Episode 2 Luí na Talún


Episode 2

Presenters Máire Bhreathnach and Jarlath Burns highlight important rural and environmental stories right across the country.


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-What are you up to?

-Well, we're just...

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Here they are, the live eels.

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-They are indeed and the tools of the trade.

-I'm getting a job as well!

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-You can have a job here.

-What am I doing now?

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We're looking for the undersize ones, the very small ones,

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as part of our conservation measures to return the small ones

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back to the lough, give them an opportunity to grow a bit bigger.

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I don't know how good I am at this job.

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Well, if you can push them forward to me, I'll try and do the rest.

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I'll leave the big job to you.

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-So, er, Pat, you just got awarded PGI status recently.

-Yes.

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What exactly does that mean for you?

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The PGI status, as you'll understand, is related,

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not only to the product that we are producing,

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it recognises the quality of that product.

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It also recognises the geographical origin of it

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and equally the traditions involved.

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A year now you've got the PGI status,

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has it made much of a difference?

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To be perfectly honest, there's no discernible advantage to us, however,

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going forward, we can see there are certain advantages to be had from it.

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Nowadays, with consumers being more discerning about the foodstuffs,

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they're very much interested in the origin of the foodstuffs,

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in this case the eels,

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and we can see that the PGI status

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would be a very useful tool in marketing.

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-They're not very attractive, though.

-They're not particularly attractive,

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but I'm very impressed to see you getting involved the way you are.

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-Do you think, will I get a job here?

-It's possible.

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So, Aquinas, we're in the actual shed where you

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-had your accident, tell me exactly what happened here.

-Well, we were...

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It was about three o'clock in the evening, half two,

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three o'clock and we decided to pump this tank of slurry...

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It was overflowing and me and the neighbour

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put the tractor in here to the hole...

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and this house used to be divided in two, so it did,

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and there was a gate across there so I stood there

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and we started pumping the slurry

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and the neighbour was pumping and after about five or ten minutes

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and the next thing I turned round

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and I've seen that cattle starting to fall on the other side of the shed,

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so naturally I shouted at him,

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"Jonathan, will you stop? Turn the tractor off quick!"

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I opened up the gate down here... I seen the cattle all falling,

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so naturally I ran down over the top of the cattle and opened the gate

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to get them out but there was an awful smell of gas,

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so I couldn't breathe, so I ran outside and I was maybe outside for

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a minute, I got my breath back and ran back in again in a whole panic.

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Not a good idea.

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Not a good idea, but when you feed these cattle so long,

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I think as much of my cattle as I do

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of anybody else, you know I mean? I like my cattle, you know.

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So, the next thing I remember, well, I don't remember,

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but Jonathan, he pulled me out of the house there

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and then my son came running round the yard

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cos John was shouting and roaring

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and the two of them pulled me up and pulled me outside there.

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I have to be very, very lucky

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for what happened to so many people since that,

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there's so many people have died in slurry since that

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and I was one of the lucky ones.

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