The Food Academy11/15/14
A year ago, Local Enterprise offices in 26 counties, along with Bord Bia and Super Valu, identified a group of small producers, who would go on to take part in their Food Academy.
Benjy, Our Gay Bull
Last week we heard all about Benji the Gay bull in Mayo, and this week we get an update on his plight from John Carmody of the Animal Rights Action Network and Journalist Joanna McNicholas. All is not lost for Benji, as there have been a few twists...
Farming is the highest contributor to Ireland's Greenhouse Gas emission total. Harold Kingston, a farmer and chairman of the IFA environmental and rural affairs committee and David Healy who is the policy and advocacy officer with Oxfam, Ireland, join...
Beef Prices - The British Perspective
It's been a long week for many Irish beef farmers. The route of their annoyance is the gap between prices in Irish cattle and their British counterparts. Damien is joined on the line by Julia Glotz, the Managing Editor of The Grocer magazine, who...
2014 UN Year of the Family Farm - Connaught
This week, we feature the second in our four part series on the 2014 UN Year of the Family Farm competition, as Damien meets the Connaught winners from County Sligo.
Preserving, Smoking and Pickling - Slow Food
This week Louise Denvir headed to Europe's largest Wild Food Festival - Wild and Slow.
Ear To the East
Darragh McCullough is on a Dairy Farm in China for the China Trade Mission.
FAMILY FARM STORY TELLS A HOPEFUL TALE
Over the next four weeks Damien will visit the UN Year of Family Farming Awards Finalists. This week he met Munster finalist Con Murphy.
BEEF BLOCKADE BACK ON FRONT BOILER
Eddie Downey joins Damien on the line to talk about the breakdown of the beef talks.
Horses and Sycamore Tree Seeds
Horses are an important part of Ireland's rural fabric supporting thousands of jobs across the country. One hot item of discussion in the sector and at the conference is the current outbreak of Atypical Myopathy which is killing horses across the...
OUR DUTCH LISTENER!
Jojanneke Van Den Bosch is a social media lecturer, trainer and practitioner -- and an avid Countrywide listener at home in Rotterdam, Netherlands. She was here for the Web (and Food) Summit and told Damien how much she enjoyed the place, the food and...
Mayo's Gay Bull
First this week, the story of the Gay Bull in County Mayo. Johanna McNicholas, a local journalist broke the story and joins Damien on the line.
HAPPY HAPPY TOQUE
Euro-Toques is the association of professional chefs in Europe .. and Louise Denvir climbed to the roof top of the Marker Hotel in Dublin's Docklands to check out the Euro-Toques Young Chef of the Year.
WHERE'S THE BEEF?
Farmer's Journal columnist and livestock farmer John Shirley joins Damien from his farm in Carlow to give his take on the beef industry and what he thinks is going on.
SIMON SAYS- GO EAST YOUNG MAN!
Minister Simon Coveney is off to the world's most populous country as part of a trade mission to sell Ireland and Irish food to this economic superpower. He briefs Damien on what they hope to achieve, the potential of the Chinese market and how to...
LOUGREA, DEN OF INFAMY
Loughrea in Co Galway has a long history of agitation on behalf of tenants and the landless,so much so that the British dubbed it "Loughrea, that den of infamy" and that is the title of a new history of the land war in Galway by retired medic - Pat...
NEVER MIND THE BEEF, WHERE'S THE BEER?
Seamus O'Hara runs the Carlow Brewing Company based in Bagenalstown, and he came in tell us more after Damien seeing how sucessful their craft beers are. The future seems to be local craft beers and O'Hara's beers and ales are one of the pioneering...
WE GET LE FROMAGE ON IRISH FOOD IN FRANCE
Damien was in Paris for SIAL, Europe's biggest food fair, and took the chance to see how a couple of Irish food and drink businesses are doing in the gastronomic capital of the world.
Macra na Feirme Conference
Today is Macra na Feirme's Conference, and Suzanne Campbell joins us from Laois.
Zombies invade Causey Farm
There's one farm in Ireland whose business model has grown into something really quite unusual. Louise Denvir took a trip to Causey Farm just outside Navan in Co. Meath this week, for a good scare in the night, just in time for Halloween...
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