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 Dublinmaker.ie on upcoming event in Merrion Square Dublin & Agriland Cormac Farrelly on technology & farming.
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.
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.
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.
Damien visits the Mart
Damien visits the mart in Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo
State pension - women in farming
Hannah Quinn Mulligan brings us this report on pension entitlements for women in farming.
Glenstall Abbey in Murroe
Suzanne Campbell went to meet the monks in Glenstal Abbey, Co. Limerick which is set on a 500 acare estate which includes a dairy farm.
Tillage Farmer - Bobby Millar
Damien visits the farm of the Chairman of Irish Grain Growers, Bobby Millar in Stradbally Co Loais.
Zero waste shopping
Waitrose in Oxford launched a new initiative, a zero waste section in the supermarket to reduce plastic & other forms of packaging by allowing customers to refill certain products. One shop in Dublin, the Dublin Food Co-op is already doing it & Louise Denvire brings us this report.
Ireland's Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The Environmental Protection Agency predicted that gas emissions from agriculture will increase in the coming years with an increase in dairy cow numbers. Agriculture accounts for over 30% of Irelands greehouse gas emissions which figures since it is our largest indigenous industry. Michael Wallace, Prof of Agriculture & Food Economics in UCD joins Damien in studio.
Apoloosa Mule - Newcastlewest
Aside from bar work, 3rd generation publican Robbie Cronin, Newcastlewest Co. Limerick, has also had a life long love of donkeys & breeds mules. Damien visited Robbie's property to see a rare Aploosa mule recently born there.
Bird Conservation Project - Rockabill Island
With climate change & oceans warming, the result is that many of our seabirds are under stress, but one very successful conservation project in going on at Rockabill Island off the east coast where Birdwatch Ireland are placing wardens this summer to monitor & protect the colony of Roseate Terns. Suzanne Campbell reports.
Campile, Co Wexford - WW2 bombing
This week world leaders gathered in Normandy to mark the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, one of the most important days in the history of the Second World War. Also this week the community of Campile in county Wexford remembered the bombing of the local co-op in August 1940. John Flynn, Chairman of Campile Historical Society joins Damien on the line.
Bloom - Ireland's Premier Garden Festival
Damien is joined by a variety of guests & musicians, Trio as Countrywide is broadcast live from Bloom Garden festival in Dublin's Phoenix Park. Damien visits the UCD garden celebrating the History of the Irish Diet & speaks to botanist, Caroline Elliott Kingston, archaeologist Meriel McClatchie. Also meets urban gardener Kevin Dennis & landscape designer Robert Moore. Other guests are Karen O'Donoghue, founder of Cottage Markets, food producers, Niall Phelan & Maeve O'Malley. Green Party candidate, Saoirse McHugh & Tara McCarthy, from Bord Bia.
Producing Top Quality Soil
Journalist Ella McSweeney finds out the importance of producing top quality soil with two Irish farmers, who are doing everything they can to enhance the health of their soils.
Farm Safety, The Real Risks
Browsing through this week’s edition of the Irish Farmers Journal, Damien O'Reilly spotted a short report on a serious farm accidental injury in County Cavan and an accidental death on a farm in County Cork. Both of these accidentshappened in the last ten days.
St. Patrick's Cathedral, the GAA & Religion
Tomorrow, Sunday 26th of May 2019 St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland will host a special service celebrating inclusivity in the GAA. Damien O'Reilly was joined by historian Paul Rouse to discuss the history of religion in the GAA.
Cutting Silage Across Ireland
This week, the fine weather meant that farming contractors have continued to be busy with cutting silage up and down the country. The target should be to harvest first-cut silage before the end of the first week in June, but some are getting in earlier as reporter Louise Denvir heard for Countrywide.
Today is the last day of the Balmoral Show, one of the biggest events in the Northern Ireland Agricultural calendar & Louise Denvir went to meet some of the show's visitors & farmers.
Ireland & New Zealand - Climate Change
With 9 milliond dairy cows & 28 million sheep, agriculture contributes to half of New Zealand's carbon footprint. Like Irish farming, New Zealand farming has found itself centre stage in the climate change debate. The Kiwi government plan to plant over 1 billion trees over 10 years to tackle emissions. In studio with Damien is Brian Rushe, north Kildare dairy farmer & farmer Mandi McLeod is on the line from New Zealand to discuss challenges facing farmers there & how they might inform the debate here.
Fingal Community Arehaeology
Community Archaeology is happening a different sites around the country including North County Dublin where Fingal's archaeologist Christine Baker oversees matters at Drumanagh Fort. Brian Lally reports.
Fishing in Greystones
The town of Greystones Co Wicklow has seen a protest this week where fisherman landed the first catch in ten years. They have not used the harbour since its redevelopment began, a project creating 200 birth marina, 358 houses & luxury apartments. Suzanne Campbell joins Damien in studio.
Hegarty Cheese - Templegall
Damien visited a dairy farm in Whitechurch in Cork & met with owner Dan Hegarty & Jean Baptiste Enjeven to talk about the newest addition to the Hagarty cheese range. It is called Templegall, a Swiss style cheese, made from raw milk & matured for at least 9 months. It also won the Irish Food Writers Guild Food Award in March.
Climate & Biodiversity Emergency
How can we protect the environment, wildlife, farm incomes & food supply in the climate emergency? Farmers, consumers & a panel of experts discuss the challenges & opportunities for Irish agriculture & the rural landscape. With Damien this morning are journalists Suzanne Campbell & Daragh McCullagh. Our panel Padraic Fogarty, Campaigns Manager Irish Wildlife Trust / Cara Augustenborg, Envir Policy Fellow UCD & a member of the Council of State / Paddy Wall, Assoc Professor of Public Health at UCD & researcher at UCD One Health / journalist with Irish Country Living, Mairead Lavery.
Ballyglunin Railway Station
John visited Ballyglunin Railway Station in Co Galway, where restoration works on the historic structure which closed down in 1976. It was made famous by the Hollywod film The Quiet Man.
Farmers Have Hearts - Irish Heart Foundation
Marese Damery co-ordinates the Farmers Have Hearts programme for the Irish Heart Foundation & she joins John in studio this morning.
Dawn Chorus 2019
Derek Mooney joins John this morning from Cuskinny Marsh Nature Reserve, a unique bird habitat & one of several locations that will be contributing to Dawn Chorus 2019, which will broadcast from midnight tonight.
RDS Forestry Award - Gerard Deegan
Farmer Gerard Deegan won the RDS forestry award last week for his plantation near Mullingar, Co. Meath. Suzanne Campbell visited Gerard's farm to find out about biodiversity & why he left dairy farming to plant trees.
Beef Summit - Ballinasloe
The Irish Farmers Journal is hosting a beef Summit this Thursday in Ballinasloe with Agriculture Minister Michael Creed as well as academics, researchers, policy makers among those taking part in the event. Adam Woods, Beef Editor with Irish Farmer's Journal joins John on the line this morning.
BogFest - Drumcree, Co. Westmeath
There is an unusual festival on this weekend which celebrates the age old tradition of turf cutting on the bog, near the village of Drumcree in Co. Westmeath. John spoke to turf cutter John Kane.
Men Only Bookclub
Although John has never been to a book club before, he was curious to hear about a Men Only Bookclub in Milltown Malbay in Co. Clare to bring us this report.
Sports & Farming
The 2019 Football, hurling & camogie championships matches will be taking off in the coming weeks. But for players living in rural Ireland, the training & matches of the championship season will be played against the backdrop of the agricultural year. John Heslin & Briege Corkey join John this morning.
Punchestown Festival 2019
The gates open next Tuesday at noon for the Punchestown Festival, marking the end of the National Hunt season. Suzanne Campbell recently went to meet jockey Davy Russell, who won Aintree Grand National on Tiger Roll, on his farm in Youghal.
Easter Saturday - Seamus O'Rourke
Seamus O'Rourke recalls how in 1981 his local macra branch in Leitrim hosted the National Ploughing Championships.
Oil seed rape plant - Patrick Rooney
If you were driving across the country this week you will have noticed fields of light yellow flowers in full bloom. This is the flower of the oil seed rape plant & Louise Denvir visited Patrick Rooney of Derrycamma Farm in Co Louth.
Impact of Storm Hannah
Storm Hannah battered the South & West coasts overnight with winds of up to 150km per hour, leaving homes & businesses without power. John speaks to Trevor Landers, near Cahir in Co. Tipperary, Ailish Connolly on Loop Head, Co Clare & Mike Teahan, Kilcummin near Killarney, Co. Kerry.
Fr Brian Darcy - Good Friday Agreement
Fr Brian Darcy on the death of young journalist Lyra McKee during rioting in Derry Thursday night, 21 years on from The Good Friday Agreement 1998.
Irish Traditional Aran
Louise Denvir brings us this report on Irish Aran & speaks to Vawn Corrigan, author of Irish Aran, history, tradition, fashion published by O'Brien Press.
Potato transforms farming in Ethiopia
In Ethiopia Concern Worldwide is encouraging farmers to plant potatoes on their small holdings & Dubliner Eileen Morrow, who works for Concern Worldwide in Ethiopia, brings us this good news story.
Irelands rearest breed of cattle
Last year the Droimean cow officially joined the list of native cattle in Ireland. Hannah Quinn Mulligan of the Farmers Journal brings us this report.
50th Anniversary - Killimer to Tarbet ferry
This year the Kilimer to Tarbert ferry is celebrating 50 years & earlier this week Marty went on board the Shannon Breeze.
Today, April 13th, 277 years ago Handel's Messiah was first performed in Fishamble Stree & as has become tradition, Our Lady's Choral Society will perform it live today for everyone in the area. Louise Denvir brings us this report.
Marian Harkin MEP
Independent MEP, for Midlands North West, Marian Harkin announced that she would not be seeking re-election to the European Parliament in next months elections. A former TD, Marian has served as an MEP for three terms stretching back to 2004.
Macra Na Feirme- Tomas Duffy
Cavan man Tomas Duffy was elected as the new President of Macra na Feirme. Damien caught up with him yesterday on the family farm in south county Cavan.
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