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.
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.
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.
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.