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NORTH CLARE farmer Michael Da­voren has been pre­sented with the Paddy Fitzger­ald Memo­rial award for 2018 in recog­ni­tion of his life­time vol­un­tary ser­vice to farm­ing and his lo­cal com­mu­nity, writes Martin Ryan.

Michael, who farms in Kil­fenora, was in­stru­men­tal in the found­ing of Bur­ren LIFE to pro­vide an en­vi­ron­men­tal scheme to pro­tect one of the most sen­si­tive farm­ing ar­eas in the coun­try.

Bur­ren LIFE suc­ceeded in get­ting a dero­ga­tion al­low­ing the age-old prac­tices of Bur­ren win­ter­age farm­ing to con­tinue.

This brought Teas­gasc and NPWS and Bur­ren farm­ers to­gether as equal part­ners, some­thing that had never hap­pened be­fore, to ap­ply for life fund­ing from the EU to come up with an in­no­va­tive way to man­age the environment through farm­ing.

Michael is also heav­ily in­volved in his lo­cal GAA club, spear­head­ing a project in the late ’70s to mark the cen­te­nary of the GAA in 1884 in hon­our of founder Michael Cu­sack, who was from the same par­ish.

The award, spon­sored by FBD and IFA, com­mem­o­rates the late Paddy Fitzger­ald who was Mun­ster vice pres­i­dent of IFA, a founder mem­ber of FBD 50 years ago, vice-chair­man of Cork Marts and a board mem­ber of Golden Vale Marts.

Pic­tured at the award pre­sen­ta­tion were: Michael Da­voren and his wife Eliz­a­beth; Fiona Mul­doon, CEO, FBD In­sur­ance; Joe Healy, IFA pres­i­dent and EU Com­mis­sioner for Agri­cul­ture, Phil Ho­gan.

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