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Getting to know - Norina Coppinger

Norina Coppinger graduated with a BA in European Studies, Social Research & Spanish from the University of Limerick in 1993, and is now a Campus Administrator at Teagasc Athenry. Here, Norina talks about her career highlights and her love for travelling.

TResearch Spring 2023What is your role at Teagasc?

As Campus Administrator, I lead, manage and co-ordinate an effective administrative, central services and facilities support function across Mellows Campus.

Why have you chosen to build your career at Teagasc?

In 2006 I returned to Galway seeking a job that gave me a work-life balance with little commute, because at that time the drive to the city was over an hour from my house. 

Today, I enjoy a 15-minute drive to work in Athenry. I am so glad and feel lucky that Teagasc gave me the opportunity to work here.

What is your favourite thing about your job?

Each day I look forward to going to work – what more could one ask for? I absolutely love my job, although it is an extremely busy role. No two days are ever the same, as there is lots of variety.

My favourite aspect is my positive colleagues who smile and make the workplace such a favourable environment.

What is a moment from your career that you have treasured?

The complete success of the Farming and Country Life 1916-2016 event was the main highlight of my career, with 50,000 visiting Athenry over two days – a phenomenal showcase of Mellows Campus.

What are your other interests outside of your job?

Walking and climbing are two of my biggest hobbies. Each year I travel with a local walking group to trek part of the 780-kilometre French Way of the Spanish Camino. We have over 500 kilometres left to complete.

I recently completed the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, one of the most amazing and yet challenging trips I have ever completed.

I love travelling, but, in saying that, Ireland is the most beautiful country for exploring.