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    CountryWide Saturday 22 November 2014

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

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    MASH DIRECT AND DOWN

    The Hamiltons of Comber Co Down, are not only the Ulster Finalists of the FBD UN Year of Family Farming but the people behind Mash Direct.. We called to the 160 plus hectare farm at the side of Strangford Lough, and saw how Martin, Tracey and Lance run the whole business ( Other son Jack is in London running the international side ).  Mash Direct now has a turnover of €12 Million, and the farm itself in the millions.. 

    Mash Direct Ltd,
    81 Ballyrainey Road,
    Comber,
    Co.Down,
    BT23 5JU
    Tel: 048 9187 8316
    Web: www.mashdirect.com

    FBD - the sponsors :www.fbd.ie

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    FUN AND CROWDFUNDING AT RUSSBOROUGH

    The Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland is working on restoring the 18th Century walled garden at Russborough House in Co. Wicklow. It is an enormous undertaking with such an important cultural and horticultural project. As the RHSI put it:"This is a real garden for real people".

    Suzanne Campbell was simply enthralled to meet the volunteers led by Denise Gill and to get a bit of the history of this 1 hectare walled garden from Robert Myerscough, President of the RHSI.

     

    Web:www.rhsi.ie
    And the funding site is :www.indiegogo.com/projects/an-18th-century-garden-for-a-21st-century- ireland

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    GOBBLE GOBBLE

    Ronan and Bird 

    Ronan "The Friendly Farmer" Byrne runs his 35 acre poultry operation outside Athenry in Galway. He has always specialised in poultry, especially geese and turkeys at this time of year, but he also slaughters on site and has expanded into training the art (and science) of running a poultry business.

    Frances Shanahan headed there early one morning to see the turkeys reluctantly heading out for a gander.. well, a walk about in any event.

    The Friendly Farmer
    Knockbrack
    Athenry,Galway
    Tel: 087 109 1805
    Mail: thefriendlyfarmerorders@gmail.com.

    Web: http://thefriendlyfarmer.blogspot.ie

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    COOL CLEAR COULTER

    Not content to be the most successful songwriter ever to come out of Ireland, to have sold millions of records, to have his song sung at every Ireland rugby match, to have a (as good) sold out Irish tour, to have just released his umpteenth album ( Echoes of Home), to be running his 19th Carribean music cruise.. he has to go and dip his toe in the water row, with his never before recorded song- Cool Clear Water. Phil and wife Geraldine (Brannigan) talked to Damien and duetted together on another water titled song... but this is just a love song!

     

    Phil's upcoming tour dates are:
    Sat 22nd Nov; Theatre Royal, Waterford, Sun 23rd Nov; Glor Theatre, Ennis, Wed 26th Nov; Venue Theatre, Ratoath, Thurs 27th Nov; An Draiocht, Blanchardstown,  Fri 28th Nov; Mullingar Arts Centre, Sat 29th Nov; Source Arts Centre, Thurles, Sun 30th Nov; Iontas Arts Centre, Castleblayney, Sun 14th Dec: Cork Opera House, Wed 17th Dec: National Concert Hall, Dublin,
    Thurs 18th Dec: Wexford Opera House

    Web: philcoulter.com
    Twitter: @Phil_Coulter

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