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‘No More Sitka Please!’ – Farmer Blocks Road Over Coillte’s Tree Planting Policy

Members of a Leitrim community have taken matters into their own hands, taking a stand against Coillte, who they feel have no consideration for their local area.

(L-R), Brian, Siobhain and Shannon O’Hagan.

(L-R), Brian, Siobhain and Shannon O’Hagan.

Just outside Manorhamilton, in Glenboy, there is… Continue reading

How This Galway Farmer Is Keeping The Tradition Of Stone Shoring Alive

The first time John Connelly saw a stone shore (ditch) being put into his family farm in Co Galway was September 1971.

Spadework - John Connelly dug the 500-yard ‘shore’ himself on his land in Co Galway

Spadework – John Connelly dug the 500-yard ‘shore’ himself on his land in Co Galway

He remembers it… Continue reading

Farmers Review Value Of Hemp In Kerry

A hemp growing experiment on a farm overlooking Tralee Bay in Kerry 56 years ago is now being recalled as a result of a growing focus on the suitability of the crop as an alternative agricultural enterprise.

The trial, which… Continue reading

Majority Of Farm Fatalities Are Avoidable, Say Safety Experts

And steeper penalties may be introduced if current rate of accidents continues, reports Margaret Donnelly

One farmer dies every two weeks in Ireland as a result of an accident, most of which could be avoided – that was the message… Continue reading

Daniel O’Donnell Joins ALONE As They Launch Support Services For Older People In Donegal

ALONE expand supports for older people in Donegal.

Daniel O'Donnell who was the special guest at the launch of ALONE in Donegal, Monday, 08/07/2019 Pic. Brian McDaid.

Daniel O’Donnell who was the special guest at the launch of ALONE in Donegal, Monday, 08/07/2019 Pic. Brian McDaid.

ALONE, the charity which supports older people to age at home, was joined… Continue reading

Beef Plan To Mount Protest On Kildare Street This Wednesday (10/07/2019)

Representatives of the Beef Plan Movement are calling on farmers to attend its protest outside Dáil Éireann this Wednesday, July 10, at 12:00pm.

BeefPlan Protest

BeefPlan Protest

The group is asking all farming organisations across Ireland to “come out in unison to voice… Continue reading

How High Should Round Baled Silage Be Stacked?

In recent years, more and more baled silage has been made and this year is no different. Favorable weather conditions this spring boosted grass growth early in the year which allowed farmers to mow and bale paddocks early.


While the… Continue reading

Seven Of 103 Drownings Nationally In 2018 Were In Donegal

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Figures show that 103 people drowned in Ireland last year, six fewer than in 2017 when 109 drowned and the lowest overall figure in eighty years. A further 11 Irish citizens drowned abroad in 2018. Seven of those drownings were… Continue reading

There Is A Lot Of Negativity About But Here’s Some Life Hacks To Help Stay Positive

‘Bad’ feelings linger longer than ‘good’ ones because they alert us to possible danger, says Geraldine Walsh.

The word ‘negative’ “suggests a bleak lens through which the ‘negative person’ views the world.

“It’s a word that gets thrown around a lot… Continue reading

How To Calculate A Fodder Budget

The first step in preparing for the winter

Over 20mm of rain fell early last week in parts of the west, but the areas with the highest soil moisture deficits received little or no rain, leading to a further deterioration… Continue reading

Rural Enterprise Skillnet

Rural Enterprise Skillnet

The Rural Enterprise Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd. funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.

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