See one city girl's journey to become a farmer and Dexter breeder

FarmIreland Team

City girl, Eavaun Carmody decided to upsticks and move her young family from the centre of Dublin to the middle of the country and into a centuries old castle in 2009

Hand in hand with a massive restoration project, she also ventured into beef farming, and on a grand scale. 

Eavaun is now building up an impressive herd of rare breed Dexters in the very parish in which they were originally bred.

Not only is Eavaun using the meat from the Dexters, but she uses every part of them - from their horns, to their hooves. 

On tonight's Ear to the Ground, Helen Carroll went to visit Eavaun at Killenure Castle, just outside Cashel in Co. Tipperary and find out more about their entrepreneurial farmer.

Meanwhile, Darragh McCullough met Leitrim native Conor McHugh has been driving a horse carriage on the streets of New York for over 30 years. He is just one of many Irish horse lovers engaged in that iconic tourist trade.

The carriage drivers have just seen off a political threat to their livelihood a New York mayor Bill de Blasio sought to deliver on a campaign promise to ban the carriages from the city streets. 

However, a wave of support from the public left city councillors with no option but to leave the carriages and their drivers work away.

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Darragh McCullough spent a day with Conor and visited the 100 year's old co-operative owned stables where the horses sleep upstairs.

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