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Ploughing on with Agri Aware

European Commissioner Phil Hogan with Deirdre O'Shea, Agri Aware's Executive Director and Agri Aware's Chairman, Richard Moeran in the Big Red Shed on Day 3

Agri Aware teamed up with University College Dublin School of Agriculture and Food Science at this years National Ploughing Championships, September 19th, 20th and 21st in Screggan, Co. Offaly. The weather didn't deter crowds with a record breaking 291,500 people in attendence over the three days!

GAA stars Sean Mullooly, John Heslin, Shane Fives and Niamh Bambrick, with MC Marty Morrissey, Agri Aware's Executive Director Deirdre O'Shea and Chairman Richard Moeran

Day 1, we had “From pitch to plate” panel with MC Marty Morrissey and GAA stars Sean Mullooly, John Heslin, Shane Fives and Niamh Bambrick. They chatted about their experiences in agriculture and how they balance GAA and farming. Sharon Hearne-Smith kept us fed with her cookery demonstrations.
Dr. Amalia Scannell of UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science talked Sensory Analysis with her behind the Bread workshop.

Sharon Hearne-Smith cooking up her beetroot soup with the help of Agri Aware's Chairman Richard Moeran

Broadcaster Damien O'Reilly, Derrie Dillon, ASA President-Macra na Feirme, Linda O'Mahony, Farmers Journal, Dr Edmond Harty, Dairymaster and Maxine Hyde, Ballymaloe Foods

Day 2, we had our “Looking to the leaders” Agri business panel with Damien O’Reilly MCing and ASA President Derrie Dillon, Dairymaster CEO, Dr. Edmond Harty, Linda O'Mahony, Irish Farmers Journal and Maxine Hyde, Ballymaloe Foods. Edward Hayden was in cooking up a storm and keeping us warm with his soup, followed by Dr. Amalia Scannell of UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science talked Sensory Analysis.

Edward Hayden, MEP Mairead McGuiness and Agri Aware's Executive Director, Deirdre O'Shea

Minister Michael Creed popped in to help out with the clean up of the stand.

Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed with Agri Aware's Executive Director, Deirdre O'Shea

Matt O'Keeffe, Irish Farmers Monthly, Joe Burke, Bord Bia, Gaye Godkin, Nutritionist. and Agri Aware's Chairman, Richard Moeran

Day 3, started off with our "Food Facts to beat the fads” panel with MC Matt O'Keeffe , Irish Farmers Monthly, Joe Burke, Bord Bia, Gaye Godkin, Nutritionist and Agri Aware's Chairman, Richard Moeran.
Sharon Hearne-Smith was back with us again for the final day of Ploughing making her delicious no bake beetroot soup again. Dr. Amalia Scannell closed the show with her final sensory analysis workshop of the Ploughing.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar being reminded by Richard Moeran, Chairman of Agri Aware of their time together in 'The Old Hack' in Brussels , as they share funny stories with Executive Director Deirdre O'Shea

We had a great time at the 2017 National Ploughing Championships and we hope to see you again next year same time, same place!

Aoife Newman, Cliodhna Breen, Lucy O'Neill, and Katie O'Grady during the National Ploughing Championships