Limerick farmer swaps the sod for Georgia Salpa

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

A CROOM man is hoping it will be “easy peasy” to be voted Batchelors Peas Farmer of the Year, especially with the support of top model Georgia Salpa.

A CROOM man is hoping it will be “easy peasy” to be voted Batchelors Peas Farmer of the Year, especially with the support of top model Georgia Salpa.

Stephen Fitzgerald currently lies in second place with 33 per cent of the votes. You can vote for him on www.facebook.com/Batchelors.

Last year Stephen was on the Late Late Show after starring in a farming calendar and this year he is posing with the stunning Georgia Salpa.

“The lads in the pub didn’t believe me when I told them that I was going to be sitting on a bale of hay with her,” said Stephen.

“Everyone has been asking me what she is like? She was a great laugh and very professional,” added the Croom man.

Since being chosen from over 20 farmers by Batchelors to make it to the final three, Stephen has appeared on Ireland AM, Craig Doyle’s Saturday Night show and Ray D’Arcy’s radio show.

“If you had told me a few weeks ago I would be on three or four TV and radio shows; drove a tractor into St Stephen’s Green and posed in a photo shoot with Georgia Salpa I would have laughed.

“It will be something to look back on in the years to come. If it gives people a laugh then it’s great,” said Stephen, whose background is poultry farming.

A big Macra man, Stephen is representing Limerick in this year’s Mr Personality competition.

While it has been a light hearted campaign, Stephen says it also highlights the importance of the pea industry in Ireland. Batchelors currently contract over 700 acres of Irish peas.

A video of Stephen has attracted over 20,000 hits on www.facebook.com/Batchelors and you can vote for him until midnight on Thursday to become Batchelors Farmer of the Year.