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TV success for media savvy nine year old


Published 13/11/2012 | 14:21

Ruth in the family garden with arms full of rhubarb.
Ruth in the family garden with arms full of rhubarb.

A YOUNG pupil from Gaelscoil, Ceatharlach, is on her way to becoming a well known television personality.

Nine-year-old Ruth Dillon from Hunters Lodge in Ballintrane has just finished presenting an episode of RTE 2's popular series ' The Secret Life Of Family Pets' and she featured on television again twice this week.

On Thursday night the young star featured on RTE1's Ear to the Ground talking about her home in Ballintrane with her mother Fiona.

The young personality has also recorded a short three minute film for 'Life's Like This'.

The film went out on Tuesday on RTE 2 at 6 p. m. on Tuesday November 6.

The short films, which were shot by the young participants themselves, were all filmed on September 25 this year.

RTÉ says the idea behind the short films was to give a rare insight to the 'wonder, intricacy and strangeness of the seemingly mundane – fresh perspectives on a country we all know and a magical, idiosyncratic take on what life was like to be an Irish child one autumn day in 2012.'

'Back on September 25 children all the country took three minute videos of themselves in their gardens, having breakfast, going to the dentist, playing with friends etc,' said Fiona Dillon.

' The idea was to get a snapshot of childrens lives all over the country on one particular day.'

Ruth was on RTE 1's Ear To The Ground on Thursday evening with her mother Fiona and talking about their self-sufficient lifestyle at Hunters Lodge in Ballintrane, Co. Carlow.

Fiona is a feature-writer in Irish Country magazine and is no stranger to KCLR96fm listeners with a regular slot on The Sue Nunn Show.

Back in 2009 Fiona decided to use her garden to grow and rear as much food as possible to feed her family.

Today, it is a source of eggs, fruit, vegetables, chicken, pork, bacon, honey and of course, with Christmas in sight, turkeys.

You can follow Fiona's journey through her blog

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