dear richard corrigan and rte…



I really feel so angry with RTE over this…. and Richard Corrigan even after all you have done so far. This time you are Sir a bufoon.

I watched your programme last night where an axe [or a hatchet] was use to kill a chicken…. [chop off its head on a timber block] I also listened as I was told it had lived a happy life.

point 1: A chicken that has been ‘residing’ on your ‘farm’ reality tv show for [i guess] 6 [or 66 just in case] weeks [?] has not lived a life. It has got you tv media.

point 2: if a ‘battery farm’ you visited done that – you’d have held another press conference

point 3: sure as long as you get the media attention…… you can apologise after or pay karen to do another youtube video with you [no offence karen – even though you didn’t reply to my email aking if you were paid to do the video]

point 4: if that *is* [?] the way it is done….? not at 8.30pm, when I have my own chickens and my niece of 6 years old in my company. And this is still my head speaking.

point 5: watch the instructional video below. The humane way to kill a chicken…. [and re-read point no. 2]

If you would like to complain to RTE you can do so by emailing

I emailed RTE and have had no response to date. see update below

If one follows the UK regulations, DEFRA [click here] write that:

Killing or slaughter should be conducted without causing “any avoidable excitement, pain or suffering to any animal”. Anyone carrying out killing or slaughter, by means other than a free bullet, must ensure that the animal is restrained appropriately and is stunned before slaughter.

For the record – my hens [or search ‘chickens’ within the blog]

I have received Bord Bia’s  poultry products quality assured standards [duck, chicken, turkey] revision 1st May 2008 – [click here]. The points of note that I will quote are those with relevance to animal welfare.

What it doesn’t say is use the same axe [blood/ old feathers still attached]. But I wonder as a state broadcaster, should RTE have ensured the following even though not a commercial holding. In my opinion best practice should have been exemplary when being broadcast nationwide.

  • p.18/45 – processors that carry out slaughtering must have at least one formally trained Animal Welfare Officer responsible for ensuring that animal welfare standards are maintained.
  • p.20/45 –  processors must appoint a formally trained Animal Welfare Officer who will be responsible for ensuring the welfare of poultry from catching, through delivery to the member plant, to holding facility, hanging on and slaughter
  • p.21/45 – this page in its entirety
  • p.29/45 – wood structures…… not permitted in any food area
  • p. 30/45 – re: outdoors contamination
  • p.32/45 – knives and sterilisation & effluent treatment
  • p.33 & 34/45 – medical records [humans]/personal hygiene & condemned materials
  • p.36/ 45 – entirely

UPDATE:21st May 2009

Sent: Wed 20/05/2009 00:46
To: Complaints Review
Subject: richard corrigans killing
Dear Sirs
please find attached the link to my blog post – after I watched your show Corrigans City Farm.
You may contact me at any of the numbers below
Peter Donegan MI Hort
Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 9:25 PM
Subject: RE: richard corrigans killing
Dear Mr. Donegan,
I am in receipt of your e-mail.
Your comments about the content of ‘Corrigan’s City Farm’ will be included in our Audience Log of calls and e-mails which circulated for information to senior RTÉ programme management and is reviewed by the Editorial Board at its weekly meeting.Your e-mail has also been brought to the attention of the Commissioning Editor.
Kind regards.
Bernie Fitzpatrick – RTÉ Information Officer.
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2009 8:52 AM
Subject: Re: richard corrigans killing
A Chara Bernie,
Many thanks for your response, you must have been working very late last night.
It is very mch appreciated
UPDATE: 22nd may ’09
From: Mulryan Peter [ ]
To: info[at] doneganlandscaping [dot] com
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2009 10:29 AM
Subject: Richard Corrigan
Dear Mr Donegan,
Thank you very much for sending me a link to your very entertaining blog.
The DEFRA regulations you refer to, do not refer to chickens and do not apply in this country. Either way the DEFRA guideline for the killing of poultry reads as follows:
“Anyone killing or slaughtering an animal or bird on a farm must hold a slaughter license unless the animal is being killed by its owner for his private consumption.”

A similar situation applies in the Republic of Ireland and indeed we did have a licensed slaughter on site which had just been inspected by the city vet – although everyone who took part in the slaughter, killed did so for their own private consumption.
Thank you for also noting Bord Bia’s Quality Assured standards, but as you point out they don’t apply as we are not looking to be certified. However the industrial “best practice” you referred to was indeed broadcast on programme four when we visited the Carton Group in County Monaghan. Small holder “best practice” is to either wring the chicken’s neck, or chop the head off. Death is always a messy business.

Given the pages you dedicate to Richard Corrigan you are clearly a very passionate man so I hope you keep watching the programme which will return in the Autumn.
Yours sincerely,
Peter Mulryan

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9 replies
  1. Steph
    Steph says:

    I normally wouldn’t comment on something I haven’t seen first hand but I really really can’t face watching what you have described. I can’t believe that RTE would show it at that hour of the evening either. From what little impression Richard Corrigan has made on me (I say little as I choose not to watch his shows as his style doesn’t appeal) I imagine this was done for shock value, a ratings boost & raising profile. I’ll be sending a complaint in also.

  2. Eamon
    Eamon says:

    Dear Mr Donegan, love the website!

    Just read your article above. Do you have an editor to copy read your text? I am available at good rates and will gladly deliver a concise copy that encapsulates your point. I can help you overcome your incoherence.

  3. Peter Donegan MI Hort
    Peter Donegan MI Hort says:

    Dear Mr Eamonn,

    I’m glad you love the website and I hope you like my weblog too.
    I have since [your comment] unearthed my dictionary and now know what ‘incoherant’ means.

    I hope business picks up for you soon.

  4. Shay Riordan
    Shay Riordan says:

    Richard is a total kn** who loves the sound of his own voice but he is a fantastic chef who promotes “Irishness”wherever he goes,ironically the Irish people are the only race who think hes a complete twat out to line his own pocket! Give it up Rich! your a fraud.

  5. Peter Donegan MI Hort
    Peter Donegan MI Hort says:

    A Chara Shay,

    referring to myself here….
    try to cook. will cook. won’t comment. 🙂

    -that said i prefer not to use expletives with regards to anyone. Would ask you might do the same. family [gardening] show and all that 😉 Thanks for stopping by mate – and I hope you do so again

    go raibh míle maith agat

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