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Declan Nerney for Glenamaddy Festival

The 2015 Glenamaddy Summer Festival will get off to a fabulous start on Thursday, 25th of June when the great Declan Nerney and his band kick off the festivities with an Open-Air Concert.

  When the hugely popular Declan and his colleagues start their set it will truly signal the beginning of four action-packed days in Glenamaddy.

  The festival will actually begin earlier on Thursday evening when a Car Treasure Hunt takes place at 7.30 pm at the local community centre. That’s followed by Declan Nerney live in the heart of the town.

  Meanwhile a Monster BBQ will be ongoing all night while Declan and his band are performing.  

  A highlight of the festival fun on Friday, 26th of June will be the Mascarde Fancy Dress Party, which is taking place in the bar in Raftery’s Oakland Hotel from 9 pm. Entry to the Fancy Dress Party is free and there will be prizes on the night. There will also be music – it promises to be a memorable occasion!

  Saturday (June 27) is Market Day and this will undoubtedly be a highlight of the Glenamaddy Festival. The Market Day officially starts at 11 am and will feature all the traditional attractions one associate with a market in a country town in Ireland. It will be a wonderful opportunity for friends, neighbours, even strangers, to meet up and chat and socialise!

  Later on Saturday (5 pm) there’s a unique ‘Drive-In Bingo’ event. It will be held at the Equestrian Centre on the Kilkerrin Road. This is ‘what it says on the tin’, so to speak; people taking part will play bingo in their parked vehicles (cars and buses welcome).

  You honk your horn if you think you’re on to a winner! A €600 Jackpot must go on the night!  

  Sunday is Family Fun Day and traditionally a huge day in Glenamaddy. It’s the day when parents, children, grandparents – the entire community – comes out in force. The Family Fun Day will take place on Sunday, June 28, starting at 1.30 pm. Organisers have lined up fun and games for all the family. The venue is the local GAA pitch. Don’t miss it!

  At 5 pm on Sunday the much-anticipated Pig Racing event will take place. The venue is the Ballymoe Road. Pigs ‘on sale’ at €10 in the lead-up to and during the Festival; and also on the Race Day itself.

  This year there will also be a Bartenders Race during the Glenamaddy Festival. It takes place on Sunday, June 28 at 6.30 pm, starting in Harte’s Beer Garden. Who is the fastest bartender in Glenamaddy? We’ll all fine out on Sunday, June 28!

Farmers urge Coveney to address concerns

Over 1,000 farmers attended a meeting, hosted by the Irish Farmers’ Association, in Claremorris on Tuesday, June 2, where the Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney got a very strong message about the real concerns of farmers relating to the Beef Data and Genomics Scheme.

  Bernard Donohue, the chairman of Roscommon IFA Livestock Committee, said that the scale of the turnout highlighted the genuine concerns about numerous aspects of the scheme. He said that there was a responsibility on the Minister to address the concerns expressed by suckler farmers and provide the necessary assurances and flexibilities to ensure the €52 million in funding is paid out annually to farmers.

  Mr Donohue said that farmers remain concerned about the six-year rule and claw-backs, the level of genotyping, the requirement to reach four and five stars and the lack of flexibility in the scheme for farmers who want to progress and develop suckler cow numbers.

  He said that the Minister needed to provide the necessary assurances and flexibilities within the scheme to resolve these issues.

  On the six-year rule and claw-back, the Minister said this would only apply to farmers who decided to switch to another enterprise during the term of the Scheme. He acknowledged that mistakes had been made in the communication that was issued to farmers in the first place, from which much of farmers’ concerns arose.

  He also recognised that a greater level of consultation should have taken place. Minister Coveney said the department was willing to look at individual cases if 2014 didn’t work for any farmer as a reference year and that he would establish a working group, as suggested by the IFA President, to look at all aspects of the scheme and review them on an ongoing basis.

  He said that elements of the scheme were proving unattainable would have to be revisited. He said that the working group would have to iron out any difficulties that farmers were experiencing and make the Scheme workable.

  IFA said that they lobbied Minister Coveney and the Government to deliver the €52 million funding for the sector and were determined that the full benefits would be paid out to suckler farmers by December.

  In a statement released after the meeting, local Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice said: “Now that the closing date for the Beef Geonomics Scheme has passed, I am again highlighting the many problems that farmers faced in connection with this scheme.

  “The figures for those joining the scheme are nowhere near what was anticipated because of the problems involved, and there may be as many as 7,000 farmers less than was hoped. “It is envisaged that many of the farmers who have applied for the scheme will actually pull out because of fears that they have about parts of the scheme and the terms and conditions. “It would be in the interest of the Minister to devise a more workable scheme that would suit farners in the West of Ireland, where 80 per cent of the sucklers are based.”

Recycling your farm plastics

IFFPG, the national farm plastics recycling scheme, is providing over 220 bring-centre locations nationwide this year where farmers can recycle the full range of farm plastics.

  Farmers are advised to bring their silage plastics in loose as usual to the bring-centres. The rate this year for silage plastics is €12 per half tonne with the label code. This represents the most cost-efficient recycling service.

  In County Roscommon, IFFPG will conduct seven Bring-centres spread right across the county through its new approved contractor, Mr. Vincent Kearney.

  These include Taughmaconnell Community Centre on Monday, 15th of June. Nearly 1,000 farmers recycled plastic at these bring-centres and almost 800 tonnes of farm plastic was collected last year.

  A full list of our Bring-centres every year is on our website www.farmplastics.ie or alternatively you can LoCall 1890 300 444.

  In addition to silage plastics, IFFPG in partnership with Farm Plastics Recycling is also collecting other farm waste plastics. These plastics include small fertilizer and feed bags, bulk bag liners, bulk fertilizer and feed bags (liners to be removed), chemical containers (triple rinsed), netting and twine.

  In order to avail of this service, farmers should segregate plastics into the various categories mentioned into used bulk bags. The recycling fee per bag at the bring-centre is €15 per bulk fertilizer-sized bag.

  In 2014 IFFPG collected and recycled over 25,000 tonnes of farm plastics. IFFPG is confident that 2015 will be another very successful year, in terms of service to farmers and recycling rates.

For sale in Strokestown

John Earley, FIPAV of Property Partners Earley, Roscommon is this week offering new to the market a quality three-bedroom semi-detached residence of c. 1,100 sq. ft. for sale at 8, Stone Crescent, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon.

  Price guide: All offers after €60,000 to sell.

  John describes the property as “a very well located property in excellent condition throughout, in the centre of Strokestown and within walking distance of all local amenities.”

  The property benefits from spacious living accommodation throughout with a private mature garden area to side and rear in this select and established town centre development. We now invite immediate viewings and all offers after €60,000 for immediate sale.

  For further details or to arrange a viewing, please contact Property Partners Earley, Roscommon on 090-6626579 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..