Saturday, 8.10am

    CountryWide Saturday 22 August 2015



    People, events and happenings around the country, presented by Damien O'Reilly.


    We sent Waterford woman Frances Shanahan across the Suir to see how things are in Piltown for the Iverk Show, which claims to be the oldest agriculture show in Ireland, and starts today ( Saturday). The Aberdeen Angus All- Ireland final held there has a prize fund of €20,000. Joe Malone talks about the cattle, Josephine Burke about the Cherry Cake Champion and all live from Co Kilkenny.




     Here is their replica Rolls Royce Armoured Car, “Sliabh Na mBan”, built on the farm

    On this day ninety three years ago, Michael Collins was shot dead at Beal na Blá. Tim Crowley is a dairy farmer from Castleview just outside Clonakilty and is a distant cousin of Michael Collins. In 2000 Tim and his wife Dolores set up the Michael Collins Centre and Memorial park on the family farm. Tim came into our Cork studio for a chat. And you have a guided tour of the ambush trail, a life size replica of an ambush site complete with Crossley Tender and replica of Michael Collins, famous Rolls Royce Armoured Car, “Sliabh Na mBan”.




    Now for some facts. Most cattle sheds these days are what is called slatted sheds, where gaps between the concrete floor slats allow the cattle end product to flow down into slurry tanks. The problem is that the concrete is very rough on cattle standing and they don't like lying down on it. Hence Cow Mats, and a Finglas Dublin based company - ICE - have revolutionised the market with their ComfortSlatMat, which is a major export earner. Co-owner Tony Dunne explained to Damien how they solved their need to expand production to meet demand by talking to SBCI, a Government body designed to funnel lower cost credit to small business.

    The first SBCI loans were made available from mid-March this year, channelling low cost funding from KfW, the European Investment Bank, and the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund -some €45 million in funding has now been put to work for more than 1600 Irish businesses.
    The SBCI’s current product offerings, how to apply for loans and more information about the SBCI can be found at sbci or follow us on Twitter @SBCIreland

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    One man on top of the world is Galway Hurling team sponsor,founder and owner of Supermac’s, Pat McDonagh who was in our Galway studio. But Supermacs are blowing their trumpet about more than the long and succesful association with Galway GAA.They have just introduced the first 100% fresh meat Irish Beef burger available in a quick service food chain in Ireland. And at the same time announced that their commitment to Irish Farmers is now reaching in excess of €20 million per annum, in part due to moving away from using frozen beef.

    Web: Supermacs




    Diageo Baileys Dairy Cow 2015 - in all her glory

    While the Scottish farmers in the video are lamenting the milk price across the water, it's not all plain sailing for milk producers in Ireland. The price being paid for a litre of milk to our 18,000 dairy farmers remains under pressure with co-ops cutting July milk price by an average of 1 cent a litre. Damien found out what a selection of dairy folk thought during the annual Virginia Show in Cavan, including IFA deputy President Tim O Leary.

    Virginia Show

    Watch the musical version by Scots Farmers Milk Song

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    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: Proud Mary
      Performer(s): Creedence Clearwater Revival
      Performer(s): Creedence Clearwater Revival
      Album: Chronicle - The 20 Greatest Hits
      Duration: 3:19


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