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Fruit

Even though Christmas has come and gone, the festivities can continue with the celebrations for New Year's Eve. It's a time to indulge, before the January health guilt kicks in, writes Neven Maguire
By Neven Maguire on 28 December 2017
Soapwort is an interesting plant in many ways and could be used more widely in country gardens, writes Gerry Daly
By Gerry Daly on 24 August 2017
A busy time for the women of the house as it's time to make jam with all the fruit coming in
By Contributor on 03 August 2017
Potential for farmers to test freshness of fruit before it leaves their farm
Researchers have confirmed that a coated piece of fabric developed at Florida International University can detect the freshness of oranges.
By William Conlon on 16 June 2017
Lorcan Allen chats to Follain's Mairin O’Lionaird to discuss the challenges in growing a fruit business in Ireland.
By Eoin Lowry on 06 April 2017
With national strawberry week just around the corner, Kantar has released figures showing that the retail volume of strawberry sales increased by 19% over the last year.
By Odile Evans on 02 June 2016
David Wright reports from a meeting held at Greenmount last week, which looked at the potential benefits of farmers coming together into producer organisations.
By David Wright on 12 May 2016
Irish schools to receive over €1m funding for fruit and veg
Ireland will receive €1,309,313 in the latest funding round from the EU's school fruit and vegetables scheme, providing school-going children with daily portions of fruit and veg.
By Áine Hennessy on 08 April 2016
Growing fruit of some kind is possible and takes relatively little effort, writes Gerry Daly.
By Gerry Daly on 10 December 2015
As children, picking blackberries was one of those great family outings, writes Neven Maguire.
By Neven Maguire on 03 September 2015
Deutzia is a wonderful shrub for mixed planting and it has been in flower in recent weeks.
By Gerry Daly on 30 July 2015
With the great weather this week, why not go outside and enjoy these summer treats.
By Neven Maguire on 18 June 2015
Irish Farmers Journal weekly podcast: new beef scheme and blackcurrant rebirth
Listen to our livestock specialists go throuh the details of the Beef Data and Genomics Scheme and hear from Animal Health Ireland as well as Matt Dempsey, who edited the IFA's 60th anniversary book.
By Thomas Hubert on 29 April 2015
European Commission approves €500,000 funding for Bord Bia
The EC has approved €500,000 EU funding for Bord Bia for the next three years. This sum will make up a total spend of €1m by Bord Bia on the promotion of fresh fruit and vegetables until 2018.
By Amy Nora Fitzgibbon on 21 April 2015
Seemingly flimsy, the Mexican daisy is as tough as they come, an easily grown flower that is perfect for a country garden, writes Gerry Daly.
By Gerry Daly on 29 January 2015
In recent years, there has been an increased interest in growing banana plants for their spectacularly large foliage, writes Gerry Daly.
By Gerry Daly on 11 December 2014
€4.2m investment scheme for development of fruit and veg sector launched
Support for the “Scheme of Investment Aid for the Development of the Commercial Horticulture Sector” was maintained in the recent Budget with €4.2 million allocated to the Scheme for 2015.
By Maura Fay on 03 December 2014
Not only has Caroline Keeling steered her family’s fruit company to a turnover of €300 million; she’s played polo for Ireland, is learning Mandarin and packs a punch as well, writes Maria Moynihan.
By Maria Moynihan on 27 November 2014
Wild spindle trees are looking wonderful these days as they are carrying a bumper crop of bright crimson fruits, writes Gerry Daly.
By Rosie McCormack on 23 October 2014
Farmers from Polan protested in Brussels this week to highlight their anger with the EU Commission response to the fallout from the Russian food import ban.
By Pat O'Keeffe on 28 August 2014
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