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    Countrywide Saturday 2 March 2013

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    CountryWide

    People, events and happenings around the country, presented by Damien O'Reilly.

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    TRACTORS IN CLARE

    Marina Lewycka is the Ukrainian author of the hugely successful " A short history of Tractors in Ukrainian" and is in Ireland this week at the Ennis Book Festival where she is reading from her new book, Various Pets Alive and Dead.

    A SHORT HISTORY OF TRACTORS IN UKRAINIAN is published by Penguin Books

    www.marinalewycka.com

    www.ennisbookclubfestival.com

    Check out the audiobook at www.audiogo.com/us/a-short-history-of-tractors-in-ukrainian-marina-lewycka-gid-20537

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    LOIRE TO LETTERFRACK, AND BACK

    Last week a group of craft workers and artisan food producers from Galway travelled to a wine fair in the Loire Valley in France to promote their wares and increase trade with the region.

    The trip was partly funded by Galway County Council as part of its “ Made in Galway” initiative. Oddly enough, there was no support from Bord Bia, rather from Galway CC and the Local Enterprise Boards. Frances Shanahan forced herself to travel to France on our behalf to see how it was all going.

    Check Made In Galway : www.galway.ie/en/Visiting/

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    BEET THAT!

    After the closedown of the Irish sugar industry in 2006- that was that. Damien talks to Michael Hoey, chairman of BEET Ireland, and their plan to build a sugar factory at a mine site at Lisheen in Co Tipperary. The mine is due to wind-down next year and the new factory will be open in 2015. And we hear the views of some farmers about the news of sugar beet coming back.

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    IS IRISH BEEF LOCAL?

    Julia Glotz, Fresh Food Editor of The Grocer, the main UK food trade magazine and website, joined us to explain what Tesco and other UK buyers mean when they say they will have shorter supply chains and buy beef locally. www.the.grocer.magazine.co.uk

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    SCHOOL LUNCH BUNCH

    Emin McDonnell is a writer and film maker who married into a farming family in Foynes, Co Limerick, and is probably best known for her Farmers Journal Farmette column. Recently she returned from making a new tv documentary on Irish food and was asking on her Twitter account why did Irish schools not provide real hot lunches -as they do in the USA, most of Britain and in many other countries? So Damien talked to her about this. Have we just found the Irish Jamie Oliver? http://marriedanirishfarmer.com

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    HAVING A LEEK

    Colette Kinsella went to visit a little know Dublin cult - The Welsh Male Voice Choir. And what better way to celebrate the weekend of the Welsh parton saint, St.David, that to hear the lush vibrant sounds of a real choir?

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