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The death of
Richie Flynn
The IFA lost a highly valued
member of its executive sta
with the death of Richie Flynn
last month. Having worked
with IFA for almost 30 years,
Richie built up the organisations
representative role in the fi shing
and aquaculture sectors during
that time. After an initial stint in
the IFA's presss o ce, Richie took
on a new executive role in the
aquaculture section where he
truly excelled. He was recognised
in his role internationally with
his appointment as the fi rst
president of the EU Aquaculture
Advisory Council in 2016. He
was a former board member of
the Marine Institute and chaired
the EU Advisory Committee on
aquaculture from 2001 to 2011. He
was also president of the European
Shellfi sh Federation for four years
from 2012 to 2016. Well deserved
tributes were paid to Richie by
IFA president Joe Healy as well
as by members of the fi shing and
aquaculture sectors.
Ploughing Live is back on our screens
for its fourth year on RTÉ, covering the
event every night live from the National
Ploughing Championships. The
Ploughing will once again be hosted
for a third consecutive year at the
same location Screggan, Tullamore,
County O aly from September 18
to 20
2018. Ploughing Live will have
Áine Lawlor and Marty Morrissey back
together with agricultural reporter
Noel Dunne and the show sets out to
capture the spirit of Europe's biggest
outdoor agricultural event. Ploughing
Live was the brainchild of the owners
of VIP, who started making Bloom Live,
as part of the Super garden series, and
after that, the mobile magazine show
was born. The challenge facing the
show is to bridge the urban rural gap,
exciting viewers about farm machinery,
hence the arrival of
Irish Farmers
machinery editor Noel Dunne.
Noel has over 30 years' experience
working in agriculture media and he is
Irish European judge at the Tractor of
the Year awards. According to Marty
Morrissey, "Noel has that magic ability
to get everybody excited about a new
machine, be it a mower, a tractor or
a farm robot." Ploughing Live will roll
into Tullamore on the weekend before
the event begins. There will be trucks
with people editing from dawn to
dusk, with cameras all over the site
covering farm stories, new machinery,
championship ploughing and product
innovation with Enterprise Ireland. The
show o ers viewers a real insight into
what's new at the event and organisers
expect over 200,000 to attend over
the four days.
Ploughing Live on RTÉ
Garden of Hope
People visiting the new horticultural facilities at Ashtown will be uplifted by the
Garden of Hope at the entrance, which is a fi tting reminder of what horticulture
can contribute to society. This is a replica of the Teagasc Bloom Garden of Hope
2017 in association with Pieta House. It received a Gold Medal in the chosen
category and best in category but also won the People's Choice category.
The garden was designed and build by sta and students of the two Teagasc
colleges: Teagasc College of Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens and Teagasc
College, Kildalton.
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