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    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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    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.

    Saturday 17th January

    Its not Sam Maguire but it’s close !!!

    It s not the All Ireland …but in a way its bigger ! The Mayo News was recently names best regional paper in Europe… Louise Denvir travelled to Westport to look at the unique place of the local newspaper in Irish life . www.mayonews.ie

    Fair Daffodils we weep to see you haste away so soon …

    They’ve inspired Poetry and Paintings but to West Cork producer Brian Perrot , Daffodils are a way of life . After a rough week on the weather front , we touch base with Brian to see how he’s been coping …. www.westcorkdaffodils.ie

    Open Days at top Stud Farms

    Its loving time for Stallions soon but the cream of Irish Stud Farms are flinging open their stable doors to the public next week in an effort to open up this often secret world. Suzanne Campbell has had a sneak peek at what you can expect and why this is a significant event . www.itm.ie

    Tomorrows Milk ???

    Colin Glass is a mega milk man from New Zealand . He heads up a holding company that milks more than fifty thousand cows …He tells us about the secrets of dairy success in New Zealand . In the post quota world , could this be a glimpse into the future …..Thia Hennessy from Teagasc talks to Darragh about expansion in farms.

    Annaghdown School Song

    Padraig O Duineacha is Principal of St Brendans NS in Annaghdown in Co Galway – his students have written and recorded a song and starred in the video of their own hymn to the area . Its got place names , landmarks and wildlife and slurry !!!! …A kind of East Galway Route 66 and it runs parallel to the N17!!!

    Saturday 3rd January

    FARMERS FORCED TO STRIP NAKED DURING MARCH

    Frances Shanahan met 3 of those who marched in 1966 on the great Farmers March.

    TOM CAHILL -THE LAST OF A GENERATION OF FARM LEADERS

    Frances Shanahan went to talk to 94 year old Tom Cahill in the autumn. Tom passed away in December, so this was the final chance to hear that amazing story, as Tom was the last surviving member of that gang of 9.

    STEADY EDDIE

    Eddie Downy, Current IFA President, joins Damien in studio as we near the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the NFA on 6 January

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY IFA

    The fastest history lesson you will ever learn - 60 years of the IFA.

    Saturday 20th December

    Christmas Me Arse!

    Séamus O'Rourke, the Leitrim playright has recorded a special piece for us this Christmas.

    Saturday 13th December

    ....AND THE ADS ARE GETTING FAT

    Yes, we know Christmas is coming when the ads start in earnest ( well in August probably). Some are hardy annuals: Guinness- home of the black stuff, Barry's Tea and the train set- which is only on radio, ESB and Dusty Springfield- but some are new for this Christmas.

    DREAMING OF A RED CHRISTMAS

    Living showbiz legend Red Hurley came in to sing for us this Christmas time along with The Ennis Gospel Choir..

    WASTE NOT !

    This week the Environmental Protection Agency held the first conference on food waste. While one in ten of Irish people suffer from food poverty, we send over one million tonnes of food into waste disposal every year.

    Gay Bull Lib!

    Today is the day that 'Gay' Charolais bull, Benjy, leaves Mayo to go to The Hillside Animal Sanctuary in East Anglia, England.

    SUNDAY IS THE GOAT-TO DAY FOR THE CENSUS

    Over 43,000 flock owners, registered as keepers of sheep and goats on the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine’s database, will has received the Sheep and Goat Census 2014.

    Saturday 6th December

    CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

    X Factor presenter and proud London Irishman, Dermot O'Leary, has published a new memoir, which is based around songs he says are the soundtrack to his life. Number one on the list is: Brendan Shine's song 'Catch me if you can'. Dermot O'Leary was on The Late Late Show a number of weeks ago and they presented him with a Special CD of Brendan Shine's song. But Brendan could not be there, so he's with us instead.. and he is a man who speaks with some knowledge as he is an active farmer to this day.

    RE-VEAL CALF COMPASSION

    Kilkenny Rosé Veal has been awarded a very prestigious acknowledgement from Compassion in World Farming, Ireland’s first recipient of this award. The Madigan Family from Windgap are one of the South East’s first farm to table producers of high welfare veal commonly known as Rosé Veal. The product was just recently brought to the market and is stocked in outlets and restaurants such as Kilkenny’s Michelin starred ‘Campagne’ and artisan butchers Grogan and Brown.Damien O'Reilly ventured down to meet the Madigans and find if veal can finally break into the meat market here where there has traditionally been consumer resistance.

    40 YEARS A GROWING MONTHLY

    Irish Farmers Monthly is 40 years old this year, making it one of Ireland's and Irish Farming's longest lasting publications. Current Editor Matt O'Keefe is joined by Micheal Miley, PR Guru, who was part of the RTE Agriculture Dept during the 70's. IFP Media 31 Deansgrange Road, Blackrock, Co Dublin Tel: 01 2893305 Web : www.irishfarmersmonthly.com Email: info@ifpmedia.com

    SHEEP PROTEST IN CASTLEBAA

    Louise Denvir was down in Castlebar, Co Mayo, to see the demonstration by hill farmers at the office of the Taioseach, and to hear at first hand what the issues are for them. The new Glas regime of the CAP and the rules on commonage has confused and annoyed many ( but by no means all) upland sheep farmers..

    THE MILK MARKET - SADLY, NOT THE LIMERICK CITY ONE

    Pat O'Keeffe is Deputy Editor at the Farmers Journal, and knows more than a bit about the milk market in Ireland. As we head from a peak in prices to a trough, just as milk quotas are to go, Pat has some wise words on a future that seems less certain than 6 months ago. The Irish Farmers Journal Irish Farm Centre Bluebell Dublin 12 Web : www.farmersjournal.ie

    Saturday 29th November

    LIFE ON ACHILL ISLAND UN-HENGED

    Three year ago this weekend a new stone monument - a large stone circle was erected on Achill Island by developer Joe Mac Namera. Frances Shanahan reports.

    RESISTANCE IS FUTILE

    More than 25,000 people die each year in Europe because of bacterial infections we cannot treat. Given we share bacteria and antibiotics with farm animals, it’s unsurprising that what happens on the farm matters when it comes to resistance. Ella McSweeney reports.

    WHYTER THAN WHYTE FARM

    There are 36 members of the Whyte family. 15 work on the farm. 7 fathers, 7 sons and Mary - the office manager. They're finalists in the FBD UN Year of Family Farm Awards.

    BARELY PROFITABLE OR IS IT BARLEY PROFITABLE

    Andy Doyle in the Tillage Editor of The Farmers Journal and came in to the show to explain how the malting barley business works for the select growers who meet the special standards for the maltsters.

    MALTSTERS NOT MALTESERS

    Louise Denvir went to Togher, Cork City, to The Malting Company of Ireland, one of the few maltsters in Ireland.

    Saturday 22nd November

    COOL CLEAR WATER by PHIL COULTER

    For the week that's in it, Phil has written a song about.....Water !

    COOL CLEAR COULTER

    Not content to be the most successful songwriter ever to come out of Ireland, to have sold millions of records, to have his song sung at every Ireland rugby match, to have a (as good) sold out Irish tour, to have just released his umpteenth album ( Echoes of Home), to be running his 19th Carribean music cruise.. he has to go and dip his toe in the water row, with his never before recorded song- Cool Clear Water. Phil and wife Geraldine (Brannigan) talked to Damien and duetted together on another water titled song... but this is just a love song! Phil's upcoming tour dates are: Sat 22nd Nov; Theatre Royal, Waterford, Sun 23rd Nov; Glor Theatre, Ennis, Wed 26th Nov; Venue Theatre, Ratoath, Thurs 27th Nov; An Draiocht, Blanchardstown, Fri 28th Nov; Mullingar Arts Centre, Sat 29th Nov; Source Arts Centre, Thurles, Sun 30th Nov; Iontas Arts Centre, Castleblayney, Sun 14th Dec: Cork Opera House, Wed 17th Dec: National Concert Hall, Dublin, Thurs 18th Dec: Wexford Opera House Web: philcoulter.com Twitter: @Phil_Coulter

    FUN AND CROWDFUNDING AT RUSSBOROUGH

    The Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland is working on restoring the 18th Century walled garden at Russborough House in Co. Wicklow. It is an enormous undertaking with such an important cultural and horticultural project. As the RHSI put it:'This is a real garden for real people'. Suzanne Campbell was simply enthralled to meet the volunteers led by Denise Gill and to get a bit of the history of this 1 hectare walled garden from Robert Myerscough, Presid Web:www.rhsi.ie And the funding site is :www.indiegogo.com/projects/an-18th-century-garden-for-a-21st-century- irelandent of the RHSI.

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