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...
Orla Murphy (centre) from Ballinderreen, who won the Queen of the Land Macra title, at the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore, earlier this month, pictured with runners-up Margaret Stanley, North Tipperary and Mairéad Madden, Offaly.

Farm heirs could face six figure tax orders

FARMERS and their representatives need to ‘keep their eye on the ball’ as regards the change in the 2015 Budget requiring heirs to land to spend more than 50% of their time operating the...
No way through . . . A side-road near Loughrea was completely impassable on Saturday as the drifting snow accumulated beside the wall and ditches. PHOTO: HANY MARZOUK.

Warning on roof repairs

IN the aftermath of Storm Emma, the Health and Safety Authority (HAS) have advised farmers to be safety conscious  – and especially so if they are undertaking any repair work to sheds. They have asked...
Local farmer and publican, Gerry Delaney, points to one of the many locations in Abbey Bog that have been scarred by illegal dumping. PHOTOs: JOHNNY RYAN PHOTOGRAPHY.

Nature gem of local area is now scarred by louts who use bog as...

A DUMPING epidemic over the winter period has blighted a North Galway village with mounds of litter now building up along the roadways of bogs in the Abbeyknockmoy area. Villagers held a meeting last week...
The downside of Point-to-Pointing as horse and jockey part company during the recent meeting in Dartfield, Loughrea.

Heartfelt plea on cancer sun risk

THE widow of a popular Galway farmer and Dept. of Agricultural official who battled for over 14 years with skin cancer has pleaded with all outdoor workers to take precautions with the sun –...

Teagasc predict increase in dairy incomes

Strong growth is predicted for the dairy industry for the rest of this year with incomes generally unchanged in the other farming sectors, according to the mid-year commentary by the farm advisory body, Teagasc. The...


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