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Real Humans of….Ireland: Doctors and Farmers flash the flesh for charity

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One woman is determined to reveal the ‘national treasures’ hiding in hospital wards and roaming the hills of Ireland, by turning them into calendar stars.

The brains behind the brawn is Ciara Ryan, who started the Irish Farmer Calendar six years ago in aid of Irish charity Bóthar.

Due to its immense success- it sold over 5,000 copies last year- Ciara decided to reveal the men setting pulses racing in Irish hospitals.

“I guess I just wanted to expand and try something else. The response to it has been great,” Ciara says of her latest venture.

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The all new Irish Doctor Calendar is in aid of Epilepsy Ireland, and orders have already poured in from around the globe.

So far, the calendar has received orders from the US, UK, Australia, Britain, Germany, Poland and France, Hong Kong, South Africa.

The calendar features medical students and doctors such as Deacon Farrell, aka Mr July.

“The calendar was a bit of a laugh,” he said. “Doctors can be a bit uptight about this kind of thing and some say you should be professional all the time, but I think you can still be professional and have a bit of craic at the same time.”

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“It can come across as a bunch of vain doctors but everyone is very genuine and it’s all about the charity aspect really,” the Galway man added. “People don’t realise how underfunded services actually are. Every day units are closing so it’s all about raising funds at the end of the day.”

Meanwhile, the latest installation of the Farmers Calendar was recently shot in Kilkenny’s Nore Valley Park, featuring country lads from Kilkenny, Kildare, Meath and Roscommon.

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Photographer Frances Marshall told the Kilkenny People that, “All the lads were brilliant and managed to keep smiling despite being a bit cold minus their shirts.”

The calendars, sponsored by Dublin's Q102, can be bought from Easons, selected outlets nationwide, and online from www.farmercalendar.com or www.thedoctorcalendar.com

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