James Hegarty

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Farmer John Coughlan pictured on his farm in Buttevant, Co. Cork. He needs 550 kgs of meal (over half a tonne) extra per day since mid-June to feed his animals due the grass shortage.Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

“We had a very long winter last year and with ground conditions were so wet, cows couldn’t graze so farmers were feeding silage much earlier and deple(...)

Friends and family wait to welcome home loved ones at Dublin Airport. A total of 27,400 Irish people came home in year to April 2017 according to the CSO. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

In the globalised world we live in today, migration flows are heavier than they have ever been. In Ireland, economic booms and busts have always had a(...)

Grain farmers in a protest organised by the IFA  at Foynes Port, Co Limerick, against the importation of dry barley grain. Photograph: Brian Gavin Press 22

James Hegarty, a 39-year-old barley grower from Whitechurch, Co Cork, has been a tillage farmer since he left school 20 years ago. Today, he is “at (...)