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Saturday 22nd February

Countrywide podcast

Roscommon farmer Tommy Kearney worrying about his land being flooded by an overflowing Lough Function, was among a group of local residents & farmers Damien met on Thursday near Rahara. Electric cars – two drivers swop notes on their real life experiences & we meet an award winning traditional musician & farmer.

Saturday 15th February

Countrywide podcast

Storm Dennis is not good news for tillage farmers looking to make up lost opportunity to plough or sow crops, John Spink, Head of Environment, Crops & Land Use at Teagasc is in studio with Damien. Famous Galway market traders worried about the future, Lorna Siggins reports. From our Limerick studio President of the ICMSA Pat McCormack discusses all matters dairy farming & issues regarding animal welfare & the environment. Ella McSweeny visits a farm in Galway to meet Gerard Walsh, a farming for nature 'ambassador” who operates in a way that enhances the life on his land.

Saturday 8th February

Countrywide podcast

Its lambing season & Marty visits Laurence Ward farm in North County Dublin. Aidan Fogarty former Kilkenny hurler, five times All Ireland medal winner & now a Dancing with the Stars star in studio with Marty. Suzanne Campbell meets the family the Egan family from Co. Offaly who the Heritage Council presented their Heritage Hero award to. for their preservation of a rare furnished farmhouse which was their family home for generations. One of the signs spring is on the way is that farmers are allowed spread slurry on their fields & Darragh McCullough is in studio. Plus our reporter Brenda Donohue met a couple this week who are married & run a business together, William McHutcheon & Cheryl Stanley's company is Ballyshane Irish Wood Design.

Saturday 1st February

Countrywide podcast

In June 2016 the UK decided to leave the EU & at 11 pm last night their membership formally ended. In studio we have Phelim O'Neill of the Irish Farmer's Journal to discuss some of the many complex issues which remain to be resolved in the course of 2020. Suzanne Campbell finds out about the importance of Canadian horse Northern Dancer to Irish racehorse breeding. Diarmaid Mc Intyre meets a crinniu of concertina players in Milltown Malbay in Co Clare & Ella Mc Sweeney meets dairy cows fed on a special grass mix on James Foley's dairy farm in Co. Waterford. Treacey O'Connor on whether St Brigid our matron saint be celebrated with a national holiday?

Saturday 25th January

Countrywide podcast

As we enter calving season farmers know to be weary around cows & newborns. Westmeath farmer & Treasurer of the ICSA Dan Lynam recalls a terribe accident his neighbour had recently. Suzanne Campbell visits Fernhill Park & Gardens in Stepaside where cattle are being used to mange the meadows in the park through eco grazing. Professor Frank Mitelhoner on the role of agriculture & specifically cattle in the emissions of greenhouse gases. Brenda Donohue pops into the Women's Shed in Dungarven, one of the 33 Women's sheds who got a state funding this month for the first time. John Downing, politiacal correspondent on the big rural issues in Election 2020.

Saturday 18th January

Debate on the future of food supply, veganuary and farming

Damien was joined by Prof Peter Thorne, NUI Maynooth & IPCChange. Prof Alice Stanton, RCSI and director, Devenish Nutrition Brian Rushe, farmer and Deputy President elect of the IFA Catherine Cleary, restaurant critic, Irish Times and food writer. JP McMahon, author, chef and restaurateur.

Saturday 4th January

Countrywide podcast

Aoibhinn O'Brien runs Food Cloud, which continues to develop ways of reducing food waste. Ella McSweeney meets co, Mayo sheep farmer Catherine Powers Grady. suzanne Campbell on plastic in the food chain & what lies ahead in Irish Farming in 2020, Justin McCarthy of the Irish Farmers Journal & Nicola Weir, Farming Matters programme on BBC Radio Ulster.

Saturday 21st December

A Festive Countrywide

A very festive Countrywide including music & carols from Lyric FM Choirs for Christmas.

Saturday 14th December

Countrywide podcast

Countrywide visits John Tedder, a small organic turkey farmer who spoke on Liveline recently. Reducing methane emissions in cattle, Suzanne Campbell in studio & should we pay more for high farming standards, Thomas Hubert, journalist with The Currency & dairy farmer Bill O'Keeffe. Brenda O'Donohue meets the cheese making Dinneen family in Cork. Leitrim's Seamus O'Rourke yarn about midnight mass on Christmas Eve.

Saturday 7th December

Countrywide podcast

This morning Countrywide visits the town of Glaslough in Co Monaghan, named winner of the 2019 SuperValu National Tidy Towns Competition.

Saturday 30th November

Countrywide podcast

A report on this week's beef farmers protest in Dublin & Macra Na Feirme young farmer of the year awards. Wild deer culling, Suzanne Campbell joins Damien in studio. Richard White of the National Farm & Forestry Contractors in Ireland on their concerns in farming. Also Richard Kennedy CEO of Devenish nutrition, named the EY Entrepreneur of the year joins us from our Sligo studio. Brenda Donohue found herself in the company of Graham Norton when he visited Co Cork earlier this week.

Saturday 23rd November

Countrywide podcast

Andy Doyle, Tillage Editor with the Farmers Journal on how wet weather is affecting sewing & planting. John Keane & Jonathon Dwyer are young farmers who have established 'Make the Moove' on farmers mental health issues, a report by Ella McSweeney. Also Maureen Gahon, food service specialist with Bord Bia with the latests statistics & trends on our food consuming habits. Mary McDonnell joins Sebbey McCarthy & Patrick O'Driscoll who travel by horse power on sulkies or road cars. Colm O'Leary has completed a round the world trip as part of a scholarship provided by Nuffield Ireland on animal welfare particularly cows on farms.

Saturday 16th November

Farmers' Mental Health

Clinical Psychologist, DR. Eddie Murphy joins Damien O'Reilly and Peadar Ó Scanaill of The Irish Veterinary Union to talk about the struggles that some farmers have dealing with their mental health.

TB Reactors

Peadar Ó Scanaill of The Irish Veterinary Union joins Damien O'Reilly to talk about Bovine TB in Ireland.

Therapy Horses

Suzanne Campbell talks to Damien O'Reilly about therapy horses

Sustainable Diets

Michelin Star Chef JP McMahon talks to Damien O'Reilly to give his thoughts on what a sustainable diet is on the back of what Marco Springmann had to say on RTÉ's 'What Planet Are You Living On?' documentary

Saturday 9th November

Countrywide podcast

As the dairy herd has grown by 300,000 in the last four years, while a dairy farmer is very interested in his female calves, what will happen to the male calves? Darragh McCullough joins Damien in studio. Offaly's Seamus Darby the hero of the 1982 All Ireland Final. Philip Boucher-Hayes on climate change & farming & Brenda Donohue visits the kitchen of well known chef from Dungarven, Eunice Power.

Saturday 2nd November

Countrywide podcast

A report from the Springhill Hotel Kilkenny where the IFA hustings debate between the three men hoping to become the next president of the IFA took place. Mr. Supermac's himself, Pat McDonagh is in studio & Suzanne Cambell on butchers concerns that Irish beef is losing its quality. Plus live music from JigJam, a quartet who blend Irish traditional music with greengrass.

Saturday 26th October

Countrywide podcast

Suzanne Campbell visits Bernard Fox's farm, where he runs an Anerobic Digestion plant very near to the border in south Armagh. For Donna Mullen & Brian Keeley's farm in Co. Meath bats are not just for Halloween! Fr. Brian D'Arcy on his book It Has To Be Said & good news for our farmers, the Chinese want more of our beef, Damien speaks to James O'Donnell Bord Bia man in Shanghai.

Saturday 19th October

Countrywide podcast

This morning our focus is on forestry. Ireland is a laggard at European level when it comes to land cover under trees. In a climate emergency where solutions are needed fast, trees are part of the solution, the governments climate action plan includes 440 trees planted by 2040 while landowners not making money from conventional food production need alternatives. To discuss the pros & cons of increasing forestry cover in Ireland are Noel Kennedy, forestry adviser with Teagasc, Anja Murray, environmental consultant, Thomas Duffy, Preasident of Macra na Feirme & Daragh Little, MD of Forestry of Veon, a commercial forestry consultancy.

Saturday 12th October

Countrywide podcast

Who's the new Phil Hogan in charge of European Agriculture? It's a long way from Tipperary to Jordan & Brenda Donohue meets an inspiring & enterprising Limerick lady & 50 years of Sunday Miscellany.

Saturday 5th October

Countrywide podcast

Professor Diarmuid Ferriter on the history of farmers & beef protests. Farmers fight back in propaganda wars & reporter Suzanne Campbell meets the Irish Olympic Dressage Team & reporter Daniel Clancy visits Dubrody Archers in Tinncarrig Co. Wexford.

Saturday 21st September

Countrywide podcast

Midlands Correspondent Ciaran Mullooly updates beef protests & Bord Bia CEO Tara McCarthy on the effects of the beef blockades. Trevor Donnellan, Head of Ecomomics at Teagasc & Sadhbh O'Neill, Environmental Politics UCD on land use policy to tackle climate change. Looking forward to the Rugby World Cup & Irish Examiner columnist Gerard Howlin on whether the beef dispute is symptomatic of something deeper.

Friday 20th September

Countrywide National Ploughing

Live from Co. Carlow Wednesday 18th September 2019

Saturday 14th September

Countrywide podcast

This morning Marty looks at what is happening in the Beef world with Fran McNulty, RTE's Agriculture & Consumer Affairs Correspondent. Hannah Quinn-Mulligan met with woodland owners who outlined the gravity of a disease called Ash Dieback. Three local entrepreneurs, Patrice Cooney from Oscar Wilde Water, Kieran Comerford, LEO in Carlow & Martina Woods, Harry's Dogs Bakery in Monaghan. Brian Lally meets maestro Bill Whelan in his home in Connemara & Suzanne Campbell on the big event Boxty without Borders.

Saturday 7th September

Countrywide podcast

Talks to resolve a dispute over beef prices to reconvene on Monday, Adam Woods, Beef Editor, Irish Farmers Journal & Dr. Kevin Hanrahan, Head of Rural Economy & Dev with Teagasc on the line to John. Getting ready for the Ploughing Champ in Carlow. Suzanne Campbell on growing Hops for a craft beer brewery in Co. Wicklow & some medieval combat in a Galway Game of Thrones.

Saturday 31st August

Countrywide podcast

Seamus Banty McEneaney whos heart is still in farming looks ahead to tomorrows All Ireland final. Brendan Dunford of Burren Life on how the suckler cow is protecting nature in the Burren. Brian Lally on Big Week on the Farm & how farming has changed in a decade with Darragh McCullough & Katherine O Leary. Seamus O Rourke remembers going to his first All Ireland Final.

Saturday 24th August

Snamhaí Sasta at Spanish Point

John Cooke, ventured to Spanish Point in County Clare to meet the hardy group of sea swimmers, who have been taking to the Wild Atlantic waters every morning this summer.

Agricultural at Third Level Education

Ami Mc Keever, President of the Agricultural Science Association, Captain Tom Tooher, Irish Army and Ed Hendrix, CEO of Sonru join John to discuss how agricultural education may serve you well if you want to work on the family farm or even careers off the farm.

St Joseph’s Pipe Band scoop World Championships

St Joseph’s Pipe Band scoop World Championships, and Brian Lally went to Clondalkin during the week to find out about how it feels to win on the world stage.

Could you live comfortably on €6000 a year?

The Mood Within Beef Farming

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Saturday 17th August

Countrywide podcast

Kicking off Heritage week John visits Portumna Workhouse, Co. Galway. We have in studio custodians of Ireland's intangible cultural heritage, Sinead UíGuibhne, of the Boyne Currach Project & Ken Curran, a dry stone wall builder. Tornadoes in Minnesota, night kayaking in Castlehaven Bay & John speaks to two legends of Hurling, John Power from Kilkenny & Bobby Ryan, Tipperary.

Saturday 10th August

Countrywide Podcast

This morning Countrywide's Damien O'Reilly is in Butterfield Estate, home of this year's Tullamore Show & FBD National Livestock Show. Ireland's largest one day annual Agricultural Show & Country Lifestyle Festival Trade Exhibition.

Saturday 27th July

Week of Mixed Emotions for County Offaly

Ireland's Oldest Active Farmer - Adolf Bader

Brexit, Brazilian Beef and Climate Change for Farmers

Road Bowling in Waterford

On certain country roads, you'll still find groups playing a game with a very simple aim, to throw your metal ball to the finish line in fewer throws than your opponent, that game is road bowling and Daniel Clancy went to Copper Coast Road in East Waterford with Liam Power and members of Fenner Road Bowling Club to have a go.

Damien Goes Potato Picking

Damien, heads to North County Dublin to pick some potatoes with two farmers, Lar Flynn and John Thorne. Damien forgot his shovel but brought his microphone along and found out the issues for growing potatoes, the demand on the market and how organic manure can be used to help be sustainable.

Saturday 20th July

Countrywide podcast

Irish pig farmers are on red alert as African Swine fever continues to spread, Damien is joined by states Chief Veterinary Officer, Martin Blake. Hannah Quinn Mulligan reports from Listowel Mart on tractor safety for youngsters. Sheep farmers John Fagan, John Curley & sheep specialist with Teagasc Tim Keady on challenges & issues facing sheep farming. RTE investigates put the welfare of Irish greyhounds in the spotlight, Ger Dollard, CEO of the Irish Greyhound Board. WWoofing - World Wide Opportunities on an Organic Farm, a host to wwoofers, Clare Marshall joins Damien in studio.

Saturday 13th July

Countrywide podcast

Suzanne Campbell visits Greenhill Fruit Farm in Wexford run by Eamonn Crean. Diarmuid McIntyre on the Shannon with the women of the Shannon Dragons. In studio Zoe Kavanagh, CEO of NDC on consumer attitudes on dairy produce. Jeffrey Roe of on upcoming event in Merrion Square Dublin & Agriland Cormac Farrelly on technology & farming.

Saturday 6th July

Countrywide podcast

This morning on Countrywide, Dairy Farmers on their plans to become more efficient, the lonely battle of Kildare farmer Thomas Reid, we talk about how changing patterns affects flora & fauna lifecycles & live in studio the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed.

Saturday 29th June

Soapbox Science

Damien finds out more about the Soapbox Science movement aiming to get more women into science.

EU - Mercosur Beef Deal

Commissioner Phil Hogan, IFA President Joe Healy and Edmond Phelan of the ICSA discuss the new EU- Mercosur beef deal.

Sheep Shearing World Championships

Damien meets the young Sligo woman who hopes to strike gold for Ireland at the world sheep shearing world championships.

Matchmaking Then And Now

Seamus O'Rourke reflects on the art of matchmaking.

Growing Popularity Of Vegan Meat

Suzanne Cambell reports on the growth in popularity of vegan meat.

Goat Cheese Farming

Damien meets Victor and Breda O'Sullivan of Bluebell Falls Farm in Cork, renowned for its goats cheese.

Saturday 22nd June

Shane Connaughton

Tomorrow thousands of Cavan footballers will be streaming to Clones to see their team in an Ulster final for the first time in 18 years. Damien was joined in studio by actor, author, playwright, and fellow Cavan football fan, Shane Connaughton.

Christmas Trees & Geese

In Piltown in Bettystown, Co. Meath, you might see an unusual farm combination of Christmas trees and geese. Louise Denvir went to speak to Karl Allen on his farm to learn more!


This week a conference held by Teagasc heard how farmers are being offered contracts to grow hemp in a effort to make Ireland a global supplier of products derived from the plant. Suzanne Campbell went to meet farmer Ed Hanbridge outside Baltinglass in Wicklow to learn more.

Irish Farm Report 2019

Damien spoke to John Donoghue, CEO of IFAC, to discuss the findings of the Irish Farm Report 2019.

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Presenter: Damien O'Reilly

Producer: Eileen Heron


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