Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Niamh Briggs from An Garda Síochána to give some advice for people considering this job:


Niamh Briggs


An Garda Síochána

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  Niamh Briggs
I would advise to any young person to go to college first and/or travelling and gain some life experience as this will help you deal/cope with situations a lot better.

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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Ballyhaise Agricultural College

Ballyhaise Agricultural College

Ballyhaise Agricultural College 
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BSc in Agriculture
Applications for this course which is run in partnership with Dundalk Institute of Technology are made through the CAO, course code DK 685.

BSc in Sustainable Agriculture

This course is run in partnership with Dundalk Institute of Technology

Ballyhaise College

Ballyhaise College is located 8km north of Cavan town on an estate of 220 hectares of grassland and is a leading provider of training in Agriculture and Forestry. Close links have been developed with the local Institute of Technology in Dundalk (DkIT). This has facilitated the development of progression to third level (HETAC) courses and has greatly enhanced the provision of agricultural education in the North East. Over 400 students are currently registered on courses at Ballyhaise College.

The main house is nearly 300 years old and retains many of its historical features.

Student Accommodation

Students are accommodated in three modern houses, each with 18 single bedrooms.


A large gym is available for indoor soccer, basketball, volleyball, badminton and weight training. There are also game rooms for pool, darts, table tennis, cards, TV and general socialising plus a computer training facility with 30 modern PCs.

Gaelic football is popular and the college team visits other colleges to play matches. Debating, cross-country running, Macra na Feirme farm tasks, sheep shearing and local and foreign tours are all part of life in Ballyhaise.

The Farm

The college farm consists of a 120 cow dairy herd, 50 cow suckler herd, 200 ewe sheep flock, 200 cattle of various types with 100 finished every year and a 100 sow pig unit.

The farm includes 50 hectares of diverse woodlands, Ballyhaise College is a registered centre for external candidates taking examinations for ABC Awards in Arboriculture.

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