Well, it’s a story that would not be out of place on a country record and that is the tale of a Russian soprano who married a Westmeath bachelor. Larissa Tormey, a classical trained soprano and pianist met her future husband, Christy, when he was on a stag weekend in Moscow.
Within six months of their meeting, they were married with Larissa leaving behind the operatic stage in Moscow for pastures new on Christy’s beef farm in Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath.
Well 16 years on, and still very much in love, Larissa is now making her mark as a country music singer.
Brenda Donohue went down to Kilbeggan and Larissa began by showing her around the farm.