We can all agree, whether it is a christening, wedding or funeral, as a nation we know how to celebrate life’s big moments. Some often contend that in rural areas, these events are marked even more fervently.

This was most definitely the case for Helena Scully. Born and raised in Ballyroan, Co Laois, Helena is from a big family, who run Scully’s Pub in the village and have a beef farm. She is of this parish too – in that she is an Irish Farmers Journal sales manager.