Sep 222010

Some of the most outstanding young dairy farmer talent in Ireland will be on display in the ICMSA marquee – Stand 193, Row K – on 22 September, Wednesday morning at 10.30AM when the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Brendan Smith, and the President of ICMSA, Jackie Cahill, will present six scholarships to the best dairy student from each of the state's six agricultural colleges. The John Feely Foundation, named for a highly respected former President of ICMSA, will hand over cheques in the amount of €1500 to John Kenny, Glinsk, County Galway, representing Mountbellew Agricultural College, Ross Hamilton, Blessington, County Wicklow, representing Gurteen College, David Quinn, Belgooly, County Cork, representing Clonakilty Agricultural College, David O'Kelly, Charleville, County Cork, representing Pallaskenry Agricultural College and Mark Trenier, Belturbet, County Cavan, representing Ballyhaise College. William Keane of Kilmacthomas is the scholarship recipient designated by his college, Kildalton, but he will not attend the handing-over as he is in New Zealand at present. The John Feely Foundation disburses funds and endowments on behalf of ICMSA and Mr Cahill confirmed that a further €1000 is available for the student that best uses the scholarship monies to analyse some aspect of the dairy sector and author a report to be judged by Teagasc. Mr Cahill said that he was pleased and confident that the standard of dairy farmers Ireland had coming through was very high and as good as could be found anywhere.

Ends.       Wednesday 22 September 2010.


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