Hopefuls out in a field of their own
Published 15/08/2011 | 05:00
First up was Michael D Higgins who performed an early morning raid and chatted about his vision of rural Ireland.
Mr Higgins had been and gone before most people realised he was even there, unlike his rivals who were eager to alert the press to their whereabouts.
Independent candidate Mary Davis wanted to spread her message about the need to use the presidency to renew and rebuild the country to a rural audience.
Fine Gael's Gay Mitchell was also keen to establish his rural credentials, saying the happiest days of his life had been three years working for the Irish Farmers Association.
Independent Sean Gallagher also highlighted his farming knowledge, having gone to agricultural college and started his career with Bailieboro co-op.