Photo of the Week

Little Saoirse McGrath (20 months) makes her way to watch her uncle Liam play in Tipperary’s recent senior hurling final at Semple Stadium between Loughmore-Castleiney and Thurles Sarsfield. Can you guess which side she cheered for? \ Deirdre McGrath

Letter to the Editor

Hi Amii,

Many thanks for including Noah’s piece in Farmers Journal Junior. I would say all of Donegal has read the supplement!!!

He took it into the principal of his school and teacher and read the piece to the class, everyone was very impressed. Noah was delighted.

About 10 boys in Noah’s class are little farmers like himself and love everything to do with sheep, cattle, farming, machinery and land.

The future farmers of Ireland I imagine. They were all so impressed and there were lots of questions asked about Noah’s Dorset sheep and the difference in them and other better known sheep.

The principal and his class teacher were delighted the school got a mention and Noah’s piece was so informative and interesting. 

So, thank you for making his day and his week, probably his year. His 11th birthday is on Thursday (the 2 Dec).

Kind regards,

Margaret C.

Tweet of the Week

Chef Janine’s Tip

Turkey and ham are ordered from the butchers! Now you just need to make a brine for your turkey. Brining makes for a moist, succulent turkey – and once you try it, you won’t go back. I make a basic brown sugar brine by boiling 6l of water with the following ingredients: one bottle Irish apple juice, 2 sliced lemons, 1 small handful of fresh thyme and rosemary, 2 bay leaves, 1 tbsp whole peppercorns, 500g dark brown sugar and 300g salt. Once boiled and the sugar and salt have dissolved, let it cool before adding it to a large container or pot and then adding in the turkey. I brine for a good 24 hours before patting the turkey dry and coating in butter to roast.

Number of the Week

757 – The average cost, in euro, of monthly rent in the west of Ireland. Read more about moving to the west of Ireland for work with westernjobs.ie in our Agri Careers section, P26-27

Instagram Inspiration

We just love seeing local communities giving back at Christmas. Eagle-eyed readers will remember when we featured Franciska Acs of @consider_it_cakes in My Country Living in early October. Consider It Cakes, based in Mountmellick, Co Laois, saw an amazing amount of baked goods, sweets and crisps donated from their fabulous #laoisgroup for the @mountmellick_central_hub Christmas Appeal. All of these delicious goods will go to local elderly residents, local nursing home staff and other frontline workers in the area. It really does warm your heart to see such local effort and generosity.

Quote of the Week

From Ryan Dennis, our This American Barn columnist, on the Icelandic reindeer population:

In the late 1930s, Icelanders believed that the reindeer were entirely gone from the island, but after organising a search they found about 100 animals still remaining in the east of the country. Without intervention, the population rebounded to a size of approximately 6,000-7,000 today