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    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.

    ORGANIC JOB GROWTH

    Suzanne Campbell is in studio to talk about Organic Farming.

    TRACTOR TO THE POLE

    Manon Ossvoort talks about her remarkable journey to the South Pole driving a Masset Ferguson.

    Saturday 14th February

    ROMANCE IS DEAD AND GONE ETC

    Our panel of judges, Lorna Sixsmith, Louchlainn O' Mearáinn and Brid Cooney announce the winner of our competition, Romance is dead and gone etc, live on air.

    DEAR DEER

    Suzanne Campbell joins us in studio to talk about her experience stalking deer in Glencree, Co Wicklow, with Pat O'Leary

    GOOD FOOD GOOD FARMING

    Oliver Moore, director of ARC2020, the European Agriculture and Rural Convention, an alliance of Green and Civic groups, joins us in studio to talk about their 2 day conference in Brussels.

    DAMIEN GOES WEST

    Damies goes on the trail of Minister Simon Coveney to mark the reopening of the beef trade between Ireland and the US.

    Saturday 7th February

    Saturday 31st January

    RONAN CLARKE - WIFE SINEAD QUINN PAYS TRIBUTE

    Sinead Quinn was left with 3 daughters under 6,when her husband Ronan died one year after being diagnosed with a rare sarcoma cancer. The Mayo man was known to many for his work on Ear to the Ground, before he left to become a primary teacher. Sinead wants people ( and especially men) to pay more attention to early diagnosis, which might have helped Ronan. Joining her was Dr Charles Gillham , who was Ronan's Oncologist and who is also on that mission to raise awareness. Feb 4 is World Cancer Day. Irish Cancer Society: www.cancer.ie Irish Sarcoma Group Web: irishsarcomagroup.ie

    JAMES BOND QUOTES LAFCADIO HEARN

    In Ian Fleming's 1964 novel You Only Live Twice, James Bond retorts to his nemesis Blofeld's comment of 'Have you ever heard the Japanese expression kirisute gomen?' with 'Spare me the Lafcadio Hearn, Blofeld.' The story of Lafcadio Hearn, half Irish- half Greek, abandoned by his father, and eventually brought up by his fathers aunt, largely in Tramore house, is so bizarre. He ends up living in Japan, marrying there and ending up as one of Japan's most celebrated writers, almost their own Yeats.. To cut a long story short, a Japanese trust fund are working with Waterford County Council to build a Japanese garden in his honour in Tramore House. Frances Shanahan put on her kimono and wellies to see what's going on.

    BIG BOOTS TO PHIL

    Damien met the recently appointed Agriculture Commissioner in Brussels to talk turkey and beef and milk on his role. On arriving he had to deal with an import ban from Russia, but no better man to deal with crises. Speaking of which Damien did ask about the wet elephant in the Irish corner, and Phil Hogan stoutly defended the route taken.

    CAVAN WITH A COLA

    Our Damien spent his youth drinking an elixir known as Cavan Cola every summer. It was a uniquely sweet tasting black beverage with a distinctive creamy Guinness-like head – enjoyed by Cavan folk from the 50s right through to the 90s. There have been various campaigns launched to bring Cavan Cola back, but The Anglo Celt, Cavan County Council and Taste of Cavan are now all involved in its most recent drive. We sent Louise Denvir to the snowy Breffni County this week to hear from the people who love it most... Here’s the original Bring Back Cavan Bebo Page: Bebo page And the Anglo Celt’s campaign can be followed: here You can find Conor Lynch: here: http://socialmedia.ie

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

    Saturday 24th January

    DO YOU WANT YOUR CHIPS FRIED OR MODIFIED?

    After many years of talking about GMO ( Genetically Modified Organisms) the responsibility is to pass from the EU centrally back to national Governments.

    WHEN IS PORK IRISH AND WHEN IS IT ...SOMETHING ELSE

    Recently, we saw a well known ham proclaiming 'Made in Co Wicklow'- what does that mean?

    AND THEN THERE WERE 5

    The latest farming organisation to be formed was born out of the Hill Farmers for Action group, formed last year to fight for a better a deal on commonages and access to GLAS.

    FACTOR THIS IN

    Peadar O'Scanaill is one of the judges on tg4's Clann Feirm Factor, and one of the country's foremost vets.

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