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Students visit Teagasc Oak Park for Carlow Rooster Festival

The Carlow Rooster Festival commenced today, Friday, 5 October, with hundreds of school students from all over the country visiting the Teagasc Research, Advisory and Education centre in Oak Park to learn all about potatoes. Today, Friday is national potato day, and coincides with the first day of the three day Carlow Rooster Festival taking place around Carlow this weekend.

Students visit Teagasc Oak Park for Carlow Rooster Festival
Students Visit Teagasc Oak Park for Carlow Rooster Festival

Today, Friday is national potato day, and coincides with the first day of the three day Carlow Rooster Festival taking place around Carlow this weekend.

The Carlow Rooster Festival commenced today, Friday, 5 October, with hundreds of school students from all over the country visiting the Teagasc Research, Advisory and Education centre in Oak Park to learn all about potatoes. Today, Friday is national potato day, and coincides with the first day of the three day Carlow Rooster Festival taking place around Carlow this weekend.

Schools from counties Limerick, Laois, Meath, Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow, Kilkenny and Carlow have travelled to Oak Park to learn and see the exhibitions on potato breeding, potato production, farm machinery both modern and vintage, and farm safety. They will hear how the legendary Rooster potato variety was bred by retired Teagasc Potato Breeder Harry Keogh and how it has been successfully marketed by Irish Potato Marketing (IPM).

Bord Bia, have organised cooking demonstrations hosted by Aoife Ahearn and Padraig Óg Gallagher from the Boxty house in Temple Bar. The cookery demonstrations will provide the students with tasty and funs ways of cooking potatoes.

Vita, the Irish development partner, which works with communities in Africa to fight hunger and climate change, are also showcasing some of their projects and how the real-life application is proving to be transformative in the lives of participating farmers.

KCLR radio is broadcasting live from Oak Park today from 10 to 12 pm with Eimear Ni Bhraonain.

Free Family Open Day at Oak Park

Tomorrow Saturday, 6 October is a free family fun day at Teagasc Oak Park, taking place from 12.00 until 5.00pm. Activities will include:

  • Pick you own potatoes
  • National potato picking competition with heats starting at 2.00pm and the final at 4.00pm (€40 per team of 4 with €500 for the winners).
  • Guided tours of Oak Park house
  • Cooking demos by Edward Hayden and other local chefs.
  • Bouncy castles and face painting.
  • Children’s treasure hunt.

John Spink, Head of the Teagasc Crops, Environment and Land use programme, said: “We are really looking forward to everyone visiting Oak Park for the Rooster Festival on Saturday. It is a great opportunity for families to learn more about producing potatoes, picking them and tasty ways of cooking them.”

All proceeds raised on the Saturday will go to the charity Embrace FARM which remembers those who have lost their lives and have been injured and supports both the survivor of farm accidents and bereaved family members.

The Carlow Rooster Festival, 5th to 7th October, has been organised by County Carlow Chamber in partnership with Teagasc and Bord Bia, with the support of Carlow County Council, IPM Potato Group, and Peter Keogh and sons. A range of activities are taking place around the town and county providing fun, entertainment, education, competition and of course buckets of potatoes.

Further information on the festival can be found at www.lovecarlow.ie and on social media #RoosterFest2018