Insight Into Irish Farming Past and Present

I first met Marita Kelly at the Ploughing Championships in 2013 but she had interviewed me on Cork radio before that, way before I published my book. I can’t even remember what it was about now – something to do with women and farming I’m sure. Marita is a farmer and radio journalist, farming with her mum in Waterford. This week, Marita has abandoned her own twitter account and is tweeting for the @IrelandsFarmers twitter account until Sunday evening.

Marita Kelly

The reason I am mentioning this is Marita produced an excellent radio documentary in a six part series all about farming past and present under different topics – interviewing ordinary farmers, IFA leaders, agricultural consultants, even politicians to bring us a snapshot of how we have arrived at our Irish farming today. Okay, it doesn’t solve the current beef crisis but that would be asking a lot! It does provide an interesting look at Irish society and culture too. I hope those of you abroad can listen to it – I know various platforms sometimes block it for those abroad.

Ep. 1 – Education and Funding in Agriculture.
Ep. 2 – Key Events that have Shaped the Way we Farm Today.

Ep. 3 – Advances in Animal Health, Husbandry, Science and Technology
Ep. 4 – ?Dairy Equipment, Machinery, Winter Fodder & Farming from a younger perspective.
Ep. 5 – Wildlife
Ep. 6 – Country Life, Music and Socialising
Hope you have a great weekend. We’re publishing the short list of the blog awards on Monday so our eyes are out on matchsticks from looking at lists!


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