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    CountryWide Saturday 13 December 2014



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



    This week the Environmental Protection Agency held the first conference on food waste. While one in ten of Irish people suffer from food poverty, we send over one million tonnes of food into waste disposal every year. In fact each person is throwing out about 80 kilograms of waste annually. Suzanne Campbell checks out what can be done to reduce these levels, and what's happening to good food that never reaches supermarkets from Irish farms? She headed to Meade Potato Company in Lobinstown, Navan, Co. Meath to see how they have eliminated waste food, met Follains Jams at the EPA Conference and talked to social entrepreneurs Foodcloud, who use the web to connect waste food and charities in a simple system.

    Meade Potato Company Web:
    FoodCloud web:
    Follain web:

    EPA Food Waste details: 


    Gay Bull Lib!

    Today is the day that "Gay" Charolais bull, Benjy, leaves Mayo to go to The Hillside Animal Sanctuary in East Anglia, England. As Countrywide listeners will know this is the final chapter of the story that broke due to the show and led to a fundraising campaign, organised by ARAN, the Animal Rights Action Network, and online magazine, The Gay UK, to save the bull from certain slaughter. This soon became a world wide campaign with Simpsons co-founder, Sam Simon, rounding up the total to ensure Benjy was bought from the Mayo farmer and brought to live out his natural in England. Joanna McNicholas, one of the few people who actually knows who the secretive Mayo farmer is, and who first reported on Benjy, fills us in on the latest.

    ARAN web:




    Yes, we know Christmas is coming when the ads start in earnest ( well in August probably). Some are hardy annuals: Guinness- home of the black stuff, Barry's Tea and the train set- which is only on radio, ESB and Dusty Springfield- but some are new for this Christmas. Amongst the most striking are food and drink ads, especially some of the supermarkets'. Louise Denvir (frequent contributor who actually holds a Marketing Masters) and Jimmy Murphy of Publicis, a worldwide communications agency, talk Damien through the fun and the black arts of advertising.

    Publicis web:!home
    Louise Twitter: @LouiseDenvir



    Living showbiz legend Red Hurley came in to sing for us this Christmas time along with The Ennis Gospel Choir.. because he is playing in The Glor, Ennis, tonight and they are part of the show. For his "Oh Holy Night" Tour Red is working with a local choir in each town and city he visits. So for our pleasure Red and the choir make some truly divine music, and Damien chats to the man about his long and fascinating career:

    The Dates

    Glor Ennis Tonight Saturday
    Sunday 14 - Dunamaise Arts Cenre Portlaoise
    Thursday - Ratoath, The Venue Theatre
    Sunday 21 – Town Hall Galway
    Monday 22 – Siamse Tire, Tralee
    Tuesday 23 – Mullingar Arts Centre

    Twitter: @Red_Hurley




    Biblical references here - separating sheep from goats! Below is a goat or two - easily distinguishable from sheep who do not live in caravans 


    Over 43,000 flock owners, registered as keepers of sheep and goats on the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine’s database, will has received the Sheep and Goat Census 2014. Completing and returning the census is a legal obligation. And the census day this year is Sunday 14 December 2014
    As well as fulfilling this requirement, the yearly sheep and goat census is the record retained by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, as to the number of sheep on each holding.

    More information:,79244,en.html

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