New Nursery Stock/Ornamentals Advisor Appointed by Teagasc
Dónall Flanagan has been appointed as Nursery Stock/Ornamentals Specialised Advisor, based at the Teagasc Horticulture Development Department at Ashtown. He will be working as part of a team of Specialised Advisors in the Horticulture Development Department led by Dermot Callaghan.
Dónall has been working as a Teagasc Horticultural lecturer over the last nine years in Kildalton College and more recently in the College of Amenity Horticulture in Botanic gardens. Prior to that, he worked with Dún Laoighaire Rathdown Parks department. He also has experience in landscaping and in horticultural research.
Dónall graduated from University College Dublin with an Honours Degree in Agricultural Science (B.Agr.Sc.) He went on to complete an MSc investigating the phytopathogen status of native Irish apple trees.
A native of County Dublin, Dónall brings a wealth of knowledge and experience about the nursery stock/ornamentals sector with him. The Hardy Nursery Stock/ Ornamental Industry in Ireland is in a good position to continue its development over the coming years albeit against the background of having undergone significant change and rationalisation since 2008 on the back of the economic crisis. While Dónall will provide technical assistance to growers around specific management and production issues associated with propagation, IPM and sustainable production, he will work closely with Bord Bia and other industry stakeholders including the IHNSA to set a course for this sector towards 2025.
Speaking on his appointment Dónall Flanagan said: “It’s an exciting time to become involved with the industry as recent indications show increasing demand for plant material due to increasing economic activity. Growers and retailers can capitalise on these and other opportunities and I look forward to working with all parties to support them to maximise these chances. I have been fortunate to get to know many growers and retailers already through teaching and look forward to developing successful relationships over the coming years”.
Dermot Callaghan, Head of the Teagasc Horticulture Development Department, congratulated Dónall on his appointment, saying: “Dónall has an excellent track record of lecturing and working specifically in this area of horticulture and I look forward to supporting Dónall and ultimately the growers and producers operating in this economically important area of horticulture”.