CAT ON A HOT CONVOY ROOF!

first_imgTHIS moggy was up early on Saturday morning to catch some sun…The black cat was sunning himself (or herself – we’re not sure) on the warmed roof tiles of the Barron household in Miltown, Convoy.Gabrielle Gallagher was also up early to take this pic….  CAT ON A HOT CONVOY ROOF! was last modified: April 27th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:catconvoylast_img

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MEP Matt Carthy visiting Donegal to address rural neglect and Brexit

first_imgMidlands Northwest MEP Matt Carthy will be in Donegal today (Friday) to visit local businesses and groups before speaking at the Donegal Sinn Féin’s AGM.Brexit and regional issues will be top of the agenda at the political gathering this Friday evening the 1st of March at 7.30pm in Dillion’s Hotel, Letterkenny.Mr Carthy will begin his trip in Inishowen, visiting representatives of Donegal’s tourism and enterprise sector including Brian McDermot of the Foyle Hotel, Brendan Fallon, developer of enterprise units in Carndonagh. Whilst in Carndonagh, Carthy will also visit the award-winning social enterprise Spraoi agus Spórt. Ahead of his Donegal visit Carthy was critical of the Dublin-centric nature of current government policies. He said: “We need to see tangible investments in rural communities, particularly those in border regions where the effect of Brexit will be felt most.”Mr Carthy has been a vocal supporter of Irish Fishing rights in the EU parliament. He will also meet with members of the Foyle Fisherman’s Co-Op today on the potential of the local fishing industry, threats from Brexit, and the need for the completion of the Greencastle Harbour breakwater and the further development of the Harbour.Carthy will also speak with members of ‘Community For A Clean Estuary’ about the renewed attempts by Irish Water to build a sewerage treatment plant with outflows at Carnagarve Beach.MEP Matt Carthy visiting Donegal to address rural neglect and Brexit was last modified: March 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Carnagarve Beachmatt carthy MEPSinn Feinlast_img read more

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Mary T Sweeney of Castle Grove awarded Ireland’s Host of the Year

first_imgCastle Grove Country House owner Mary T Sweeney has been named as Ireland’s Host of the Year at the 2020 Georgina Campbell Awards.Mrs Sweeney, who has been in business with her husband Raymond for 30 years at Castle Grove, was yesterday recognised as the most hospitable hotelier in the country.The Georgina Campbell Awards are a prestigious recognition for leaders in the food and hospitality industry. Ms Campbell described Mary T as a “very special person” and wrote about her iconic role at the Blue Book hotel outside Letterkenny:“Parkland designed by “Capability” Brown in the mid-18th century creates a wonderful setting for Raymond and Mary Sweeney’s beautiful period house overlooking Lough Swilly. “A reputation for promoting the good food of the area and produce from their own gardens has attracted many a food lover to this hospitable Blue Book property – and, with daughters Karoline and Irene now on the management team, there’s a youthful new dimension to the business. “But fortunately that doesn’t deprive guests of the company of Mary Sweeney who – with a keen interest in just about everything, and exhaustive local knowledge – makes Castle Grove a number one choice for many when visiting Donegal.  “Mary has the gift of making every guest feel special and at home – and, sensing where their interests lie, nothing is too much trouble when it comes to advising on how to spend their time most happily when exploring Donegal.”Castle Grove are celebrating their 30th year in business in 2019, while this is not the first individual award for Mrs Sweeney, who earned the Hall of Fame Award at the Letterkenny Business Awards in 2017.Mary T Sweeney of Castle Grove awarded Ireland’s Host of the Year was last modified: September 16th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:castle grove country house hotelgeorgina campbell awardshospitalityireland guidelast_img read more

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SMS for better sugar crops

first_img23 August 2005Innovative use of cellular technology is helping small-scale sugar farmers in northern KwaZulu-Natal to improve their crops.A pilot project is bringing the advantages of technology to small-scale farmers and, at the same time, making the most efficient use of their scarce water resources.Weather data are recorded automatically and sent to the South African Sugar Research Institute’s Mount Edgecombe base. A web-based crop simulation model, My Canesim, is then used to estimate the amount of soil water available to the crop in each field of sugarcane.The system then decides whether irrigation should continue, be stopped, or resume. This advice is automatically sent to individual farmers by SMS.Farmer Dlokwakhe Mthembu recieves an SMS, in Zulu, each Wednesday advising him on an irrigation strategy for the week ahead.The system was implemented on a limited scale in the Bivane irrigation project, near Pongola in northern KwaZulu-Natal, during 2004/05. Cane growth, irrigation, rainfall and soil water of the fields were monitored to evaluate the system.Initially sceptical, the farmers involved in the pilot study were convinced when concepts were explained and delivery methods adjusted to accommodate them. The six selected growers have closely followed the advice, and indications are that excellent yields will be achieved.“The computer programme itself is not a new concept,” South African Sugar Association (SASA) researcher Abraham Singles told Engineeering News. “But we think this is the first time we have been able to give farm-specific advice.”Mthembu was one of the first small-scale farmers to use the technology, and though he admits an initial scepitism, is now a keen advocate. He farms 10 hectares of sugar cane in Bivane, and delivers to Illovo Sugar’s Pongola Mill. He expects to return higher yields, and a better cane quality, than the Pongola Mill average.Mthembu is one of about 45 000 small-scale growers in KwaZulu-Natal who could benefit from such a scheme. The extension service is one of the results of a joint venture between SASA and the provincial department of agriculture.“I think this must take off – it’s so simple,” SASA chairman and commercial sugar farmer Rodger Stewart told Reuters.“It saves water, it saves costs. A lot of commercial farmers have their own programmes on their computers to do this, but here the model is much more sophisticated.”Southafrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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