At a record breaking National Ploughing Championships, local businesses shone this year. With support from North Tipperary LEADER Partnership’s Rural Development Programme 2007-2013, a number of the region’s most innovative and exciting businesses were showcased.
These included Joe O’Keeffe’s ShannonCruising.ie in Carraigahoraig, Paul Bourke and Danny Tiernan’s IrishFishingTours.com at Garrykennedy and the Loughmore Co-op Cafe and Tea Rooms.
Not only was the LEADER village busy and bustling, these businesses performed exceptionally.
A queue of enthusiasts, from recreational fisherfolk and long lost cousins to President Michael D Higgins himself all dropped by to see what Tipperary has to offer.
North Tipperary LEADER Partnership took the opportunity to promote many of the projects it has supported in the region, including Padraig Moran’s Coorevin Farm near Borrisokane, which has diversified into a really leading edge educational offering for school tours, the Upperchurch Walking Festival, and other similar initiatives.
Joe and Avril O’Keeffe’s package is very complete, with B&B, restaurant and Bo Island boat. This is one of the few ways people who do not own boats can get out onto Lough Derg and the Shannon.
IrishFishingTours.com also provide a high end product, with expert pike and other fishing options available.
Maeve O’Hair and Mary Fogerty of the Loughmore Tea Rooms really stole the show at the LEADER Village.
With a prime location, gorgeous stand and super-enthusiastic, engaging style, it was impossible to miss them. Just ask Michael D.
Meanwhile, Details of the National Forest Owner Groups Conference were announced on the Teagasc stand at the championships by Junior Minister Tom Hayes. The conference, which takes place at Ballykisteen Hotel on Tuesday, October 8.
This conference is organised by Teagasc in conjunction with the Limerick Tipperary Woodland Owners (LTWO). All forest owners, including those not involved in owner organisations, are invited. This conference will provide an important forum to share experiences and acquire information to help forest enterprise.
The theme of this year’s event is Strength in Numbers and reflects one of Teagasc’s objectives in establishing forest owner groups encouraging active forest owner co-operation and participation.
The first session will focus specifically on the forest owner groups, while the second session will focus on issues that may affect all forest owners. There will be networking opportunities with a number of companies.