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Ear to the Ground

Series 22: Programme 14

Ear to the Ground

Gluten Free, fact or fad?
For one in 100,000 Irish people with Coeliac Disease, the wheat protein gluten can be toxic, but for many more, gluten free food is a dietary and lifestyle choice.

Helen Carroll talks to coeliac sufferer Donna Breen about the disease, and Dr. Nick Kennedy of TCD who has studied gluten sensitivity and coeliac disease.

She meets agronomist Mariea O Toole of Glanbia, who is helping Irish farmers grow gluten free oats to cash in on a growing market worldwide.

We follow Joe Kelly to the Special Olympics

In June 2014 Limerick hosted the Special Olympics National Games, a sporting gathering of 1,500 athletes, their families and over 3,000 volunteers. Representing Munster was 10 year old Joe Kelly, the eldest of Yvonne and Liam Kelly's five children, from Donaskiegh in Co. Tipperary. Ear to the Ground visits Joe's family farm, and spends time with Joe's fellow students at Scoil Aonghusa in Cashel.

The school is dedicated to focusing on students abilities and are highly commited to the Special Olympics that take centre stage in 2014. We follow Joe and his fellow athletes all the way to the National Games in Limerick, to hear the cheer 'Go, Joe Kelly, Go' ring out.

Ear to the Ground is produced by Independent Pictures for RTÉ

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