Nathan, Olivia and Felim Cotton; Ervillagh, Ahascragh, at the County Galway Ploughing Championship in Shaboley earlier this month. Photo: Gerry Stronge.

Straw bedded shed put forward as an alternative to slats in Cleggan appeal

THERE is strong opposition to the granting of planning permission to a slatted shed in West Connemara – it is suggested that a straw bedded shed would be more appropriate. Fears have been expressed that...
Powerful vintage: IFA President, Joe Healy, beside a David Brown 30D at the IFA protest outside the Dáil last week seeking aid for grain growers whose crops were decimated by the bad weather of last September.

Grain package on the cards

A BREAKTHROUGH package for grain farmers who suffered huge losses due to the rains of last September is now likely to emerge following a meeting of the National Tillage Forum early next month. Minister of...
Brendan Geraghty: Driest April since records began.

Driest April in 66 years

GALWAY has enjoyed one of its driest every Aprils since records began with most places across the county getting well under half an inch of rainfall over the 30 days of our fourth month. Many...
Brendan Geraghty: 15 wet days out of 22 in August.

Rains put pressure on 2017 harvest

CONCERN is growing among grain growers in the West over this year’s harvest with combines grinding to a halt over the past week due to the weather and adverse ground conditions. While nearly all of...
Dairying: Fuelling land prices in the South.

Cashflow and expansion prospects continues to drive market for dairymen

LAND prices declined in the West of Ireland last year in contrast to Munster and Leinster, according to the findings of a major survey carried out by Teagasc and the Society of Chartered Surveryors...
A blight on the countryside: Locals from Abbeyknockmoy went for a bog walk last Sunday to see the scale of the illegal dumping taking place at Abbey Bog. During the winter months, fly-tippers have scarred the landscape with sizeable offloads of litter.

Minister’s plan to nab dumpers

THE scourge of illegal dumping – as highlighted in recent editions of the Connacht Tribune – is now to be the subject of a new crackdown spearheaded by Environment Minister, Denis Naughten. The Minister said...


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