The Austrian woman who left the banks of the Danube to work on a 400-acre mountain farm in Mayo
My week: Theresa Roddy
Theresa Roddy is an Austrian who came to Ireland 20 years ago to work on a 400-acre mountain farm that her father, Ferdinand, had bought on the Sligo-Mayo border "as an investment".
He sadly passed away before he could make any plans for the holding but Theresa, then in her early 20s and working on the home livestock farm in Austria, persuaded her mother, Maria, to allow her to develop the "investment", and the Sligo holding was duly signed over to her.
It was just before the Good Friday Agreement was signed, and her bewildered mother and siblings couldn't figure out why young Theresa wanted to "farm mountain land in a country where a civil war was going on".
"That was the way Ireland was viewed in Austria at the time. All we read in the newspapers about Ireland were stories about the civil war," Theresa recalls.
But armed with a Home Economics degree and the Austrian version of the Agricultural Green cert, she said goodbye to the Danube and fetched up in the Ox Mountains - and to say it has been an uphill struggle ever since would be an understatement.
Theresa today rears some 250 easy-care sheep on the mountain and sells them for finishing; she claims she is getting no help from the Department of Agriculture for her endeavours.
Some 95pc of the "investment farm" is now subject to the various amenity and conservation land designations in the region - which contain more restrictions on what Theresa can do or not do than you would find in the Bible.
For example, a few years ago she wanted to build a simple fence around the farm to keep the sheep in, but it took two years and €4, 000 of her hard-earned money to achieve this simple permission.