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    Saturday 22nd August

    HOW NOW PROUD MARY

    Damien found out what a selection of dairy folk thought, of milk prices, during the annual Virginia Show in Cavan, including IFA deputy President Tim O Leary.

    SUPERMAC GIVES FROZEN BEEF COLD SHOULDER

    One man on top of the world is Galway Hurling team sponsor,founder and owner of Supermac’s, Pat McDonagh who was in our Galway studio.

    COWS COMFORT MATS AND CREDIT

    Finglas Dublin based company - ICE - have revolutionised the market with their ComfortSlatMat, which is a major export earner.

    THE BIG FELLA

    Tim and his wife Dolores set up the Michael Collins Centre and Memorial park on the family farm.

    FRANCES GOES TO PILTOWN - RELAX!

    We sent Waterford woman Frances Shanahan to see how things are in Piltown for the Iverk Show, which claims to be the oldest agriculture show in Ireland.

    Saturday 15th August

    Glensouth Farm

    Damien travels to Glensouth Farm in Co. Cork to see the hard working 'Maria', a Lely Vector feeder.

    UK milk crisis

    Milk prices being paid to farmers remain under pressure with no upturn on the horizon. Dairy farmers across the UK are at crisis point.

    Urban Farm

    Belvedere College in the heart of Dublin City is giving it's students the opportunity to learn about science and technology through food at their new urban farm.

    Eircom boardband

    Eircom are offering one rural community the opportunity to be the next trail town to benefit from a €250,000 investment in high speed connectivity.

    Embryo calf

    George Kearney from Moate who won the prize for the parthenaise class.

    Saturday 8th August

    Wexford tourism

    Bettie Marie Burger-Smit is the Chair of Visit Wexford and Valerie O'Flaherty runs the Kilmore Quay seafood festival

    Michael Doran

    Michael Doran is farming a couple of miles out the road from Kilmore Quay in Duncormick, and has just moved from beef to dairy production.

    Caitlin Ni H'aodha and Leslie Bates of Sofrimar

    Caitlin Ni H'aodha is a trawler owner, and campaigns for the fishing sector. Sofrimar exports 99% of it's (mainly) shellfish with €24 Million Turnover and 140 Employees, making it one of the biggest employers in the South East.

    Saltees Fish

    Saltees Fish is run by the O'Flaherty family with 10 trawlers on the go and a busy fish and prawn wholesale business.

    Saturday 1st August

    PLOUGH THE FIELDS AND SCATTER (A FEW VERSES)

    The Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin wants your favourite farming poems. Denis Nulty celebrates his second anniversary in the Diocis with a plea to choose your favourite poems for the Ploughing in September.

    MY NOT SO LITTLE PONY

    Louise Denvir brought here microphone and video camera down to Carlow to meet Gloria Nolan who trains and breeds Connemara Performance ponies at the farm.

    MILK MY MAN

    Billy Walsh is the Coach for Irish boxings High Performance Unit, the basis of so much Irish sporting success, and he was a milkman.

    GREENER THAN THOU

    Tom Arnold is Director General of the Institute of International and European Affairs, and this week they held a seminar in The RDS on how Ireland can become the envy of the world with smart, sustainable agriculture.

    TASTY CAVAN

    Damien ventured onto familiar turf to find out what Cavan will be tasting like this year. The annual Taste of Cavan runs 7 - 8 August 2015 at Cavan Equestrian Centre.

    Saturday 25th July

    Sing if you're glad to be in Tipperary

    For the members of Tipperary Gospel Choir, it is one of the busiest seasons! Rehearsals are in full swing for performances at a rich range of local festivals, kicking off with the Ardpatrick Festival in County Limerick on Friday 31st July

    KIDS TAKE LEAD

    Three different ways to encourage farm safety amongst children.

    Combining

    The harvest season is under way and Damien went along with farmer Tom Short to harvest winter barley on his farm in Newtownmountkennedy Co. Wicklow.

    MUSSELING IN ON THE SEAFOOD BUSINESS

    Frances Shanahan went off to west cork on a seafood hunt- first was Ger Lynch from Beara Seafoods on his mussel business. Then on to Clonakilty for BIM's seafood research centre.

    26 years in the saddle

    John Moloney has run the Galway Races for 26 years and next week will be his final set. His son Michael is taking over in April.

    Saturday 18th July

    Nomadic Dairy

    A county Donegal based company , which produces products like yoghurts and dairy snacks, says it expects to see a significant increase in export sales following the recent Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

    SLANE BY FOOD

    Suzanne Campbell went out on a bike tour to find out about the Slane Food Circle. Carina Mountcharles runs this electric bike tour of the artisan and other food producers and farmers in the Boyne valley around Slane.

    PIGGY RACISM or IS THAT RACING?

    Laura Boyle is Senior researcher in Teagasc and she knows more about pigs than most of us do about ....well pigs.

    QUAKERS MADE MORE THAN YUPPY FURNITURE

    Damien went to Mountmellick and talked to Roy Meredith and others about the Quaker-Laois connection.

    TRACTOR REACTOR

    These days tractors can weigh over 2 tonnes and travel at 80 kph plus, so we asked Ciaran Moran of Agriland.ie to explain the law and what actually happens

    Saturday 11th July

    PURE RUBBISH

    Illegal dumping. It’s a problem across Ireland particularly in rural areas. Local authorities often struggle to deal with. in the Wicklow uplands, a combination of groups, community and arts projects are successfully tackling illegal fly tipping and dumping.

    SEAFEST 2015

    Today in Ringaskiddy Co. Cork, the harbour will be transformed into a SeaFest - a celebration of Ireland's maritime culture.

    Saturday 4th July

    THE OPERAS OF OLDCASTLE

    This weekend Loughcrew House and Gardens in Oldcourt, Co Meath is host to Opera in the Open Air with the Puccini Scandal. Emily Naper runs the whole estate and Louise Denvir was there to find out how it all works

    MORE FIBRE IS GOOD FOR YOUR BUSINESS

    Belcarra in Mayo became the first fibre to the home trial town in Ireland. There are many areas that are in the so called 'intervention footprint', that will not be served by commercial operators, and will be part of a government subsidised scheme.

    CLONMEL 150

    1865 was the first Clonmel show, and Frances Shanahan headed up the Suir Valley to get the low down from Turtle Bunbury, the historian asked to write the history of and present an exhibition on the show.

    HORSE OVERBOARD

    Hardly but Devonian Emma Massingale has spent a month on a remote Connemara island communing with and teaching 6 ponies.

    2025

    Lovely romantic Ireland, no slurry, no carbon production, no septic tanks, and we can double production? All a bit of a fantasy?John Moloney, former head of Glanbia, headed up the committee that produced the report and he joins Darragh to discuss.

    MOORE MOO TECHNOLOGY

    Darragh was down at Moorepark for Teagasc's dairy open day and met some impressive new tech ideas.

    Saturday 27th June

    ..AND CREAM!

    The South west and Wexford in particular is synonymous with the growing of Strawberries but they grow them too down in Kerry. John O Sullivan and his son Jack met Damien at Dicks Grove Farm, Currow, Co Kerry, to see the Strawberries. The brand they go by is Sliabh Luachra Strawberries

    FIBRE UP MY COMMUNITY

    There are many areas that are in the so called 'intervention footprint', that will not be served by commercial operators, and will be part of a government subsidised scheme. If you are in one of those areas,then Carolan Lennon, md Eircom Wholesale outlines how you can get your whole community online.

    John Paul on the beach at Cromane

    Based in Cromane Co. Kerry Sasta Foods is owned and run by John-Paul and Kathleen O' Connor.They specialise in home made foods, to their own recipes, including Sausages and Black and White Pudding.

    Cattle rustling

    Niall Dillon is a farmer from Kilbeggan in County Westmeath, on Thursday when he went to check on his cattle and sheep at an out farm, he discovered that they had been stolen, all one hundred of them. If you have any information contact Kilbeggan Garda station, (057) 933 2102. IFA campaign to tackle livestock theft offers €10k reward fund for significant info. Call 1800 250025

    AROUND THE FARMGATE

    LAST WEEK TO ENTER If you have a story to tell from growing up in rural Ireland in the past half century or so, we would love to hear from you. Countrywide and The Farmers Journal are supporting ‘Around The Farm Gate – A Treasure Trove of Irish Stories’

    ANYONE FOR WIMBLEDON

    The Wimbledon 2015 championships at begins at the All England Club on Monday next. And while Ireland never seems to feature on court, we certainly are very prominent off court as Robert Mulhern found out on his visit to South London.

    Saturday 20th June

    SHOW ME HOW IT'S DONE

    It's tough these days to run a show and cover the costs. Ballivor in Meath has its own Horse Show, but there's so much more: vintage tractors, dogs and ponies to beat the band. Suzanne Campbell went to meet some of the larger than life characters there and to find out how they make it happen.

    RADIO BAA BAA

    Brenda Donohue is live at Mellows Campus in Athenry to tell us about all things at SHEEP 2015.

    OUR FRANCES ON CLIMATE CHANGE

    We are losing hundreds of thousands of hectares of arable land every year, much due to climate change.Soil Scientists from Europe were here recently to discuss sustainability of soil and the future of agriculture.

    EI, EI, O - NO IT'S O I E

    The OIE is the World body that controls, monitors and sets standards for outbreaks of animal diseases, including of course BSE. They are almost certain to move Ireland

    THIS OXX IS DEFINITELY LOW RISK

    The Derby is coming and Damien went to the Curragh to meet top trainer and all round gentleman, John Oxx. While he was there Paul Hensey, Manager of the Curragh Racecourse called in.

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    Presenter: Damien O'Reilly

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