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Galway’s Golden Miles are a valued treasure trove of the county’s heritage

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AN exciting new element – The Golden Mile of Galway Talks and Walks – has been added to the Golden Mile of Galway Project this year, with the announcement of nine events open to the public, free of charge, taking place throughout the county in Spring 2014.

 The Golden Mile of Galway is a countywide project which encourages rural communities to come together to identify a mile long stretch of road in their local area and to recognise and celebrate the elements that make up our rural roadways, stonewalls, flora and fauna. This initiative is rolled out on an annual basis by Galway Rural Development Company Ltd and Galway County Council in partnership with Comhair na nOileán Teo. and FORUM Connemara.

 The launch of the 2014 Golden Mile of Galway competition took place in the Athenry Heritage Centre where details of the upcoming information events, ‘Talks and Walks’, and a newly produced Golden Mile of Galway information pack as well as a supporting programme were announced.

 The team directly involved in the organisation of these events and the production of the information pack were Frank Keane, Enterprise Officer, Galway Rural Development Co.; Michael Burke, GRD; Marie Mannion, Heritage Officer, Galway County Council; Máirín O’Reilly, Golden Mile of Galway and heritage specialists, Zena Hoctor and Christy Cunniffe.

 The Golden Mile of Galway first began in 2004 and has successfully run for 10 years. During that time 149 different communities entered their local Golden Mile – a one mile stretch of roadway. The Golden Mile of Galway Talks and Walks, led by Zena Hoctor and Christy Cunniffe, will take place at the following venues:

  Johnston Hall, Kinvara (10am-1pm Sat. 8th Feb.); Lackagh Parish Centre (1pm-4pm Sun. 16th Feb.); Craughwell Community Centre (10am-1pm Sat. 22nd Feb.); Woodford Woodford Youth Club Hall (10am-1pm Sat. 1st March); Solus Resource Centre, Headford (1pm-4pm Sun. 2nd March); Killimor Hall (10am-1pm Sat. 8th March); Tuam Stars GAA Complex (10am-10pm Sat. 22nd March); Glenamaddy Community Centre (10am-1pm Sat. 5th April) and Ballymacward Hall (10am-1pm Sat. 12th April).

 Suitable footwear, warm clothing and rain wear is recommended for the 90 minute guided walk on the Golden Miles. A hot ‘cuppa’ will be offered in the centres for all participants. Members of the public, community groups, schools and families of all ages who wish to explore and learn more about the wealth of heritage and natural treasures to be found on the Golden Miles, are invited to register for one of the Golden Mile Talks and Walks.

 Mayor of County Galway, Cllr. Liam Carroll commended Frank Keane of GRD and Marie Mannion, Galway County Council for their dedication to this project and continuing to extend its reach and long lasting effects in rural County Galway.

 “We have a treasure trove of curiosity in our rural environment, the flora and fauna in our hedgerows and there’s a wealth of stories and history to be shared with local communities through the Golden Mile project,” said Frank Keane, Enterprise Officer with Galway Rural Development Co.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

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Worry of walkers claiming against farmers

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Connacht IFA Chair, Pat Murphy

FARMERS in hill-walk areas such as Connemara need to have their concerns allayed about insurance indemnification, the IFA has warned this week.

A pilot insurance project for farmers – as outlined by Rural and Community Development Minister, Heather Humphrey – is in the pipeline but has not yet been enacted into legislation.

Connacht IFA Chair, Pat Murphy, said that farmers in such areas needed the clear reassurance that if walkers on their farm had a fall or mishap, then the landowners would not be liable for any compensation.

“This really is a red line issue for farmers and landowners. They must be guaranteed in law that if hill-walkers are allowed on their lands that no liability will attach to the landowner if something happens,” said Pat Murphy.

He said that while farmers supported the principle of people being able to access the more scenic areas of the countryside, the issue of insurance indemnification had to be crystal clear.

“We also know that the issue of dogs being let roam by people out on country walks is one that needs to be addressed.

“The first thing a dog will do that’s let roam free will be to follow the nearest animal they see, and this is a major worry especially for sheep farmers,” said Pat Murphy.

Meanwhile, National Hill Committee Chairman Flor McCarthy has expressed concerns about recreational users not abiding by the Countryside Code during the recent spell of good weather.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Now is the right time to plan ahead for next year’s crop of Spring lambs

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The boss is around: Prepare early for the breeding season. Photo: Compliments of Agriland.

IT might still only be Midsummer, but a Teagasc specialist has advised sheep farmers that now is the time to start planning ahead for the upcoming breeding season.

Michael Gottstein, Head of Sheep Knowledge Transfer, said that while most people considered the breeding season to be just the five to six weeks that the rams were out with the ewes, in reality it was much longer.

“The breeding season for next year’s lamb crop actually starts once the current year’s lamb crop is weaned,” Michael Gottstein has advised in the Summer edition of the Teagasc magazine, Today’s Farm.

He outlined three key Summer dates for sheep farmers – late June/early July for weaning and checking on the condition of the ewes; early July for a ram health check; and late July/early August when the ram sales kick off.

The Teagasc specialist said that productive ewes will require about 10 weeks of good grass after weaning to regain body weight lost during pregnancy and lactation.

“Contrary to what many farmers think, it is not a good idea to allow ewes to lose weight post-weaning. Thin ewes that do not regain body condition after six weeks of good grass should be culled,” said Michael Gottstein.

He also advised that rams should be checked in early July for lameness, body condition, as well as for signs of disease or injury – while, like the ewes, they needed time to regain body condition.

“Identify how many, if any, replacements (rams) are required and purchase them early, so that they have the best chance of acclimatising to their new environment and feeding regime,” he added.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Fair Deal reached as Bill is enacted

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Maura Canning: Good day expected.
Maura Canning, the former IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chairperson

RELIEF has been expressed this week in farming and political circles that at last the Fair Deal Nursing Home legislations changes have been passed by the Oireachtas.

The Bill went through the Dáil last Thursday and the Seanad on Friday, bringing to a conclusion a campaign that started back in 2012.

Maura Canning, the former IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chairperson, told the Farming Tribune there was a great sense of relief that a nine-year long campaign had at last got over the line.

“It has been such a long and difficult campaign to secure this deal with a lot of complications and obstacles along the way. At times, we seemed to be almost there, until something happened to hold up the process, but there really was a great sense of relief last Friday when the Bill at last passed through its final stages,” said Maura Canning.

She paid a particular to former Minister of State, Jim Daly; the current incumbent Mary Butler; and also to the many TDs and Senators that had been lobbied over the years on the issue. “No TD ever failed to return a call,” she said.

The key change in the new Bill is that there will be a three-year cap on the 7.5% annual contribution of the overall value of the farm where the farmer or their spouse is in a nursing home. There are a number of conditions attached to this CAP, the most significant of which is the fact that the farm must be signed over fully to the inheritor for a five-year period and this person must also continue farming on the land.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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