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    Saturday 6th February

    KILKENNY LEADER PARTNERSHIP - LIKE HERDING CATS?

    Callan, Kilkenny is a community fighting back against decline. Leader Groups have played a role in stimulating the local economy as Frances Shanahan heard from Denis Drennan, Kilikenny Leader Partnership. Also we hear John Prendergast, a farmer from Thomastown, learning stone masonry, one of the community projects supported by Kilkenny Leader.

    LAMBE LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY

    Singer & actress Lisa Lambe joins Marty in studio this morning. Lisa talks about her album HIding Away & will also perform a song called Its Gotta Be Love.

    SPILLANE THE BEANS

    In Croke Park today, the All Ireland Jnr Club Football Final sees Ardnaree Sarsfields of Mayo take on Templenoe of Kerry. The south Kerry club have produced some wonderful footballers - notably the Spillane brothers - Tom, Mick & Pat. Marty is joined this morning by Mick & Pat Spillane.

    HEDGEROW OR IS THAT HEDGE ROW?

    New proposals that may allow farmers to cut hedges during August have resulted in a clash between wildlife groups & the IFA. Farmers argue they need to cut summer growth but heritage groups claim it poses a threat to Irish birdlife & habitats. To find out more about the controversy, farming reporter Suzanne Campbell joins Marty in studio.

    ALL OUR OWN WORK

    During the week Marty went to Tubber, one of the villages in The Burren in Clare, to hear a story of how a group of local people put their collective will into action to build a hall for the community. Marty spoke to Michael Donoghue in Tubber.

    Saturday 30th January

    Biomass - the confessional

    The recent Paris Climate Summit recommitted Ireland to cut its carbon output. Frances Shanahan visited the O'Shea Vegetable & Packing Business in Kilkinny. In studio to talk about the huge potential for renewable energy are Tom Bruton & Dr Cara Augustenborg.

    Ferns No Posters Here

    Mary Gethings, Chairperson of Ferns Tidy Towns Committee joins Marty this morning. With the elections around the corner Mary tells us why the their on the warpath against those election posters adorning every telegraph pole in the country!

    Fowl Events in Gurteen

    Joining Marty in studio is poultry farmer Alo Mohan to talk about chickens, turkey, geese & ducks as the National Poultry Show is on today in Gurteen Agriculture College. Also joining us from there is Michele Kiely of the Irish Society of Poultry Fanciers.

    John Dolan in Banaher

    Damien visited a mixed farm recently owned by John Dolan in the heart of Co Offaly. John has been breeding fowl all his life, chickens, hens and claims he has some record breaking fowl!

    Saturday 23rd January

    Expectorate on me, Nathan

    The Irish Country Music scene is thriving with packed concert venues, chart topping hits & huge TV ratings for its shows. Last Sunday night Brenda Donohoe went to the Lyrath Convention Centre in Kilkenny to meet Nathan Carter who is currently enjoying huge success.

    We Are Fed Up

    Small farmers & environmentalists protesting in Berling last week outside the huge Green Week Intl Food Fair which was attended by EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan. Dr. Ollie Moore, Lecturer in Crop Science in UCC joins Damien in studio.

    Short in Horn and long in profit

    Decades ago on Irish farms, golden red shorthorn cattle were a common sight but when continental breeds like Charolais entered here from the 1980s onwards, smaller animals were considered unfashionable & less productive. Suzanne Campbell joins Damien in studio this morning.

    Knit me a river!

    Anne Behan is a fashion designer who lives in a village of Clonlara County Clare who operates a very successful knitwear business exporting fashions to high end stores around the world. Frances Shanahan met Anne earlier this week.

    All Fenugreek to me

    15 year old Kate & 14 year old Annie Madden are sisters who have come up with a remedy to help horses eat up & they are looking for support for their enterprising idea!

    Saturday 16th January

    Countrywide 16th January Podcast

    On today's programme we hear from the annual Positive Farmers' Conference in Cork, we travel to Listowel to hear about a new documentary 'Addicted to Sheep' and we find out how to adopt a monument. Also, why is it proving so difficult to find farm labourers?

    Saturday 5th December

    HAROLD KINGSTON

    Harold Kingston is a dairy farmer in West Cork & chairs the IFA's Environment & Rural Affairs Committee. He talks to Damien about the COP2020 Conference in Paris & how agriculture here is going to adapt to the new reality.

    MAD ABOUT FARMING

    Sarah Armstrong is doing her Inter this year at Carrigallen VS in Leitrim, but she is a Limousin cattle fan and breeder on the farm near Killeshandra in Cavan. In May she talked to Damien about her passion for farming & next thing, Sarah gets a call from Justin McCarthy, editor of the Farmers Journal.

    SAFE FOOD

    Damien is joined in studio by Dr. Pamela Byrne who is the Chief Exec of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.(FSAI). At the end of her first year in the job she tells Damien it's not all about 'Enforcement Orders' to fast food outlets.

    EAST FERRY FARM

    Robbie and Yvonne Fitzsimmons run East Ferry Farm near Midleton and they raise hundreds of free range turkeys and geese at East Ferry Farm Cork , not to mention Free Range Chicken, Duck & Eggs.

    NEVER ENDING IFA ROW

    Joining Damien are Martin Ryan who writes on farming matters for The Irish Examiner & Farming Independent, with the latest speculation on candidates for the Presidential election, whether the farmer backlash is leading to many farmers cancelling their levies to the IFA. Martin McNamara, manager of Clare Mart in Ennis reflects what many are saying, after an initial surge.

    Saturday 28th November

    The Burren - Louise Denvir

    With the stormy weather of recent weeks, farmers are taking extra care of their animals & in the Burren, the Winterage has long since begun, that is putting cattle up the mountain or outwintering them as they do there. Louise Denvir took a trip to Patrick McCormack's farm in the heart of Co Clare.

    Simon Coveney - Min of Agric, Food, Marine & Defence

    Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney joins us from our Cork studio this morning ahead of his trade mission to Nigeria & Ghana this week. Does political instability & the threat of terrorism impact on the fluidity of trade with countries in parts of Africa.

    Eir (Eircom) Competition

    Earlier this year Eircom wholesale as it was called then, launched a competion to find a samll town or village in need of fast speed fibre broadband. This week the small community of Munterconnacht in County Cavan was chosen for the 250,000 investment. Richard Moat is the CEO of Eir & Peader Gill, spokesman for the winning entry from Munterconnacht.

    IFA Salaries - farmers reaction

    Joining Damien in studio this morning is Ruaidhrí Deasy of IFA & Gavin Duffy, Media Consultant & commentator. Our own Francis Shanahan has also been busy courting the views of various farmers at various marts.

    Saturday 21st November

    Pop-Up Farm Waste Disposal

    On most farms some waste is so hazardous, it needs to be disposed of very carefully. Thats why the EPA has teamed up with Teagasc, Dept of Agric & many local authorities have set up accross the country collection points for farmers. Frances Shanahan brings us this report.

    Irish Rail - Journeys on Us

    Brenda joins Ella in studio this morning to talk about Irish Rails - Journeys on Us competition for 100 voluntary groups. Brenda also brings us a report from one of the winners of this great initiative, Millstreet Parent & Toddler Group.

    Saturday 7th November

    HOW GREEN WAS MY WAY

    The news that the Dublin Galway Greenway has halted at Athlone due to lack of agreement with landowners in Co. Galway, has inflamed the long running row between the owners and the ramblers.

    WHAT A WASTE

    Niamh Kirwan works with Foodcloud who work to link waste food from supermarkets to local charities and she explains how they are tackling the whole problem.

    BEEFY EXPORT BUSINESS

    Much was promised with the announcement of beef exports starting to the US, but not much seems to have been delivered yet. Aidan Cotter of Bord Bia and Phelim O'Neill of the Farmers Journal explain

    LOAD OF BULL

    Tony Conway from Newtownstewart suffered injuries to his back and legs after a bull attacked him in October.

    Saturday 17th October

    SHINE A LIGHT

    Last night hundreds, if not thousands, of people slept at work and in the open to show support for and to raise sponsorship for Focus Ireland – Shine a light at Work 2015

    SOUR APPLE BUDGET

    Olan McNeece of Boyne Grove Fruit Farm near Drogheda produces Dan Kellys Cider and represents Cider Ireland – the overall body for Craft cider in Ireland.

    BULMERS AT 80

    Frances Shanahan has been to Clonmel in Tipp to find out more and first she spoke to Eoin O’Gorman the general manager of the company that’s now exporting to five continents.

    Noel Mc Grath

    Noel Mc Grath talks to us about his fight against cancer and raising awareness.

    THE MILK OSCARS

    Louise Denvir headed down to New Ross in the County of Wexford to meet one of the finalists : John and Ann Fitzgerald on the family farm at Gobbinstown

    PHIL'S A ROVER (OR A FORD OR PEUGEOT)

    The County Leitrim Percy French Society

    Saturday 10th October

    ABALONE TONIGHT ?

    Recently, Euro-toques Ireland announced the winners of their Eirgrid food awards, and to her suprise, Sinéad O’Brien of Mungo Murphy Seaweed in Bearna, Connemara was one of them. Louise Denvir met Sinéad at her family's very unusual farm in Rossaveal.

    WHERE DOES DUBLINER CHEESE COME FROM? CORK!

    Barryroe Co-op is one of the 4 involved in making the cheese in West Cork.Barryroe covers from Kinsale to Clonakilty and is of note because it consistently pays the best price in Ireland to its farmer members for milk. So how does it do this? Frances Shanahan met Peadar Murphy, the CEO of Barryroe, and he took her on a tour to explain.

    TAXING ISSUES FOR FARMERS

    The budget is coming and farmers are not backward in coming forward looking for support and breaks. But are farmers paying their fair share of tax?Damien put this to a man who knows more about this than most. Declan McEvoy is Head of Tax with IFAC, one of Ireland's biggest farming accountant and financial adviser firms.

    ARMAGH LIKES APPLES AND SO DOES OUR DA!

    It's called the Orchard of Ireland and rightly so because Armagh has a long tradition - 3,000 years?- of growing apples. Conor McCauley is BBC NI Ag and Environment correspondent and he went to do the picking for us.

    WHAT HAPPENED AT FBD?

    Fiona Muldoon, a veteran of the Central Bank's war against that bunch of bankers who messed up the country, is now in charge at FBD, the insurance group set up by farmers 40 years ago. Damien asked Ian Guider of the Sunday Business post to tell us how this happened and how Fiona is going to sort out the mess.

    90 AND GOING STRONG

    According to Wikepedia its population was 7,767,483 at the 2006 census. This may not be right. Nevertheless, Damien headed to the lush farmlands around Cashel to hear Jerry's stories along with son Andrew, who runs the family farm( with Jerry it has to be said!)

    Saturday 3rd October

    SERVICE WITH A GRUNT

    Damien talks with 2 experts on food service and what to expect in restaurants - Tom Doorley and John Healy

    BRUCELLOSIS DOESN'T SOUND NICE, AND IT ISN'T

    Meath-based vet Peadar O’Scanaill explains what it is and how we are now free of Brucellosis on the island of Ireland.

    Patrick O'Toole of Clare Island

    Louise Denvir visits singer Patrick O'Toole on his farm on Clare Island

    KERRY GROUP GIVES ENDA LIFT

    This week food group Kerry has today opened its new technology and innovation centre in the Millennium Business Park in Naas, Co Kildare.

    Saturday 26th September

    Papal Nuncio

    The Papal Nuncio Charlie Brown attended the Ploughing Championships during the week as a guest of the Kildare and Leighlin diocese who had a stand there.

    Rural Ireland

    Editor of Country Living Mairead Lavery and Seamus Boland of Irish Rural Link join Damien for a discussion on rural Ireland.

    Seed bank

    The Svalbard Vault is on an arctic island where hundreds of thousands of various duplicate food seed varieties including from Ireland, are stored in case of a global catastrophe such as a nuclear war which might destroy seed banks elsewhere in the world.

    Spuds

    According to a survey published last week the consumption of potatoes in Ireland has collapsed by twenty five per cent in just ten years and by a third since 2002. We visited the potato market in Limerick to hear what you had to say.

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