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CountryWide Saturday 25 May 2019

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

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.

Making silage with a Strautmann Forage Wagon being pulled by a Fendt tractor. Picture: Farm Images/UIG via Getty Images

The GAA on Faith & 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.

Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, located in the heart of Dublin for over 800 years.

The ecumenical choral evensong will take place at 3.15pm, Sunday, May 26th and special guests include the Sam Maguire and Liam MacCarthy cups. Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, Seán Ó hÓráin, and Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, The Very Revd Dr William Morton, have extended a joint invitation to persons of all faiths and none to join them for this unique gathering.

The service will acknowledge the rich tapestry of cultures and creeds that since 1884 continue to contribute to the enhancement of Gaelic games, culture, and life on Ireland and beyond. It will feature contributions from a variety of figures from the GAA and Irish community and church life.

Persons of all faith and none are invited to attend the event. Founded in 1884, the GAA encouraged the preservation and renewal of  the games of Gaelic Ireland.  It was part of the cultural nationalist movement and consolidated a sense of parish and county identity across the country.

To discuss this topic in more Damien O'Reilly was joined by historian Paul Rouse

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.

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 accidents happened in the last ten days.  

A serious injury on a farm can be life changing for the person injured, an accidental death brings a tide of sorrow to the door of a farm family but unfortunately, the events reported this week are not unusual.  

Farms remain the most dangerous workplaces in Ireland. Sharon McGuinness, CEO of the Health and Safety Authority joined Damien O'Reilly in studio to discuss how dangerous the workplace farms are.


 

Producing Top Quality Soil

There’s an ancient saying in farming about the soil  "Lime, Lime and No Manure, Makes the Father Rich and the Son Poor". The idea being that spreading lime will boost fertility and production but it’s a very short term solution. If farmers want to hand on top quality, healthy soils to their children, they need to pile on the manure and organic matter!

Well we’ve seen a massive increase in food production on Irish farms in the last decade or so, and all of this depends on the soil.  So how are our farmland soils doing?  Journalist Ella McSweeney went to find out and began with a walk on a farm at Ballymore Eustace in County Kildare.


Journalist Ella McSweeney looks to soil for its goodness

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Speech Broadcaster of the Year Damien O'Reilly and the CountryWide team feature the events, people and happenings that bring colour and life to communities, towns and villages across the country.

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