Livestock marts began trading again as close to normal as possible under social distancing rules. Brenda Donohoe popped along to the Wednesday sale at Kilcullen mart in County Kildare to see how they were coping with the new rules.
The lifting of restrictions has allowed some activities to resume, but for young people, their annual Cruinniu na nOg is taking place on line this year. Events are being hosted in every county and a quick search of the creative ireland.gov.ie website will show you exactly what is going on in your own county. And, wherever you get your podcasts, you can find a new RTE jr series called "My Creative Life" where young people tell their stories. Stories like those of Molly & Lucy, two teens from Cloughjordan who are circus artists.
Yesterday afternoon the Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed announced a fifty euro million aid package for beef farmers who have been affected badly by Covid19. Beef sales have plummeted & kill at the factories down. And the Minister joins me on the line from Cork.
John Connell's memoir The Cow Book - the story of life on a family farm, was a success at home in his native Longford & with readers across the world when it was published in 2018. His next book, The Running Book, due to be published in October of this year. The local lake - Lough Gowna - is a landmark in John's life as he now explains.