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Waterford Farmer wins Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year 2010

William Keane from County Waterford is the 2010 Teagasc Student of the Year. The awards, sponsored by FBD Trust, were presented by the Chairman of Teagasc, Dr Noel Cawley at the Teagasc Agricultural Education Conference in Dublin Castle today, Thursday 10 February.

William Keane, Garranturton, Kilmacthomas, County Waterford completed the Advanced Certificate in Dairy Herd Management, with merit at the Teagasc Kildalton College, Piltown, County Kilkenny.

Speaking at the presentation of the awards, Teagasc Chairman Dr Noel Cawley congratulated the eight finalists on their achievements. “You are a credit to yourselves, your parents and to your teachers who have guided you through your education. I wish you well in your future careers, and now that you have been placed at the top of your class, I hope that you will become leaders of your industry in the years ahead,” he said.

Dr Cawley said: “Teagasc has completed a comprehensive review of its Education and Training programme and these programmes continue to be upgraded to the highest standards. The accreditation of the education and training programmes by the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland incorporating HETAC and FETAC has raised the standing of the qualifications both nationally and internationally. All courses delivered by Teagasc are placed on the National Qualifications Framework and this will further facilitate national and international recognition of these awards.”

Mark Trenier, from Parisee, Belturbet, Co. Cavan was presented with the first runner-up award. He completed the Advanced Certificate in Dairy Herd Management with distinction at the Teagasc Ballyhaise Agricultural College.

The second runner-up award went to Jeremy Jennings, Clancool, Bandon County Cork. Jeremy completed the Advanced Certificate in Dairy Herd Management with distinction at the Teagasc Agricultural College Clonakilty.

The students honoured today have been chosen from almost 800 who have completed Further Level training programmes with Teagasc in 2010. The other finalists were: Michael Sexton from the Ennis course; Darragh Hunt representing the Roscommon course; David O’Kelly from Pallaskenry College; Christopher Gethings representing Gurteen College; and, John Donnellan from Mountbellew College.

Now in their 26th year, the awards have been sponsored since inception by FBD Trust Ltd. Paddy Browne, Teagasc Head of Education speaking at the awards said: “Through their continued support for the Student of the Year Awards, FBD Trust has demonstrated their strong commitment to agricultural education. The competition encourages the best and brightest people to become involved in farming and to reach the highest standards.”

Speaking at the awards Adrian Taheny representing FBD said: “The students who reached the final in the Student of the Year Awards are impressive individuals and I congratulate all of them on completing their courses and on attaining such high standards. FBD are delighted to once again support these awards which recognise the achievements of the best agricultural students in the country.”