Books JUNE 2018 Prizes Galore Don’t forget to follow the Irish Farmers Monthly Twitter feed @farmersmonthly IFM has three excellent page-turners up for grabs this month: Till the Cows Come Home by Lorna Sixsmith; Donegal Table by Brian McDermott; and Drive – The Definitive History of Motoring, with foreword by Jodie Kidd. To be in with a chance to win, answer the questions below and send them to: Competitions, Irish Farmers Monthly, Units 2-4 Castlecourt, Monkstown Farm, Glenageary, Co Dublin. Answers must arrive by Monday, June 19. something every family can make and enjoy. As one of 12 children growing up in Burt, Co Donegal, the focal point of Brian's family was always his mother’s kitchen table, and that childhood memory of the family coming together and connecting over her home cooking continues to inspire Brian as he shares his own passion for food with others. Whether it’s cooking freshly caught mussels for the fishermen at Greencastle pier or sharing his skills with others at his cookery school, Brian loves to celebrate the best of his home county’s warmth and traditions. Brian is one of how many children? Drive Giles Chapman This is a book, which takes you through motoring history, from classic cars to how we enjoy driving today, and beyond. As Jodie Kidd says in her introduction: “Sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.” From the public’s amazement at the idea of a horseless carriage to today’s excitement for driverless vehicles, find out everything you need to know about motoring from 1895 to the present day. Begin your journey through the history of motoring with Drive, and weave your way through the twists and turns of the early days, through to how the motorcar has shaped the modern world over the last century. It also reveals the exciting and impressive advances in technology and design that have made cars faster, safer, and better to drive, and transformed them from a means of transport into objects of status, excitement, and desire. Speed through personal accounts of motoring throughout the years, and discover exciting new facts about the world’s most famous racing events. From the first service stations to the latest fuel cell, this book tells the full motoring story. What impact did advances in technology and design have on cars? Who’s saying what on Twitter? A snapshot of our favourite tweets over the past few weeks Adrian Weckler @adrianweckler 10 minutes ago.... Bloody hell, Dublin Till the Cows Come Home Lorna Sixsmith With their newborn baby, Lorna Sixsmith and her husband, Brian James, swapped their public service careers in the UK for dairy farming beneath Slievemargy’s Brow. Lorna’s grandfather, George, had inherited Garrendenny’s ‘shrubby wood, bog and decayed timber’. One of nine children, Lorna’s father, Joe, devoted his life to modernising and improving the farm. Now, Lorna’s children play in the same fields. Recounted with Lorna’s trademark wit, through these touching, heart-warming and often amusing stories – Joe’s s childhood in the 1940s, Lorna’s in the 1970s and, now, her own children’s – we share this journey down memory lane to catch a glimpse of rural life down through the generations. Whether it was being on the back of a tractor to deliver milk, foraging for blackberries or bumping along grassy tracks atop quivering loads of straw, the long days of summer were filled with adventure. Townie cousins came to stay, hay fields were obstacle courses, superstitions and country cures abounded, and weather was the main topic of conversation. Each generation is di erent, but some aspects of rural life don’t change. There are the highs and lows of farming, when you don’t know whether to laugh or cry, but laughter, as Lorna finds, is always the best medicine. During which decade did Joe spend his childhood? Dept Agriculture IRL @agriculture_ie #Bloom2018 - When travelling abroad, avoid bringing back home plants or other plant items.. To find out more, pop by our stand where @agriculture_ ie sta are available to explain why #planthealth @Dept_CCAE Address by Minister @ DenisNaughten at the Government Press Centre on new Climate Action Fund under Project Ireland 2040 @merrionstreet #projectireland2040 President of Ireland @PresidentIRL President and Sabina Higgins are at #BloomInThePark Irish Farmers’ Assoc @IFAmedia Lower quotes are a clear attempt by the factories to force farmers out with stock & the price pull should be resisted Donegal Table Brian McDermott Brian McDermott has built a national reputation as a chef on one simple belief – that tasty, healthy food based around traditional recipes and local produce is Liam Lysaght LiamLy Nice to see Common Blue in flight around the Centre today @BioDataCentre #ButterflyAtlas21 66 Last month’s book winners: To see last month's winners, please visit Irish Farmers Monthly's website at: