Picture of the Week

When Barry Wallace popped the question to Olivia Carroll on 13 February on their dairy farm in Roscrea, Co Tipperary, he got a little help from a calf!

Olivia tells us more: “My partner Barry proposed to me on my birthday using our 10-week-old baby George’s calf. My son Robert loves the Irish Farmers Journal and would love his photo to be featured in the paper and I think my partner put in a lot of thought for such a busy time of year!”

While wedding plans are still in the early stages, Olivia assures us there will be a farm theme! Congratulations!

Money Mentor Tip

The AIB subsidiary, Haven, has cut its interest rate on its new green four-year fixed mortgage rate by 0.15% to 2% – the most competitive green mortgage rate in the market. To avail of this rate, homeowners must have a building energy rating of B3 or higher, regardless of their loan to value (LTV) ratio. LTV means the value of your home in relation to the mortgage on the property, declared as a percentage.

For example, if you had a €300,000 mortgage over 25 years on Haven’s standard rate of 3.15%, if you switched to the green four-year fixed rate of 2%, you would have a reduction of €174 on your monthly repayments.

Haven is also reducing its standard three year fixed mortgage rate by 0.2% to 2.35%.

Rural Rhymes

Fertility

Summer ends, hay is baled

Communities gather for the harvest

Wind zephyrs, breezes whirl

And the lovers Wurlitzer with the wind

Apples ripen, rosey red and picked

Gathered, crushed and juiced

Bottled, chilled and served to the dry mouthed

Feet are tapping as the Wurlitzer spirits with the wind

Long ago the ancient folk use to say

To raise a seed to sunlight

The wind needs to raise the fertility lovers

Who hug, kiss and caress While they Wurlitzer on the wind

– Thomas Macmahon

Instagram Inspiration

Doesn’t this Insta post just make you smile?

It was a big week for Irish restaurants last week as they awaited the announcement of the Michelin stars and Andy McFadden and the team in @gloversalley in St Stephen’s Green had plenty to celebrate as they got promoted to one star along with Bastible on Clanbrassil Street.

There were even more celebrations across the city in Chapter One.

The iconic Dublin restaurant which got a new lease of life last year under Finnish born chef Mickael Viljanen received two stars along with Damien Grey of Liath in Blackrock.

We still wait in hope for a three-star Michelin restaurant in Ireland and we thought it might be the year for Aimsir in Kildare, but Jordan Bailey continues to do great things and we remain hopeful.

Tweet of the Week

Number of the Week

27 – The percentage of people who believe they are getting good value for money when it comes to health insurance according to a survey carried out by the Health Insurance Authority.

Read more on Healthbytes.

Quote of the Week

From Flavian Obiero, a farmers based in England, on his first trip to the UK from Kenya:

I’d been to England before, in 1998 with Mum to visit Dad, who was completing an MSc in tropical medicine in London. Everything fascinated me, from escalators to Big Ben and London Aquarium. I remember I had to stand in front of my class in Kilimo primary school to narrate my first experience on a plane to a foreign country