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Loy Association of Ireland | Deirdre O’ Mahony Collaborators


The Loy Association of Ireland was founded in 1992 and continues to maintain and teach the skills of using a Loy with the aim to: 

  • Foster the tradition of using the loy to turn the sod.
  • Let people know the sort of spade that was used before the introduction of the factory spade in 1750.
  • Show young people and future generations how food was produced in the past.
  • Hold competitions in Loy digging to demonstrate the skill involved in this ancient art.
  • Popularise Loy digging across the 32 Counties of Ireland.

The Night Orchard | Food 








The Night Orchard is a small social enterprise run by three families of five nationalities based in a small rural village in Co. Tipperary. Taking inspiration from their individual countries' best practices, the aim of The Night Orchard is to become a model enterprise for rural regeneration based on local environmental responsibility. And the development of economic resilience models and the empowerment of young people through non-formal learning. The company operates as a worker cooperative in a family environment, practising and promoting a homesteading and eco-centric lifestyle and believing in a whole systems approach for working and living.


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