Posted by Jacqueline Hogge, The Tuam Herald in News.

A Corrandulla farmer will feature on a fly on the wall TV series that looks at the successes and struggles of farming life in Ireland. Kenneth Keavey will feature in the fourth episode of UTV Ireland’s Rare Breed: A Farming Year, on Monday February 1st at 8pm. The organic vegetable farmer took over the 30 acre family farm seven years ago, growing a variety of organic vegetables. His Green Earth Organics business is now ten years in operation and delivers boxes of fresh produce to homes throughout the city and county.


A total of 18 farming families from across the country are taking part in Rare Breed, which gives a unique insight into all aspects of farming life and the people who work the land—from beef, dairy, sheep, pig and poultry farms, to tomato and organic vegetable producers.

‘The series is unique in that it gives viewers an access-all-areas pass to the people behind one of Ireland’s biggest industries—on farms both big and small,” said Mary Curtis, UTV Ireland’s Head of Channel. “Globally, Ireland is seen as a leader in high-qualtiy agri-food production and exportation, but the vast majority of us know very little about what a typical day-in-the-life of a farming family involves—from volatile weather devastating crops, to the impact of EU regulations on production. This is an excellent series and we are very pleased to welcome it back to UTV Ireland for our 2016 schedule.”

Executive Producer of Rare Breed, Kelda Crawford McCann said the new series of the show would cover the length and breadth of the country over its 12 week run. “Once again, the Rare Breed cameras have been out in all weathers as farmers worked through storms, freezing weather and beaming sun—from Donegal to Cork and everywhere in-between,” she said. “We were delighted with the success of Rare Breed 2015 and the new series will provide an equally intriguing mix of the highs and lows of farming in Ireland.

“The agri-food industry is responsible for the employment of 300,000 people in Ireland and the level of dedication shown by Ireland’s farming community is inspiring, in what has been a challenging year. Rare Breed has been an international success, with series being watched across the world from Greece to New Zealand and Iran to Australia.”