Two women from Donegal will be featured in an exciting new TG4 series following the work of Ireland’s female farmers.
Hannah Doherty, originally from Glencolmcille, and Bríd Ní hIcí from Gaoth Dobhair are among the four farmers of ‘Mná na Talún’ airing on TG4 from 23rd November at 8.30pm.
The four-part series follows the four seasons of a single farming year.
In the first episode, spring has arrived and Hannah Doherty is in the middle of lambing season at her and her husband Tommy’s farm on the Derry-Donegal border. We witness Hannah handling a difficult birth that thankfully results in a safe delivery and we see Hannah hand feed the safely delivered lamb.
We also meet Bríd Ní hIcí gathering seaweed on the beach in Gaoth Dobhair– it’s a natural fertiliser for use in her polytunnel, and reflects her interest in self sufficiency and natural farming methods. We are introduced to her small family of animals – her goats and horses, as well as Séamus and Pádraig, two young pigs being reared for their meat.
Episode 2 on the 30th November focuses on the work taking place on each of the farms during the summer months. The third episode on the 7th of December takes us through the harvest in autumn and the final episode on the 14th of December sees the farmers prepare for the winter months.
This four-part series for TG4 made with the support of the Irish Language Broadcast Fund (ILBF) was produced by Dearcán Media.