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Saturday 3rd December

Pair Trawling

The Irish Wildlife Trust brought th eissue of Pair Trawling to our attention, by calling for a ban in inshore bays & estuaries. Padraig Fogarty Campaigns Officer of the Irish Wildlife Trust & Hugo Boyle of the Irish South & East Fish Producers Organisation join Darragh.

Pheasants - Martina McGlynn

The pheasant shooting season is well underway since November 1st. Martina McGlynn went out with members of Mount Lucas gun club in Offaly to participate in a tradition that is centuries old.

Race Jockey Training

Across the country many eary mornings are being put in mucking out stables as the national hunt season gears up towards the big Christmas meetings in Ireland & the UK. Suzanne Campbell joins Darragh in studio.


The last installment of this year's Farm Payment from the EU began this week, 30% of the single farm payment as they are now known is dependent of environmental measures or greening in farm speak. But questions are being asked across the water in the UK as to why 100% of the billions of subsidies that are pumped into farming aren't dependent on environmental measures? On the line we have Ian Hodge, Prof of Rural Economy in Cambridge University & Joe Healy, President of the IFA.

Saturday 26th November


A planning application for what will be the biggest pig farm in the UK from farmer, Derek Hall in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, that will house 15,000 animals has been approved despite vocal protests from local residents. Allan Preston of the Belfast Telegraph is on the line to tell us a little bit more.


Almost half of Irish households are likely to buy a real Irish Christmas tree this year, with over 350,000 trees expected to be sold throughout the country in the run up to the big day. Brenda Donohue travelled to Tralee in Co. Kerry to meet Christmas tree grower, Paudie Sugrue, who has a novel way of weed control on his plantation!


Recently 270 working snail farmers & potential future farmers attended the Naional Snail Farming Conference in Tullamore. It was organised by the Nat Organic Training Skillnet. Our reporter Louise Denvir went there & met some of these snail farmers.


We have all heard of the serious decline in the number of corncrakes that are breeding in this country & measures to protect them. But what about another species of wetland bird, which is also under threat, the Irish curlew. Frances Shanahan travelled to Banagher in County Offaly to meet Anita Donaghy of Birdwatch Ireland.


Yesterday the Irish Field told us that Ireland's top show jumping horse, MHS Going Global, was soldto Greek shipping heiress Athina Onassis in a multimillion euro deal. Irish Field's Woman in Tipperary Catriona Murphy joins Daragh in studio & on the line we have former owner of MHS Going Global, Greg Broderick of Broderick's Ballypatrick Stables.

Saturday 19th November


Food & Farming reporter Suzanne Campbell joins Damien in studio this morning to talk about rabbits, the scourge of many farmers who say they eat young crop & trees, but they were once a key part of the Irish diet. Suzanne also visited a furred game workshop in Macreddin, Wicklow to learn how to cook & prepare rabbit & hares for eating.


US President elect Donald Trump dosen't believe in climate change so much so that there is fear he could rescind America's support of Paris Climate accord. Joining Damien is Denis Naughton, Minister for Communications who was at a recent UN Climate Change summit in Marakech this week.


Damien speaks to Will Kane who lead the Yes Vote in the recent campaign for marraige equality. Will is a 36 year old beef farmer in Co. Roscommon which was the only county that voted No. Will also featured in a TV Documentary 'The only gay in the Village' & Damien visited his farm last week.


The explosion in protein treats has accelerated over the past couple of years, migrating from sports shops & gyms to the mainstream sweet counter. What is so special about these bars. First a report from Diarmuid McIntyre & joining Damien in studio is Criona Tobin who is a performance nutritionist working with many of Ireland's top track & field athletes.

Saturday 12th November


Jacks Old Cottage is in Islandeady, Co.Mayo whose owner is Joe Moylette. Brenda was there earlier this week & met with him and retired Ag Inspector Michael Fitzsimons and Mildred Byrne fill in the dots as Mildred conducts the line dancing class. Brenda joins Damien in studio to tell us all about her visit to Jack's Old Cottage!


With 46 years in the entertainment business and still going strong legend Red Hurley popped in to see us early this week for a chat & performance of a song, Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears.


In its day the Dublin Livestock Market was the biggest market in Europe. Declan O'Brien, journalist with the Farming Independent is currently researching the market for his PHD & last week won an Agriguild award for an article on his work. Louise Denvir spoke to Declan this week & some of those who remember the market which closed in 1973.


Nebraska farmer & broadcaster Trent Loos and old friend of the show speaks to Damien about the part of America it seems that we have not been subject to during the mainstream coverage of the US election campaign that would include rural America and farming country with his views on Trumps win.

NOT AN ExTractor Fan

Joining Damien in studio is Gary Ryan, Chief Exec of the Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association on farming & machinery sales here. First, this week the European Tractor of Year was announced.


People, events and happenings around the country, presented by Speech Broadcaster of the Year Damien O'Reilly.

Saturday 29th October


Climathon is a 24 hour working event taking place yesterday and today in 59 cities around the world.. from Lima to London and from Canberra to Cork.

St Patrick

John Reynolds is a farmer, who has an interesting story to tell of St. Patrick, but St. Patrick, not as we know him. Louise Denvir, joined John on his farm in Leitrim where John was churning butter.

Stocktons Wing

Stocktons Wing came in in during the week to play a couple of tunes for us. They're playing the opening show of new venue Magistorium in Dublin on Thursday 3rd of November.  Twitter: @stocktonswing1 and @Magistorium_


Jenny O Sullivan was chatting to farmers in Bantry who took part in the farmers rights march from all over the Country which happened fifty years ago this week. And if you think current industrial action is radical, its nothing compared to what those farmers did half a century ago.


Along with spooky pupils from St. Columcille’s National School in Togher, and also from Professor Jimmy Burke, Brenda Donohoe dropped by Micheals farm in Togher to have a goo at his giant pumpkins. For more Halloween fun, the Virginia Pumpkin Festival is on this weekend; there’s lots of information about the events on

Charlie Hackett

Thirteen year old Kilkenny college student Charlie Hackett from his farm in Geashil County Offaly looking for farmers to be more upbeat about the good things in farming.  Twitter: @kilkennycollege

Saturday 15th October

Frances Shanahan

The Grow It Yourself movement has blossomed in parallel and recently opened a new headquarters in Waterford City.  Frances Shanahan went there to see if she could release her inner gardner.


Margaret Farrelly was awarded the European Women Farmers Innovation Award by COPA - the European farming and Co-op body-  in Brussels during the week. Pictured with Phil Hogan.  She runs Clonard Clover and O'Egg both from Mullagh in Cavan.


Brenda Donohue visited the Mullighmeen Men’s Shed in Westmeath which is located on Martin and Margaret Smyth’s farm.

The Budget - Joe Healy

A short synopsis on the budget in ergards to the agriculture section of Ireland.


Jim Gavin is not just Dublin football manager, but a qualified pilot, so he was on board with Bothar's flight to Rwanda. This was the largest flight of Irish farm animals ever and Jim talked to Damien just after his arrival in Kigali, capital of Rwanda

Saturday 8th October


Oscar winning film – The Field.. a 6 part series on TG4 in November. Dr Paddy Prendergast of O'Brien Prendergast & Associates,  Brid Ni Ghruagain   is director for the series , producer and musician. Sean T O Meallaigh is writer on the series,  Robert Ganley is Director of Ganley Walters Property Agents


Martin Cormican, Professor of Clinical Bacteriology  in NUI Galway and Mike McGann , Chair of Animal Health Ireland which acts to link businesses in the agri-food sector and the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.


An Irish farming technology company go to Buckingham Palace on Tuesday  next, 11 October, so that Prince Philipcan present them with the (Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers ) RABDF Prince Philip Award  for 2016.

Quality Milk Awards

This week saw the Annual National Dairy Council & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards and the winner of this years Milk Oscars was The Power family near Cappagh in West Waterford. So a trip to see the farm set against a  backdrop of the Comeragh and Knockmealdown Mountains was needed.

Saturday 1st October


PC Andy Long Of Essex Police Johann Tasker of Farmers Weekly in Britain explains some of the problems of and responses to Rural Crime across the water. Johann's Tweet @johanntasker Check video @PcAndyLong


Dr Cara Augustenborg is an environmental Scientist and Chair of Friends of the Earth Ireland, Climate Lecturer at UCD and Fulbright Scholar. What are we doing about climate change and making Irish farming produce less Green House Gases Cara's Twitter @CAugustenborg

Food Works and Bord Bia

Just as well it does..No, it's the start up support scheme of Bord Bia and 2 of the new kids on the block are in to talk to Damien Michael and Jane Murphy run Pro-U, a high protein yoghourt: Anne Kinsella and Niamh Duffy run Crumble’n’Crunch, a cheese product for salads, pizza, pasta.


More like ruined it completely. It is turning out really disastrous for crop growth, harvesting and fodder production in a large swathe of the island, mainly to the west, but not exclusively. Damien O'Reilly went to meet former young farmer of the year, Eamonn Burke in Corrandulla Galway to see what a mess his barley is after a wet wet August

Saturday 24th September

Ploughing Montage

The National Ploughing Championships enjoyed another mega attendance in Tullamore this week. On Tuesday & Wednesday hosted two Countrywide roadshows with interviews & entertainment in the packed RTE Marquee.

Tillage Farmers

Farmers particularly those living in the west of Ireland are complaining that they are in the midst of a crises as a result of wet weather. There is talk of fodder shortage while hard pressed tillage farmers are going through their worst crises with poor weather creating poor yields to add to low global prices. Farmer Pat Brennan from Co. Longford joins Damien this morning.

Stolen Sheep

Two farming brothers from Co Waterford are offering a 2 thousand euro award for information about 103 sheep stolen from their farmland in the Knockmealdown Mountains some weeks ago. Damien speaks to John Barry whose sheep were stolen & in studio is crime prevention officer with the IFA, Colm Connolly.

Mount Briscoe Organic Farm

Margaret Edgill speaks to Martina McGlynn about running this family organic farm called Mount Briscoe, near Daingean, Co. Offaly.

The Holton Family

A family of seven by modern standards is large, a generation ago not so much, but even by Irish standards the Holton family fron Johnstown Bridge in north Kildare are unusual in that there were 17 siblings, 15 boys & 2 girls. They are about to break a world record by ploughing a field together next month to raise funds for brain cancer research. Damien O'Reilly met the family at Screggan this week.

Saturday 17th September

Ballynahinch Castle

There is a very strong connection to India in the West of Ireland in Connemara, where one of the country's most famous people lived during the 1920's. This report from Louise Denvir who spoke to Patrick O'Flaherty with Anne Chambers, whose book is called Ranji: Maharaja of Connemara.

Jack Bobo, Top Agric & Food Anaylysts

AS the world population grows, one of the big questions facing us all is, how do we produce more food from less resources in an environmentally & animal friendly way? Is Genetical Modification the answer? Darragh McCullough spoke to Jack Bobo.

NALA - Nation Adult Learning Agency

One in 6 Irish adults have issues with reading & writing while one in four have difficulty with numberacyskills. For farmers in particular, dealing with form filling, or tending to sick animals can be a huge struggle when they have poor reading & writing & numeracy skills, Damien is joined by Inez Bailey, Dir of NALA & also by Eamon who having struggled with learning got back to the education system thantks to NALA.

Nuffield Farming Scholarship

A few weeks ago you may have heard the BBC's Anna Jones on the programme talking about her Nuffield Farming Scholarship. A scheme that took her on a journey through Kenya, a country where more than three quarters of the population make some part of their living by agriculture. Maeve OKeeffe & fellow Nuffield Scholar Anna Jones reports.

Kerrygold Butter

Long overdue for hard pressed diary farmers, Jim Woulfe of Dairygold in this report from the opening of Kerrygold Park in Mitchelstown on Wednesday last.

Ploughing Championships - Frances Shanahan

Well it's All Ireland Football final weeked which also means the the National Ploughing Championships are within sight. On Tuesday next the three day event begins this year in Tullamore. This is a report from Frances Shanahan.

Saturday 10th September

Legends of the Showband Era

The Legends of the Cork Showband era are at the Cork Opera House on Sunday October 9th. The show stars Joe Mac of the Dixies, Declan Ryan of The Regal, the famous Tony Stevens, East Cork's own Crystal Swing! In studio are Art Supple & Terry Mac of the Dixies. Also joining Marty on the line is Joe MacCarthy.

Saturday 3rd September

Comedy duo - The 2 Johnnies

Comedy duo Johnny B. O'Brien & Johnny Smacks McMahon aka The 2 Johnnies, are from Cahir in Tipperary & they left Tipp at the crack of Dawn this morning to join Damien in studio this morning.

All Ireland Hurling Final Kilkenny v Tipperary

Tomorrow is the All Ireland Hurling Final & the rivalry between these two great hurling counties is as strong today as when they first played in 1887. Nowhere is this competition felt more keenly than along the border of these two counties & Brenda Donohue is pounding the pavement across the country as part of her exercise plan in Celebrity Operation Transformation. Her walk took her from Urlingford in Co. Kilkenny to Gortnahoe in Tipperary.

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