Gallery: Four farmers bag 'malt' excellence awards
Published 12/11/2013 | 05:24
Four County Carlow farmers were among those honoured at the Irish malting barley excellence awards in Dublin last week.
Grain growers on the roll of honour called at the Guinness Storehouse included Ivan Holden of Clonmore in Fenagh and his neighbour Patrick Lennon of Lumcloone, also in Fenagh.
And they were joined by the partnership of Patrick Doyle and Brian Curran of Rathellin in Leighlinbridge. The overall award went to a County Wexford producer Willie Masterson from near Bunclody but Carlow was the best represented county in a list that also included Laois, Kildare and Offaly.
The event was organised by Boortmalt, one of the largest makers of malt in the world, co-hosted by Diageo who use the malt in Guinness and other beverages. The awards were presented by junior Agriculture Minister Tom Hayes at a ceremony where the importance of a strong Irish barley was underlined.
There are around 600 malting barley growers in the country.