Saturday, 8.10am

    CountryWide Saturday 28 February 2015



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


    Alltech's Craft Brews and Food Fair runs over the weekend at the Convention Centre in Dublin. Alltech is a US based company worth a few Billion Dollars, founded by Dubliner Pearse Lyons and is the most important world company in craft brewing. Pearse joined Damien along with his chief brewer and the head of the brew tasters, Ken Lee.. Ken was one of the people who chose the winning beer - 11, An Imperial stout from Coisbo in Denmark.. And the owner, Anders Coisbo, joined the discussion in studio.. And then Porterhouse boss,
    Oliver Hughes told how he and Joe Elliott, of Def Leppard came up with Louder, a beer that goes up to 11% Alcohol. And of course Joe joined in as well.

    Check Alltech at

    Coisbo Brewery Web:  COISBO 

    Porterhouse web: Porterhouse


     Back to School

    Thomastown in Kilkenny wants to reinvent itself as Kilkenny’s Town of Food, with the help of Leader funding, where the old national school has been turned into a School of Food. Frances Shanahan met some of the people involved with giving courses and classes at the centre.



     The Pride of Kilbride

    The decision by Bus Eireann to drop and change some of its rural routes prompted the outcry this week from various groups and individuals describing the decision as another blow to rural Ireland. Is the demise of rural Ireland overblown? Eugene McGee, Longford native, GAA commentator and highly respected journalist gave Damien his not entirely negative outlook. And to confirm his view Louise Denvir showed how one community is fighting back. In small village of Kilbride in County Roscommon locals are doing it for themselves.

    Check Pobail at Pobal


    ESB Tree Week starts tomorrow and the Tree Council of Ireland is encouraging individuals, families, schools and local communities to participate in the dozens of events around the country..

    And this week, The Dept of Ag confirmed the details of the 482 Million grants for forestation, and we were talking to Don Magnier of the Farmers Journal, who was on a forestry tour with Minister Hayes this Thursday, and he is optimistic about the approach being taken. Given that Ireland has the lowest rate of tree cover in Europe, there has to be huge potential.
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    About The Show

    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

    Music Played on the Show

    • Title: Pure Imagination -- Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory
      Complete Work Name: Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory
      Composer: Newley/Bricusse
      Performer(s): Gene Wilder
      Performer(s): Gene Wilder, Studio Orchestra
      Album: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory OST, Hippo Records, Hipd40020
      Duration: 4:22


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    Presenter: Damien O'Reilly

    Producer: Ian Wilson

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