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    Saturday 23rd May

    Kerry Cattle are rare breeds

    The Kerry cow is a rare and native breed of animal and Raymond Hilliard is the secretary of the Kerry Cattle Society.

    Preserves and fragrances

    Veronica Molloy has developed her business Crossogue Preserves while her son John has left the land to found a perfumerie called Memo Fragrances.

    Cork Institute of Technology Entrepreneur of the Year award

    The Cork Institute of Technology fosters innovation and enterprise among its students. Frances Shanahan meets Cara Tremain, CIT Entrerpreneur of the Year and Stephen Downey and Padraic Walsh who also have great business ideas.

    Marty Morrissey makes silage

    Marty meets John Sheehy, the Chairman of the Irish Farm Contractors to see how the season is going – so far!

    Marty Morrissey interviews James Nolan, butcher

    James Nolan is the fourth generation of the Nolan family to run the butcher’s business in Kilcullen in County Kildare.

    Saturday 16th May

    Derek Davis

    The death of RTÉ Broadcaster and writer Derek Davis, has been a shock to the nation. Derek contributed to Countrywide in June 2012, a week in which a Welsh fisherman Cerri Jones caught a record breaking 23 pound trout in Lough Corrib. May he rest in peace.

    Local market

    This weekend starts the Love Your Local Market weekend, designed to boost interest in our local markets. Damien was joined by David O Brien who runs the milk market in Limerick and by Ellie Gill who runs Love Your Local Market which represents 1100 local markets in the UK.

    Richard Wright - Balmoral Show 2015

    The Barmoral Show is on this week, is has moved to the Maze

    Herdwatch

    Damien met Herdwatch farmer Andrew on his farm in Co. Tipperary to find out how Herdwatch is saving him 5-6 hours a week - and how that all this information can be seen anytime, anywhere from your smartphone, tablet or laptop/computer.4 years ago Fabien Peyaud founded Herdwatch, described as a cloud-based “mobile CRM for cows”

    Blanaid Ni Cofaigh visits a Unique GAA Club Na Gael Oiga

    Na Gaeil Óga is an Irish language GAA club based in Dublin bringing together Gaeltacht people and non-Gaeltacht people looking for a sport and social outlet with a common love of the language. Blanaid Ni Cofaigh visited Club Na Gael Oiga.

    Saturday 9th May

    DARKNESS INTO LIGHT

    Damien comes in this morning hot foot from running the event in Phoenix Park Dublin, one of 80 5k events all across the country raising money for Pieta house.

    PUB HUBUB

    There has been much talk of the decline of the rural pub, and there have undoubtedly been hard times for many businesses. Padraig Cribben is CEO of the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland (VFI) who represent over 4,000 pubs outside of Dublin.

    KNOCKLONG (AND OFTEN)

    The village of knocklong in Co. Limerick has the reopening tonight (Saturday) of the Magnet pub by local man & Limerick hurling Manager TJ Ryan after being closed for 3 years.

    YOU MIGHT ASK: ARE THE BRITS OUT?

    Alan Renwick is Professor Of Agriculture & Food Economics at the School Of Agriculture & Food Science UCD and he tells Damien the scale and possible fall out of a British Exit the EU.

    ALTERNATIVE TO THE BIG BOYS.

    There are alternative ways of procuring local Irish veg and cut out the middle man at the same time. Food and farming reporter Suzanne Campbell went to learn more about how farmers and consumers can benefit from consumer supported agriculture.

    @farmingmadire

    Tis the handle of 14 year old Sarah Armstrong, who is both mad and serious about farming!

    Saturday 2nd May

    HOW DOES AI WORK?

    Damien ventured down to Thurles in Tipperary, the home of Dovea Genetics, to see how AI works in practice.

    LOUISE DOES LAMBAY

    Lambay island lies just off the East coast of Ireland at North Co Dublin. The island is privately owned but it does have a working farm, producing sheep, cattle and wallabees

    MORE UPLAND FIRES - BUT LEGIT THIS TIME!

    The Hill of Uisneach in Westmeath is an ancient druidic site and for several years now it is the centre of the Fire Festival.

    12 YEARS AS MAIN MEAT MAN

    Agricultural economist Ciaran Fitzgerald has just finished as Chairman of Meat Industry Ireland after 12 years.

    CountryWide

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

    Saturday 25th April

    NEONICOTIN.... NEONICATIN...

    Neonicotinoids, the insecticides based on Nicotine, are back in the news. Prof Jane Stout of TCD School of Botany published some headline making research this week and Philip McCabe, well known beekeeper, and European President of Apimondia, the world bee organisation, join Damien.

    A MIDLETON TO LARGE BOTTLE OF WHISKEY

    Frances Shanahan went to the Midleton distillery to bottle her own exclusive bottle and to check out how the expansion of the production is going on. Midleton is where Jameson is made amongst other whiskeys and you can bottle your own special whiskey at €100 a time

    BURNING ISSUE

    Fires have raged across parts of the uplands from one side of Ireland to the other. Fergal Monaghan of Yourcommonage.ie, Lorcan O'Toole of the Golden Eagle Trust and Pat Dunne, Chair of the IFA Hill Farmers Commitee join Damien to try and explain what is going on.

    Saturday 18th April

    Laura Barron

    Laura Barron from Tramore came on to advertise her Herefords.

    EWES ARE BOTH FEMALE?

    Els and partner Orla Barry have a sheep farm near Kilmore Quay.

    HEDGING THE BUSINESS

    Mike and Máire Sheahan run a mature hedging nursery outside Birr in Co.Offaly called M & M. Martina Mc Glynn went along to find out more about the benefits of mature hedge

    GREEN GROWS THE PARTY

    Eamon Ryan is leader of the Green Party in Ireland and too often they and farmers seem on the opposite side of the hedge. Damien asks why this is and asks what have the Greens done for us lately.

    MILK'S DWAN!

    The Dwan family from Thurles were winners of the NDC/ Kerrygold Quality Milk Award 2014, and as this is National Dairy Week, they are hosting an Open day on their dairy farm in association with Teagasc.

    Saturday 11th April

    Brenda And Jackie Coyne

    The Renvyle Peninsula in Connemara was particular scenic when Brenda Donohue met local man Jackie Coyne. Jackie is a former captain of the Irish Fly Fishing team and he comes from a long line of fly-fisherman, but it was his dog TJ that caught Brenda’s attention.You see Jackie claims that TJ understands the motion of the tides.

    Angus O'Leary and Ryanairs' Michael O'Leary

    Michael O'Leary is best known as the boss of Ryanair and then maybe as a horsey fellow with his Gigginstown Stud, in Westmeath but he also is the proud owner of a very fine herd of Aberdeen Angus. Michael spoke to Damien at some length on his love of the cattle and many other topics, you know how shy he can be.

    Understanding Trawling Rights - Caitlín Uí Aodha

    Caitlín Uí Aodha is the Chief Executive of the Irish South & East Fish Producer's Organisation, a woman who has long personal experience of the ups and downs of the fishing industry in Ireland, and is no stranger to the tragedy of loss at sea. Caitlin joins Damien live in Dublin.

    New President Sean Finan In Macra na Feirme

    Sean Finan from Ballinlough, Castlerea, Co Rosommon,is the new President of Macra. He is one of the founding members of his club, Castlerea Macra, a beef farmer and also works as a construction project manager with Sisk. Despite being well occupied he had time to talk to Damien on the farm during the week.

    Saturday 28th March

    ROARING WATER SEED TRADE

    Madeline Mc Keever produces seeds for varieties of vegetables that are well suited to Irish conditions on her farm near Skibereen in West Cork.

    POLISH UP YOUR FOOD

    The Poles make up the second biggest national group in Ireland, yet we know very little about what goes on in food and agriculture between the two countries.

    TALK TO SOMEBODY IN FRONT OF YOU- WIERD!

    There’s a pub in the West where they have an interesting option if you’re fed up with people phoning , twittering , texting and facebooking.

    END QUOTE-A !

    Suzanne Campbell followed the quota train up to Carlow, Walter Power is one of the organisers of a Midnight milking party on the 31st March and John Bermingham has a special song for the occasion.

    Saturday 21st March

    6 MONTHS IN NEW ZEALAND

    The Stephen Cullinan Scholarship gives Macra na Feirme members the opportunity to gain experience of New Zealand farming methods.

    IS SLURRYSAFE?

    Farming couple Alan & Colette Martin of Ballyduff Upper in Waterford have patented and sell 'Slurrysafe', which is a safety cage to allow working over a slurry pit without risk.

    BETTER SAFE THAN THE ALTERNATIVE

    Farming is twice as dangerous as the next nearest job in Ireland, with 30 dying in farm accidents in 2014.

    Saturday 14th March

    Saturday 7th March

    DUCKS LIKE ROARING WATER

    Skeaghanore ducks are hand reared near Ballydehob, West Cork, overlooking Roaring Water Bay. Frances Shanahan went to meet Eugene and Helena Hickey who run the farm.

    GLANBIA, OR IS IT GLANBIGGER?

    Damien headed to Glanbia's new Nutritional Ingredients Plant at Belview, on the Kilkenny Waterford border.

    IN THE DARK - NO REALLY!

    Four nights a week dairy farmer Morgan Murphy is involved with different groups hiking up the Galtee and Ballyhoura mountains in the pitch black, armed only with torches and good company.

    THE REAL MCCOY

    Champion Jockey A.P. McCoy grew up on the shores of Lough Neagh - among horses of course- in the towland of Moneyglass in Antrim. Suzanne Campbell trekked up to the homestead to meet AP's parents, Peadar and Claire, and she got the full tour.

    Saturday 21st February

    TURNING PLASTIC INTO BLACK GOLD

    Damien talks to Pat Alley, board Member of Cynar, about turning silage wrap and waste plastc in to motor fuel.

    NOT JUST THE LEAVES RUSTLING

    We look at the nationwide scourge of livestock theft.

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