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Teagasc to Host Event to Commemorate Farming and Country Life 1916-2016

Teagasc, in partnership with Galway County Council will host a major national event next year commemorating Farming and Country Life 1916-2016 at Teagasc, Mellows Campus in Athenry. The event will take place on Friday, 10 June and Saturday, 11 June 2016.

This event, Farming and County Life 1916-2016, seeks to commemorate the Rising and to reflect on developments in farming and country life across Ireland over the last century.

The event will host a series of highly interactive villages that will explore all aspects of farming and country life in Ireland. The event will also chart the major developments in the first half of the 20th century.
Villages at the event next summer will include:

  • The 1916 Rising
  • Farm Family and Rural Life
  • The Land
  • Education and Co-operation
  • Mechanization of Farming
  • Livestock
  • Sporting and Cultural Life

Speaking during a launch of the event this week, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D., said: “The Farming and Country Life event will form an integral part of the official 1916 commemorations in Galway next year. It is important that, as a nation, we take time to reflect on how farming and rural life in Ireland has progressed. I was glad to meet some of the organisers earlier this week and wish them every success with this event.”

Director of Teagasc, Professor Gerry Boyle said: “We have chosen to host this major event at the historic site of Mellow’s Agricultural Campus in Athenry due to its close association with The Rising in County Galway. Liam Mellows, who was the leader of the Rising in Galway, as well as over 500 volunteers, camped at the Agricultural College farmyard during the Rising. We are delighted to be partnering with Galway County Council for the event.”

Pictured at the launch of the Farming and Country Life 1916-2016 were: An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD with Professor Gerry Boyle, Teagasc Director. Also pictured is Carmel Kelly, who was busy churning butter and Patricia Kirwan Doyle from the Connemara Heritage Network spinning wool on a Spinning Wheel courtesy of Leenane Sheep and Wool Centre. Farming and County Life 1916-2016, will seek to commemorate the 1916 Rising and reflect on developments in farming and country life across Ireland over the last century. The event will take place on Friday, 10 June and Saturday, 11 June 2016.