Olympic Training Tips Shared At National Dairy Council

- Finalists Announced for NDC Quality Milk Awards -

Derval O'Rourke (R), pictured with Zoë Kavanagh, CEO of the NDC at the National Ploughing Championships, 2011.

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Tuesday 20th September 2011: Leading Irish sports heroes are at the National Dairy Council stand each day of this years National Ploughing Championships. They will share their top tips for training and talk about the role diet can play to help people of all ages, and all levels, interested in sport or keeping fit.

Champion athlete Derval O’Rourke will meet members of the public at the NDC stand today from 11.00am – 3.00pm.

Twice during the day, at 11.30am and 1.45pm, there is the chance to hear Derval in a live discussion on the NDC stand with Dr. Catherine Logan, Nutrition Manager at the NDC, about Derval’s preparations for the 2012 Olympic Games and top tips. The discussions will finish with a few fun basketball hoops in aid of Focus Ireland.

The NDC interest is fuelled by the growing body of scientific research showing that milk can play a very positive role in sports nutrition. Specific areas of focus include hydration and muscle recovery, and the beneficial role of milk in these areas has been attributed to the natural nutritional composition of milk.

At the ploughing on Wednesday (21st September) members of the public can meet hurling greats Michael Fennelly (Kilkenny’s All-Ireland winning team) & Pádraic Maher (Tipperary & All-Ireland Finalist) between 11.00am-3.00pm.

Short-Listed Finalists Announced for “Sam Maguire” of Farming

The National Dairy Council has announced that 11 dairy farmers have been short-listed by judges as national finalists for this years NDC Quality Milk Awards. The national award programme, described as the ‘Sam Maguire of Farming', sets out to identify our top dairy farmer. This years results will be announced on 11th October, 2011.

The 11 dairy farmers short-listed for the 2011 NDC Quality Milk Awards are:

· Tommy Culloty, Currovough, Tralee, Co Kerry, nominated by Lee Strand Co-op

· Michael Cully, Carrowreagh, Tubbercurry, Co Sligo, nominated by Connacht Gold Co-op

· Michael Enright, c/o En Farm, Ballynorth, Askeaton, Co Limerick, nominated by Kerry Agribusiness

· Michael Gowing, Kilminchy, Portlaoise, Co Laois, nominated by Glanbia

· Daragh Kennedy, Farm Manager, Lisavaird Farms, Kippagh, Dunmanway, Co Cork, nominated by Lisavaird Co-op

· Charles McCandless, Lisnacara, Culduff, Co. Donegal, nominated by Donegal Creameries

· Donal McCarthy, Bishopland, Drimoleague, Co Cork, nominated by Drinagh Co-op

· Vanessa O’Connor, Russell Hill, Upton, Co Cork, nominated by Bandon Co-op

· John O’Keeffe, Court-na-Boola, Callan, Co Kilkenny, nominated by Callan Co-op

· Norman Tutill, Brookfield, Burleigh, Bandon, Co Cork, nominated by Barryroe Co-op

· Paschal Walsh, Ardbash House, Edenderry, Co Offaly, nominated by Virginia (Glanbia)

The judging panel – Professor Paddy Wall, Associate Professor of Public Health at UCD; Dr David Gleeson, Milk Quality Research, Teagasc; and Dr. Jack Kennedy, Dairy Editor, Irish Farmers Journal - will combine detailed technical data with an inspection of the farm in order to select the overall national winner, with results due to be announced in October, 2011.

The overall winning farmer will receive a prize of €5,000 and the National Dairy Council Quality Milk Awards perpetual trophy.

Ploughing - All Three Days

Throughout the Ploughing festival, a selection of basketball giants will be at the NDC stand every day to help visitors try their shot at Hoops and talk about their experiences, with daily spot prizes.

The NDC interactive ‘Photo Booth’ returns by popular demand, where you can enter a free competition for the best “Cheesy Smile” with a chance to win a Digital camera each day of the Ploughing. The NDC Butter Queen will give you a taste of the delicious flavour of cooking with Irish butter, with her short-bread biscuits.

Of course if you have general questions about the role of milk and dairy as part your family’s diet or the health benefits associated with milk, then don’t miss the NDC stand, where you can talk with the experts - – The Experts in Dairy. Naturally.

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Editorial Footnote: Derval O’Rourke

Derval O ‘Rourke is from Leevale Athletic Club, won Gold at the 2006 World Indoor Championships in Moscow; has won silver medals for Ireland at the European Track & Field Championships in Gothenburg in 2006 and again in Barcelona in 2010. She won bronze at the World University Games in Turkey (2005) and the European Indoor Championships in Turin (2009); and has represented Ireland in the World Athletics Championships in Berlin (2009) taking 4th place.

Derval, who works with Coaches Sean Cahill and Terri Horgan, is an Irish Record Holder for Senior 100m Hurdles Outdoor, Senior 60m Hurdles Indoor, Senior 50m Hurdles Indoor, U-23 100m Hurdles Outdoor; and U-23 60m Hurdles Indoor. She also holds a BA in Sociology and Geography, HDip in Business Studies and MSC in Sociology of Sport and Exercise.

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