A computer scientist & web developer by training, Francis is a smallholder, gardener, cook, brewer and beekeeper by passion. In early 2000, he swapped the big city and a career in IT for the rural life in Kilkenny.
Francis has established a successful web development company in Kilkenny but also runs Croan Cottages, four star self catering cottages in Dunnamaggin.
At Croan Francis has restored the old Walled Garden and Orchards and raises pigs, cattle, sheep, goats, alpacas and a variety of poultry.
Francis organises numerous Smallholding events every year to promote self-provision and runs cookery and butchery courses at Croan House.
Francis has been a contributor on Community Radio Kilkenny City since 2015.