Most am­bi­tious and ex­pan­sive pro­gramme yet

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - CLUB NEWS -

THE pro­gramme for the 2018 Lis­towel Food Fair is the most am­bi­tious and ex­pan­sive since it was es­tab­lished in 1995. The com­mit­tee is de­lighted that one of the most suc­cess­ful en­trepreneurs in this coun­try, Co­lette Twomey, will open the Food Fair and be one of our key­note speak­ers at the sem­i­nar on Fri­day. Col­lette has de­vel­oped one of best known brands in food in Ire­land, Clon­akilty Black Pud­ding, and now em­ploys over 50 peo­ple.

Two of our most pop­u­lar TV pre­sen­ters of cook­ery shows , Si­mon De­laney and Lizzy Lyons, will per­form the cook­ing demon­stra­tion on the open­ing night. They will be joined by Billy Keane at the celebrity chefs ta­ble. The busi­ness sem­i­nar on Fri­day will ex­am­ine the role of tech­nol­ogy in food pro­duc­tion and in­no­va­tion. The speak­ers will in­clude Col­lette Twomey, Noelle Watts and Noel Carr all ac­knowl­edged ex­perts in this area. They will be joined by pan­el­lists John O Con­nor, Pres­tigue Foods and Cal Flynn, Kerry Group. The sem­i­nar is one of the high­lights of the pro­gramme.

On Fri­day evening one of Ire­lands great­est ath­letes, Cathe­rina McKier­nan, will give a prac­ti­cal sem­i­nar on cor­rect run­ning tech­nique in the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. She will be joined by Aoife Han­non who will give a prac­ti­cal class on Pi­lates for run­ners. As run­ning has be­come very pop­u­lar in Lis­towel and the sur­round­ing area this event is at­tract­ing huge in­ter­est. Cathe­rina is also go­ing to try to do a per­sonal best in the Parkrun in the Town Park Satur­day morn­ing. Over the years some of the lead­ing Med­i­cal ex­perts in Ire­land have spo­ken at our Health Sem­i­nar.

This year the com­mit­tee de­cided to fo­cus on Breast Can­cer. One in nine women will de­velop breast can­cer in the course of their life­time and 680 women die an­nu­ally from the dis­ease. The speak­ers will dis­cuss the im­por­tance of early screen­ing, pre­ven­tion and aware­ness. Michael Creed, Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture, Food and the Marine will open the Agri­cul­tural Sem­i­nar on Mon­day evening. He will out­line the shape of the next CAP agree­ment and the chal­lenge for Ir­ish Agri­cul­ture af­ter Brexit.

Kieran Fur­long of Fin­is­tere Ire­land will give a very im­por­tant pre­sen­ta­tion on AgTech. AgTech is go­ing to play a sig­nif­i­cant role in en­sur­ing the sus­tain­abil­ity of our food sup­ply and en­vi­ron­ment in the fu­ture.

Our abil­ity to un­der­stand what is go­ing on in an an­i­mal, a plant or the soil is far more ad­vanced to­day than it was 20 years ago and this is lead­ing to a wealth of in­no­va­tion in crop pro­tec­tion, soil fer­til­ity and an­i­mal health. Dairy master is now recog­nised as one of the lead­ers in the AgTech rev­o­lu­tion in Ire­land. Other speak­ers will in­clude Dr. Robert Pren­dev­ille, Dr. Mor­gan Sheehy, Eoin McCarthy, Mau­rice Costello, David Trant and Pres­i­dent of the Ir­ish Bee­keep­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, Paul OBrien. Paul will deal with the vi­tal role that bees play in food pro­duc­tion. Over­all there is some­thing in this years pro­gramme for all age and in­ter­est groups.

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