First we go live to Marty Morrissey at Cullahill Castle co. Laois where The Folly Music, Comedy and Culture Festival is taking place. This event is gender balanced, meaning there are equal female to male acts, which is a first for Ireland! Also Cullahill will play host to the first ever annual Irish Porridge Making Championships hosted by PaddyOs Cereals & sponsored by FloGas.
For the past week, both the IFA & Health and Safety Authority have been hosting farm safety week 2018. The two main cuases of death & injury are machinery and animals, with Quad bikes alone making up one fifth of farm vehicle fatalities. In studio this morning are Caroline Farrell, Chair of the IFA's farm family committee & Kerrie Leonard, who was injured in a farm machinery accident aged 6 & features in one of the farm safety week videos.
After more than 40 years as the familiar & trusted voice of Irish Racing, Dessie Scahill will hang up his mike & headphones for the last time tomorrow on day 2 of the Irish Oaks Weekend at the Curragh & he joins John this morning.
Farmers in some parts of the country are facing Fodder deficits of up to 50pc due to the severe drought while vital second cut silage could be in doubt for many due to poor growth. John visited Clare Mart in Ennis & spoke with farmers there. In studio Pat O'Toole of the Farmers Journal.