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Most Recent ISSA News

Michael D. Higgins visits our new Seed Bank

President Higgins gave a wonderful speech at the official opening of Irish Seed Savers Association's new, Leader funded, Seed Bank. This is a very important facility for Irish Seed Savers. It is also a very important facility for Ireland, in terms of conservation, biodiversity and indeed food security. First part Second part ...

Ireland’s Future: A people’s forum

‘Awaken Ireland’, a voluntary group of concerned people based in Cork, is hosting a retreat weekend forum for individuals and groups nationwide, to explore the following question... What is the best way forward for Ireland? And how can we make it happen? We have arranged this forum for concerned people and activists from all over Ireland, young and old, from a range of different ...

Another World Is Possible

Galway One World Centre (GOWC) and the Irish Seed Savers Association (ISSA) present Another World Is Possible, a day of reflection on power, seeds and change, a day of engaging debate, fine music and local food at the Irish Seed Savers Association in Scariff, Co Clare on Saturday Dec 3rd. This free event runs ...

Grow-It-Yourself (GIY)East Clare is launching on

Tuesday, 25th October @ 7pm. Community Co-op, Main Street, Scariff. What's GIY again? GIY stands for Grow it Yourself - we are a charity with the aim of inspiring people to grow their own food (again) and we meet in local groups to share our experience, our successes (and failures) in the garden and to learn more together with expert speakers visiting ...

Launch of no2gm

A new organisation, no2gm, dedicated to maintaining Ireland’s GM Free status is being launched on Sunday, 16th October 2011 at Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Food Market in The People’s Park, Dún Laoghaire. Please visit their site at


Date for your DiaryPRESS CONFERENCEMonday, 21st February 2011Buswells Hotel, Georgian Suite, starts at 2.00pmParticipantsLeading people from the Irish food sector have been invited,and the following have confirmed so far:Eddie Punch/Gillian Westbrook - General Secretary, Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers AssociationAnita Hayes – Founder, Irish Seed Savers AssociationJohn Brennan – Chairperson, Western Organic Network, Greenbox and ...

In Memoriam: Dr. Keith Lamb, 1919 – 2011

We are very sorry to report the passing of Dr. Keith Lamb, who was instrumental in saving many of the apple varieties that we now preserve and propagate at Irish Seed Savers. In the 1940s, Dr Lamb recognised a pattern of destruction in both commercial orchards and private orchards, so he set out to identify, ...

The Hidden Costs of Factory Farming

The Hidden Costs of Factory FarmingPig Business : Time for ChangeScreening and DebateEuropean Parliament, Brussels,9 February, 2011As I am sure you are aware, changes to the Common Agricultural Policy are currently being debated. Your help is urgently needed to ensure that the decisions taken in the coming months will shift our food and farming economy ...

April 2011: Herb-Therapy will be prohibited….but I have a Dream…..

By Giuseppe Nacci, M.D.The Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) is presented asa service to European citizens and as simple to apply.SEE : Directive 2004/24/EC of the European Parlament and of the Council of31 March 2004(, close examination of its methods in practice demonstrates that thereality will be an egregious abridgement of the rights of ...

New website-My Burren Flowers

Eric Flynn has recently  uploaded this new website. He is an upcoming new photographer who has made some beautiful postcards and notelets of the huge variety of Burren Flowers unique to County Clare and indeed Ireland. Visit his site

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