‘Operation Transformation’ for Young Beef Farmers

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Posted on: 9th October, 2017

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

The Young Beef Farmer Sustainability Programme, a year-long training programme dubbed as ‘Operation Transformation’ for beef farmers was launched by Macra na Feirme Young Farmer Skillnet and Dawn Meats at the Ploughing Championships.

The initiative is focused on developing future leaders for the beef industry in Ireland and after a tough interviewing process 15 Macra na Feirme members from around the country were selected for the programme.

Macra na Feirme President James Healy said, “As young farmers we have to lead and this programme is a perfect example of what Macra is trying to do. We are constantly looking to develop future leaders for our agriculture industry.”

Dawn Meats Group Development Manager Paul Nolan said that those taking part will also visit the Dawn Meats’ farm in Athenry, the Teagasc ‘BETTER Farms’ and Bord Bia’s ‘Thinking House’. Speaking at the launch Thomas O’Connor, a participant from Kildare said, “we are all positive about beef production and that beef production will be sustainable going forward.”

Irish Rugby International Rory Best, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed, Macra na Feirme National President James Healy, Niall Browne CEO Dawn Meats, Paul Nolan Dawn Meats and young beef farmers lined out at the National Ploughing Championships for the launch of the Macra na Feirme Young Beef Farmer Sustainability Programme.

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Submarines, American Sailors, and the Underwater War in Irish Waters, 1917-1918
by Dr John Borgonovo in The Parish Centre, Clonakilty
on Thursday Oct 26 2017 at 8.30 pm

In 1917, unrestricted submarine warfare by German U-boats brought the United States into WWI and created a crisis in Britain. To defeat the submarine menace, an American naval fleet was dispatched to County Cork, bringing about 10,000 sailors with it. This talk will explain the circumstances of this extraordinary event, and how Cork residents dealt with their unexpected American guests.

Dr John Borgonovo is a lecturer in the School of History at UCC. His publications include Spies, Informers, and the 'Anti-Sinn Féin' Society: The Intelligence War in Cork City, 1920-1921; The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918; Exercising a close vigilance over their daughters: Cork women, American sailors, and Catholic vigilantes, 1917-18; Something in the Nature of a Massacre: The Bandon Valley Killings Revisited (with Andy Bielenberg). His latest publication (with co-authors John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil and Mike Murphy) is the highly acclaimed and magnificient Atlas of the Irish Revolution. In July of this year, he organised a very successful conference on Winning the Western Approaches - Unrestricted Submarine Warfare and the US Navy in Ireland 1917-1918.
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Apple Juicing Day in Clonakilty next Sunday Sept 30th. All welcome to bring their apples from 2-6pm to the Clonakilty Community Garden (on entrance road to Clonakilty Lodge).

Building on the success of its inaugural 2016 event, local voluntary environmental organisation Sustainable Clonakilty invites people to bring along their apples and press them to extract their own juice to take home, using the group's Apple Press.

Volunteers will be at hand to assist in the procedure. Bring along your apples washed; clean containers to freeze your juice (milk/juice bottles or cartons, plastic bottles with caps); clean, sterilised glass bottles to pasteurise with swing caps or suitable for 26 mm diameter metal cap.

A limited number of new 3 litres juice bags that are suitable for freezing and pasteurising, can be purchased for a nominal fee on the day also.

This is a free community event and donations will be welcome to cover costs.

For further information, please contact Xavier at xavierdubuisson@gmail.com or text at 086/0476124.
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