Gallery: Around rural Ireland this week in 11 pictures

Minister of State Andrew Doyle visits Parkmore Christmas Tree Farm in Moneystown Co Wicklow with Stephen, Dan and Adam Cowman.
Minister of State Andrew Doyle visits Parkmore Christmas Tree Farm in Moneystown Co Wicklow with Stephen, Dan and Adam Cowman.

FarmIreland Team

From ploughing matches to kale fencing to Charolais shows, rural Ireland was busy this week.

The Charolais Show and Sale in Roscommon was a busy affair, while the Limousin show and sale in Kanturk was also held.

With just weeks to Christmas the Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture Andrew Doyle paid a visit to the Parkmore Christmas tree farm and Rosanna Davidson was also on hold to help promote Irish Christmas trees.

Carlow farmers Paddy and Paul Brennan were busy at work on their kale crop in Ballinkillen while Johnny Lynch - the man behind Macroom Buffalo mozzarella collected a nice award for his cheese.

Nuala Hourihane was honoured for years of work with the Charolais society at its Christmas Crackers Show and Sale in Elphin.

The Supreme Champion at the fatstock show and sale in Skibbereen was a Belgian Blue cross heifer, which weighted in at 755kg.

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Pictured at the annual ploughing match at Ballyfeard Co Cork was Cyril Collins, Ballinascarthy and Maurice Sheehy from Reenascreena. Picture Denis Boyle
Pictured at the annual ploughing match at Ballyfeard Co Cork was Cyril Collins, Ballinascarthy and Maurice Sheehy from Reenascreena. Picture Denis Boyle
Noel Surgue from Bennetsbridge with the Reserve Female Champion, Kilbine 1 Jolene at the Charolais Christmas Crackers show in Elphin.
World Gold for Buffalo Dairy Farmer, Johnny Lynch of Cill na Martra, Macroom Co Cork who won the World Cheese Awards in San Sebastian, Spain, for his Macroom buffalo Mozzarella made from fresh Buffalo milk. Photo:Valerie OSullivan
Pat McClean, Lifford, Donegal with Roughan Logan 2, Reserve Male Senior Champion at the Charolais Society Show.
Supreme champion at the fatstock show & sale in Cork Marts, Skibbereen a Belgian Blue cross heifer weighing 755kg sold for €2,450. Owner John Cullinane, Ballineen, Abraham Kingston, Mart Chairman, Richard Connell, Chairman Drinagh Co-op, sponsor, William Murphy, Carrigtwohill, purchaser, Orla Lynch, FBD, sponsor, Eoin, Laura & Aoife Cullinane, Ballineen. Photo O'Gorman Photography.
Barry and Michael Quinn, newmarket on Fergus, Clare, with Clenagh Lyle, Junior Male Champion, which sold for €13,000 at the Charolais Society Show and sale
Paddy and Paul Brennan setting up the electric fence on 13 acre of Kale and silage bales.The kale was sown 1st week of June with a single pass sower. Overwintering 60 animals feeding 2 silage bales and kale per section. Photo Roger Jones.
Robert McGivern, Carrigtwohill, was the winner of the Supreme Champion Award at Kanturk Mart Fat Stock Show & Sale. Lydia and John McGivern are pictured with John Cott (Chairman of Kanturk Mart), C Irwin and John McNulty of Bank of Ireland Kanturk (Prize Sponsors), and Judges Thomas O' Callaghan, Shane Healy, and Michael Bourke. The animal sold for €2,800. Photo by Sheila Fitzgerald.
Model and nutritionist Rosanna Davison with the help of Irish Christmas grower Joe Flynn from New Ross in Wexford launches the #lovearealtree campaign. at the Intercontinental Hotel,Ballsbridge Dublin.
Nuala Hourihane who was honoured with a presentation from the Charolais Society.

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