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Saturday 10 December 2016

Irish Independent at the Ploughing

Published 20/09/2016 | 02:30

Caitlin McBride from Independent.ie shears a sheep for the first time at the National Ploughing Championships back in 2013
Caitlin McBride from Independent.ie shears a sheep for the first time at the National Ploughing Championships back in 2013
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Sinead Ryan
Paul Williams Pic Steve Humphreys

The Irish Independent is hosting a full programme of events at the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore this week.

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Tuesday, September 20

11-11.30am: Women in Farming

The changing roles of women in farming from three prominent women in the Irish farming community

MC: Claire McCormack

Panellists: Helen Harris, Lorraine Keena and Lorna Sixsmith

12-12.15pm: Launch of An Ideal Farm Husband by Lorna Sixsmith

Q&A with Ann Fitzgerald followed by book signing

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12.15-12.45pm: GAA Championship Review

Will we be celebrating Mayo's history-making heroics or Dublin's continued dominance of Gaelic football in next month's replay?

MC: Frank Roche

Panellists: Martin Breheny and Colm Keys

1-1.30pm: Country Music Special

Time for great country music songs and conversation with some of Ireland's leading country stars

MC: Eddie Rowley

Panellists: Lisa McHugh, Mike Denver and Derek Ryan

2-2.30pm: Food Writer, Indy Power, on her new book, The Little Green Spoon

One of Ireland's most popular young food writers in conversation with Bairbre Power

2.30-2.45pm: Music

More songs and music from Lisa McHugh

3-3.30pm: Personal Finance

Expert tips and advice for the self-employed and for those looking for information on retirement and saving plans

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MC: Sinead Ryan (above)

Panellists: Keelin Fitzgerald, Waypoint.ie and Eoin McGee, Prosperous Financial Planning

Wednesday, September 21

11-11.30am: Rural Broadband Discussion

What is being done to improve rural broadband in ­Ireland and why it's now as ­important as electricity for homes and businesses

MC: Dearbhail McDonald

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Panellists: Carolan Lennon, MD open eir; Technology Editor Adrian Weckler (above); Seamus Sherlock, ­chairman of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' ­Association, and Darragh McCullough

12-12.30pm: Farmer Fashion Makeover

Two lucky farmers get the chance of a complete style makeover, from head-to-toe

MC: Caitlin McBride

12-1pm: Book Signing

Lorna Sixsmith will be signing copies of her new book An Ideal Farm Husband

1-1.30pm: Brexit Discussion

Brexit: what now for Ireland & Europe?

MC: Dearbhail McDonald

Panellists: Mairead McGuinness, John Downing and Paul Wyse

2-2.30pm: The Floating Voter

Independent.ie's politics podcast team, The Floating Voter, tackle the latest political stories

The Floating Voters: Kevin Doyle & Niall O'Connor

Panellists: Michael Creed, Charlie McConalogue and Michael ­Fitzmaurice

3-.30pm: Farming & Fashion

Fashion Editor Bairbre Power speaks to some of Ireland's leading fashionistas and farming personalities

MC: Bairbre Power

Panellists: Nuala Carey, Lisa McGowan and Jean McCabe

Thursday, September 22

11-11.30am: Makeover Tips

Top beauty tips from Ireland's leading make-up artists - and two lucky women get the chance for a makeover

MC: Caitlin McBride

12-12.30pm: Rugby

Tony Ward in conversation with Rúaidhrí O'Connor looks ahead to how the Irish provinces and Irish rugby team will fare this coming season

12-1pm: Book Signing

Lorna Sixsmith will be signing copies of her new book An Ideal Farm Husband

1-1.30pm: Rural Crime Discussion

Paul Williams hears the stories of some of the victims of rural crime in Ireland and discusses ways and means to tackle the ­growing problem

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MC: Paul Williams (above)

Panellists: Karen Walsh, John Tully, Graham Lowndes and Jer Bergin

3-3.30pm: Mental Health

A discussion on the pressures and stress of farming life and how best to cope and deal with the issue

MC: Fionnán Sheahan

Panellists: Alan Quinlan, Finola Colgan and Seamus Sherlock

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