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Macra's young farmers give their verdict on Irish celebs

Ear to the Ground presenter Ella McSweeney was voted agriculture’s number one sex symbol – but 16 per cent of Macra members didn’t know who Paul Galvin was…

MACRA NA FEIRME members gave their verdict on who the sexiest figures in Irish agriculture are – and Ear to the Ground came out on top.

The programme’s presenter Ella McSweeney scooped more than half of the vote for Ireland’s hottest agriculture journalist (51 per cent) while her colleagues Helen Carroll (10 per cent) and Darragh McCullough (12 per cent) also did well in the survey.

Kerryman Paul Galvin might have taken a blow on Sunday, but he might be doubly sad to hear that just 15 per cent of young farmers admitted to reading his weekly fashion column in the Irish Independent – and 16 per cent of Macra members admitted to not knowing who he was.

More than 230 participants took the annual Macra na Feirme Young Farmer Survey this month on the website.

The survey is conducted every year and asks the farming members of Macra 30 questions on a wide-range of subjects including agriculture, lifestyle and current affairs.

“The survey has gained a reputation for providing a valuable insight into the thoughts and opinions of Ireland’s young farming community,” said a spokesperson.

Of the 235 respondents who took part, 66 per cent were male and 34 per cent were female.

The results were announced as the Ploughing Championships got underway in Athy, Co Kildare, with 180,000 visitors expected to visit in the next three days.

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