Tuesday 17 September 2019

RTE's Local Eye: Meet four-legged columnist Daisy the dog

Photo: RTE/ The Local Eye
Photo: RTE/ The Local Eye

“For the price of a cup of coffee, the local paper keeps you full for the week…”

RTE’s six-part series The Local Eye goes behind the scenes of three local newspapers in the south and west, to see just how they measure the hearbeat of rural Ireland.

At The Clare Champion, viewers will meet a four-legged columnist. That’s right, Daisy the Dog has a nose for a good story. He works on a ‘dogalogue’ along with with her vet Bev. 

Shelly Galvin, owner of the newspaper, tells viewers: “We got her five years ago this year but she is in at work every day. She is fun loving and wants to be in around the office with all the staff and checking to see that they are present and correct. She has her own column in the paper with her veterinary nurse. She loves being on the paper and she loves her photograph being taken.”

In tonight’s episode, Daisy is off on an unusual assignment to review the very dog-friendly Twelve Hotel in Barna, Co Galway. 

“She has stayed in Brook Lodge before and she has also stayed in the Four Seasons in Dublin so she is well used to checking into hotels. Hopefully we are going to have fun... This could be a five paw review!” Shelly tells viewers.

Meanwhile, Mayo News editor Neill O’Neill has an unexpectedly emotional encounter with landowner Brendan Holmes from Tiernaur, who shares memories of his much missed mother and his father who, as he puts it, was “too lazy to catch the flu”.

And Munster Express journalist Kieran Foley is on the hunt for an interview with a well-known Hollywood actor who has an even more famous relative.

The Local Eye airs on RTE1 tonight at 7pm.

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