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.
Middleton Farmers Market
Six weeks or so after Storm Babet hit Middleton, we visit the town’s Farmers Market.
02/12/2023 • 19 minutes 46 seconds
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.
02/12/2023 • 3 minutes 35 seconds
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.
02/12/2023 • 8 minutes 27 seconds
Agricultural economist Tom Arnold speaks to Philip about the UN global climate summit now underway in Dubai.
02/12/2023 • 9 minutes 4 seconds
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Countrywide Full 02/12/23
02/12/2023 • 42 minutes 13 seconds
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.
25/11/2023 • 6 minutes 48 seconds
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.
25/11/2023 • 9 minutes 53 seconds
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.
25/11/2023 • 7 minutes 18 seconds
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.
25/11/2023 • 15 minutes 12 seconds
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.
25/11/2023 • 3 minutes 58 seconds
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18/11/2023 • 42 minutes 35 seconds
Minister Eamon Ryan addressed the ICMSA at its AGM yesterday, the first ever Green Party Leader to address the organisation.
18/11/2023 • 5 minutes 38 seconds
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.
18/11/2023 • 7 minutes 1 second
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.
18/11/2023 • 16 minutes 19 seconds
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.
18/11/2023 • 12 minutes 15 seconds
Countrywide Full 11/11/23
Countrywide Full 11/11/23
11/11/2023 • 42 minutes 32 seconds
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.
11/11/2023 • 20 minutes 4 seconds
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.
11/11/2023 • 13 minutes 32 seconds
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.
11/11/2023 • 7 minutes 5 seconds
Diarmuid McIntyre from Grey Heron Media went on a walk with a difference with Anita Bennis, who has been encouraging people to whistle.
04/11/2023 • 8 minutes 6 seconds
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04/11/2023 • 42 minutes 43 seconds
Limerick's Milk Market
We meet the customers and stall holders of Limerick's legendary Milk Market.
04/11/2023 • 12 minutes 40 seconds
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.
04/11/2023 • 11 minutes 37 seconds
Paul McDermott, President of Veterinary Ireland
Paul McDermott, President of Veterinary Ireland, on the new on-farm regulations.
04/11/2023 • 8 minutes 11 seconds
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.
28/10/2023 • 9 minutes 2 seconds
Jack Murmur at Farmaphobia
Jack Murmur is a professional scare actor who is currently scaring young and old in Farmaphobia in co Meath.
28/10/2023 • 4 minutes 16 seconds
Della Kilroy went on a forest bathing walk in Dublin’s Phoenix Park with Sarah Hourigan, founder of Nature Therapy Ireland.
28/10/2023 • 6 minutes 46 seconds
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Countrywide Full 28/10/23
28/10/2023 • 41 minutes 43 seconds
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.
28/10/2023 • 3 minutes 28 seconds
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.
28/10/2023 • 8 minutes 4 seconds
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.
28/10/2023 • 8 minutes 7 seconds
Harp Day with Alannah Thornburgh
Alannah Thornburgh is a harpist from county Mayo, and she joined Brenda Donoghue in studio to mark Harp Day.
21/10/2023 • 4 minutes 6 seconds
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.
21/10/2023 • 12 minutes 18 seconds
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.
21/10/2023 • 6 minutes 25 seconds
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.
21/10/2023 • 14 minutes 31 seconds
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21/10/2023 • 39 minutes 46 seconds
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.
14/10/2023 • 4 minutes 4 seconds
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14/10/2023 • 42 minutes 13 seconds
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.
14/10/2023 • 13 minutes 22 seconds
GAA players consider retirement
GAA players Ronan Kennedy and Mary Griffin reflect on what is a momentous decision in their life.
14/10/2023 • 6 minutes 41 seconds
Impact of Budget 2024 on farming
Niall Hurson, rural affairs journalist with the Irish Independent tells us what Budget 2024 will mean for farmers.
14/10/2023 • 5 minutes 50 seconds
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.
14/10/2023 • 10 minutes 13 seconds
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.
07/10/2023 • 11 minutes 32 seconds
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.
07/10/2023 • 6 minutes 5 seconds
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.
07/10/2023 • 14 minutes 27 seconds
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07/10/2023 • 42 minutes 51 seconds
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.
07/10/2023 • 9 minutes 17 seconds
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30/09/2023 • 43 minutes 21 seconds
Ireland's largest hen egg
Brenda Donohue visited Newtown Dunleckney in Co Carlow on a quest for Ireland’s largest hen egg.
30/09/2023 • 12 minutes 51 seconds
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.
30/09/2023 • 15 minutes 58 seconds
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.
30/09/2023 • 9 minutes 47 seconds
The joys of the outside loo
Writer, poet and actor Seamus O'Rourke on the unexpected joys of the old outside toilets.
30/09/2023 • 3 minutes 30 seconds
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.
23/09/2023 • 10 minutes 56 seconds
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.
23/09/2023 • 9 minutes 30 seconds
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.
23/09/2023 • 7 minutes 9 seconds
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23/09/2023 • 43 minutes 21 seconds
From Racing To Writing
Ella visits champion jockey Nina Carberry as she embarks on her first foray into writing books for children.
23/09/2023 • 6 minutes 3 seconds
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.
23/09/2023 • 8 minutes
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.
16/09/2023 • 8 minutes 46 seconds
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.
16/09/2023 • 2 minutes 11 seconds
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
16/09/2023 • 15 minutes 22 seconds
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Full Programme 16.09.2023
16/09/2023 • 42 minutes 17 seconds
Ploughing Championships preparations
Della Kilroy reports from Mooncoin, co Kilkenny on preparations for the Ploughing Championships.
16/09/2023 • 7 minutes 12 seconds
Mica in farm buildings in Donegal
Hannah Quinn-Mulligan reports on the issue of Mica on farm buildings in Donegal.
16/09/2023 • 7 minutes 48 seconds
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
09/09/2023 • 6 minutes 48 seconds
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Full programme 09.09.2023
09/09/2023 • 43 minutes 32 seconds
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.
09/09/2023 • 12 minutes 19 seconds
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.
09/09/2023 • 8 minutes 50 seconds
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.
09/09/2023 • 2 minutes 5 seconds
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.
09/09/2023 • 6 minutes 46 seconds
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.
09/09/2023 • 5 minutes 19 seconds
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Countrywide Full 02/09/23
02/09/2023 • 44 minutes 12 seconds
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.
02/09/2023 • 9 minutes 49 seconds
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.
02/09/2023 • 14 minutes 41 seconds
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.
02/09/2023 • 14 minutes 45 seconds
The Start Of September- A Reflection
Roscommon farmer Keith Brennan reflects on the start of September and the changes it brings to the farm.
02/09/2023 • 3 minutes 26 seconds
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.
26/08/2023 • 7 minutes 57 seconds
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26/08/2023 • 42 minutes 41 seconds
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.
26/08/2023 • 6 minutes 55 seconds
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.
26/08/2023 • 9 minutes 40 seconds
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.
26/08/2023 • 16 minutes 47 seconds
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.
19/08/2023 • 12 minutes 56 seconds
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.
19/08/2023 • 8 minutes 19 seconds
Country Music - An Appreciation
Farmer and Writer Jon Connell reflects on his love of country music.
19/08/2023 • 5 minutes 5 seconds
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
19/08/2023 • 8 minutes 23 seconds
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19/08/2023 • 43 minutes 37 seconds
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.
19/08/2023 • 7 minutes 18 seconds
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.
05/08/2023 • 8 minutes 59 seconds
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.
05/08/2023 • 7 minutes 37 seconds
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.
05/08/2023 • 15 minutes 53 seconds
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.
05/08/2023 • 11 minutes 54 seconds
On this weeks Countrywide, the farming effects of bad weather, protecting our bees, sanctuary swimming and honoring the travelling midwife.
05/08/2023 • 45 minutes 21 seconds
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.
29/07/2023 • 7 minutes 41 seconds
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.
29/07/2023 • 4 minutes 57 seconds
Ella Sits down with Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue to discuss a wide rage of issues affecting the agri sector.
29/07/2023 • 15 minutes 49 seconds
Ronan Kelly takes a trip underground for Countrywide and reports from Glengowla Mines in Co Galway.
29/07/2023 • 7 minutes 57 seconds
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.
29/07/2023 • 6 minutes 36 seconds
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.
22/07/2023 • 20 minutes 29 seconds
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.
22/07/2023 • 7 minutes 23 seconds
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
22/07/2023 • 11 minutes 28 seconds
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.
22/07/2023 • 7 minutes 11 seconds
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
15/07/2023 • 4 minutes 2 seconds
Casks in county Mayo
Lorna Siggins chats to Head Cooper of DairNua cooperage in Foxford, Darren Leonard about cask making
15/07/2023 • 6 minutes 17 seconds
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
15/07/2023 • 1 minute 32 seconds
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
15/07/2023 • 9 minutes 3 seconds
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.
15/07/2023 • 4 minutes 24 seconds
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
15/07/2023 • 14 minutes 29 seconds
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
08/07/2023 • 5 minutes 46 seconds
Making Music In Clew Bay
Brian Lally visits one of Irelands most scenic recoding's studios in Clew Bay in co Mayo.
08/07/2023 • 7 minutes 13 seconds
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
08/07/2023 • 29 minutes 42 seconds
Excessive Nitrogen & Water Pollution
Ella is joined by Agri journalist Niall Hurson to discuss the EPA report this week on Irelands nitrates derogation.
01/07/2023 • 6 minutes 42 seconds
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.
01/07/2023 • 6 minutes 27 seconds
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.
01/07/2023 • 2 minutes 57 seconds
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.
01/07/2023 • 6 minutes 20 seconds
Ella is in Co Monaghan to see how one farmer is bringing a unique approach to crop growing.
01/07/2023 • 9 minutes 37 seconds
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.
01/07/2023 • 10 minutes 32 seconds
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.
24/06/2023 • 9 minutes 14 seconds
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
24/06/2023 • 9 minutes 54 seconds
Spancil Hill Horse Fair
Diarmuid McIntyre reports from this years Spancil Hill Horse Fair.
24/06/2023 • 10 minutes 17 seconds
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.
24/06/2023 • 13 minutes 40 seconds
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.
17/06/2023 • 6 minutes 21 seconds
Lorna Siggins with Paul Walker of Newport Shepards.
17/06/2023 • 6 minutes 34 seconds
Joe Kelleher from Teagasc speak to Hannah Quinn Mulligan.
17/06/2023 • 6 minutes 26 seconds
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.
17/06/2023 • 11 minutes 18 seconds
Agriculture Nitrogen Levels
Farmer Donal Sheehan in Castlelyons trying to take chemical nitrogen out of his farming methods.
17/06/2023 • 11 minutes 28 seconds
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.
10/06/2023 • 13 minutes 44 seconds
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
10/06/2023 • 9 minutes 22 seconds
Bringing Home The Silage
We're back on Hannah's farm in Co Limerick where its time to bring home the silage.
10/06/2023 • 5 minutes 59 seconds
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.
10/06/2023 • 5 minutes 18 seconds
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
10/06/2023 • 7 minutes 30 seconds
Live From Bloom Part 2
Phillip meets some of the many food producers who will be exhibiting their aware at this year's Bloom
03/06/2023 • 6 minutes 17 seconds
Live From Bloom Part 4
Phillip meets gardeners who specialise in urban gardening and more music from Sive.
03/06/2023 • 10 minutes 32 seconds
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
03/06/2023 • 15 minutes 28 seconds
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.
03/06/2023 • 8 minutes 8 seconds
ReWetting The Land
Phillip is in Co Offaly to see first hand how rewetting farm lands works.
27/05/2023 • 10 minutes 2 seconds
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/
27/05/2023 • 7 minutes 37 seconds
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.
27/05/2023 • 6 minutes 32 seconds
Butter For The Queens- A Poem
Poet Jane Clarke reads her poem " Butter For The Queens" an ode to the Irish spud.
27/05/2023 • 1 minute 18 seconds
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
27/05/2023 • 9 minutes 26 seconds
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.
27/05/2023 • 6 minutes 57 seconds
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.
20/05/2023 • 9 minutes 45 seconds
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.
20/05/2023 • 6 minutes 51 seconds
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.
20/05/2023 • 17 minutes 43 seconds
Protecting The Hawthorn.
Ella is joined by farmers and Leitrim natives Edwina Guckian & Gerry Bohan to talk about their initiative “The Leitrim Hawthorn Project.
20/05/2023 • 9 minutes 4 seconds
Breeding methane efficient dairy cows in Fermoy
Philip Boucher-Hayes visits Teagasc's Moorepark facility in Fermoy and speaks to Dairy Farmer Kevin Twomey
13/05/2023 • 10 minutes 21 seconds
Butter museum in Cork
Peter Foynes, The Butter Museum; and Michael Carey, a collector of butter wrappers,
13/05/2023 • 5 minutes 35 seconds
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
13/05/2023 • 7 minutes 36 seconds
Primping, preening & posturing lisvestock at Balmoral
Darragh McCullough went behind the scenes to watch the animals be prepared for the show ring.
13/05/2023 • 6 minutes 34 seconds
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
13/05/2023 • 13 minutes 26 seconds
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.
06/05/2023 • 5 minutes 49 seconds
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.
06/05/2023 • 6 minutes 27 seconds
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.
06/05/2023 • 13 minutes 10 seconds
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
06/05/2023 • 9 minutes 49 seconds
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.
06/05/2023 • 8 minutes
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.
29/04/2023 • 16 minutes 37 seconds
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.
29/04/2023 • 26 minutes 47 seconds
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.
22/04/2023 • 7 minutes 7 seconds
Opening Our Gates
Kilkenny based artist Shem Caulfied talks to Phillip about his love and interest in the evolution of the farm gate.
22/04/2023 • 6 minutes 20 seconds
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.
22/04/2023 • 9 minutes 7 seconds
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.
22/04/2023 • 12 minutes
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.
22/04/2023 • 6 minutes 52 seconds
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
15/04/2023 • 8 minutes 16 seconds
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.
15/04/2023 • 9 minutes 55 seconds
Poem : Seamus O Rourke – The Drawer
Countrywide's unofficial poet in residence Seamus O'Rourke highlights the importance of the drawer to the farmhouse.
15/04/2023 • 3 minutes 29 seconds
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
15/04/2023 • 12 minutes 12 seconds
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.
15/04/2023 • 8 minutes 15 seconds
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.
08/04/2023 • 9 minutes 47 seconds
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.
08/04/2023 • 7 minutes 47 seconds
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.
08/04/2023 • 3 minutes 39 seconds
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.
08/04/2023 • 8 minutes 1 second
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.
08/04/2023 • 11 minutes 1 second
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.
01/04/2023 • 11 minutes 24 seconds
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.
01/04/2023 • 4 minutes 14 seconds
Coastal Walking In Clare
Lorna Siggins joins tour guide Cormac McGinley in Co Clare to find some hidden gems form the banner county.
01/04/2023 • 7 minutes 1 second
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.
01/04/2023 • 6 minutes 29 seconds
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.
01/04/2023 • 14 minutes 48 seconds
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.
25/03/2023 • 13 minutes 19 seconds
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.
25/03/2023 • 7 minutes 19 seconds
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?
25/03/2023 • 4 minutes
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.
25/03/2023 • 16 minutes 55 seconds
Seán O'Brien on mixing Belgian Blues and Scottish Blues
Seán O'Brien on mixing Belgian Blues and Scottish Blues
11/03/2023 • 5 minutes 15 seconds
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
11/03/2023 • 7 minutes 43 seconds
Living with Dravet Syndrome
Della Kilroy reports
11/03/2023 • 7 minutes 34 seconds
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
11/03/2023 • 2 minutes 37 seconds
Harold Kingston on leaving dairy farming
Harold Kingston, dairy farmer from Cork, on getting out of dairy farming
11/03/2023 • 8 minutes 8 seconds
The most detailed map ever of our declining plant life
Micheline Sheehy Skeffington
11/03/2023 • 11 minutes 42 seconds
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.
04/03/2023 • 3 minutes 15 seconds
International Women's Day
Della Kilroy meets Ashleigh to learn about her farming life and see how the calving season is going.
04/03/2023 • 7 minutes 37 seconds
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.
04/03/2023 • 13 minutes 55 seconds
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.
04/03/2023 • 10 minutes 55 seconds
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.
04/03/2023 • 7 minutes 58 seconds
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.
25/02/2023 • 10 minutes 19 seconds
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.
25/02/2023 • 9 minutes 38 seconds
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.
25/02/2023 • 9 minutes 9 seconds
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.
25/02/2023 • 5 minutes 35 seconds
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.
25/02/2023 • 7 minutes 4 seconds
Philip spoke with Edouard Hermann, who maintains his farm in Ukraine through the Russian invasion.
18/02/2023 • 6 minutes 59 seconds
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.
18/02/2023 • 8 minutes 48 seconds
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.
18/02/2023 • 11 minutes 34 seconds
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.
18/02/2023 • 6 minutes 57 seconds
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.
18/02/2023 • 8 minutes 17 seconds
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.
11/02/2023 • 4 minutes 47 seconds
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.
11/02/2023 • 5 minutes 12 seconds
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.
11/02/2023 • 5 minutes 38 seconds
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.
11/02/2023 • 7 minutes 26 seconds
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.
11/02/2023 • 9 minutes 36 seconds
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.
11/02/2023 • 8 minutes 29 seconds
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.
28/01/2023 • 5 minutes 28 seconds
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.
28/01/2023 • 5 minutes 40 seconds
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
28/01/2023 • 7 minutes 45 seconds
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.
28/01/2023 • 8 minutes 15 seconds
Calving Season In Kilkenny
Phillip heads to The Robinson farm in Callan in Co Kilkenny as the busy Calving season gets underway.
28/01/2023 • 12 minutes 48 seconds
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.
21/01/2023 • 6 minutes 20 seconds
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.
21/01/2023 • 8 minutes 54 seconds
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.
21/01/2023 • 6 minutes 40 seconds
The Yellow Jumper-A Poem
Poet Jane Clarke reads her poem "The Yellow Jumper", a reflection on gift giving.
21/01/2023 • 1 minute 39 seconds
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.
21/01/2023 • 10 minutes 38 seconds
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.
21/01/2023 • 8 minutes 32 seconds
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.
14/01/2023 • 6 minutes
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.
14/01/2023 • 7 minutes 22 seconds
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.
14/01/2023 • 6 minutes 39 seconds
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.
14/01/2023 • 17 minutes 50 seconds
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.
14/01/2023 • 2 minutes 3 seconds
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 .
07/01/2023 • 8 minutes 18 seconds
Countrywide's unofficial resident poet Seamus O' Rourke remembers a story of siblings from his Leitrim youth.
07/01/2023 • 3 minutes 27 seconds
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.
07/01/2023 • 21 minutes 51 seconds
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.
07/01/2023 • 8 minutes 15 seconds
CountryWide Christmas Special
People, events and happenings around the country, presented by Philip Boucher-Hayes.
24/12/2022 • 46 minutes 11 seconds
A nursery for native trees in Carlow
Della Kilroy meets Robert and Caitriona Cullen of Cullen Nurseries in Carlow
17/12/2022 • 8 minutes 6 seconds
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/
17/12/2022 • 8 minutes 26 seconds
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
17/12/2022 • 5 minutes 13 seconds
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.
17/12/2022 • 18 minutes 30 seconds
Farming in Ireland during freezing weather
Philip visits a farm in Shercock, Co. Cavan.
10/12/2022 • 9 minutes 11 seconds
The oldest Jersey herd in Ireland
Hannah Quinn-Mulligan meets Ben Tyrrell, a well known Jesery breeder
10/12/2022 • 6 minutes 28 seconds
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.
10/12/2022 • 14 minutes 10 seconds
Is biodiversity as deserving of attention as all the other crises?
Philip speaks to Professor Jane Stout, Ecologist in Trinity College Dublin
10/12/2022 • 9 minutes 25 seconds
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.
03/12/2022 • 8 minutes 49 seconds
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.
03/12/2022 • 6 minutes 21 seconds
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.
03/12/2022 • 9 minutes 20 seconds
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.
03/12/2022 • 8 minutes 11 seconds
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.
03/12/2022 • 6 minutes 16 seconds
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.
26/11/2022 • 9 minutes 53 seconds
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 .
26/11/2022 • 14 minutes 4 seconds
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
26/11/2022 • 8 minutes 11 seconds
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.
26/11/2022 • 8 minutes 25 seconds
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.
19/11/2022 • 7 minutes 22 seconds
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.
19/11/2022 • 4 minutes 50 seconds
Junior Minister Pippa Hackett
Junior Minister in the Department of Agriculture with responsibility for Biodiversity Pippa Hackett responds to criticism of the ACRES scheme
19/11/2022 • 6 minutes 15 seconds
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.
19/11/2022 • 8 minutes 32 seconds
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.
19/11/2022 • 6 minutes 29 seconds
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.
19/11/2022 • 5 minutes 27 seconds
Angus School Competition
Students from St Louis High School.
12/11/2022 • 8 minutes 19 seconds
Ray Ó Foghlú
12/11/2022 • 7 minutes 49 seconds
New Forest Strategy
Ned O'Brien Marina Conway Clive Bright Eoghan Daltun
12/11/2022 • 11 minutes 31 seconds
12/11/2022 • 8 minutes 5 seconds
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.
05/11/2022 • 2 minutes 22 seconds
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.
05/11/2022 • 7 minutes 55 seconds
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.
05/11/2022 • 16 minutes 37 seconds
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.
05/11/2022 • 7 minutes 24 seconds
Damien signs off his last show as host of Countrywide with some poetry and music on the themes of saying goodbye.
05/11/2022 • 7 minutes 32 seconds
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.
29/10/2022 • 4 minutes 58 seconds
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”
29/10/2022 • 21 minutes 5 seconds
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.
29/10/2022 • 14 minutes 57 seconds
Shortage of vets in rural areas
People, events and happenings around the country, presented by Damien O'Reilly.
22/10/2022 • 7 minutes 41 seconds
Gabe Brown - The importance of soil health
Gabe Brown tells Damien about soil health
22/10/2022 • 13 minutes 7 seconds
Irish Community Air Ambulance
Della Kilroy visits the Irish Community Air Ambulance base in Cork