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Teagasc Walsh Fellowships Seminar

The Teagasc Walsh Fellowships seminar took place in Johnstown Castle, county Wexford today, Friday, 5 October. This is the 25th anniversary of the Walsh Fellowships programme through which post graduate students pursue their PhD’s and Masters through Teagasc and the universities.

Teagasc Walsh Fellowships Seminar
Professor Gerry Boyle, Director of Teagasc, presenting the medal to the overall winner of the Teagasc Walsh Fellowships, Eoin O'Connor, for his work entitled ‘FISH for Fungi: Visualisation of viruses in the mycelium of the commercial mushroom Agaricus bisporus’.

This is the 25th anniversary of the Walsh Fellowships programme through which post graduate students pursue their PhD’s and Masters through Teagasc and the universities.

The Teagasc Walsh Fellowships seminar took place in Johnstown Castle, county Wexford today, Friday, 5 October. This is the 25th anniversary of the Walsh Fellowships programme through which post graduate students pursue their PhD’s and Masters through Teagasc and the universities.

The overall winner of the Teagasc Walsh Fellowships Medal was Eoin O Connor,  from the Teagasc Crops, Environment and Land use programme for his work entitled ‘FISH for Fungi: Visualisation of viruses in the mycelium of the commercial mushroom Agaricus bisporus’. He was presented with the medal by Professor Gerry Boyle, Director of Teagasc.

Orla Power won the Institute of Food Science and Technology Ireland (IFSTI) medal. She was presented with the award by Declan Troy, President of IFSTI.

The winners of the five regional Walsh Fellowships seminars presented the results of their research. The regional winners were:

  • Aine O Brien, Animal and Grassland Research and Innovation programme for her work on ‘Genetics and genomics for performance in a multi breed Irish sheep population.’
  • Orla Power, Food programme for her study of ‘Unlocking the true potential of high protein dairy powders.’
  • Eoin O Connor, Crops, Environment and Land use programme for his work entitled ‘FISH for Fungi:Visualisation of viruses in the mycelium of the commercial mushroom Agaricus bisporus’'
  • Amar Daxini, Rural Economy and Development programme - Farmer adoption of nutrient management planning: accounting for heterogeneity

 

  • Amy Connolly, Knowledge Transfer programme for her work on ‘Using Nutrient Management Plans to deliver soil fertility advice.’

Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle said: “Our Walsh Fellowships Post-graduate Programme is critical to the success of our research and knowledge transfer activities in Teagasc. Each year we invest around €6 million in supporting more than 250 Ph.D. and M.Sc. students annually.”

Walsh Fellowships Alumini network

At the seminar the new Teagasc Walsh Fellowships Alumini network was launched by the Teagasc chairman Liam Herlihy. The inaugural winner of the 2018 Teagasc Walsh Fellows alum of the Year award was Andrew Fisher. He was a Walsh Fellow at the start of the programme in 1993 and undertook a PhD on factors affecting the welfare and health of beef cattle based at Teagasc Grange. He was the Walsh Fellowships RDS gold medal winner in 1996. He is currently the Director of the Animal Welfare Science Centre in Australia.

Dr Tom Walsh  

A plaque to commemorate the late Dr Tom Walsh (1914-1988) the first Director of An Foras Taluntais (AFT) and ACOT, was unveiled in his native Piercetown in county Wexford this afternoon. The plaque was organised by Wexford County Council, and the national Committee of Science and Engineering Commemorative Plaques.

Dr Walsh was a national leader in agricultural and food research in Ireland and a globally recognised soil scientist.