Darragh harvests 100,000 bales of hay on Ireland's biggest farm and Helen unearths the secrets of Coolmore's breeding success.

Series 20

Programme 1
Ear to the Ground is back with a brand new series of the hugely popular farming, food and rural affairs programme.

Programme 2
On this week's Ear To the Ground bovine breakfast in bed, farming with Thalidomide plus a farm school powered by wind turbine.

Programme 3
On Ear To the Ground this week: mink hunting in Kerry, self-sufficiency in Carlow, and radical changes in Ireland's dairy industry.

Programme 4
On this week's Ear To the Ground: the new Dutch Elm Disease? Ireland's 'olive oil'; and farm diversification.

Programme 5
Conor Pope tells Helen Carroll about the pressure higher food prices will place on ordinary consumers; Ella McSweeney travels to Kilruddery House in Bray, Co. Wicklow, the seat of the Earl of Meath since 1627; and Darragh Mc Cullough meets the London 2012 farmer

Programme 6
On this week's programme rugby-playing brothers Rory and Simon, Ireland's sea bass trawling ban, and robots in farming

Programme 7
On this week's programme - the death of Irish villages; half acre 'farmers'; and a new use for sugar beet.

Programme 8
Ella spends a day with Crosscare, a charity that has established a new initiative 'From Farm to Fork'.

Programme 10
On this week's programme - the death of Irish villages; half acre 'farmers'; and a new use for sugar beet.

Programme 11
This week Ear to the Ground's Darragh McCullough's brief period as a proud holder of a Guinness World Record!

Programme 12
In this special episode of Ear to the Ground, presenters Ella McSweeney, Helen Carroll and Darragh McCullough are all in Kilkenny exploring the River Nore. We travel along the river meeting those acquainted with it, from boatmen and historians to farmers and sportspeople.

Programme 13
Helen faces her innate terror of birds on the Burren, Darragh is embroiled in a forestry row in Donegal and Ella meets Roscommon farmers using Twitter to boost business.

Programme 14
This week Helen Carroll meets the RNLI man whose work on the farm must be dropped at a moment's notice if he is summoned to a rescue.

Programme 14
This week Darragh Mc Cullough gets exclusive access to a cannabis grow house following a raid by the Gardaí and Helen Carroll meets the RNLI man whose work on the farm must be dropped at a moment's notice if he is summoned to a rescue.

Programme 15
Darragh Mc Cullough visits two Wexford-based sheep farmers and witnesses how their flocks are being ravaged by the gruesome disease Schmallenberg; Ella Mc Sweeney meets the Connacht brothers who say constant innovation is the key to their success; and Helen Carroll meets 'tween' champion jockeys Mike and Danny Sheehy from Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny

Programme 16
In a gripping and candid interview with Ella McSweeney one of Meath's finest son's, jockey Johnny Murtagh, shares the personal story behind his headline-grabbing career. Plus Darragh McCullough reports from Limerick on the fodder crisis facing farmers.

Series 19

Programme 1
Ear to the Ground is back and kicks off with Irish rugby hero Sean O'Brien getting down and dirty on his family farm in Co. Carlow.

Programme 2
Darragh investigates an issue affecting one million people in the country - septic tanks. Helen meets the crafty lady making art on her farm and Ella enters the wonderful world of sheepdog trials.

Programme 3
Darragh McCullough investigates the vast increase in diesel theft; Helen Carroll assesses the impact that new proposals could have for cheese adverts on our TV screens.

Programme 5
Darragh McCullough examines the prospect of facing another big freeze this year; Helen Carroll meets the local hero whose farm enterprise has already created 17 jobs; and Ella McSweeney talks to leading scientists and fishermen about the future of fish.

Programme 6
Darragh McCullough brings his mobile farm to the Christmas Fair in Shankill, Co Dublin and Ella McSweeney visits a group of farmers from Connemara whose lamb has received the 'Product of Designated Origin' award.

Programme 7
Helen gets an exclusive look at the Phoenix Park as it marks 350 years and ex Glenroe star Mary McEvoy opens up to Darragh about the issue of rural depression.

Programme 8
This week the team look at the increasing popularity of goat meat and proposals to revamp the EU's CAP policy.

Programme 9
Helen meets the farmer struggling with dyslexia, Ella asks does free range pork exist and Darragh asks what can be done to stop the spread of the latest cattle disease.

Programme 10
Darragh McCullough asks where do farmers and contractors stand when it comes to repossession of machinery? Ella McSweeney travels to Limerick to see how the communities of Southhill and Moyross are fighting back against food poverty; Helen Carroll reports on the challenges of thinning trees and the money that could be made from timber.

Programme 11
This week's programme is a New Zealand special as Darragh McCullough visits some of the Irish who've built multi-million dollar dairy farms on the back of New Zealand's turbo-charged dairy sector.

Programme 12
Helen Carroll meets the Tipperary couple that found love across the continents!

Programme 14
Ella looks into pork traceability, Darragh goes to the community who came together to keep their mart open and Helen meets a man making money from his trees.

Programme 15
Helen asks are we too fussy with how our veg looks, we get the lowdown on putting Saorview into a rural home and Darragh measures the carbon footprint of Irish beef and milk.

Programme 16
In the final programme of the series the presenters look at the future of farming, from farm shops offering local produce, to exotic abalone in the West and the area of Ireland whose dairy industry is expanding faster than New Zealand's


Heart|Land: Ear to the Ground
In an RTÉ season of radio and television documentaries, through poetry and music - live and broadcast, Heart|Land (8-15 May) rejoices in the land and the landscape of Ireland and explores rural life in the 21st Century.

Series 18

Programme 1
Ear to the Ground returns with Ella McSweeney embracing the latest shift towards self sufficiency, Darragh McCullough visits a food festival and Helen Carroll meets an enterprising couple who have turned their mountain and sheep herd in South Kerry into a tourist attraction.

Programme 2
Ella meets representatives to discuss the fur farming debate, Darragh travels to France to see how Declan and Emily Gardiner are getting on with their move to Limousin region and Helen meets a mother and son who claim milk is a cure to insomnia

Programme 3
Today's subjects are unpasteurised milk, the use of poison to keep farms vermin-free, and what the new CAP reform proposal could mean to Ireland.

Programme 4
Shergar Kebabs? Would You Eat Horse Meat? The Irish are a nation of horse lovers. But could you imagine eating them?

Programme 5
Prisoners Raise Cows And Goats; Helen's Hayfever Cure From Honey In Her Own Hive; What's It like To Lose A Limb?

Programme 6
Ella McSweeney finds out about a Co. Tipperary project showing students where their food comes from.

Programme 7
This edition is all about water. Darragh McCullough returns to Gort one year after the town's flood crisis and Helen Carroll goes fishing.

Programme 8
The farming series celebrates Christmas, as Darragh learns how to pluck a goose, Helen forges for holly to make a wreath and Ella brews her own festive beer.

Programme 9
This week's programme has a focus on Irish food with a look at the Truly Irish pork brand, a dairy farmer who has brought back the doorstep delivery, and one of Ireland's most advanced mushroom farms.

Programme 10
This week Helen Carroll meets Kevin Mc Garry, who, like many young men at the moment, went to New Zealand to combine two interests - travelling and farming. Ella Mc Sweeney visits the farm and learns how the farm has coped following the move into the prepared vegetable industry and Darragh Mc Cullough meets some of the Irish breeders who come here to buy.

Programme 11
This week Ear to the Ground has an exclusive interview with farmer Padraig Nally who had his conviction for manslaughter quashed.

Programme 12
This week Ella McSweeney joins a DSPCA inspector on their rounds to help feed the starving animals in Dunsink, Dublin.

Programme 13
Helen Carroll visits Kildalton College in Co Kilkenny, the largest agricultural college in the country with 500 registered students.

Programme 14
Darragh investigates the role that baby formula plays in the economy and in our society.

Programme 15
Darragh will be looking at all the latest gadgets and machines. Ella Mc Sweeney will be learning how to make her very own block of butter. Helen goes on a tractor driving course in Co Tipperary.

Series 17

Programme 1
In the first programme of the new series, we meet the people who were facing failure in the last recession but have since turned their businesses into successful enterprises, including Ballymaloe’s Darina Allen, an enterprising Clare dairy farmer, and a Kilkenny woman who has turned her farmyard into a schoolyard.

Programme 2
The second programme Ear to the Ground explores the devastating impact of suicide. We meet the McCaffrey family who are striving to raise awareness of the issues and misconceptions surrounding suicide after their son took his own life.

Programme 3
Does the country pub have a future in Ireland? As the proposed new blood alcohol laws further threaten the survival of the rural pub, Darragh explores both the drink driving issue, and the question of rural isolation.

Programme 4
Sea the Stars, Ireland's most famous racehorse, has just said goodbye to his racing career, and is now set to become one of Ireland's most eligible studs.

Programme 5
Investigating the issue of rural crime.

Programme 6
Flooded Farms, have we lost our World-Class Horse Industry? and Reviving the Céilí House.

Programme 7
Community investment in farming. Care to Drive. From the farm to the stage.

Programme 8
Forget the Late Late Toy Show, for farmers, the model farm and tractor show in Portrush is the highlight of the festive season.

Programme 9
Farming in the shadow of a nuclear power plant. Horse Power. Robots on the farm.

Programme 10
Darragh reports on the issue of domestic violence against men, Ella investigates biofuel and Helen meets a bird fancier!

Programme 11
Fighting the big freeze; the cutting edge technology used to create 'designer cows'; and how an innovative gardening business went boom during the bust.

Programme 12
Darragh explores how Ireland has become Europe's main puppy provider, Helen meets a family mixing opera with farming and Ella investigates the imapct new motorways have on farmland.

Programme 13
Darragh meets a farmer saved from hypothermia after being trapped in a boghole on Christmas Eve, Ella attends a point-to-point race and Helen meets a man who has swapped cows for buffalo!

Programme 14
Darragh takes his pig, Penny, to slaughter; Helen meets a men's group helping single farmers out and Ella meets an Irishman who will teach her all the tricks for surviving in the wilderness.

Programme 15
As the ICA celebrate 100 years in existence, Helen looks at how this movement has empowered rural women. Ella meets a family who turned the gift of goat into a thriving business, and Darragh meets a woman with a passion for painting cows.

Programme 16
This week Darragh spends a day working with a Rwandan farming family and Ella meets a man in Athenry, who is putting working horses to practical use again.

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