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Ballyhaise College


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Ballyhaise College is located 8km north of Cavan town. It is situated on an estate of 220 hectares of grass and woodlands.

The house is c.300 years old and retains many of its historical features. At the rear of the house the buildings form a magnificently restored courtyard.

Student Accommodation

Students can live in rented rooms at the College or in the neighbouring village, 1km away.


A large sports hall is available for indoor soccer, basketball, volleyball and badminton. There are also game rooms for pool, darts, table tennis, cards, TV and general socialising and three computer training rooms with Wi-Fi.

The College Farm

There are 120 cows plus replacements on 50 hectares. The college herd, which is spring calving, is part of the Teagasc Moorepark Dairy Research programme. The main focus of this programme is to improve grass growth and utilisation on heavy soils. Facilities include a modern 12 unit herringbone milking parlour with automatic drafting, slatted houses, an outdoor pad and calving and isolation boxes. A computerised management programme is used to facilitate record keeping.

The 60 cow suckler herd is spring calving. Replacements are reared and all other progeny is brought to beef.

There is a sheep flock of 230 ewes. This is split into 80 to produce early fat lamb and 150 which are managed to lamb in mid-march to coincide with early grass. The sheep unit is equipped with excellent facilities including various types of housing and handling facilities.

There is a total of 200 cattle of various types and 100 are finished every year. The cattle are managed on a low cost system at a moderate stocking rate.

The farm includes 50 hectares of diverse woodlands which are used for the practical training of students who participate in the Level 5 and 6 Forestry courses and in DKIT joint courses.


John Kelly, Principal 
Teagasc, Ballyhaise College, Ballyhaise, Co Cavan. H12 E392 
Phone: +353 (0)494338108 
Email: ballyhaise.college@teagasc.ie

Overview of Ballyhaise College by John Kelly, College Principal

Forestry Enterprise – Marianne Lyons

Beef Enterprise – Liam McWeeney

Sheep Enterprise - Marie McGlynn

Dairy Enterprise – Donal Patton