My name is Claire Carr and I’m a farmer’s daughter and an only child. Our farm is in Clonmellon, Co Westmeath, and I always knew the day would come when I’d have to learn the ropes. As I’ve lived away from home since the age of 17, the COVID-19 pandemic offered me an invaluable opportunity to get back to country living and try to absorb my dad’s vast knowledge of caring for a farm.

After graduating from NUI Galway with a B. Comm and MSc Marketing, I moved to Dublin, where I have lived and worked ever since. While I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my life in Dublin, it didn’t leave much time for farming.