CLIMATE SMART OR HEAD IN SAND?
Tom Arnold from the Irish Institute for European Affairs is in studio to discuss the Climate Smart Agriculture report they have jointly published with the RDS, and the latest EU Commission Greenhouse Gas targets. These targets oblige Ireland to cut agriculture emissions by 30% by 2030.
ORGANIC WITH SHACKLETON EXPLORIN
Jane Shackleton runs the Lakeview organic farm in Mullagh Cavan, and Louise Denvir went to visit her. The farm converted to organic 20 years ago.. and yes they are those Shackletons: Arctic explorer, Ernest is a cousin of her father, Jonathan.
NO BUSINESS LIKE AG SHOW BUSINESS
Proud winners and judges at the Orchard Equestrian All Ireland Yearling Filly Championship in Bridgetown
With over 130 various agricultural/horse events, county shows and local shows, and a history going back hundreds of years in some cases, you might think Irish shows are in good health. Well, not quite. Michael Hughes is Irish Shows Association National Sectretary and he deals with every show in the country. Michael Flanagan is a well known pedigree Angus breeder in Moydrum and is deeply involved in the Athlone show which took a hard financial battering this year.
FJORD MUSSEL OR KILLARY CRUSTACEAN?
Ireland exports 560 million euro in seafood every year. Mussels are a major part and they are farmed in coastal waters around the country. Quality and safety is controlled by the SFPA -Sea Fisheries Protection Authority. Suzanne Campbell went to Killary Fjord in Mayo, to meet mussel farmer Simon Kennedy, and see an inspection by Brian Nolan, National Shellfish Monitoring Office - backing up the weekly samples by local officer Siobhan Curran.
AN OFFALY CúLCOW
Cúlcow and Mellow Fig - Could be a bunch of hippies. Cúlcow Artisan Ice Cream is made on his suckler farm in Bannagher, Offaly, by James Kirwan. Hold on, suckler cattle don't produce milk! True, but James takes the milk from other local farms and makes the ice cream on farm. Damien met James delivering ice cream to the new Mellow Out shop in Blackrock Dublin and on the farm in Offaly. Mellow Out is a new outlet close to, and part of, The Mellow Fig.
ADDICTED TO SPUDS
Now, over to South Wexford where Frances Shanahan paid a visit to John Fortune, currently harvesting his crop of early potatoes . And it’s a very different story to earlier this year, when he was planting potatoes in very difficult conditions, following that incessant rain throughout the Spring.
WRAP THE GREEN FLEADH AROUND US
With Geraldine Gregan - food scientist with O’Connor’s Bakery in Ennis, Ann Marie O' Connor (in white zipped uniform) and Anne Keniry. To Ennis in Clare to find out about the Greening of the Fleadh, by which we mean how the organisers of the Fleadh are taking serious steps to cut down the environmental impact of this huge annual event.. First off O’Connors Bakery, O’Connors are a long established family business in Clare . Karen Foley is the Environmental Awareness Officer for Clare County Council and Chair of the Green Fleadh Sub Committee.
THE SOUND OF MOOOO SIC
It is said that milking cows perform better with a bit of melody in their lives, so I headed to Pallasgreen on the Limerick Tipp Border to the dairy farm of Pat to check out this theory in the company of 2 and a half tenors.. 2 very tall guys and one slightly shorter.
In Ballylanders in South Co Limerick a widower's desire to give himself ten more years with his young sons has turned into a phenomenal community effort. The 'Shed the Pounds' campaign now has 70 people across the Ballyhoura region battling, parish against parish, to get fit, lose weight & raise money for two children's charities, Cliona's Foundation & the Laura Lynn Children's Hospice. Mairead O'Connor of Grey Heron Media caught up with the group in Kilfinane, as they set out on one of their weekly walks.
Trotting, sulkie racing or to give it the correct names - Harness or STANDARDBRED racing - is enjoying a growth spurt.
Vet Peadar O'Scannaill is a fan & he joins Marty in studio this morning.
Swimming in the River Boyne
Later today hundreds of people will gather to swim along the river Boyne. Louise Denvir reports on Darragh McCullough's 'dry run' from earlier this week as he swims along the 2.7 kilometre stretch of river!
Carol Drinkwater - West Cork Literary Festival
Carol joins Damien on the line to talk about All Creatures Great and Small, living and farming in France, her books and her upcoming appearance at the West Cork Literary Festival!
The Galway Garden Festival
Frances Shanahan visited the Galway Garden Festival earlier this week and spoke to Liam O'Meara about the art of air lairing as well as Michael White from Mount Congreve gardens.
Suzanne Campbell - Inishbofin
Food and farming reporting Suzanne Campbell visited Inishbofin to find out all about the island's wildlife, stories and heritage!
Teagasc 2016 National Beef Open Day
We spoke to some of the several thousand famers who attended the Teagasc 2016 National Beef Open Day in County Meath on Tuesday.
Castlepalooza Music & Arts Festival
Charleville Castle in Tullamore, Co Offaly is a Gothic-style castle playing host to Castlepalooza this weekend. Martin McGlynn went along to savour the atmosphere & met Dudley Stewart, Manager of the Charleville Castle Heritage Trust.
The World Buiatrics Congress
Tomorrow over 2,800 vets, researchers & experts in animal health from 65 countries will meet in Dublin's Convention centre for the start of this year's World Buiatrics Congress. Damien speaks to Dr. Jude Capper, Indep Livestock Sustainability Consultant from BBC in Oxford & on the line is Seamus Sheridan, Agric spokesman for The Green Party.
Martin Ryan beef farmer
Damien speaks to County Wexford beef farmer Martin Ryan about his herd of Hereford cattle, which more & more farmers are switching back to for various reasons.
Frances Shanahan - Food Academy
Over the last decade we have seen the emergence of a large number of artisan food producers, small scale operators who start at local farmer's markets. Once successful expanding into supermarkets. Bord Bia & local enterprise boards have launched a Food Academy. Frances Shanahan visits a local Supervalue store on a recent visit to Cork.
Brexit & NI Farmers
The fallout of the Brexit vote continues to resonate particularly among farmers in Northern Ireland. What is going to happen to the single farm payment, cross border trade etc. Joining Damien on the line is Jim Nicholson, Ulster Unionist MEP & Brid Rodgers of the SDLP & former Northern Agricultural Minister.
THIS WON'T BUTTER ANY PARSNIPS
10 kilo of butter nearly 2000 years old found in a bog in Cavan. Savina Donohoe is Curator of the Cavan County Museum.
THE CURRAGH OF KILDARE
The Dubai Duty Free Derby is on at the Curragh this time of year and Damien headed off to meet one of the top trainers with horses involved. Willie McCreery is based in Kildare not too far from the Curragh.
TO BEEF OR NOT TO BEEF or CAPTAIN BEEF-FART?
This week China announced cutting its meat consumption ( Esp beef) by 50% as the environmental damage likely from increased meat production was not acceptable. John Gibbons has been campaigning for sustainable agriculture for many years. Food economist, Ciaran Fitzgerald was head of Meat Ireland til recently and has a slightly different take on this.
DA DO RON FINLEY
Flanagan's Fields Community Gardens and Grow Dome in Rialto in Dublin is making the most of an old derelict space, where the Fatima Mansions once stood. Recently they had a visitor from L.A , Ron Finley. Louise Denvir went Snoop Doggy Doggin around to find out.....pics on facebook
LONG WAY TO GORTNAHOE
Shane Long comes from solid hurling stock in Gortnahoe, Tipp.Brenda is there in Hayes Hotel in Thurles talking to James Woodlock, Tipp hurling star and farmer, Teresa Healyclub secretary for Two-Mile Boris Soccer club and Derek O Brien and some of the students of Gortnahoe National School.
BREXIT WITH LOVE - or IS THAT HATE
While it might seem a no brainer that the UK will suffer some form of negative effect from leaving the EU, Damien found out that some in farming north of the border are convinced that leaving will bring about a new dawn in agriculture. The rather more sober & less nationalistic view is given by Gabriel D'Arcy CEO of Lacpatrick and farmers south of the border.
THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF ... FILL IN THE BLANK
Frances Shanahan checked out the state of the Irish country house in the company of historian Turtle Bunbury at his family house - Lisnavagh House in Co Carlow. These days his brother,William & wife, Emily run Lisnavagh as an upmarket tourist & event venue.
SAVING THIS PIGLETS BACON
Pig Racing is back in Arklow shortly and Ciara Fitzgerald has been campaigning against it for some time. This year the organisers have agreed that the piglets can go as pets to anybody willing.
IN THE DOYLE
Andrew Doyle is Minister for Food Forestry and Horticulture and Wicklow TD. He joins Damien today in studio.
PHIL'S A ROVER ETC
With 3 weeks now to Brexit, will they leave or remain? This week in Amsterdam there was an informal meeting of Agricultural Ministers. Damien caught up with Agricultural Minister Phil Hogan, for a quick chat on some farming matters.
FALLING ( FELL) FOR A FARMER
Maura McElhone found herself in the middle of a farmyard tending to sheep and cattle with absolutely no prior experience. This new life is thanks to her boyfriend farmer but she is also enlightening us to the day to day experience of farming life courtesy of a blog and a column she writes in Irish Country Living in the Farmers Journal.
The Taste of Ice Cream
4 ice creams and 3 Guest Tasters. The ice creams were from Nobo, Glastry Farm (Teelings Whiskey), Cow Pow and Kefi, and the 3 tasters were Marie O'Toole, National President ICA, comedian Alison Spittle and a new DJ, Dave Fanning. Long time collaborator with the show, Louise Denvir, conducted this totally scientific outing.
Chips Off the Old Spud
The humble potato is making a small comeback having declined for many years. Bord Bia and their UK equivalent have a twitter site @TastyPotatoes for their joint marketing campaign. Bord Bia have just appointed well-known TV nutritionist and dietician Aoife Hearn as an ambassador for this campaign,and MIchael Neary joined Damien to explain
More Hens in Shercock
The country's largest chicken processor, Manor Farm, which processes nearly a million chickens a week is planning to spend 25 million euro over five years to expand to meet demand, with 600 more jobs to come, most of them in Shercock, Co Cavan. Vincent Carton along with his brother Justin own the company which is over two hundred years old
Parents who have a child with intellectual or physical disability worry about what will happen to them when they pass on. Frances Shanahan reports on Camphill Community Centre
The World's largest pumpkin/vegetable at 2327.7 lbs- 1.09 Tonnes in real weight!
Patrick Sullivan and his cousin Michael Byrne are the champion pumpkin growers in Ireland, with personal and Irish records for Pumpkins of 425KG and 311KG .
Damien visited the Flynn family farm in Cormaddyduff near Ballyjamesduff in Cavan to talk about the loss of Kieran. Brenda and son Gerry tell a hard story to listen to. Theirs and many other sad stories will be remembered on 26th June in Abbeyleix at the annual Embrace Farm service.
New Minister for Agriculture
Only in the job for a week, Michael Creed took the time to talk to Damien about the challenges ahead.
Pat O Toole on new Ag Minister
Pat O Toole speaks with Damien on the allocation of TD Michael Creed as Minister for Agriculture.
Regina Sexton, food historian speaks with Damien about 'The Cheese Culture'
Louise Denvir meets with award winning Julie Dupoy and asks her what it takes to be one of the worlds best sommelier?
Food and farming reporter Suzanne Campbell meets with some judges from The Annual Great Taste Awards.
Brenda Donohoe in the Dean Crowe Theatre Athlone.
Brenda Donohoe speaks with the finalists of the RTE All Ireland Drama Festival in Lullymore.
Maura Canning speaks with Damien on her experience on doing the annual Darkness into Light run and walk this year.
Country Wide 7 May 2016
On today's show we sample a little taste of Tipperary, what it takes to be a champion wine sommelier and Pat O Toole tells us about the new minister for Agriculture Michael Creed.
THE AULD IRISH GOAT
Yes it exists! Happily in Mulranny Co Mayo. Louise Denvir checked out goat lore with sheep farmer Michael Joe Ginnelly & Séan Carolan of the Old Irish Goat Society. The goats have been here for thousands for years & are a valuable pool of unique goat genes & today (30 April) is Mayo Day 2016.
DO NOT (IG)NORE THIS LEGACY!
Frances Shanahan was on the trail of the 12,000 (PLUS) pieces from Nore View Folk & Heritage Museum, near Bennetsbridge in Kilkenny, with life's work of the late Seamus Lawlor. Anne-Louise Mitchell showed the full artefacts to Frances Shanahan & Damien also spoke to to the (then) 75 yr old Seamus in 2012.
BREXIT? TO BE (OUT) OR NOT TO BE (OUT)
LacPatrick CEO is Gabriel D’Arcy and he leads the Co-op merged from Town of Monaghan Co-op and Ballyrashane Co-ops. LacPatrick operates on both sides of the border with a major dairy in Coleraine. The idea of the UK bailing out of the EU ( Brexit) gives him nightmares as he outlines to Damien.
REPUTATION AT STEAK!
Aidan Cotter is CEO of Bord Bia is just back from a succesful trip to Iran along with many Irish food companies & bodies. Bord Bia have just been named as the most reputable organisation in Ireland, but it's not all Sunshine & Roses, as the IFA & others have their 'salaries & perks' in their firing line.
IFA -OLD AND NEW TALK
The IFA elected a new President & Vice President this week. Damien headed out to the (mythical) Farm Centre in Bluebell, Dublin, to check it out. While there he met the incoming President, Joe Healy & his predecessor, Eddie Downey. Both had interesting things to say, and it is the first long chat Eddie has had since resigning last year.
THE MUNSTER OF LOURDES
Aine Phelan is from Waterford. So how did she end up with a slice of Munster in Lourdes, France? Frances Shanahan met Aine to find out about, The Munster Cafe & Bar 43 Rue de la Grotte, Lourdes.
ARE BEES THAT SMART --- DUH... YEAH!
Today in NUI Galway Professor Robert Pickard tells us ‘What Humans Can Learn From Bees’. Prof Pickard is Emeritus Professor of Neurobiology at the Univ of Cardiff will be speaking at a Seminar on Bees in UCG , organised between the Western Beekeepers Association & Dep of Zoology ,NUI Galway, Damien speaks to Prof Pickard this morning.
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