R N N NATIONAL RURAL NETWORK Award for Connemara Hill Lamb R N N NATIONAL RURAL NETWORK NATIONAL RURAL NETWORK Connemara Hill Lamb was one of the winners of the 2013 Irish Food Writers Guild Awards. Founded in 1999, Connemara Hill Lamb, which has around 100 farmer members, is dedicated to developing, marketing and promoting a unique lamb indigenous to the Connemara region which dates back to the 1800s. The award from the association representing Ireland’s influential food writers, which was presented in February, was in recognition of ‘the notable contribution to Irish food’ of Connemara Hill Lamb. It comes on top of another prestigious award, the Euro-toques Food Award, presented to Connemara lamb in 2009 by the Irish branch of the EU body representing leading chefs. Connemara Hill Lamb is one of just four Irish food products to be awarded the coveted EU Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status. Hill sheep farmer Martin Kinneavy, a director of Connemara Hill Lamb, said achieving PGI status, which was achieved in 2007, was the culmination of seven years painstaking work by the group. “It means that the name Connemara Hill Lamb is reserved exclusively for hill lamb born and reared within the designated area and is protected against imitation or exploitation,” said Martin. Continued on page 2 Continued on page 2 Newsletter Spring2013Issue15 In this issue... Baldwin’s Ice-Cream Still Going Strong 2 NRN Forum on Rural Finance 3 Organic Farmer Explores New Horizons 4 Cork Farmer’s Home Made Fruit Compotes 5 Study Shows Low Level of Women Farm Successors 6 Kilkenny Selects Town of Food 7 Anaerobic Digestion on Limerick Farm 8 Navigating the River Barrow 9 New Footfall Monitoring Service 9 Training for Jobs in Wind Energy 10 Buildings Converted to Therapy Centre 10 Creating Jobs for People with Autism 11 News Roundup 12 Martin Joe Kerrigan, a director of Connemara Hill Lamb which received an award at the 2013 Irish Food Writers Guild Awards.