Duhallow Women in Agriculture

This group provides a unique opportunity for women involved in agriculture to come together to deal with many issues and challenges

The Duhallow Women in Agriculture Group was established in 2010. It was developed after a need for support to help deal with the challenges met by the farming communities was identified in the region. IRD Duhallow actively supports greater female participation, and is aware of the enormous role that women play in agriculture, which is often invisible to the general public. This group provides a unique opportunity for women involved in agriculture to come together to deal with many issues and challenges confronting farm families in Duhallow. Each year the Duhallow Women in Agriculture Group attend the National Women in Agriculture Conference.

In November 2014, twenty eight farming women from the Duhallow Region braved the elements at 5am to attend the “Women in Agriculture Conference” in County Meath. The focus throughout the Conference was Family Farming, topics discussed included: Farming in Ireland Through the Ages, Changing Roles in the Farm Family Household, Sibling Attachment to the Land, Land Ownership in Ireland. On the day Karl Henry from Operation Transformation provided some healthy eating tips, Margaret Farrelly of Clonarn Clover discussed and provided some useful tips on running a successful family business, MEP Marian Harkin spoke on her work in the European Parliament and Dairy farmer Con Murphy from Coachford spoke poignantly on his own personal battle with depression and how he has overcome some very difficult obstacles in his life.

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