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Developing Rural Ireland - A History of the Irish Agricultural Advisory Services

On Wednesday September 1st the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD will launch a new book documenting the history of the agricultural advisory services in Ireland. Join online for the launch and to hear from the author Mícheál Ó Fathartaigh

Rural Ireland and its agricultural way of life are emblematic of this country. For most of modern history, however, rural Ireland and Irish agriculture were comparatively underdeveloped. This changed dramatically in the twentieth century, during which they were transformed. Many people and organisations contributed to this change, but chief among these were the Irish agricultural advisory services.

Agricultural instructors, trained to the highest international standards, were despatched to every community in rural Ireland. Their brief was to work with farmers, helping them to improve their farm enterprises and, in so doing, to develop rural Ireland. This book tells their story. 


Developing Rural Ireland - A history of the Irish agricultural advisory services, written by Dr. Mícheál Ó Fathartaigh documents the important role of the advisory services in rural Ireland from the early 1900s to the current day. 

The book will be officially launched by Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD. The author will also be interviewed. 

This is an online event on Zoom from 2.30 - 3.15pm. Please register at the link below 

How to purchase the book - 

The book is due to be published on September 1st. It can be pre-ordered on the publisher's website Wordwell Books