Christmas Me Arse!12/20/14
Séamus O'Rourke, the Leitrim playright has recorded a special piece for us this Christmas.
....AND THE ADS ARE GETTING FAT
Yes, we know Christmas is coming when the ads start in earnest ( well in August probably). Some are hardy annuals: Guinness- home of the black stuff, Barry's Tea and the train set- which is only on radio, ESB and Dusty Springfield- but some are new...
DREAMING OF A RED CHRISTMAS
Living showbiz legend Red Hurley came in to sing for us this Christmas time along with The Ennis Gospel Choir..
WASTE NOT !
This week the Environmental Protection Agency held the first conference on food waste. While one in ten of Irish people suffer from food poverty, we send over one million tonnes of food into waste disposal every year.
Gay Bull Lib!
Today is the day that "Gay" Charolais bull, Benjy, leaves Mayo to go to The Hillside Animal Sanctuary in East Anglia, England.
SUNDAY IS THE GOAT-TO DAY FOR THE CENSUS
Over 43,000 flock owners, registered as keepers of sheep and goats on the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine’s database, will has received the Sheep and Goat Census 2014.
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
Dermot O'Leary, has published a new memoir, based around songs he says are the soundtrack to his life. Number one on the list is: Brendan Shine's song "Catch me if you can". he on The Late Late Show a number of weeks ago and they presented him with a...
RE-VEAL CALF COMPASSION
Kilkenny Rosé Veal has been awarded a very prestigious acknowledgement from Compassion in World Farming, Ireland’s first recipient of this award. The Madigan Family from Windgap are one of the South East’s first farm to table producers of high welfare...
40 YEARS A GROWING MONTHLY
Irish Farmers Monthly is 40 years old this year, making it one of Ireland's and Irish Farming's longest lasting publications. Current Editor Matt O'Keefe is joined by Micheal Miley, PR Guru, who was part of the RTE Agriculture Dept during the 70's.
SHEEP PROTEST IN CASTLEBAA
Louise Denvir was down in Castlebar, Co Mayo, to see the demonstration by hill farmers at the office of the Taioseach, and to hear at first hand what the issues are for them. The new Glas regime of the CAP and the rules on commonage has confused and...
THE MILK MARKET - SADLY, NOT THE LIMERICK CITY ONE
Pat O'Keeffe is Deputy Editor at the Farmers Journal, and knows more than a bit about the milk market in Ireland. As we head from a peak in prices to a trough, just as milk quotas are to go, Pat has some wise words on a future that seems less certain...
LIFE ON ACHILL ISLAND UN-HENGED
Three year ago this weekend a new stone monument - a large stone circle was erected on Achill Island by developer Joe Mac Namera. Frances Shanahan reports.
RESISTANCE IS FUTILE
More than 25,000 people die each year in Europe because of bacterial infections we cannot treat. Given we share bacteria and antibiotics with farm animals, it’s unsurprising that what happens on the farm matters when it comes to resistance. Ella...
WHYTER THAN WHYTE FARM
There are 36 members of the Whyte family. 15 work on the farm. 7 fathers, 7 sons and Mary - the office manager. They're finalists in the FBD UN Year of Family Farm Awards.
BARELY PROFITABLE OR IS IT BARLEY PROFITABLE
Andy Doyle in the Tillage Editor of The Farmers Journal and came in to the show to explain how the malting barley business works for the select growers who meet the special standards for the maltsters.
MALTSTERS NOT MALTESERS
Louise Denvir went to Togher, Cork City, to The Malting Company of Ireland, one of the few maltsters in Ireland.
COOL CLEAR WATER by PHIL COULTER
For the week that's in it, Phil has written a song about.....Water !
COOL CLEAR COULTER
Not content to be the most successful songwriter ever to come out of Ireland, sold millions of records, to have his song sung at every Ireland rugby match, to have a sold out Irish tour, to have just released his umpteenth album ( Echoes of Home) he...
FUN AND CROWDFUNDING AT RUSSBOROUGH
The Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland is working on restoring the 18th Century walled garden at Russborough House in Co. Wicklow. It is an enormous undertaking with such an important cultural and horticultural project. As the RHSI put it:"This is...
MASH DIRECT AND DOWN
The Hamiltons of Comber Co Down, are not only the Ulster Finalists of the FBD UN Year of Family Farming but the people behind Mash Direct.. We called to the 160 plus hectare farm at the side of Strangford Lough, and saw how Martin, Tracey and Lance...
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