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Limerick aid agency delivers the milk of human kindness

first_imgLimerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA) are sending four Irish dairy cows to Rwanda through Limerick-based aid agency Bóthar to celebrate the International Year of Family Farming.According to President of ICMSA John Comer, his association wanted to mark their commitment to the idea of the family farm and underline ICMSA’s belief that the family farm plays a hugely constructive and cohesive social role in addition to its fundamental economic activity.“We wanted to make a gesture to symbolise what the year is about while, at the same time, make a real difference,” Mr Comer explained.“We understand the impact that Bóthar’s work has in the developing world and by sending four Irish dairy cows, one for every province in Ireland, we are taking action in the fight to end hunger and poverty,” he commented.Bóthar’s executive director Deirdre M Ryan said she was “encouraged” by the efforts of the ICMSA and hopes that other organisations will follow their example. Any farmer, she said, knows the value and impact a cow can have.“It is a food-and-income producing animal and in the developing world, cows are saving lives. Our Irish dairy cows produce 16 to 20 litres of milk per day, whereas in Rwanda, the local, indigenous cow will yield just one litre of milk per day.“After they have consumed what they need themselves in their family, our recipient farmers can sell leftover milk at their local market and earn a small income,” Ms Ryan explained.The Irish dairy cows will be sent to Rusizi in Western Rwanda where they will be gifted to impoverished families who are currently in training and making the necessary preparations to receive their animal.For further information or to send an Irish dairy cow to Rwanda phone 1850 82 99 99 or visit www.bothar.org. Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleMunster GAA Awards, Players and Manager of the Year AnnouncedNext articleRTE to Broadcast Live from Shannon Airport Christmas Racing Festival at Limerick Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin Facebook Printcenter_img Email NewsLocal NewsLimerick aid agency delivers the milk of human kindnessBy Alan Jacques – December 11, 2014 678 Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSBótharIrish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA)limerickRwanda WhatsApp Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Advertisementlast_img read more

Ridiculously cheap island on sale for half Brisbane’s median house price

first_imgWorthington Island has hit the market for $385,000 — one of the cheapest islands to hit the market in Australia.A 28-hectare island that’s just hit the market is one of the cheapest in Australia, priced at just six figures that come to only half the median house price in Brisbane.Remote but within a 30-minute boat ride to the nearest city, the island off the Queensland coast was described as a place where fishermen hide behind trees to bait lines so the fish don’t spook, where beehives are empty because the bees prefer the bush, and where you pick a crab off the beach for brekkie.The island, used for fishing and gardening by the seller, was listed for sale at $385,000 — and even that may be negotiable for cashed up-buyers ready for a quick transaction. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK How you can live like a millionaire for $20k The buildings were described as “rustic”. Parents hope $5 lottery gets kids into property market More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoThe seller indulged his love of gardening and fishing on the island but now lives on the mainland.“It only just came on the market,” he said. “It’s in the last 20 per cent or so of that lease and they will renew the lease for another 25 years.”He described it as a “fairly unique island”, located a 30 minute boat ride from Gladstone Harbour — “remote but fairly close to all facilities”.The fishing was so good, he said “you have to hide behind a tree to bait your hook for fish”.“Formerly it was a working farm, with mangoes and all sorts of trees. One tree there is Carambola, there were beehives, veges and other things. In the early days it was quite an active island when it came to fruit and vegetables.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Crabs can be picked from mangroves and beaches.Private Islands Australia agent Richard Vanhoff told The Courier-Mail that he’d never seen anything like it.“It’s easily the cheapest island I have ever seen,” he said. “The owner just wants to sell the island and move on. He’s had it for many, many years and he doesn’t visit the island all that often now. When he was a keen fishermen and gardener he used to but these days he rarely gets to it.”He said Worthington Island was leased from the Department of Natural Resources and Mines — with eight years left to run but a 25-year renewal could be sought.center_img A dream site for fishermen. The island covers 28 hectares big. MORE: House earns owner $200k a year Worthington Island had in the past been used for vegetable and fruit farming. Tropical mangrove habitat — perfect as a natural fish nursery and home for crabs.Among other islands on the market in Queensland right now were Temple Island — back on the market off the coast of Central Queensland for $1.5m — and Quoin Island, a freehold estate off Gladstone for $1.9m.According to Mr Vanhoff the buildings on Worthington were “rustic” including an old packing shed.“It’s ideal for family or a bunch of fishermen that love the outdoors,” he said. “There’s an abundance of crabs and fish. The current owner tells me he can live off the back door for a whole month just eating fish and crabs — and mangoes.”“The location is fairly remote, It can be accessed via the Port of Gladstone by a small boat. It used to have a jetty years ago when it was a commercial operation that allowed deepwater vessels to access the island — there’s only remnants of that remaining.” Rainwater keeps tanks filled and there’s also a well.Among income generation ideas, Mr Vanhoff said, were “orchids scattered all over the island”. “To resurrect the orchard would help generate an income, offsetting any costs”.As well, “the house has bee boxes but no bees, however the bees are on the island and have been seen, so it’s a matter of finding them and bringing them back home.”“The island is east facing so the beaches are a little rougher than usual but what we’ve done in the past (in the area) is imported the sand from Gladstone and created the beach within the bay, everything’s possible.”The island has a 240 volt generator, plus a 12 volt solar system as well as a rainwater system and a well created in the 1800s.“It hasn’t been used for a long time but on inspection it has fresh water still within. Most islands have an aquifer with ample fresh water.”last_img read more