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NZ expert at sheep talks

Published 05/07/2011 | 05:00

The Irish Grassland Association's national sheep conference takes place on July 13, at the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny, followed by a walk on the farm of William Hutchinson, Chapelizod, Kells, Kilkenny.

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The event will feature talks from NZ genetics consultant Tim Byrne and former UCD sheep guru Dr Frank Crosby.

Meanwhile, the IGA dairy summer tour will take place in Co Louth on Tuesday, July 26, and include visits to the Monamore herd, Philipstown, Ballymakenny Road, Drogheda, and neighbouring dairy farm partners Andrew Purcell and Alfred McGlew.

Contact Maura Callery on 087 9626483 for more information.

Galway aims to beat Bloom

The Galway Garden Festival, set to take place at Claregalway Castle this weekend, is aiming to rival Bloom as the premier garden event in Ireland.

The festival will include a wide range of stands displaying rare and unusual plants and a symposium featuring renowned Irish and international botanists.

Among the speakers will be Thomas Pakenham, author of 'Remarkable Trees of the World, Professor Oliver Rackham, from Cambridge, and Dr Matthew Jebb, director of the National Botanic Gardens. For more, go to www.galwaygardenfestival.ie.

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Para team's ¤70K boost

Para-Equestrian Ireland is to receive €70,000 in funding from businessman Denis O'Brien over the next two years.

Mr O'Brien will support the Para team until after London 2012, donating €35,000 a year.

Para riders are in training camps preparing for the CPEDI four star competition in England next month and the European Championships in Moorsele, Belgium, in September, where they will be attempting to qualify for the Paralympics next year.

Mr O'Brien said he was delighted to offer his support to Para-Equestrian Ireland.

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