A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A RURAL GUARD
Deirdre Scanlon is a mother of two young children and a Guard based in Ennistymon in county Clare. In her role in Community Policing, Deirdre has an enormous area to cover, from the surfing paradise of Lahinch, across the spectacular Burren, to the Cliffs of Moher. But while beautiful, this place can also be remote and isolated.
Helen Carroll travelled to Clare during the summer to find out more about the challenges of policing in rural Ireland. What she discovered on their day together was a Garda completely dedicated to the people she serves, and with a thorough understanding of the community she protects. That, and a desire to bring her guitar with her everywhere she goes.
RHARVESTING THE SUN
Despite Ireland's cloudy climate, solar farms could deliver up to one thousand euro per acre to Irish landowners. But is solar energy a viable option in Ireland, or is it just another renewable power source demanding heavy subsidies? Darragh McCullough flew to West Sussex in England to see how farmers are harvesting the power of the sun with the latest PV technology.
HARD WORK AND NATURAL TALENT
Briege Corkery is one of the most decorated GAA player in the country with 16 senior All-Ireland medals in both Camogie and Football, 13 all-star awards, and she was named National Female Sports Person of the year in 2005 - and she still hasn't reached the age of 30. Not only that, Briege is also a qualified stonemason and dairy farmer. Ella headed to Cloughduv in Co. Cork to meet Briege on the farm and see what life is like for her off the pitch.
Ear to the Ground is produced by Independent Pictures for RTÉ