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CountryWide Saturday 14 January 2017

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CountryWide

People, events and happenings around the country, presented by Speech Broadcaster of the Year Damien O'Reilly.

Bord Bia announces growth in export sales of Irish food & drink

Bord Bia announces growth in export sales of Irish food & drink

This week Bord Bia announced record export sales of Irish food & drink internationally of over 11 billion euro in 2016. It is the 7th successive year of growth in the value of sales - despite the effective wiping of 500 million euro of sales to the UK in the 2nd half of the year, representing a 41 per cent growth in exports since 2010. Are the primary producers, farmers getting a kick back? Joining Damien on the line are Edmund Phelan, beef farmer in Co Waterford & ICSA beef committee chairman & Liam Dunne, a tillage farmer from Kildare & IFA grain committee chairman.

McInerney in Loughrea - Brenda Donohue

McInerney in Loughrea - Brenda Donohue

More than three quarters of businesses in Ireland are family owned but less than a third actually make it through to the next generation. But what about a family business that has made it through, not only the second, third generation but the fourth? Brenda Donohue visited one such business in Loughrea, Co. Galway - McInerneys General Merchants Store.

Alan Matthews, Professor Emeritus of Euro Agri Policy in Dept of Economics, TCD

Alan Matthews, Professor Emeritus of Euro Agri Policy in Dept of Economics, TCD

European farmers receive almost 60 billion euro in subsidies from Brussels annually - Irish farmers share around 1.5 billion euro of this with the vast majority dependent on this farm support to make a living as the commodities they produce are sold far below cost of production. However in the EU Parliament a leading expert on the Common Agricultural Policy warned that the days of uniform, area based payments paid to farmers have no place in a modern agricultural policy.

Rural Isolation - Keep the home fires buring

Rural Isolation - Keep the home fires buring

The GAA social initiative began 9 years ago to help combat people living alone & in isolation in rural areas. Damien goes to Cavan to speak to Tom Reilly there, whose project 'Keep the Home fires burning' a spin off of the GAA social initiative in West Cavan, to also tackle rural isolation.

Ian McDonagh - BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

Ian McDonagh - BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition concludes later today in the RDS. In studio with Damien is a student who is taking part for the second year in a row, Ian McDongah, is a 15 year old 3rd year student from Merlin College in Galway, to tell us about his 'scientific investigation of the cures & folkways of the Irish Traveller'.

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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.

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