Loneliness – What is it and Can we Beat it?

Loneliness

Loneliness

On the 13th of June 2018 the Loneliness Taskforce published a report on the state of loneliness in Ireland. In the report they state that loneliness is becoming one of the biggest problems affecting people’s health in this country.

Affecting our immune system, damaging our sleep quality, increasing our risk of heart disease and seriously damaging our mental health are just a few issues that loneliness can cause. With many links to depression and reduced life expectancy, loneliness is no longer an issue that solely affects the elderly. It is now a national problem affecting young and old, country and urban dweller alike. Continue reading “Loneliness – What is it and Can we Beat it?”

Signs You’re a Dairy Farmer (Part 2)

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Last week we shared signs 11 signs that you’re a dairy farmer. This week we have another ten. If you haven’t experienced at lease eight of these you might want to stop calling yourself a dairy farmer. Many of these are probably things people don’t know about you. Others like number 8 are ones others definitely know about you.  Continue reading “Signs You’re a Dairy Farmer (Part 2)”

Signs You’re a Dairy Farmer (Part 1)

Dairy farmer blog 001As humans there are some things that we all experience in our lives. However there are others that you can only understand if you have lived and/or worked on a farm. And then there are things that you can only understand if you have lived and/or worked on a dairy farm. If you are or know a Dairy farmer then you will be familiar with all of these signs.  Continue reading “Signs You’re a Dairy Farmer (Part 1)”

Why all the fuss about the Ploughing?

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In my Fiancée’s Grandmother’s house there is a picture of her grandfather and his horses competing, and winning in the ploughing back in the forties. It takes pride of place in the living room; it’s an elite club that have held that title after all. Seventy years on and it’s time for another group to fight it out for this and the various other ploughing titles up for grabs. Since it’s humble beginnings back in the thirties the ploughing Championship has become the best festival in the country; hell, it’s the biggest outdoor event of its kind in the EU so we’ll claim Europe too. So why is it the place to be every September? Continue reading “Why all the fuss about the Ploughing?”

Protect your property from Rural Crime

Rural crime blog

Rural crime remains a major issue around the country. Despite 2017 statistics suggesting  that crime in Ireland only rose 3% on the 2016 levels, there are some who question the validity of these claims as they are based on crimes reported. Some suggest that up to 43% if not more of rural crime go unreported. This makes sense when you consider that numerous rural Garda stations have closed leaving many communities without a local Garda they know and trust. Couple that with the statistics from a 2018 survey suggesting that only 62% of people believe that the Garda have power to do anything about crimes reported to them (this same report has reporting of crimes as high as 84%). Continue reading “Protect your property from Rural Crime”

10 Survival Tips for Show Spectators

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Last time we offered advice for those showing animals at shows this year, so now we’ve put together a few tips for those thinking of heading to some shows as spectators, be they small local ones or larger national shows. Livestock shows bring a lot of life to communities over the summer and it’s always a good day out no matter what age you are. However you can easily get overwhelmed by the event and you can end up leaving regretting some decisions if you aren’t careful. So here are the Agridirect teams tips to make sure you make the most of the day. Continue reading “10 Survival Tips for Show Spectators”

Is it time to bring back the horse?

horse blog

Although many of us rural dwellers don’t like it, the new Shane Ross drink driving bill has been brought about with the aim of saving lives. As a result it is very difficult to argue against without looking reckless, as the Healy Rae brothers discovered. The facts as stated by Minister Ross show that 38% of road accidents are as a result of drunk driving. Continue reading “Is it time to bring back the horse?”