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A Man with a Mission: Dr. Tom Walsh (1914-1988) ‘Harnessing the power of science for Irish agriculture’

A new book has been published which documents the life and times of one of Ireland's most distinguished agricultural scientists, Dr. Tom Walsh, the first Director of An Foras Taluntais (AFT), the predecessor of Teagasc.

‘A Man with a Mission: Dr. Tom Walsh - Harnessing the power of science for Irish agriculture’, will be officially launched on Tuesday, 20th July.  It has been written by Dr Edward (Ned) Culleton formerly of AFT/Teagasc and Rosemary Buckley, Dr Tom Walsh’s daughter.

The 165 page book gives an interesting summary of Dr Tom's early life, from his birth at the outbreak of the World War 1, his graduation from UCD in 1936, and also life on a very small farm and surrounding parish in rural South Wexford during all that period.

The book goes onto describe in detail the background to the formation of An Foras Taluntais, Dr Tom Walsh becoming its first Director and the huge effort he put into founding a first class research body. Dr Walsh established the National Soil Testing Service and Research Centre at Johnstown Castle, Wexford, in 1948. In a very short time he had established countrywide, all the main research centres that prevail today.

Dr Tom Walsh took up a new challenge to establish ACOT as a first rate farm advisory and education organisation. He became the first Director of the two bodies that eventually formed the greater part of present day Teagasc.

The authors, Dr. Edward Culleton and Rosemary Buckley (née Walsh) will be joined by Professor Gerry Boyle, Teagasc Director, to officially launch the book virtually, on Tuesday, 20 July 2021. To register click on www.teagasc.ie/DrTomWalsh

The book is available on-line from Selskar Bookshop Wexford at the link below