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”.
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.
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 www.virginiashow.com
Watch the musical version by Scots Farmers Milk Song
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