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The Left Wing: Champions Cup preview, the World Cup hangover and Joe Schmidt's next team

On this week's episode of The Left Wing, Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald are joined by Cian Tracey and Ruaidhri O'Connor to preview the new season of the Champions Cup.

Luke and Will welcome Cian and Ruaidhri back into the studio after their time covering the World Cup in Japan, and ...

2019-11-12 22:49 open_in_new
'Conventional farming wasn't paying the bills - then my eyes were opened to organic'

This is not something new, and it was a topic discussed in depth during the Bio Farm 2019 conference in Portlaoise last week.

"It's a no-brainer - organic farming - yet there is still such a small uptake in farmers converting to organics here in Ireland," Mark adds. "I don't understand ...

2019-11-12 19:40 open_in_new
'Beef exports to China must deliver a return for farmers'

The demand is said to be boosting prices, business and profits for European and South American meat-packers as it re-shapes global markets for pork, beef and chicken.

Rabobank estimates that China's pig herd, the world's largest, fell by 50pc in the first eight months of 2019.

IFA ...

2019-11-12 04:58 open_in_new
RTE's Ella McSweeney branded ‘farmer basher’ on Twitter following comments on the quality Irish food

The Ear to the Ground presenter stated in a tweet that Ireland is “effective at exporting beef and dairy (altho at e’mental cost); very poor at producing healthy, affordable variety of Irish foods for domestic market”.

Irish farmers replied in outrage to the presenter’s tweet with ...

2019-11-11 19:31 open_in_new
New hope in fight against killer fungus hitting hurley ash trees

Scientists have discovered that a tiny proportion of the native tree in Ireland are largely unaffected by the killer fungus which has wiped out millions of the tree used to make the nation's hurleys.

It is estimated that around 750,000 hurleys are produced every year in Ireland with about ...

2019-11-10 10:58 open_in_new
Jim O'Brien: 'The man or woman with the 'dusty nose' can be found at the wheel of a John Deere'

Not any more: things have changed a lot in the recreational drug scene. The man or woman with the 'dusty nose' can be found at the wheel of a John Deere, setting on the benches at the mart, driving the mud-caked people carrier to the local school or speeding along lonely rural roads in a ...

2019-11-10 10:58 open_in_new
How marking your property can slash rural crime rates

According to James O'Neill, of Property Marking Ireland, these light, easy to steal and easy to re-sell items are costing farmers thousands every year.

However, a simple new community-led crime prevention initiative, which has been introduced in Ireland, could help stem the rate of thefts ...

2019-11-09 10:49 open_in_new
Darragh McCullough: 'I remember muttering a promise to my dying grandad that I would keep the farm going'

However, nothing was going to plan with a late crop of seed that struggled to reach maturity playing havoc with a harvester as it got bogged down in wet conditions that were worsened by the small forest of weeds that had multiplied even as the growing came to an end.

I was stationed on the ...

2019-11-08 19:04 open_in_new
'I wouldn't think that there's an asterisk beside Saracens' trophies'

It may have been Saracens' expensively, and what’s been decreed, illegitimately assembled squad that denied his team a fifth European crown last May but Leinster's Fergus McFadden doesn’t believe that the English side’s financial transgressions are enough to leave as asterisk beside their ...

2019-11-08 14:52 open_in_new
Richard Hackett: Potato growers' reliance on one variety is coming home to roost with a vengeance

It has been a stressful drag on most growers.

At this point of the season, a lot of land won't now be sown until the spring.

Some land is sown in very poor conditions, most land sown is in a state classed as 'just about OK' and some land was sown in lovely conditions.

2019-11-07 19:58 open_in_new
'Going from Ireland back into your province is quite difficult. It can upset your rhythm'

As the Rugby World Cup drifts into the horizon for another four years, the reintegration of the Irish squad back into their provinces will take another step in this weekend’s PRO14.

With the clash of Connacht and Leinster on Friday in the Showgrounds followed by Munster and Ulster on ...

2019-11-06 18:46 open_in_new
Sport The Left Wing

Former England centre Ben Te’o joined Luke Fitzgerald, Fergus McFadden and Will Slattery on this week’s Left Wing podcast as they looked back on England’s World Cup final defeat.

"In camp, every day, for four years, Eddie used to say 'We’re going to win the World Cup'," Te’o ...

2019-11-05 23:52 open_in_new
Huge east/west divide emerges in beef support fund payouts

The beef support package, announced to much fanfare by the Government before the local and European elections, has also been massively under-subscribed.

2019-11-05 10:13 open_in_new
Sheep farmer has guns taken off him after he fired shots to warn off a dog

A SHEEP farmer whose guns were taken off him after he fired shots to warn off a dog on his lands now sleeps with a dagger on his belt in fear of rural crime gangs.

But Andy 'The Bull' McSharry said this week he won't "be made a boy of" in the District Court by gardai or "lick anyone's ...

2019-11-03 15:10 open_in_new
Pictures: Billionaire Comer buys €7m Meath stud farm

The Galway-born businessman - who divides his time between Monaco, Ireland, London, Germany and Athens - declined to elaborate on what he paid for the property.

2019-11-03 13:04 open_in_new
The Left Wing - RWC Daily: Springboks blow the Chariot to smithereens in ruthless final performance

It's all over and South Africa are the world champions after a sensational final performance in Yokohama.

Ruaidhri O'Connor and Jonathan Bradley were there to witness a forward masterclass from Rassie Erasmus' men.

2019-11-02 19:13 open_in_new
Farmer jailed for three years for role in ‘large sale’ cannabis farm

John Caulfield, 61, of Kilknocking, Adare, Co Limerick had pleaded guilty to a number of charges relating to a detection by members of the Limerick divisional drugs unit on January 25, 2017.

2019-11-01 18:01 open_in_new
Limerick farmer left in pool of blood after attack by trespasser

Tom O’Donnell, aged 60, was moving his cows across a public road on the outskirts of Kilmallock when he was punched and knocked unconscious.

2019-11-01 14:52 open_in_new
The Left Wing - RWC Daily: Why Maro Itoje was shunned for top award and we pick the Team of the Tournament

The Big One. It's finally here. No, not the third/fourth place play-off, but tomorrow's Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama.

In their penultimate podcast from Japan, Ruaidhri O'Connor and Jonathan Bradley assess England and South Africa's strengths and weaknesses, assess whether Eddie ...

2019-11-01 12:46 open_in_new
'Biggest threat to raising of pigs we've ever seen' - Quarter of all pigs could die of swine fever, scientists warn

A sharp reduction in the world's pig population would lead to possible food shortages and high pork prices, and might also cause shortfalls in the many products made from pigs, such as the blood-thinner heparin used in humans, said Mark Schipp, the organisation's president.

2019-11-01 08:34 open_in_new
'I thought dropping O'Driscoll was really brave' - Luke Fitzgerald pays tribute to Warren Gatland on Welsh exit

When Warren Gatland says goodbye to northern hemisphere rugby after tomorrow’s 3rd place match against New Zealand, it’s probably fair to say that there won’t be too many tears shed on Irish shores.

Although the Wales coach began his coaching career with Galwegians and also ...

2019-10-31 17:52 open_in_new