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Ear to the Ground

Series 22: Programme 16

Ear to the Ground

River Rescue, the faces behind the name
Meath dairy farmer Thomas Daly first encountered the Boyne Fisherman's Rescue service when they recovered his sister from the river 11 years ago.

Since then he has volunteered with the group, trained as a certified diver, helped to build a state of the art boathouse in Drogheda, and spent countless hours searching Ireland's rivers and lakes for missing persons.

The service is entirely voluntary, funded by donations from the local community, and works closely with the Coastguard and Gardaí in search and rescue operations.

Darragh McCullough talks to Thomas on his farm, and follows the team as they train for a search on the River Boyne.

Veal makes a comeback

Many people boycott veal for animal welfare reasons, due to the way the meat is produced, however the reality is that every year dairy farmers produce thousands of largely unwanted bull calves.

The Madigan family from Windgap in County Kilkenny, have come up with an inspiring new business adventure, producing rose veal. Not only is the veal produced in a humane way, but they have managed to win an award from Compassion in World Farming and their veal is now on the menu of many Kilkenny restaurants, including Rinuccini which took it off the menu 10 years ago.

The Irish Abroad

There are such strong connections between Newfoundland and Ireland. Over six generations ago many Irish emigrated to Newfoundland, particularly from the Tipperary and Waterford region, where similar accents can still be heard today.

St. John's the capital city, was at one stage covered with farms, mostly owned by Irish settlers, now the last farm has been sold, but instead of turning it into part of the city sprawl, they have decided to preserve it and continue running it as a working farm, preserving the Irish heritage. Ear to the Ground is in Newfoundland to explore.

Ear to the Ground is produced by Independent Pictures for RTÉ

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