Strapping farmers strip off for calendar
THERE'S no fake tan or rippling six-packs around these parts.
Twelve strapping farmers -- described as 100pc Irish beef -- have stripped off for the latest instalment of the 'Irish Farmer Calendar'.
Photographed cavorting around a Co Wexford farm last May -- fortunately during a brief warm spell -- they struck a series of model moves from posing moodily with a bale of hay to giving a pet duck a bubblebath.
And the welly-clad farmers have already set hearts aflutter as far afield as the US and Germany.
The brainchild of Dublin businesswoman Claire Ryan, the calendar is in its third year with the 2012 edition on sale priced at €10. A quarter of the proceeds go to Irish charity Bothar.
"This is all about trying to put some humour into it. It's funny rather than sexy," Claire explained.
Thirty-year-old Stephen Fitzgerald -- aka Mr November -- from Croom, Co Limerick, said being a pin-up wasn't all glamour.
"I'm on top of a racing horse posing in an action shot. It was good enough," he laughed.
The 2012 calendar is available to buy online at www.farmercalendar.com or from branches of Eason.