RTÉ One, Thursday, 8.30pm
Ear to the Ground

Programme 2

Suicide in rural Ireland
Ireland is still struggling with one of the highest levels of youth suicide in Europe. In the second episode of Ear to the Ground, Darragh McCullagh reports on this issue, meeting the inspiring McCaffrey family in rural Donegal who are striving to challenge the misconceptions surrounding suicide.

Just two years ago the family lost their 21 year old son to suicide, and have been coping with the difficult aftermath of this loss ever since. In September they organised a highly successful tractor run to raise vital funds for the local charity S.T.O.P. (Suicide Teach Organise Prevent). This charity provides support for people who may be feeling suicidal while also conveying the message that depression is nothing to be ashamed of.

Prof James Lucey also speaks about the stigma and misunderstandings surrounding depression, reiterating the point that not all stories end in tragedy, that depression is an illness like any other. Like any illness there are stories of tragedy, but there is also hope, as there are many treatments out there to manage and control this illness.

Local Lamb direct to your doorstep
The beautiful Ring of Kerry is set to become known for more than just its scenery, as Ear to the Ground meets a group of farmers from the Ring of Kerry who have developed an innovative way to beat the recession.

Earlier this year, 25 Kerry farmers came together as a group to deliver their lamb direct to the doorsteps of local restaurants, hotels, and homes, in a bid to promote quality lamb and get a fair price for their product. As the lamb industry is struggling with bad prices and increasingly narrow margins, Ella McSweeney meets two of these Kerry farmers who have set up this new business.

Their story is an example of the entrepreneurial spirit that is arising through the recession, as Ella finds out just how their new business is working out.


Crisis in the Dairy industry
Against the backdrop of a global dairy crisis, Ear to the Ground reports on the situation that Irish dairy farmers are facing, looking at how milk gets to our tables, questioning just who is getting the cream.

As farmers costs are now outweighing the price they are getting for their milk, Helen Carroll meets the Frydays, a Dairy family from the midlands. With the milk price at just 20cent a litre, the Frydays are struggling to make ends meet, fearing a bleak winter ahead without their essential income from the milk cheque.



If you are suffering from depression please contact your local GP or any of the following agencies:

The Samaritans
1850 609090

1890 303302

071 916 4286
(for people from the areas of Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal, Cavan, Longford and Northern Ireland)

Ring of Kerry Lamb

By Phone:
Low Call: 1890 252 978

By Fax:
066 - 947 2725

By Post:
Ring Of Kerry Quality Lamb,
c/o Joseph McCrohan,
South Kerry Development Partnership Ltd.,
The Old Barracks,
Bridge Street,
Co. Kerry.