Aidan Cotter is CEO of Bord Bia, and just back from a succesful trip to Iran with the following Irish food companies and bodies:
Abbeyfield Foods, Arrabawn, Butlers, Dairygold, Glanbia Ingredients and Glanbia Consumer Foods, Glenstal Foods, Green Isle, Kerry Group, Lakeland Dairies, LacPatrick Dairies Ltd., Musgraves, Ornua, Pan Euro Foods, Redbank Food Company, Synergy, Wolfland Ltd.,SFSI and,of course, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
And Bord Bia have just been named as the most reputable organisation in Ireland, according to the annual Ireland RepTrak® 2016 study. But it's not all Sunshine and Roses, as the IFA, and others have their "salaries and perks" in their firing line.
Damien headed off last week with the Bord Bia delegation to the people's repubic of .. no not Cork.. but Iran. He reports on this pioneering trip.
Yes it exists! Happily in Mulranny Co Mayo. Louise Denvir checked out goat lore with sheep farmer Michael Joe Ginnelly and Séan Carolan of the Old Irish Goat Society. The goats have been here for thousands for years and are a valuable pool of unique goat genes.. And today ( 30 April) is Mayo Day 2016.
LacPatrick CEO is Gabriel D’Arcy and he leads the Co-op merged from Town of Monaghan Co-op and Ballyrashane Co-ops. LacPatrick operates on both sides of the border with a major dairy in Coleraine. The idea of the UK bailing out of the EU ( Brexit) gives him nightmares as he outlines to Damien
LacPatrick, Coolshannagh, Monaghan, Co. Monaghan,
Tel: + 353 (0)47 81400
Frances Shanahah went on the trail of the 12,000 (PLUS) pieces from Nore View Folk and Heritage Museum, near Bennetsbridge in Kilkenny. This was the life's work of the late Seamus Lawlor, and the contents of the museum are now with Victor Mitchell up in Roscrea. Anne-Louise Mitchell showed the barns full of artefacts to Frances.
Damien talked to Seamus in 2012, a few weeks after the (then) 75-year-old endured a 10-hour ordeal as he struggled to escape his ransacked home, while bound and gagged. Though shaken by his ordeal, Seamus was determined not to be bested by what happened.
The full interview is here for you to listen.
A story that links our national plant with one of the executed leaders of the 1916 Rising.. Gearoid O'Neill of O'Neills Flowers in Carlingford Co Louth and Donal Donnelly explain the story of Michael Mallin and Agnes Hickey, one of the saddest love stories in Irish history
Willville, Carlingford, Co. Louth
Speech Broadcaster of the Year Damien O'Reilly and the CountryWide team feature the events, people and happenings that bring colour and life to communities, towns and villages across the country.
Presenter: Damien O'Reilly
Producer: Ian Wilson