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Two local schoolgirls took treasure hunt prizes at Teagasc 1916 event

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Farming and Country Life 1916’ GPO Treasure Hunt prizewinners Ailish Burke (11) from Coldwood National School and Eabha Corcoran (8) from Carnaun National School receiving their tablets from Cllr. Michael Connolly, Cathaoirleach, Galway Co. Council and Professor Michael Diskin, Head, Animal and Bioscience Research Department, Sheep Enterprise Leader, Teagasc. PHOTO: HANY MARZOUK.

OVER 60,000 people attended the Teagasc and Galway County Council’s ‘Farming and Country Life 1916’ in early June.

This interactive, informative and fun event recreated rural life of 1916 and reflected on developments over the past century. The event was manned by several hundred volunteers who contributed in many, many ways into making the event a great success.

One of the volunteers, Bernadette Doherty from Woodlawn Heritage Group, devised two treasure hunts for children who visited the replica GPO and ‘Ireland 1916’ Village in partnership with all the other community heritage groups who were manning this village.

Thousands of children completed the treasure hunts and entered the competition to win a tablet – one for the under-8 age category and one for the over 8s.

It is incredible to think that of all the enteries submitted that the two winners came from an 8km radius of the Teagasc Campus in Athenry.

Ailish Burke (11) from Coldwood National School was the winner of the tablet in the over-8s while Eabha Corcoran (8) from Carnaun National School took the under-8s prize.

Professor Michael Diskin, Head, Animal & Bioscience Research Department, Sheep Enterprise Leader, Teagasc said the Farming and Country Life 1916 event  really captured the imagination of all those who attended, from the youngest to the oldest’.

He said that Teagasc were delighted with all the very positive feedback that they had received from those who attended the event’.

Cllr. Michael Connolly, Cathaoirleach, Galway Co. Council, said that ‘The Farming and Country Life 1916’ was an incredibly successful event that provided visitors with high quality, authentic performances and exhibits that accurately retold the stories of farming and country life and the Rising in Galway during 1916.

He also said that ‘the meithal mentality’ was very much in evidence in the development and delivery of the event with so many volunteers being involved. He congratulated all involved with the event for making it such a resounding success.

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Key moves on animal transport get the nod

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MEP Billy Kelleher: Key amendments passed.

LOCAL and national farm representatives have welcomed the adoption of amendments proposed by an Irish MEP in relation to the transportation of live animals across the EU.

The amendments proposed by Munster Fianna Fáil Munster MEP, Billy Kelleher, means less severe restrictions will apply in relation to calf and pregnant animal travel.

In 2020, the European Parliament set up an ANIT (Committee of Inquiry into Animal Transport) to investigate alleged violations of EU animal transport rules.

The Committee concluded that EU provisions in the area of animal transport were not always complied with in member states and did not fully take into account ‘the different needs of animals’.

Last week, MEPs voted by 557 to 55 (78 absentions) supporting new measures to address animal travel issues, including lack of headroom, water and food supplies, animals for travel being transported, and overcrowding.

However, a number of Irish MEPs led by Billy Kelleher proposed two amendments to the proposals, which were accepted in the overall vote in the European Parliament.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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HSA blitz on safety with animals

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Cows are at their most volatile and dangerous at calving time.

A TWO-WEEK farm inspection campaign by the HSA (Health and Safety Authority) aims to highlight the serious dangers posed by animals during the calving season which is due to get into full swing over the next fortnight.

According to the HSA, while there was a ‘significant decline’ in farm fatalities during 2021, there were still far too many deaths in agriculture over the past year.

Three people died as a result of accidents while working with cattle in 2021, while of the 196 people who died in farming incidents over the past decade, 38 of those were in the livestock sector.

The HSA has asked all farmers to ensure that the following five questions are answered to their satisfaction when working with livestock.

■ Is there a plan in place to minimise the risk of attack?

■ Has an adequate physical barrier been established between the farmer and the freshly calved cow when tagging, treating and handling calves?

■ Is there adequate lighting in the yard and farm buildings?

■ Do you need help? Are the extra resources trained and experienced?

■ Are facilities and procedures adequate for loading and unloading animals?

Galway IFA Dairy Committee Representative, Noel Murphy, told the Farming Tribune that farmers always needed to guard against complacency when dealing with dangers on the farm and especially so with machinery and animals.

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Farm buildings can be used as business hubs in rural areas

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Cllr. Declan Geraghty (Ind)

RURAL farm buildings should be utilised for small business enterprises which would supplement the income of landowners as well as creating some local employment in the process.

This was the view of the vast majority of Galway councillors who passed a motion that buildings directly relating to farming be considered for other purposes that would be financially advantageous to the owners.

The matter came up for discussion at a meeting of the Galway County Development Plan when it was suggested that the farming community needed to be allowed develop small business opportunities.

A motion from Cllr. Declan Geraghty (Ind) – deviating slightly from Galway County Council policy – proposed that they be allowed carry out businesses such as the servicing and repair of machinery, land reclamation, drainage works, and agricultural contracting was carried.

The motion added that this be allowed where it is financially advantageous to locate in a given area and where it would not have an adverse impact on the environment.

The Williamstown councillor said that it could result in hundreds of small business enterprises being developed out of farm buildings.

“At the moment they cannot get planning permission for such enterprises given that they are located in a rural area,” he argued.

He was supported by Cllr. Pete Roche (FG) who went further by saying that even the establishment of pet farms or animal farms that could be opened up to the public were also options that could be considered.

“There are farm families at the moment who cannot earn a decent living out of agriculture alone and would relish the opportunity to diversify,” he added.

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