Farmhouse Cheesemaking course

A three day farmhouse cheesemaking course will run in Teagasc, Moorepark, Fermoy from Feb 1st - 3rd. The course is geared towards those who wish to set up a small scale commercial enterprise rather than at domestic level. Details and registration from Niamh O'Brien (025) 42313, or (086) 3618264. Course fee €395, including one hour…

Introduction to Organic Farming Course

Introduction to Organic Farming Course at Gateway Hotel, Swinford. 25 hours FETAC Level 5 accredited. This course qualifies applicants to the Organic Farming Scheme re-opened Jan. 2011.


Horticulture Courses starting in Mayo Abbey

  • Horticulture FETAC Level 3 starting January 25th running for 7 days over 3 months;
  • Organic Food FETAC Level 4 starting 1st February running for 10 days over 4 months;
  • Organic Food Crop Crops FETAC Level 5 starting 28th January running for 10 days over 10 months.
Please contact:  St Colman's Training Centre, Mayo Abbey Resource…

Happy New Year!

Two words of advice for the coming year - Pay Attention! Pay attention to your business, to the detail, to cashflow, to your customers, to the end product, to your core competencies, to yourself. Pay attention and you will see a return on your investment.

Cinema North West - position available

With funding from the International Fund for Ireland we have initiated a film-in-the-community programme with three specific community groups in North Leitrim, West Cavan and Fermanagh. More details will be forthcoming as we progress towards our project launch. In the meantime we are seeking to employ a

Happy Christmas everyone!

Happy Christmas!

Christmas food producers market at Horkans

Horkans Lifestyle & Garden centre Turlough Castlebar are hosting a special Christmas Market for food producers and partisan manufacturers / producers from Mayo in their lifestyle & garden centre this Christmas. From November 27th to Christmas week - every Fri, Sat & Sun (each weekend). The Christmas market will be indoor - 20 market stalls will be provided - and they are inviting quality local producers,…

Exciting Opportunities in Food in South West Mayo!

South West Mayo Development Company has identified the potential of the small food sector in the South West Mayo area and recognises the need to stimulate and generate ideas on the development of the small food sector. To achieve this aim Oonagh Monahan will offer support through firstly providing an information evening, secondly providing one to one mentoring/consultation and finally providing training…

Salmonella in Duck Eggs

The investigation into the current outbreak of Salmonella linked with the consumption of duck eggs is ongoing, with five new cases in August.

The latest confirmed cases brings the total number to date to 24 and it is now the largest food poisoning outbreak of salmonellosis recorded in recent years in Ireland. 

In light of this, the Food Safety Authority…

Batchelors and Odlums merge

SOME OF Ireland's best-known food brands are set to come together at a new company called Valeo Foods in a multimillion euro deal. Batchelors, famed for its tinned baked beans and peas, is to be merged with Origin Foods, which owns the Odlums, Shamrock and Roma brands, in a deal thought to be worth €140-€150 million. The transactions is subject to the approval of the Competition Authority. Is this…

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