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English, Cultural, 1 seasons, 315 episodes, 2 days 14 hours 6 minutes
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Damien O'Reilly and the CountryWide team feature the events, people and happenings that bring colour and life to communities, towns and villages across Ireland. Listen live Saturdays at 8am on RTÉ Radio 1.
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Duhallow Farming For Blue Dot Catchments Project

We pay a visit to north Cork to look at the Duhallow Farming For Blue Dot Catchments Project. We are also joined in studio by Eddie Burgess, River Catchment specialist in Teagasc.
24/02/202417 minutes 42 seconds
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From Mariupol to Meath

On the second anniversary of the war in Ukraine, we visit a refugee couple in the thick of calving outside Trim.
24/02/20248 minutes 19 seconds
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Countrywide Full 24/02/24

Countrywide Full 24/02/24
24/02/202443 minutes 43 seconds
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200 years of the RNLI

The RNLI marks 200 years of the lifeboat service shortly, and Lorna Siggins visits one of the oldest west coast stations on the Aran islands all-weather lifeboat.
24/02/20247 minutes 50 seconds
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Farmers protests in Wales

We are joined by former international rugby referee Nigel Owens, nowadays a Hereford farmer, to tell us what is at the heart of the issue impacting Welsh farmers. And of course, we ask him what his predictions are for the game in Lansdowne Road later...
24/02/20248 minutes 13 seconds
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Countrywide Full 17/02/24

Countrywide Full 17/02/24
17/02/202443 minutes 57 seconds
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Spring calving

We speak to two farmers who are busy with calving.
17/02/20246 minutes 30 seconds
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On the farm with Hannah Quinn Mulligan and her grandmother Catherine

This spring, Hannah and grandmother Catherine are expecting dairy calves for the first time.
17/02/20245 minutes 59 seconds
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Will the Hen Harrier become extinct?

With less than 100 breeding pairs left, extinction may be just 25 years away.
17/02/202414 minutes 47 seconds
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A conversation with Katherine O'Leary and family

Countrywide went to Katherine O'Leary's family farm near Blarney.
17/02/202414 minutes 56 seconds
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Celebrating bees

In Turlough Park, the National Museum of Country Life outside Castlebar in County Mayo, there is a new exhibition called The Murmur of Bees which opened to the public this week. Meanwhile down i mBaile Bhuirne i gContae Corcaigh, they are celebrating St Gobnait, patron saint of beekeepers with a festival.
10/02/20249 minutes 51 seconds
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Geopark walk

The Joyce Country and Western Lake Geopark, with its many walking trails, is an applicant for UNESCO recognition. Countrywide joined the first ever Geopark trail hike.
10/02/20246 minutes 54 seconds
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French farmers protests

With Patrick Hegarty, a farmer near Limoges in central France and President of his local farmers' organisation, who was arrested during the protests and spent a night in jail in Paris.
10/02/20246 minutes 13 seconds
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Countrywide Full 10/02/24

Countrywide Full 10/02/24
10/02/202444 minutes 18 seconds
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Organic horticulture

The Organic Growers of Ireland are currently offering a work placement programme, which is one of the ways to become an organic grower, as Countrywide discovered when we visited Liam Ryan's farm in county Kildare.
10/02/20248 minutes 7 seconds
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Granagh Players

Down in County Limerick, the Granagh Players have been entertaining the crowds with a play called The Hucklebuck.
10/02/202445 minutes 41 seconds
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Sea Gift

A poem by John Davenport from County Wicklow.
10/02/20243 minutes 1 second
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People's Archive Day

A call went out to the residents of Dun Laoghaire - Rathdown County, to bring in their personal and historic records and share the stories behind them. We went along to hear some of the stories behind the items.
03/02/20248 minutes 33 seconds
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Irish Lighthouses

Lighthouse tourism attracted over six hundred thousand people last year, according to figures by the Great Lighthouses of Ireland partnership. The partnership involves leasing out properties at automated lighthouses, where former keepers' dwellings have been restored by the Irish Landmark Trust.
03/02/20249 minutes 13 seconds
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Countrywide Full 03/02/24

Countrywide Full 03/02/24
03/02/202442 minutes 48 seconds
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International Wetlands Day

Yesterday was International Wetlands Day and volunteers joined members of the Irish Peatland Conservation Council on Lodge Bog in Lullymore, co Kildare for a morning of work cutting back the trees and shrubs invading the raised bog.
03/02/20246 minutes 24 seconds
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Farmers' protests around Europe

With Aline Braunsteffer from the French farmers organisation 'Coordination Rurale', and Thomas Duffy, former Macra Na Feirme President.
03/02/202416 minutes 13 seconds
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Embrace Farm's Wear Our Wellies

Schools and workplaces are encouraged to wear their wellies next Wednesday January 31st to support Irish farm families who have suffered injury or loss. Brenda Donohue reports.
27/01/202412 minutes 19 seconds
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New Biodiversity Plan

During the week, the Government launched the 4th National Biodiversity Action Plan to help arrest our losses in semi-natural grasslands, river quality, plant species and much more. We hear from Geraldine O'Sullivan of the IFA; Oonagh Duggan of Birdwatch Ireland; Dr. James Moran of the ATU and Beara Peninsula farmer Eoghan Daltun.
27/01/202412 minutes 39 seconds
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St. Brigid's Day

2024 marks the second year of St. Brigid's Day. Regular contributor Janet Heeran has this reflection on the celebration featuring music from Sive O'Sullivan, Clara Rose and Sharon Murphy.
27/01/20247 minutes 53 seconds
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Mnister Charlie McConalogue

Whether it was down to the weather, political controversy or environmental concerns, farming spent a lot of time in the headlines last year. Will 2024 be a quieter year? Philip speaks to Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue.
27/01/20249 minutes 4 seconds
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IFAC Report and Panel

IFAC have published its annual Irish Farm Report for 2024 and Philip is joined by Philip O'Connor, Head of Farm Support for IFAC, Dr Mary Curtin, Beef Farmer and Assistant Professor in UL's Kemmy Business School, Jack Kennedy, Editor of The Irish Farmers Journal and Mick Magan, Dairy Farmer and former Chairman, Animal Health Ireland.
20/01/202416 minutes 11 seconds
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All Ireland Hurling and Football Club Finals

Brenda Donohue visits St Bridget's GAA Club in Roscommon ahead of the All Ireland Hurling and Football Club Finals
20/01/20247 minutes 19 seconds
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VAT Back

Hannah Quinn Mulligan joins the show to investigate revenue putting a stop to farmers claiming VAT back on calf feeders and bulk tanks.
20/01/20249 minutes 30 seconds
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Farm visit

Philip visits Bruce Thompson's farm in Laois to learn how farming for nature can be a profitable progressive business.
20/01/20248 minutes 57 seconds
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Business of Craft Awards

Showcase 2024 is Ireland’s design and craft fair. The creative expo has been running for nearly five decades, and they are introducing a new competitive element this year with Business of Craft Awards.
13/01/202413 minutes 4 seconds
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Why hedgerows matter

An event is taking place on Pat Maher's farm in Tipperary, entitled 'Why hedgerows matter?'
13/01/20241 minute 25 seconds
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A new farmers party

As of yesterday, there is a new political party in the country: the Farmers Alliance.
13/01/20244 minutes 49 seconds
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Agricultural diesel subsidies: German protests

In Germany, farmers have been protesting against the removal of the subsidy on agricultural diesel.
13/01/20247 minutes 33 seconds
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Green Diesel

Around the world, fossil fuels receive $7 trillion in subsidies every year. Governments are now committed to ending that. What impact will this have on farmers?
13/01/20249 minutes 42 seconds
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Peregrine falcons

Lorna Siggins spent the morning with Irene O'Brien, district conservation officer for the National Parks and Wildlife Service. They visited Shane Loftus' farm on the upper Moy estuary to check on the progress of some nesting peregrine falcons.
13/01/20246 minutes 10 seconds
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Countrywide Full 13/01/24

Countrywide Full 13/01/24
13/01/202443 minutes 57 seconds
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Key female voices of 2024

Alice Doyle, Vice President elect of the IFA, Hazel Mullins, President Veterinary Ireland, Prof Yvonne Buckley, Trinity College Dublin and Caitriona Morrisey of The Farmers Journal, joins Philip to discuss all projects and concerns for the year ahead.
06/01/202434 minutes 33 seconds
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Nollaig na mBan

Brenda Donohoe goes to Midleton to meet Helena Walsh and Gillian Galvin O'Shea who are celebrating Nollaig na mBan to the beat of their own drums.
06/01/20248 minutes 33 seconds
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How to produce a Christmas tree

Why is it that supermarkets are able to sell Irish Christmas trees at such low prices? Countrywide wanted to find out what is involved in producing a Christmas tree, and what it should cost.
16/12/202315 minutes 2 seconds
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Countrywide Full 16/12/23

Countrywide Full 16/12/23
16/12/202344 minutes 26 seconds
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Wexford General Hospital recognised in national awards

The extraordinary efforts made by management and staff at Wexford General Hospital in the wake of a devastating fire which ripped through the building back in March have been recognised in national awards.
16/12/20238 minutes 33 seconds
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New leaders at IFA and ICMSA

This month, the IFA has elected Francie Gorman as its new president, while Denis Drennan was elected head of the dairy organisation the ICMSA.
16/12/202318 minutes 35 seconds
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Deer management strategy

The Deer Management Strategy Group report was launched this week, which recommends targeting a cull of the population in five counties. This new management strategy for the rapidly expanding population of sika stags and hinds, has been welcomed by the Irish Deer Commission.
09/12/20239 minutes 35 seconds
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Countrywide Full 09/12/23

Countrywide Full 09/12/23
09/12/202343 minutes 50 seconds
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Dairy farming in Dungarvan

Philip Boucher-Hayes reports from Dungarvan, co Waterford, where two scientists run a dairy farm on the side of a very steep hill.
09/12/202311 minutes 10 seconds
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ACRES payment delays

The ACRES scheme, which pays farmers for improved environmental results, has experienced delays. Hannah Quinn Mulligan visited Michael Collins who farms on the Burren.
09/12/20237 minutes 36 seconds
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Irish Christmas traditions explained

Folklorist Shane Lehane speaks to Countrywide about our many Christmas traditions.
09/12/20234 minutes 53 seconds
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Limerick Christmas lights display

Brenda Donohue travels to Shanagolden, co Limerick, where Cormac Hayes is taking Christmas lights to another level.
09/12/20238 minutes 2 seconds
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Middleton Farmers Market

Six weeks or so after Storm Babet hit Middleton, we visit the town’s Farmers Market.
02/12/202319 minutes 46 seconds
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Looking forward to Christmas with John Connell

John Connell’s wife gave birth to their son earlier this year. As he walks the frosty fields of County Longford at morning time, John looks forward to their first Christmas with their young son.
02/12/20233 minutes 35 seconds
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Rearing turkeys on Fiorbhia Farm

Ann Marie Kelly visited Brendan Guinan’s Fiorbhia Farm in County Laois, focusing on the heritage turkeys he is rearing for this year’s Christmas dinner table.
02/12/20238 minutes 27 seconds
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COP28

Agricultural economist Tom Arnold speaks to Philip about the UN global climate summit now underway in Dubai.
02/12/20239 minutes 4 seconds
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Countrywide Full 02/12/23

Countrywide Full 02/12/23
02/12/202342 minutes 13 seconds
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Thoin Theolai

Artist Ríonach Ní Neill has brought together a team of electricians, energy experts, and builders to create a pitch-side shelter with a built-in heater at Páirc Astroturf An Ceathrú Rua i gConemara. It is called Mo Thoin Theolai, or my warm bottom, and Lorna Siggins has been to see it.
25/11/20236 minutes 48 seconds
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Nitrates Questions Answered

With numerous questions over the EU's upcoming cut in the upper nitrates limit for 2,000 to 3,000 Irish farmers in January, Philip speaks to Eimear Cotter from the Environmental Protection Agency and Laurence Shalloo from Agricultural Research agency, Teagasc.
25/11/20239 minutes 53 seconds
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Pregnant Cows

In Limerick, where she farms with her grandmother Catherine, Hannah Quinn Mulligan may be making work for herself. Their two favourite cows are in calf but are giving trouble.
25/11/20237 minutes 18 seconds
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Wellness Cafes

Sharon Ferguson had the idea in 2019 for cafes that people can visit to support their wellbeing. They can meet for a couple of hours in a relaxed space to have a chat with others over a cup of tea or coffee in the presence of social prescribers from the HSE. Brenda Donohoe visited one in Ramelton.
25/11/202315 minutes 12 seconds
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Commissioner Sinkevicius

Virgunujus Sinkivicius, the EU Environment Commissioner, came to Ireland on Thursday as the Taoiseach hoped to convince him to leave Ireland's nitrates derogation untouched. However, the EU are standing firm that from January 1st, Irish farmers spreading slurry will have to have fewer animals on their farm or acquire more land.
25/11/20233 minutes 58 seconds
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Countrywide Full 18/11/23

Countrywide Full 18/11/23
18/11/202342 minutes 35 seconds
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ICMSA AGM

Minister Eamon Ryan addressed the ICMSA at its AGM yesterday, the first ever Green Party Leader to address the organisation.
18/11/20235 minutes 38 seconds
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Blue Tongue Virus

An import ban on live cattle, sheep and other ruminants from Britain to the island of Ireland is in place to protect this island from a new strain of Blue Tongue Virus that has emerged in western Europe.
18/11/20237 minutes 1 second
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When land can no longer be defended from rising water

The catchment of the Shannon is so big that if it rains in Boyle, Ballinasloe, or Mullingar, the water eventually ends up on the Callows. Philip visited the Shannon Callows and later, he discusses what happens when land can no longer be defended from rising water with Dr Fiadh Tubridy.
18/11/202316 minutes 19 seconds
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New regulations for the use of quads

As of Monday, new regulations for the use of quads come in to force to try and prevent accidents.
18/11/202312 minutes 15 seconds
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Countrywide Full 11/11/23

Countrywide Full 11/11/23
11/11/202342 minutes 32 seconds
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Live export trade for calves

Irish farmers are currently allowed to transport calves at 14 days. If that limit became 28 days, would keeping calves on farms for the first month of their lives signal the beginning of the end of live exports of calves? We discuss with John Enright of ICMSA, Ray Doyle of ICOS, and Caroline Rowley from Ethical Farming Ireland.
11/11/202320 minutes 4 seconds
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Social Dancing

At the end of ‘Beckham’ on Netflix, David and Victoria dance around each other to "Islands in the Stream." This has started a new social media trend, where couples recreate the Posh and Becks dance. Brenda Donohue went to a social dancing class in The Well in Moate to learn the steps they danced.
11/11/202313 minutes 32 seconds
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Nature Restoration Law

The Nature Restoration Law proposed by the EU has caused controversy amongst politicians, citizens and lobby groups. We hear from Oonagh Duggan of Birdwatch Ireland, and Paul O'Brien from the IDA.
11/11/20237 minutes 5 seconds
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Whistling walk

Diarmuid McIntyre from Grey Heron Media went on a walk with a difference with Anita Bennis, who has been encouraging people to whistle.
04/11/20238 minutes 6 seconds
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Countrywide Full 04/11/23

Countrywide Full 04/11/23
04/11/202342 minutes 43 seconds
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Limerick's Milk Market

We meet the customers and stall holders of Limerick's legendary Milk Market.
04/11/202312 minutes 40 seconds
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Minister of State Pippa Hackett

Countrywide spoke to Minister of State Pippa Hackett about the new Organics Scheme, a package of payments to encourage farmers to cut out pesticides and chemical fertilisers.
04/11/202311 minutes 37 seconds
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Paul McDermott, President of Veterinary Ireland

Paul McDermott, President of Veterinary Ireland, on the new on-farm regulations.
04/11/20238 minutes 11 seconds
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Organic Farm Walk

Brenda visited Eanna Canavan's farm just outside Doolin in County Clare, where he was hosting an organic farm walk to show other farmers interested in organics how his beef herd is getting on.
28/10/20239 minutes 2 seconds
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Jack Murmur at Farmaphobia

Jack Murmur is a professional scare actor who is currently scaring young and old in Farmaphobia in co Meath.
28/10/20234 minutes 16 seconds
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Forest Bathing

Della Kilroy went on a forest bathing walk in Dublin’s Phoenix Park with Sarah Hourigan, founder of Nature Therapy Ireland.
28/10/20236 minutes 46 seconds
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Countrywide Full 28/10/23

Countrywide Full 28/10/23
28/10/202341 minutes 43 seconds
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Recalling Halloween childhood memories

Janet Heeran just loves this time of year and she sent us this audio reflection on the Halloweens of her childhood.
28/10/20233 minutes 28 seconds
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New organic scheme to open soon

Dr Nicholas Lampkin is an agri-economist, currently working with the Thunen Institute, an advisory body to the German government, examining organic farming policy. He discusses the new organic scheme with Brenda.
28/10/20238 minutes 4 seconds
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Impact of weather on specialist tillage farmers

The weather has been a topic of conversation all through 2023, but especially amongst Ireland's four and a half thousand or so specialist tillage farmers.
28/10/20238 minutes 7 seconds
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Harp Day with Alannah Thornburgh

Alannah Thornburgh is a harpist from county Mayo, and she joined Brenda Donoghue in studio to mark Harp Day.
21/10/20234 minutes 6 seconds
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Impact of flooding on vegetable production

Brenda speaks to Sandra Burns, a farmer in Killeagh in East Cork. Together with husband Joe, they have a thirty-six acre vegetable farm where they have been growing vegetables for the past eighteen years. Sandra tells Brenda about the impact of the recent weather on vegetable growers.
21/10/202312 minutes 18 seconds
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Sheep surrogacy

Hannah Quinn-Mulligan visited Dwayne Sheils' farm near Ramelton in Donegal. He is the FBD Young Farmer of the Year, and he has been trying to improve the genetic merit of his pedigree sheep.
21/10/20236 minutes 25 seconds
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The Gastro Gays

Patrick Hanlon and Russell Alford, aka the Gastro Gays, are the authors of a cookbook, Hot Fat, restaurant critics and opinion makers on food. They are taking part in a food festival called Samhain, celebrating local Boyne Valley flavours with chefs, food writers and artisan producers.
21/10/202314 minutes 31 seconds
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Countrywide Full 21/10/23

Countrywide Full 21/10/23
21/10/202339 minutes 46 seconds
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Let's Match Mums

Let's Match Mums is a website that matches local mums with new mums who are living in Direct Provision, and who really need clothes for their newborns. Maura McElhone is one of the mums who registered to donate some of her baby clothes.
14/10/20234 minutes 4 seconds
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Countrywide Full 14/10/23

Countrywide Full 14/10/23
14/10/202342 minutes 13 seconds
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Food on the Edge with JP McMahon

Food on the Edge at Airfield Estate in Dublin is a gathering of chefs and foodies from around the world. The symposium is curated by Michelin-starred Galway chef JP MacMahon.
14/10/202313 minutes 22 seconds
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GAA players consider retirement

GAA players Ronan Kennedy and Mary Griffin reflect on what is a momentous decision in their life.
14/10/20236 minutes 41 seconds
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Impact of Budget 2024 on farming

Niall Hurson, rural affairs journalist with the Irish Independent tells us what Budget 2024 will mean for farmers.
14/10/20235 minutes 50 seconds
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Irish Farmers Association hustings

The Irish Farmers Association represents seventy thousand farmers and producers. Every four years, they elect their President, who is one of the most influential players in Irish agriculture. Brendan Donohue was at the IFA hustings in county Kilkenny.
14/10/202310 minutes 13 seconds
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New Ross Rugby Club, home of Tadhg Furlong

New Ross Rugby Club is the home of the legend Tadhg Furlong, who is playing on the Irish rugby team in the Stade de France tonight.
07/10/202311 minutes 32 seconds
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Seaweed gathering

Wild harvesting of seaweed has long been a long tradition on Ireland's coastline. Lorna Siggins went to meet Noel Lee of the Connemara Seaweed Company, who harvests wild seaweed by hand, using only a knife, as is the family tradition.
07/10/20236 minutes 5 seconds
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Do farmers need prenups?

On a farm, a divorce leads to complications around the division of land between the original farm family and the person who marries in. This has led a number of farmers to consider a prenuptial agreement.
07/10/202314 minutes 27 seconds
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Countrywide Full 07/10/23

Countrywide Full 07/10/23
07/10/202342 minutes 51 seconds
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The charm of the Dexter cow

Irish farmers are being encouraged to include traditional Irish breeds among the livestock on their farms, including the Dexter cow.
07/10/20239 minutes 17 seconds
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Countrywide Full 30/09/23

Countrywide Full 30/09/23
30/09/202343 minutes 21 seconds
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Ireland's largest hen egg

Brenda Donohue visited Newtown Dunleckney in Co Carlow on a quest for Ireland’s largest hen egg.
30/09/202312 minutes 51 seconds
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How to reduce nitrates on farms

Ella visited dairy farmer Jack Keenan on his Wicklow farm to discuss his options for reducing nitrates. She is also joined by Dr Joe Patton, Head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer Department, Teagasc.
30/09/202315 minutes 58 seconds
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A new National Park in the Boyne Valley

Niall O Donnchu, Director General of National Parks and Wildlife Service, talks to Ella about the purchase of Dowth Hall demesne, Co Meath and the establishment of a new National Park.
30/09/20239 minutes 47 seconds
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The joys of the outside loo

Writer, poet and actor Seamus O'Rourke on the unexpected joys of the old outside toilets.
30/09/20233 minutes 30 seconds
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Land Ownerhip

Ella is joined by journalist Ciaran Moran , Digital Farming Editor with The Irish Independent to discuss the issue of land ownership and the growing trend of local farmers ability to afford land.
23/09/202310 minutes 56 seconds
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Telling The Stories Of Leitrim

Ella is joined by Edwina Guckian and Tommy Early who are both involved in a new oral history project "Leitrim Amach" whose aim is to discover the vibrant history of Leitrim and tell the stories of the people and the land.
23/09/20239 minutes 30 seconds
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Diversifying The Farm

Della visits Niamh Hegarty's farm in East Cork to see how the farm can diversify and create new ways of sustaining itself. In Niamh's case from using the land for music gigs and crating and selling a new fermented health drink grown and sold on the farm.
23/09/20237 minutes 9 seconds
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Countrywide Full 23/09/23

Countrywide Full 23/09/23
23/09/202343 minutes 21 seconds
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From Racing To Writing

Ella visits champion jockey Nina Carberry as she embarks on her first foray into writing books for children.
23/09/20236 minutes 3 seconds
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Walking & Protecting Lough Corrib

Lorna Siggins is on Lough Corrib to discover some new walking routes and the efforts locally to ensure its protection, promotion and conservation.
23/09/20238 minutes
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Citizens’ Assembly on Biodiversity Loss

Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin, chair of the Citizens’ Assembly on Biodiversity Loss, updates Ella McSweeney on the outcomes from the Assembly's final report.
16/09/20238 minutes 46 seconds
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Open Kitchen Week

Barry Ralph, chef and owner of House of Plates in Castlebar, co Mayo, talks to Ella McSweeney about what it is like working in a professional kitchen ahead of Open Kitchen Week.
16/09/20232 minutes 11 seconds
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Female business owners in rural Ireland

Three women share their experiences as business owners in rural Ireland. For more information on the businesses featured on the programme: wawets.com bonchocolatiers.ie feigherysfarm.ie
16/09/202315 minutes 22 seconds
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Full Programme 16.09.2023

Full Programme 16.09.2023
16/09/202342 minutes 17 seconds
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Ploughing Championships preparations

Della Kilroy reports from Mooncoin, co Kilkenny on preparations for the Ploughing Championships.
16/09/20237 minutes 12 seconds
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Mica in farm buildings in Donegal

Hannah Quinn-Mulligan reports on the issue of Mica on farm buildings in Donegal.
16/09/20237 minutes 48 seconds
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Remote working hub in Castlecomer

Demand for rural hubs has increased over the last year as a growing number of people are working remotely two to three days a week. Della Kilroy visited a former school in Castlecomer in co Kilkenny, which has been repurposed into a remote working hub
09/09/20236 minutes 48 seconds
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Full programme 09.09.2023

Full programme 09.09.2023
09/09/202343 minutes 32 seconds
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Sustainable diet with Dr Sinéad McCarthy

Teagasc has been looking at food as part of an All-Ireland research project on what the Irish public is currently eating, compared to what is recommended for both personal and planetary health.
09/09/202312 minutes 19 seconds
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Salmon in the Liffey

An important home for salmon is the River Liffey, which begins life in the Wicklow Mountains, and then flows through Kildare and Dublin before entering the Irish Sea out through the capital and into Dublin Bay. But all along the Liffey are defunct barriers and they’re stopping the salmon from being able to breed.
09/09/20238 minutes 50 seconds
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Ireland's favourite saint

The Ploughing Championships start in two weeks and Bishop Denis Nulty of Kildare and Leighlin will be there for one reason only: he wants to find out Ireland’s favourite saint.
09/09/20232 minutes 5 seconds
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Curlews in Inishowen

When a publicly funded programme was set up in 2017, there were just 150 breeding pairs of curlews left. Now there are pockets of hope, and Hannah Quinn-Mulligan went to a farm in Inishowen, co Donegal where curlews are faring well.
09/09/20236 minutes 46 seconds
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Surveying water health on board the Tara

Lorna Siggins went on board the French vessel "Tara" where a crew of scientists survey the coast of Ireland as part of their European work to take a snapshot of the health of our waters.
09/09/20235 minutes 19 seconds
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Countrywide Full 02/09/23

Countrywide Full 02/09/23
02/09/202344 minutes 12 seconds
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Hedgerow Maintenance Alternatives

As national hegderow week gets under way Ella is in co Westmeath to meet farmer James Ham who has alternative methods to dealing with hedgerows.
02/09/20239 minutes 49 seconds
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The Trials Of The Sheepdog

Ahead of the International Sheepdog Trials in Blessington in Wicklow next weekend Mary McDonald of Grey Heron Media visits the Casey farm in Burncourt in Tipperary to learn more about the art of sheep dog training. Ella also speaks to one of next weekends competitors James McLauglin.
02/09/202314 minutes 41 seconds
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Helping With Food Poverty

Countrywide's Della Kilroy visits The Boyle Family Resource Centre in Roscommon where the centre helps people out by providing food when people cannot afford it. Ella also speaks with volunteers from across the country to find out some of the big issues which are leading to food poverty.
02/09/202314 minutes 45 seconds
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The Start Of September- A Reflection

Roscommon farmer Keith Brennan reflects on the start of September and the changes it brings to the farm.
02/09/20233 minutes 26 seconds
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Suckler Farming

Hannah Quinn Mulligan heads to Tipperary, to meet suckler farmer Tony Grogan’s in the Glen of Aherlow and discovers the challenges facing suckler farmers.
26/08/20237 minutes 57 seconds
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Countrywide Full 26/08/2023

Countrywide Full 26/08/2023
26/08/202342 minutes 41 seconds
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The Beauty Of The Ballads

Brian Lally heads to Cork to meet singers Jimmy Crowley and Australian-born Eve Telford to discover their love of the ballads.
26/08/20236 minutes 55 seconds
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Running For IFA Office

Ella is joined in studio by Alice Doyle IFA vice presidential candidate, the first woman in the IFA's history to run for the office.
26/08/20239 minutes 40 seconds
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Teen Tractor Safety

Della Kilroy reports on the issue of teen tractor safety and Ella is joined in studio by Health and Safety specialist with Teagasc John McNamara.
26/08/202316 minutes 47 seconds
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Understanding The Farm

Ella is joined by Wicklow based farmer John Kelly a memeber of the Understanding Agriculture Co-op and Dr Aine Macken Walsh, a sociologist with Teagas to discuss the importance of connection between farmers and the general public.
19/08/202312 minutes 56 seconds
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Farm Succession

Ella meets new Macra President Elaine Houlihan and Macra's Rural Youth Committee chair Niamh Farrell to discuss the issue of farm succession. Macra have recently announced a new pilot scheme to encourage farm succession.
19/08/20238 minutes 19 seconds
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Country Music - An Appreciation

Farmer and Writer Jon Connell reflects on his love of country music.
19/08/20235 minutes 5 seconds
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The Open Farm

Ella is in Co Waterford for a walk around with Dairy Famrer Shane Fitzgerald who is opening his farm to the public this weekend as part of Agri Aware's open farm campaign. You can find out more about the campaign here www.agriaware.ie
19/08/20238 minutes 23 seconds
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Countrywide Full - 19/08/2023

Countrywide Full - 19/08/2023
19/08/202343 minutes 37 seconds
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Spinning A Yarn

Countrywide's Della Kilroy heads to Co Clare to meet sheep farmer Sandra King who relocated form North Carolina to the Banner County in recent years where she took up yarn spinning.
19/08/20237 minutes 18 seconds
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Call The Midwife

Ella is joined by Emma Laffey, healthcare assistant in Portiuncula Maternity Unity, and in her spare time, a volunteer with the Skehana and District Heritage Group in County Galway about a new project to remember the travelling midwife and we also hear archive footage on the work of one legendary midwife.
05/08/20238 minutes 59 seconds
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Sanctuary Swimmers

Della Kilroy heads to Galway to meet The Sanctuary Swimmers, a solidarity-through-sport initiative which uses sport to bring together mi-grants, refugees, asylum seekers and Irish residents.
05/08/20237 minutes 37 seconds
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Keeping Our Bees

Ella is joined by Dara Stanley from UCD’s School of Agriculture and Food Science to discuss the dangers facing our bees and Countrywide's resident bee keeper Hannah Quinn Mulligan reports from her Limerick farm where she keeps bees and we hear about the blond bombshell of the bee world.
05/08/202315 minutes 53 seconds
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Weather Woes

Ella speaks with a number of Agri workers from different sectors from around the country to find out how the adverse weather is affecting them.
05/08/202311 minutes 54 seconds
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Countrywide Full

On this weeks Countrywide, the farming effects of bad weather, protecting our bees, sanctuary swimming and honoring the travelling midwife.
05/08/202345 minutes 21 seconds
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Saving The Thatch

Lorna Siggins reports from n Inish Oirr where a project is on going to save the last thatch roof on the island.
29/07/20237 minutes 41 seconds
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Donegal Derogation Meeting

Ella is in Donegal to hear from farmers at an IFA meeting McCandless dairy farm in Inishowen where Derogation was foremost on the minds of the attendees.
29/07/20234 minutes 57 seconds
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Minister McConalogue

Ella Sits down with Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue to discuss a wide rage of issues affecting the agri sector.
29/07/202315 minutes 49 seconds
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Going Underground

Ronan Kelly takes a trip underground for Countrywide and reports from Glengowla Mines in Co Galway.
29/07/20237 minutes 57 seconds
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Global Warning Food Supply Effect

Senior Reporter with The Grocer Magazine joins Ella to discuss what the effect of global warning has on our food production and prices.
29/07/20236 minutes 36 seconds
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Barn Owl Boom

This year has been the most successful breeding season for barn owls in fifteen years. We hear from a number of owl enthusiasts from around the country.
22/07/202320 minutes 29 seconds
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Strawberry's In The Treaty County

Countrywide’s Hannah Quinn Mulligan's visits the Kennedys Strawberry Farm in Pallaskenry in co Limerick to find out the secret of growing the perfect strawberry.
22/07/20237 minutes 23 seconds
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Kilkenny IFA Protests

Ella reports from "The Farmers Futures Matter" rally held in Kilkenny last night. Ella hears from a number of farmers across a range of issues affecting farmers
22/07/202311 minutes 28 seconds
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The Joys Of Gardenng

Della Kilroy reports from The Solas Cancer Support Centre In Waterford where she hears how the joy of gardening has had a positive effect for many battling cancer.
22/07/20237 minutes 11 seconds
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Granard Agricultural show

Ella is joined by Hazel McVeigh, secretary of the Granard Agricultural Show and Frank Mulligan who is on the way to the show hoping to win big
15/07/20234 minutes 2 seconds
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Casks in county Mayo

Lorna Siggins chats to Head Cooper of DairNua cooperage in Foxford, Darren Leonard about cask making
15/07/20236 minutes 17 seconds
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Poet Jane Clarke

Poet Jane Clarke reads her poem 'The Key' from her new collection 'A change in the Air' which thinks of all those hoping that one day they'll get the keys to their own home
15/07/20231 minute 32 seconds
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Housing in Hollymount, Mayo

Ella chats to senior architect from Mayo Council, Simon Wall about his first summer in his new 300 year old home and the housing issues in the area
15/07/20239 minutes 3 seconds
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Frances Thornton Memorial Swim

Ella is joined by husband Brian Thornton of the late Frances Thornton and swimmer Fergal Madden to discuss the postponement of the Frances Thornton Memorial Swim which takes place yearly across Galway Bay.
15/07/20234 minutes 24 seconds
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Frank O' Meara, head of Teagasc

Frank O Meara, the head of Teagasc talks to Ella about the latest figures from the EPA, the dairy calf welfare revelations and more
15/07/202314 minutes 29 seconds
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The Fit Up Theatre

Ella chats with Geoff Gould, Artistic Director of The West Cork Fit Up Theatre Festival about the revival of the once loved Fit Up Theatre. Find Out more about the festival here www.fit-uptheatrefestival.com
08/07/20235 minutes 46 seconds
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Making Music In Clew Bay

Brian Lally visits one of Irelands most scenic recoding's studios in Clew Bay in co Mayo.
08/07/20237 minutes 13 seconds
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Cleaning Our Waters

Ella is joined by Laura Burke, Director General, Environmental Protection Agency to discuss issues around water quality on the back of the agency's recent report on the issue and we hear from a range of stakeholders voices from around the country on the challenging issue of ensuring our water quality
08/07/202329 minutes 42 seconds
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Excessive Nitrogen & Water Pollution

Ella is joined by Agri journalist Niall Hurson to discuss the EPA report this week on Irelands nitrates derogation.
01/07/20236 minutes 42 seconds
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Moving Away From Soya Importation

Ella speaks with John Spink of Teagasc about the potential move away from soya beans due to its links to deforestation and potential substitutes which can be grown locally.
01/07/20236 minutes 27 seconds
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A Rare Breed In Galway

Ella is joined by Suzanne Carmpton form the Connemara National Park in Co Galway who are showcasing Rare Irish Breeds as part of a celebration of the parks twinning agreement with Terra Nova National Park in Newfoundland in Co Canada.
01/07/20232 minutes 57 seconds
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The Inventing Famrer

The Inventing Famrer Reporter Ann Marie Kelly meets Offaly farmer Toney Bergin whohas well as being a fermer is alos an inventer and who has been enterng the National invention section of The Tullamore show for the past 30 years.
01/07/20236 minutes 20 seconds
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Cropping Togeter

Ella is in Co Monaghan to see how one farmer is bringing a unique approach to crop growing.
01/07/20239 minutes 37 seconds
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Home Grown Dairy

Ella is joined by Zoe Kavanagh of the National Dairy Council to discuss their new campaign "The Grassroots Movement" which aims to increase the understanding and pride in Irish Dairy.
01/07/202310 minutes 32 seconds
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Dairy Bull Calves

On a recent trip to England, Hannah Quinn Mulligan met farmers from the UK, Australia and Canada to find out how they deal with the issues of dairy bull calves.
24/06/20239 minutes 14 seconds
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Sea Surface Temperatures

Ella is joined by Glen Nolan of The Marine Institute to discuss the problem of increased sea surface temperatures and the effect it has the oceans eco systems
24/06/20239 minutes 54 seconds
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Spancil Hill Horse Fair

Diarmuid McIntyre reports from this years Spancil Hill Horse Fair.
24/06/202310 minutes 17 seconds
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From City To Country

Ella is in Co Roscommom to meet Keith Brennan on his family farm and finds out what inspired Keith to give up city slicking for the farming life.
24/06/202313 minutes 40 seconds
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Common Knowledge

Common Knowledge is a non-profit social enterprise based in The Burren in Co. Clare. Della Kilroy went to find out more about this programme.
17/06/20236 minutes 21 seconds
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Newport Shepards

Lorna Siggins with Paul Walker of Newport Shepards.
17/06/20236 minutes 34 seconds
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Organic Milk

Joe Kelleher from Teagasc speak to Hannah Quinn Mulligan.
17/06/20236 minutes 26 seconds
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Nitrogen and Climate Action Plan

Under the governments Climate Action Plan, Agriculture must reduce chemical nitrogen use by 25% within next 7 years. Dr. Karl Richards, Acting Head of Climate Change in Teagasc.
17/06/202311 minutes 18 seconds
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Agriculture Nitrogen Levels

Farmer Donal Sheehan in Castlelyons trying to take chemical nitrogen out of his farming methods.
17/06/202311 minutes 28 seconds
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EU Nature Restoration Laws

Environment Correspondent with The Irish Independent Caroline O'Doherty explains the new EU Restoration Laws which have caused controversy this week.
10/06/202313 minutes 44 seconds
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Rural Women Through Time

Ella is in Co Leitrim to find out more about a new pop up museum highlighting the history of rural women in Ireland. You can find out more here: www.facebook.com/leitrimwomenthroughtime
10/06/20239 minutes 22 seconds
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Bringing Home The Silage

We're back on Hannah's farm in Co Limerick where its time to bring home the silage.
10/06/20235 minutes 59 seconds
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Otter Spotting

Ella talks to ecologist Dr Karina Dingerkus part of the team undertaking a new national otter survey. To take part in the survey see www.biodiversityIreland.ie.
10/06/20235 minutes 18 seconds
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Cruinniú na nÓg 2023

Countrywide's Della Kilroy visits Blackbird Cultur-Lab in co weford, one of the faciities taking part in thi syears Cruinniú na nÓg
10/06/20237 minutes 30 seconds
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Live From Bloom Part 2

Phillip meets some of the many food producers who will be exhibiting their aware at this year's Bloom
03/06/20236 minutes 17 seconds
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Live From Bloom Part 4

Phillip meets gardeners who specialise in urban gardening and more music from Sive.
03/06/202310 minutes 32 seconds
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Live From Bloom Part 3

Phillip is joined by the CEO of Bord Bia Jim O’Toole and Della Kilroy reports on one of the country's most interesting garden and garden
03/06/202315 minutes 28 seconds
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Live From Bloom Part 1

Phillip meets OPW Head Gardner at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre - Brian Quinn and finds out how perfection is the aim when it comes to maintaining the national park with music from Sive.
03/06/20238 minutes 8 seconds
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ReWetting The Land

Phillip is in Co Offaly to see first hand how rewetting farm lands works.
27/05/202310 minutes 2 seconds
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The Wexford Pilgrim Way

Countrywide's Della Kilroy meets walkers on the new Wexford to Pembrokeshire pilgrim route. Its hoped The new route could become one of Europe's great pilgrims. for more information see : https://wexfordpembrokeshirepilgrimway.org/
27/05/20237 minutes 37 seconds
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Prized Poultry

Phillip is joined by teenage chicken farmer Michael Gilmore ahead of the Athenry Showcase this weekend where Michael and his chickens will be competing. Michael had a number of his chickens stolen back in December and this weekend marks a first return to competing for Michel since the theft.
27/05/20236 minutes 32 seconds
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Butter For The Queens- A Poem

Poet Jane Clarke reads her poem " Butter For The Queens" an ode to the Irish spud.
27/05/20231 minute 18 seconds
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Biodiversity Week 2023

Phillip is joined by guests who have been involved in this years Biodiversity week which runs until this Sunday, 28th May. for more info see : www.biodiversityweek.ie
27/05/20239 minutes 26 seconds
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The Irish Apple

Hannah Quinn Mulligan is in Co Clare to find out why we are seeing less and less of native Irish Apple Tree's and what s been done to save the Irish Apple.
27/05/20236 minutes 57 seconds
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Agri Tech Success

Ella is joined in studio by Tara McElligott, Sean Smith and Daniel Izquierd of Micron Agritech who have developed new AI software to develop a rapid test kit to enhance cattle gut medication.
20/05/20239 minutes 45 seconds
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Horse Riding For The Disabled

Countrywide's Della Kilroy is Co Carlow to meet members of The Riding for the Disabled Association of Ireland who give free weekly lessons to over 300 people and who are looking for new volunteers to help out.
20/05/20236 minutes 51 seconds
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The Demise Of The Vegetable Farmers

Ella is in Co Kerry to meet soon to be former vegetable farmer Aidan O'Connor to find out out why, like an increasing amount of vegetable farmers, he is leaving the industries. Ella is also joined by Paul Brophy one of the countries biggest cauliflower farmers to discuss the issue.
20/05/202317 minutes 43 seconds
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Protecting The Hawthorn.

Ella is joined by farmers and Leitrim natives Edwina Guckian & Gerry Bohan to talk about their initiative “The Leitrim Hawthorn Project.
20/05/20239 minutes 4 seconds
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Breeding methane efficient dairy cows in Fermoy

Philip Boucher-Hayes visits Teagasc's Moorepark facility in Fermoy and speaks to Dairy Farmer Kevin Twomey
13/05/202310 minutes 21 seconds
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Butter museum in Cork

Peter Foynes, The Butter Museum; and Michael Carey, a collector of butter wrappers,
13/05/20235 minutes 35 seconds
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Making the a home for the lesser horseshoe bat

Hannah Quinn Mulligan speaks to farmer PJ O'Malley and Kate McAney from with the Vincent Wildlife Trust about the lesser horseshoe bat
13/05/20237 minutes 36 seconds
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Primping, preening & posturing lisvestock at Balmoral

Darragh McCullough went behind the scenes to watch the animals be prepared for the show ring.
13/05/20236 minutes 34 seconds
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Framework for implementing ecological targets

Dr. Brendan Dunford, Project Manager with Farmpeat; Ray O Foghlu, HomeTree charity; Brendan Dunford, formerly manager of the Burren Project
13/05/202313 minutes 26 seconds
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Met Eireann Blight Warning System

Darragh is joined by Dr Klara Finkele, Head of the Agricultural Meteorological Unit in the Research Division at Met Eireann to discuss the new improved blight alarm system from Met Eireann ahead of blight season.
06/05/20235 minutes 49 seconds
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Growing Cowslips

Countrywide's Lorna Siggins visits St Brigit's Gardens in Rosscahill, Co Galway and meets its owner Jenny Beale and finds out how the cowslips there are helping with biodiversity.
06/05/20236 minutes 27 seconds
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Milk Prices

Hannah Quinn Mulligan meets her neighbor and dairy farmer, Limerick based Pat McNamara to talk milk prices , Hannah also speaks with Trevor Donnellan of Teagasc to find out the issues facing pricing for dairy farms. Darragh is joined by David Kennedy, Bord Bia’s Head of Dairy to get the bigger picture in dairy.
06/05/202313 minutes 10 seconds
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Encouraging Biodiversity

Darragh is on the Deasy farm in Co Tipperary to meet Maurice and his father Ruairi to find out how the family farm has changed and adopted over the years. Maurice is an ambassadors for the Farming for Nature initiative
06/05/20239 minutes 49 seconds
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Contracting

Hannah Quinn-Mulligan meets contractor Bertie Cahill in his Limerick yard to find out more about about the issues facing contractors and the challenges they face.
06/05/20238 minutes
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Bank Holiday Special : A Wicklow River Walk - Part 1

In a bank holiday special Philip and a team of Countrywide reporters follow the river Avonmore from where it rises in Co Wicklow to where it flows through the Garden County and discover some of the hidden gems the beautiful waterway has to offer.The perfect accompaniment if you are going for a walk.
29/04/202316 minutes 37 seconds
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Bank Holiday Special : A Wicklow River Walk - Part 2

We rejoin Phillip and the Countrywide team as they continue their river walk of the Avonmore river in Co Wicklow, one of the countries most beautiful and diverse waterways.
29/04/202326 minutes 47 seconds
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Farm Safety - A Galway Farmers Story

Countrywide's Della Kilroy meets Galway based farmer Peter Gohery who outlines his story of how an accident on the family farm changed his life forever.
22/04/20237 minutes 7 seconds
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Opening Our Gates

Kilkenny based artist Shem Caulfied talks to Phillip about his love and interest in the evolution of the farm gate.
22/04/20236 minutes 20 seconds
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What's In Our Rivers

On Earth Day Phillip heads to Co Laois to investigate just how farm waste is effecting river pollution levels and meets the authorities charged with protecting our waterways.
22/04/20239 minutes 7 seconds
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Earth Day - The State Of Play

As today marks the 52 Earth Day Phillip meets Marry Donnelly chair of The Climate Advisory Council to discuss the reality of the environmental issues facing us.
22/04/202312 minutes
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Fermoys International choir

Della is in Fermoy in Co Cork to meet members of the towns International Choir who boats members form across the globe.
22/04/20236 minutes 52 seconds
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From Dairy To Wasabi

Della Kilroy visits Co Kilkenny and Co Meath to find out about the growing of Wasabi , a kind of horseradish that is a popular flavor in Japanese and the move from Dairy to horticultor for those involved
15/04/20238 minutes 16 seconds
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Lambing Report

Phillip meets Wicklow sheep farmer Catherine Murphy and finds out first hand just how dedicated sheep farmers have to be during lambing season particularly during stormy weather.
15/04/20239 minutes 55 seconds
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Poem : Seamus O Rourke – The Drawer

Countrywide's unofficial poet in residence Seamus O'Rourke highlights the importance of the drawer to the farmhouse.
15/04/20233 minutes 29 seconds
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Conserving Our Past

Virginia Teehan, CEO of the Heritage Council. Joins Phillip to talk about a new initiative from The heritage council and The Department of Agriculture aimed at preserving old farmyard buildings. You can out more about the d=scheme here : https://www.heritagecouncil.ie/projects/traditional-farm-buildings-grant-scheme
15/04/202312 minutes 12 seconds
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Protecting the Corncrake

Phillip speaks with John Carey from The Corncrake Life Project about alerting farmers in the West particularly in counties Mayo, Donegal and Sligo to keep an ear out for the Corncrake to try and protect it.
15/04/20238 minutes 15 seconds
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Treading The Boards

Ahead of the All Ireland Amateur Dramatics finals in Athlone later this month Brenda is joined by a number of cast and crew of various productions who will be taking part in the finals.
08/04/20239 minutes 47 seconds
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Supersitious and Customs

Countrywide's Della Kilroy meets members of Traveler Community based in and around St Margaret’s in Fingal, county Dublin who have been collated stories of superstitions and customs for a showcased later this month in Ballymun’s Axis Centre.
08/04/20237 minutes 47 seconds
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Calving Season - An Audio Postcard

Regular Countrywide contributor Janet Heeran brings us her postcard from her Cork family dairy farm as Calving season comes to an end.
08/04/20233 minutes 39 seconds
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At The Races

Brenda is at the yard of trainer Dermot McLoughlin in County Meath ahead of the Irish Grand National on Easter Monday as the excitement is building.
08/04/20238 minutes 1 second
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Biodiversity

Dr Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhan, Chair of the Citizen’s Assembly joins Brenda to discuss the findings of the assembly's report which was published this week.
08/04/202311 minutes 1 second
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Live Exporting

Phillip is in Wicklow to meet Seamus Scallon of the Wicklow Calf company to see first hand how live exports work in the week where there issues raised about the treatment of cattle being exported.
01/04/202311 minutes 24 seconds
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Selling The Banshee’s Furniture

On Wednesday, the 12th of April, some of the authentic Irish farmhouse furniture that was used in the staging of The Banshee's Of Inisherin is up for sale as part of a Vernacular Irish sale at Adam’s Auctioneers. Stuart Cole from Adams Auctioneers joins Phillip ahead of the auction.
01/04/20234 minutes 14 seconds
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Coastal Walking In Clare

Lorna Siggins joins tour guide Cormac McGinley in Co Clare to find some hidden gems form the banner county.
01/04/20237 minutes 1 second
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Sean Kelly MEP April 1st "Biodiversity Initiative"

Phillip speaks with Sean Kelly M.E.P and former President of the GAA about a new bio diversity initiative by the GAA that he is sponsoring at European level.
01/04/20236 minutes 29 seconds
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Male Calves and The Dairy Farm

Phillip is joined in studio by Joe Burke, Senior Manager for Beef and Livestock at Bord Bia to discuss the issue of what to do with male calves on dairy farms and hears from one farmer who is using sexed semen to help address the issue.
01/04/202314 minutes 48 seconds
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Farmer's movement upends Dutch politics

The Dutch farmer movement BBB has come from nowhere to secure a major upset in its country's politics. Philip speaks to the party's leader, Caroline van der Plas, who is the daughter of Irishwoman Nuala Fitzpatrick. Then, we wonder if the same thing could happen here with Pat O'Toole of the Farmer's Journal and dairy farmer Thomas Duffy.
25/03/202313 minutes 19 seconds
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Final Curtain for Dun Mhuire Theatre

The iconic Dun Mhuire Theatre, or parish hall, was once the hive of community activity in Wexford town, hosting showbands, pantos and drama festivals. It's set to be demolished so Della Kilroy got the thoughts of those who cherish its memory.
25/03/20237 minutes 19 seconds
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Colm O'Regan

Comedian Colm O'Regan is Countrywide's go-to everyman - he grew up on a farm and lives in a town. Author of 'The Climate Worrier - A Hypocrite's Guide to Saving the Planet', how has he coped with this week?
25/03/20234 minutes
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Carbon Neutral Farming

Wealthy nations need to achieve Net Zero by 2040, but what would this look like on an Irish farm? Sean Condon asked Cian and Alejandro from farm sustainability company Carbon Harvesters to audit his farm. Hannah Quinn Mulligan reports and then we hear from Professor Gerry Boyle, formerly head of Teagasc and now a board member at Arrabawn.
25/03/202316 minutes 55 seconds
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Seán O'Brien on mixing Belgian Blues and Scottish Blues

Seán O'Brien on mixing Belgian Blues and Scottish Blues
11/03/20235 minutes 15 seconds
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Macra Na Feirne president - Elaine Houlihan

Hannah Quinn Mulligan meets Elaine Houlihan, from Athlacca in Co Limerick, who is the new president of Macra na Feirme
11/03/20237 minutes 43 seconds
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Living with Dravet Syndrome

Della Kilroy reports
11/03/20237 minutes 34 seconds
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Keeping newborn baby Ted is warm is a labour of love

John Connell, farmer, writer and now a father on keeping newborn baby Ted is warm is a labour of love
11/03/20232 minutes 37 seconds
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Harold Kingston on leaving dairy farming

Harold Kingston, dairy farmer from Cork, on getting out of dairy farming
11/03/20238 minutes 8 seconds
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The most detailed map ever of our declining plant life

Micheline Sheehy Skeffington
11/03/202311 minutes 42 seconds
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Rescued Time

Seamus O'Rourke is a regular contributor to the show and this week has a love letter to home with musical accompaniment from his good friend, John Devine.
04/03/20233 minutes 15 seconds
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International Women's Day

Della Kilroy meets Ashleigh to learn about her farming life and see how the calving season is going.
04/03/20237 minutes 37 seconds
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Wildfires

Philip is joined by Dr. Fiona Cawkwell of UCC, who has researched the impact of wildfires; Dr. Klara Finkele of Met Eireann; and Ciaran Nugent, regional forestry inspector at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
04/03/202313 minutes 55 seconds
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Tomato shortage

A produce we have long taken for granted, the shortage of tomatoes over the past 10 days has highlighted the fragility of food supply chains. Spanish farmer Emilio Castello; Irish tomato grower Martin Flynn; and Úna Ní Bhroinn of Beechlawn Organics tell Philip what's happening.
04/03/202310 minutes 55 seconds
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Solar sheep

You would not think it, but sheep and solar panels may just be made for each other. Philip visits a sheep farm in Wicklow that recently became the first Irish solar farm to connect to the grid.
04/03/20237 minutes 58 seconds
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Sheep Farming Innovation In The North West

Phillip is in Co Mayo to find out more about a new scheme in the North West involving some 800 sheep farmers to help create additional sources of income for farmers as well as protecting and promoting bio diversity at a time when the sheep market is in flux.
25/02/202310 minutes 19 seconds
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Battle Of The Boyne

Countryside's Ella McSwenney reports on a proposed plan by Dawn Meats that would see 400,000 liters of treated wastewater being discharged into the river Boyne every day, just south of Slane village as part of an upgrade plan by the companies Beauparc abattoir to reduce emissions.
25/02/20239 minutes 38 seconds
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Irish Farmers Journal New Editor

Phillip is joined in studio by Dr Jack Kennedy who has just been appointed the new editor of The Irish Farmers Journal.
25/02/20239 minutes 9 seconds
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New Life On The Farm

We’re back on the Mulligan farm where Catherine and Hannah are welcoming new life onto the family farm. Following the loss of a number of ducks to an animal attack recently, Hannah reports on some good news from her and Catherine’s Limerick farm.
25/02/20235 minutes 35 seconds
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Star Gazing

Phillip is off to meet the stars, not the red carpet variety but in the skies above. Phillip travels to the Nephin Mountain Range in Co Mayo home to one of the three dark sky parks in Ireland to find out more about the importance and beauty of our celestial ceilings.
25/02/20237 minutes 4 seconds
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Ukrainian Farmers

Philip spoke with Edouard Hermann, who maintains his farm in Ukraine through the Russian invasion.
18/02/20236 minutes 59 seconds
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Silvopasture

If has been suggested that if Ireland quadruples afforestation, there simply wont be enough land for all those trees. The Irish Agro-Forestry Forum disagrees and Philip went to Deerpark Farm in Armagh to learn more.
18/02/20238 minutes 48 seconds
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Future Land Use

There has been furious debate over the EPA's report on future land use in Ireland. John Keane, President of Macra na Feirme, and Oisín Coughlan of Friends of the Earth Ireland join Philip to discuss.
18/02/202311 minutes 34 seconds
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Making Banjos

In a workshop in the west of Ireland, Tom Cussen and his son, Finton, make banjos for players all over the world. Della Kilroy went to see Clareen Banjos in Galway.
18/02/20236 minutes 57 seconds
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Hannah and the Nurse Cow

Some 2.5 million calves will be born this year, most of them in February and March. For dairy calves, the majority are taken away from their dams at birth and bottle-fed. In this edition of her farm diary, Hannah Quinn-Mulligan explores whether things could be done differently.
18/02/20238 minutes 17 seconds
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Drogheda And The Turkey Connection

Joanna Byrne , Chairperson of Drogheda Utd FC tells Phillip about the historical ties between Drogheda and Turkey and how the towns football club is coming together to help provide aid for those effected by this weeks devastating earthquake in Turkey.
11/02/20234 minutes 47 seconds
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St Gobnait's Day

Phillip marks St Gobnaits day and meets a number of Gobnaits to find out more about this very interesting Irish Saint and some of the traditions associated with St Gobnait.
11/02/20235 minutes 12 seconds
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Avian Flu

Phillip is joined by Martin Cormican, Professor of Bacteriology at the University of Galway to discuss the issue of Avian Flu and the danger it posses to animals and humans.
11/02/20235 minutes 38 seconds
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Put A Ring On It

Countrywide's Della Killroy visits the Galway City Museum where the oldest known Claddagh Ring in the world has just gone on display and finds out how many still wear this most celebrated piece of jewelry.
11/02/20237 minutes 26 seconds
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Hedge Cutting

The burning of hedge cutting's is to cease this year under new regulations but will the new laws aimed at improving air quality bring other problems. Phillip goes hedge cutting in Counties Wicklow and Offaly to find out.
11/02/20239 minutes 36 seconds
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Caving In Tipperary

Reporter Mary McDonnell of Grey Heron Media dons the helmet and torch and heads for some underground exploring with the Cork Speleological Group at the Old Desmond Cave in Co. Tipperary.
11/02/20238 minutes 29 seconds
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Keeping Safe During Calving Season

Calving season is one of the busiest times of the year for farmers and safety is a priority. Phillip talks to Pat Griffin, a senior inspector with the Health and Safety Authority and Colin Donnery CEO of Farm Relief Services on the safety aspects around calving season.
28/01/20235 minutes 28 seconds
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International Famers Climate Concerns

Phillip meets some farmers from across Europe at the CEJA conference to find out more about the climate challenges facing farmers across the continent. CEJA is The European wide parent organisation to Macra Na Feirme who held their sustainability workshop in Ireland this week.
28/01/20235 minutes 40 seconds
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Up Styling Vacant Properties

Countrywides Della Kilroy meets some vacant property up stylers as part of The Irish Architectural Foundation’s “Hard Hat” tours developed to help inspire renovators to re develop vacant properties
28/01/20237 minutes 45 seconds
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Tackling Climate – The Irish View

Phillip speaks with academic researcher Dr Sinead Mellett and Dr Gordon Bromley, lecturer in Physical Geography at the University of Galway to hear about climate challenges facing farmers on the ground and their day to day concerns and the real challenges facing farmers amidst the climate crisis.
28/01/20238 minutes 15 seconds
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Calving Season In Kilkenny

Phillip heads to The Robinson farm in Callan in Co Kilkenny as the busy Calving season gets underway.
28/01/202312 minutes 48 seconds
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Reconnecting People

Countrywides Della Kilroy is in Wexford to find out more about the social prescribing initiative. Social prescribing is a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other health care professionals to refer people to a range of community, local, non-clinical programme's and services to help people reconnect.
21/01/20236 minutes 20 seconds
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Scanning Ewes

Phillip is on the move on farms across the South East to see firsthand how busy lambing season is for the scanning of Ewes which can involve scanning over 1000 lambs a day.
21/01/20238 minutes 54 seconds
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National Dialogue On Women in Agriculture

Ahead of the first, National Dialogue on Women in Agriculture which is taking place in Port Laoise, County Laois on February 1st , Phillip talks to Agricultural solicitor Aisling Meehan one of the speakers at the upcoming event.
21/01/20236 minutes 40 seconds
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The Yellow Jumper-A Poem

Poet Jane Clarke reads her poem "The Yellow Jumper", a reflection on gift giving.
21/01/20231 minute 39 seconds
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Setting The Record Straight- Prof Frank Mitloehner

Phillip is at the Veterinary Association – CAVI's - Sustainable Livestock Production Meeting in Tullamore to meet well known academic Prof Frank Mitloehner who has courted controversy over his views on climate change , Phillip finds out what Prof Mitloehner’s actual views are on the climate challenges facing us.
21/01/202310 minutes 38 seconds
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Powering The Aran Islands

Lorna Siggins takes a trip to Inis Mór where Avril Ní Shearcaigh, the energy co-op manager for The Aran Islands outlines just how successful the co op has been in helping to power the Islands including a century old house which has been converted to geothermal energy.
21/01/20238 minutes 32 seconds
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Compensated Cull Scheme

Professor Thia Hennessy speaks to Phillip about her reaction to the news this week announced by the Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue that there would not be a compensated cull scheme in order to meet our binding climate action targets despite Thia’s work in the area.
14/01/20236 minutes
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Forestry Selling

Phillip is joined by Joe O’Carroll, Forestry Investment Director with Gresham House in Ireland who have purchased land from Coillte to discuss purchasing of forestry land by investment companies.
14/01/20237 minutes 22 seconds
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Hannah's Ducks

We’re back on the Quinn Mulligan farming Co Limerick where Hannah and Granny Catherine are dealing with an unwelcome visitor to the Duck House.
14/01/20236 minutes 39 seconds
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Anaerobic Digestion Plants

Phiilip is in Nurney in Kildare to find out more about the role of Anaerobic Digestion Plants following controversy over plans to develop a facility in Gort in Co Galway .Phillip is also joined in studio Dr Ciara Beausang, and by Barry Caslin, Energy and Rural Development specialist with Teagasc to debate the issue.
14/01/202317 minutes 50 seconds
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Wetland Vegetation For Anaerobic Digestion

In this year's BT Young Scientist Exhibition, there is a group project by students of Loreto Secondary School in Kilkenny which is looking at using wetland vegetation for anaerobic digestion. One of those students is Millie Gilsenan spoke to Phillip about their exhibition.
14/01/20232 minutes 3 seconds
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Canoeing In Cork

Countrywide reporter Mary McDonald is on the river Lee to meet the Naomhoga Corcai club in Cork as they take their fleet of traditional currachs for their weekly trip up the river .
07/01/20238 minutes 18 seconds
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Seamus O'Rourke

Countrywide's unofficial resident poet Seamus O' Rourke remembers a story of siblings from his Leitrim youth.
07/01/20233 minutes 27 seconds
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2023 Preview Panel

Phillip is joined live in studio by Thomas Duffy is a former head of the Macra , Pat O’Toole tillage farmer in Wexford and Irish Farmer’s Journal journalist and Dr Cara Augustenborg, assistant professor of environmental policy in UCD and a member of the government’s Climate Advisory Council.
07/01/202321 minutes 51 seconds
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Mna Na Gaire

Della Gilroy is in Ennis in Co Clae to mee the womens shed group in the town to find out more about how the group support projects in the the and indeed themselves.
07/01/20238 minutes 15 seconds
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CountryWide Christmas Special

People, events and happenings around the country, presented by Philip Boucher-Hayes.
24/12/202246 minutes 11 seconds
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A nursery for native trees in Carlow

Della Kilroy meets Robert and Caitriona Cullen of Cullen Nurseries in Carlow
17/12/20228 minutes 6 seconds
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Farming communities five and a half millennia apart in Kilkenny

Philip meets farmer Tom Morrissey in Lingaun Valley, Knockroe, Co. Kilkenny. Find out more at https://lingaunvalley.ie/
17/12/20228 minutes 26 seconds
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The RNLI teams on call in Kerry and Donegal this Christmas Day

Eimer McMorrow Moriarty, and Holly Fegen tell Philip about volunteering for the RNLI
17/12/20225 minutes 13 seconds
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The polycrisis and it's impact on food & farming

Philip travels to a pig farm and a dairy farm. Dr Kevin Hanrahan, Chief Economist for Teagasc gives his reaction.
17/12/202218 minutes 30 seconds
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Farming in Ireland during freezing weather

Philip visits a farm in Shercock, Co. Cavan.
10/12/20229 minutes 11 seconds
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The oldest Jersey herd in Ireland

Hannah Quinn-Mulligan meets Ben Tyrrell, a well known Jesery breeder
10/12/20226 minutes 28 seconds
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Regenerating shared spaces in Irish towns

Della Kilroy travelled to Ballina in County Mayo where District Cathaoirleach Mark Duffy guided her through the streets of his native town. Orla Murphy, Architect and Co-Director of the UCD Centre for Irish Towns, gives her analysis.
10/12/202214 minutes 10 seconds
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Is biodiversity as deserving of attention as all the other crises?

Philip speaks to Professor Jane Stout, Ecologist in Trinity College Dublin
10/12/20229 minutes 25 seconds
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Hannah and Granny's Farm

In her latest report from the family farm Hannagh Quinne Mulligan and her Granny reports on her plans to go into a dairying partnership with another farmer.
03/12/20228 minutes 49 seconds
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Food Vision 2030

Prof Thia Hennessy Chair of the Food Vision Beef and Sheep Group on the Food Vision high level implementation committee speaks to Phillip about the obstacles and challenges in implementing the recommendations from the Food Vision 2030 strategy.
03/12/20226 minutes 21 seconds
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Future Of Beef

Phillip is on the Roe farm in Tipperary to find out how one of the country's leading suckler farms are implementing changes under the 2030 food vison plan to reduce carbon emissions and the practical challenges that face farmers trying to achieve them.
03/12/20229 minutes 20 seconds
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The Repair Shop

Countrywide's Dellla Gilroy visits a repair shop in Mullingar in Co Westmeath aimed at helping farmers repair machinery to help save money and get broken machinery back in action.
03/12/20228 minutes 11 seconds
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Finding Falcons

Phillip speaks with Mayo based Falconer Daniel Gibbons who is treating the recently found and rescued rare Peregrine falcon Fia at Mount Falcon Hotel based between Foxford and Ballina in North Mayo.
03/12/20226 minutes 16 seconds
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Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin , Chair of the Citizens Assembly on Biodiversity Loss

As the assembly meets for the final time ahead of making recommendations to the government Phillip is joined by Assembly chair Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin.
26/11/20229 minutes 53 seconds
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Community Gardens

Della Killroy visits a community garden in Cork and Phillip is joined by Donal McCormack, Chairperson Community Gardens Ireland and Caroline Stanley of Merlin Wood Community Garden project in Co Galway .
26/11/202214 minutes 4 seconds
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Spider Assistance

Lorna Siggins visits the Department of Zoology at University of Galway to find out how certain venoms from spiders here in Ireland could have major health benefits
26/11/20228 minutes 11 seconds
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Custodians of Biodiversity

Phillip visits the Joyce farm in Co Galway and meets Pat who is a member of the Citizens assembly to find out more about biodiversity farming form the farmer’s point of view.
26/11/20228 minutes 25 seconds
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Galz Gone Wild

To the great outdoors and a group of women who preferred not to hike alone. ‘Galz Gone Wild,’ set up by Melissa McDermott, reconnects women with nature and the outdoors through group adventures all across Ireland.
19/11/20227 minutes 22 seconds
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Ecologist Dr David Wilson on Rewetting

Dr David Wilson is an ecologist and one of the leading experts in the country on bogs and gives us some insight on the Rewetting plans.
19/11/20224 minutes 50 seconds
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Junior Minister Pippa Hackett

Junior Minister in the Department of Agriculture with responsibility for Biodiversity Pippa Hackett responds to criticism of the ACRES scheme
19/11/20226 minutes 15 seconds
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ACRES

Farmers and environmentalists in Co Clare are united in their concern about the government’s new environmental payment scheme – ACRES. This week the two leading figures behind that scheme – Dr. Brendan Dunford and Dr. Sharon Parr resigned in protest at what they felt was the hollowing out of the scheme by the department of agriculture.
19/11/20228 minutes 32 seconds
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Rewetting

The climate action agenda means that tens of thousands of acres of bog that was turned in to farmland will have to be rewet to stop it emitting greenhouse gasses. For a bit of an insight into the kind of anxiety that talk of rewetting promotes during the week we visited the farm of Joe Gaffey on the edge of Clara bog in Offaly.
19/11/20226 minutes 29 seconds
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Avian Flu

Brian Lally meets with Edward Maguire to discuss avian flu and more specifically - exclusion zones. A bio security curtain has descended over poultry farms near Clones.
19/11/20225 minutes 27 seconds
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Angus School Competition

Students from St Louis High School.
12/11/20228 minutes 19 seconds
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Atlantic Rainforest

Ray Ó Foghlú
12/11/20227 minutes 49 seconds
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New Forest Strategy

Ned O'Brien Marina Conway Clive Bright Eoghan Daltun
12/11/202211 minutes 31 seconds
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Regenerative Agriculture

Sean McGloin
12/11/20228 minutes 5 seconds
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From The Archives

A clip from one of Damiens' favorites reports for Countrywide , his fire-side chat with farming bachelor's The Staunton brothers, an interview that garnered huge reaction when it initially aired.
05/11/20222 minutes 22 seconds
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Damien Looks Back

As Damien presents his final Countrywide he takes a look back at one the first stories he reported on for RTE Radio at the height of the foot and mouth crisis.
05/11/20227 minutes 55 seconds
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Ireland And The EU

As Ireland approaches its 50th year as part of the EU, Damien is joined by EU Commissioner Mairead McGuiness and former head of Concern Worldwide Tom Arnold to reflect on Ireland's history in the EU. Both Tom and Mairead have been regular guests during Damien's tenure as countrywide host.
05/11/202216 minutes 37 seconds
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Syntropic Farming

Suzanne Campbell reports on a new agro-forestry and syntropic agriculture plot in Wicklow. Syntropic Farming grows high quality crops in any climate, in a way that increases soil carbon, increases habitat, increases water holding capacity of the land attempting to mimic nature.
05/11/20227 minutes 24 seconds
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Saying Goodbye

Damien signs off his last show as host of Countrywide with some poetry and music on the themes of saying goodbye.
05/11/20227 minutes 32 seconds
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Live form The Burren Part 2

Poet Jane Clarke reads her poem “Laying The Hedge”, Jane is performing as part of this year’s festival.
29/10/20224 minutes 58 seconds
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Live From The Burren Part 3

Music from Doolin native Kathy Daly, Journalist Michele Browne reflects on her love of nature and Damien is joined by a panel of Burren locals to find out more about the importance of The Winterage Festival. Additional bird sound recordings by Irish Wildlife Sounds and Paul Kelly”
29/10/202221 minutes 5 seconds
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Live From the Burren Part 1

Damien is live from the Burren Winterage Festival celebrating the Burren’s farming tradition of Winterage. Local Reporter Fiona McGarry of the Clare Champion joins Damien to get the latest new from The Banner County.
29/10/202214 minutes 57 seconds
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Shortage of vets in rural areas

People, events and happenings around the country, presented by Damien O'Reilly.
22/10/20227 minutes 41 seconds
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Gabe Brown - The importance of soil health

Gabe Brown tells Damien about soil health
22/10/202213 minutes 7 seconds
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Irish Community Air Ambulance

Della Kilroy visits the Irish Community Air Ambulance base in Cork
22/10/20227 minutes 12 seconds