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CountryWide Saturday 8 May 2021



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

Countrywide Full

On this week's countrywide, group water schemes fighting pollution. social media platforms and contractor safety, a pleasant visit to the garda barracks and becoming a foster parent.

Group Water Schemes Fighting Pollution

Damien visits a group water scheme in Balleybay in Co Monaghan where locals are hoping to combat the effect of pesticides and other impurities to help ensure high water quality.

Farm Safety and Social Media

Michael Moroney, Chief Executive of the Association of Farm and Forestry Contractors in Ireland is in studio to highlight the issue of contractors posting videos of pulling stunts whilst driving machinery which has become an increasing problem amongst younger contractors in the social media age.

A Visit To The Barracks

Ahead of the reopening of museums and attractions on Monday 17th May Countrywide reporter Mick McCarthy visits The Old Garda Barracks in Cootehall, County Roscommon who will be welcoming visitors for the very first time as they open their John McGahern exhibition and reading room to the public.

The Art of Public Speaking

Damien is joined by an expert in public speaking and toastmaster John Keating to discuss the art of public speaking and how we can all learn how to speak in public.

Becoming a Foster Parent

Brenda Donohue meets a new foster parent who decided to foster after a reflective lockdown. More information on becoming a new foster parent can be found at

About The Show

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.

Music Played on the Show

Poke 102 Minimal Beauty

Poke 102 Minimal Beauty

Lift Music




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Presenter: Damien O'Reilly

Producer: Eileen Heron

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