IFA Countryside 

Protecting and Defending Rural Ireland

IFA Countryside 

Protecting and Defending Rural Ireland

Welcome to IFA Countryside; a division of the Irish Farmers’ Association.

IFA Countryside was established to defend the interests of people who actively enjoy the countryside through the protection of the environment and to influence positive change in policies that impact rural Ireland.

IFA Countryside is committed to tackling the many challenges facing rural Ireland. It is now more important than ever than rural communities come together. We promise to provide a strong voice on rural affairs and campaigns.

Enjoy your field sports safely and securely with an IFA Countryside Membership.

IFA Countryside is delighted to welcome members of Countryside Alliance Ireland. For more information on our membership offerings and how to renew your membership with IFA Countryside call 1890 924 982.


Click or tap on the button below to check your 5km radius from home to comply with the restrictions on movement put in place by the  Government in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.


As of midnight Wednesday 30 December, all of Ireland is being placed on Level 5 of the plan; Living with COVID.  Level 5 restrictions will remain in place until 31 January 2021.

In the meantime, it is advisable to familiarise yourself with Level 5 restrictions https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/2dc71-level-5/.  Breaches of COVID-19 regulations will be penalised.

It is our understanding that placing the country at level 5 restrictions will have the following implications for country sport activities:

  • People are permitted to exercise within a radius of 5km of their home.  Please see full details here.
  • There will be a penalty from movement outside of 5km of your home. Travel is allowed for the following reasons.
  • People may meet with other people from one other household in outdoor settings when taking exercise.
  • When taking exercise outside, it is important to maintain two metres distance from others and washing hands on returning home.  It is now advisable to wear a mask outside as well.
  • There should be NO organised indoor or outdoor events ie no club or syndicate gatherings

On the above framework, one concludes that an individual may engage in exercise, along with another person in a 5 km radius of their home.  Individuals must behave responsibly adhering to social distancing, mask wearing and sanitising.

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