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    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.

    Saturday 13th June

    SMART MART

    Richard Hartnett manages Castleisland Mart in Kerrry, which is a coop.. He explains to Damien how business is going.

    KOBE BURGERS SELLING LIKE HOT CAKES

    John Collins runs the Scarlet Heifer butcher chain, the Beeftro restaurants and imports luxury foods like the Laduree range and Kobe beef.

    TASTE OF DUBLIN

    Louise Denvir reports from the Taste of Dublin festival.

    SONIA 5K

    Sonia O'Sullivan talks to Damien about the 5k Run in Dunlaoire this evening @sonia5k

    SWARM OUTSIDE ( AT LAST)

    This is the time of year when honey bees swarm. Do not panic - call a beekeeper and they will remove the swarm.

    BSE

    BSE- just when you thought it was safe.....Vet Peadar O'Scannaill explains what it's about and why we should not panic.

    ADDICTED TO SPUDS

    An Spud-off Mór (a competition to find the best spud grown in West Kerry) and Práta Pláta Competition (to find the best spud dish) are coming up as part of Féile an Práta in West Kerry.

    Saturday 6th June

    CLAMPERS!

    Damien went to Lanesborough on the Shannon to meet Fisheries Ireland and local anglers to see the Asian Invasion, Asian clams. 25 MILLION OF THEM!

    BADGERING CAFFE NER0

    Caffe Nero are a UK based coffee chain with 4 stores in Dublin, and they seem to have been caught in the row in England about badger culling.

    Beyond the Farm Gate

    Publisher and frequent contributor to Countywide, PJ Cunningham wants your stories! Countrywide and PJ are working together to produce a book of stories of rural/Irish life, to be called Beyond the Farm Gate.

    Paolo Tullio

    Tom Doorly spoke on the passing of well known chef and food critic Paolo Tullio.

    BLEEDIN HOUNDS

    Pearl is a dog blood donor, and Frances Shanahan talked to owner Betty Rochford at Gilabbey Veterinary Hospital in Cork City about why your dog might donate blood.

    THE FARMERS AND THE TAXPAYERS SHOULD BE FRIENDS

    On the week the Dept of Agriculture publishes the EU payments to all farmers, we ask the public, we ask Economist Jim Power and we ask the IFA the same question.

    Saturday 30th May

    KILBEGGAN YOUR ATTENTION

    Kilbeggan Organic Foods was established in January 2011. A family business run by the Lalor Family which produces and markets Organic food products based on the organic oat crop grown on the family farm, Ballard Organic Farm.

    SUZANNE IS IN TATTERS(ALLS)

    Suzanne Campbell headed to Tattersalls International Horse Trials held this week in Fairyhouse Co Meath.

    Hard to Bate Irish Country Living

    Mairead Lavery is editor of Irish Country Living

    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

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    Presenter: Damien O'Reilly

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