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    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.

    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.

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    Presenter: Damien O'Reilly

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