The sun shone on the fields of Bartlemy as Leo Varadkar and his team arrived at John Arnold’s farm to get a glimpse of the great biodiversity measures being introduced on farm as part of the Bride Valley project which is spearheaded by Donal Sheehan.
The Taoiseach was guided through the Arnold’s fields to an Ash plantation where John Arnold explained the various stages of hurley making from the natural ash tree.
He also spoke about the importance of the trees as habitats and as CO2 converters.
Members of Rathcormac Community Council came to the farm to greet the Taoiseach and asked for his support for the major development plan which is already underway.
Many Fine Gael supporters turned out to welcome Mr Varadkar to the locality and he was given various gifts before he departed including local honey.
Pa O’Driscoll also brought An Taoiseach to Badger and Dodo coffee roasters in Clondulane before the visit to the Arnold’s farm.
See The Avondhu next week for full coverage of the event.