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Fisheries Scientist
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Fisheries Scientist

Macdara Ó Cuaig has worked as a Fisheries Scientist at the Marine Institute for the past 18 years. Born and raised in Connemara by the sea, Macdara says he has 'fishing in his blood'. "I grew up in a house with a view of the sea on three sides so

Cullen Fellow research on the carbon cycle at Burrishoole catchment
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Cullen Fellow research on the carbon cycle at Burrishoole catchment

Brian Doyle is a PhD student at Dundalk Institute of Technology and a Cullen Fellow at the Marine Institute. His research topic is on ‘resolving the organic carbon budget of a salmonid, humic lake in the west of Ireland.’ Brian’s research is focused on Lough Feeagh

Research Scientist, Marine and Freshwater Research Centre
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Research Scientist, Marine and Freshwater Research Centre

Elizabeth Tray Research Scientist, Marine and Freshwater Research Centre (GMIT) and Marine Institute Research Scientist, Elizabeth Tray, is preserving past marine research through the project ‘Unlocking the Archive’. A partnership between GMIT’s Marine and Freshwater Research Centre and the Marine Institute, the project aims to create

Fisheries Scientist
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Fisheries Scientist

Fisheries scientist at the Marine Institute, Jennifer Doyle has been surveying Nephrops norvegicus  stocks, commonly known as the Dublin Bay prawn, for almost 20 years. Growing up close to the River Boyne in Co Meath, Jennifer says she was always spending time outdoors and by the water. “I

Phytoplankton Analyst
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Phytoplankton Analyst

Paula Hynes is a Phytoplankton Analyst at the Marine Institute, monitoring the presence and impact of harmful phytoplankton species year round. Paula says she always enjoyed learning science at school which led her to study biology at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). “While I was studying, I

Cullen Fellowship at the Marine Institute
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Cullen Fellowship at the Marine Institute

Cullen Fellowship research on oceanographic modelling of Nephrops populations around Ireland Ryan McGeady is a PhD student at NUI Galway (Zoology/School of Natural Sciences) and a Cullen Fellow at the Marine Institute. His research topic is on oceanographic modelling of Nephrops populations around Ireland. Nephrops, also known as Dublin

Faces of the Sea Patricia Wilson, Fish Health Unit
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Faces of the Sea Patricia Wilson, Fish Health Unit

As an Administrator in the Marine Institute’s Fish Health Unit, Patricia Wilson deals with the health of fish and shellfish and the prevention and control of certain aquatic diseases. Patricia studied marine biology at Queen’s University Belfast, before completing a Masters in Environmental Management at Ulster

A Career in Horticulture
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A Career in Horticulture

‘The glory of gardening: Hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is not just to feed the body but the soul.’ – Alfred Austin. A career in horticulture can lead to a varied and fulfilling career for someone who has

Aodhán Fitzgerald - Research Vessel Operations
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Aodhán Fitzgerald - Research Vessel Operations

For the past 13 years, Aodhán Fitzgerald, Research Vessel Operations Manager at the Marine Institute has been coordinating the operations of Ireland’s two research vessels, the RV Celtic Explorer and RV Celtic Voyager . Growing up beside the sea in West Kerry, Aodhán spent his

Career Profile - Hydrographer
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Career Profile - Hydrographer

Vera Quinlan works at the Marine Institute, and is involved in Ireland’s seabed mapping programme, INFOMAR. As a hydrographer ,  Vera’s career and sense of adventur has taken her around the world. Vera says she has always had a connection with the ocean. Her

Fisheries Scientist - Tom McDermott
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Fisheries Scientist - Tom McDermott

Fisheries Scientist at the Marine Institute, Tom McDermott has been researching the ‘King of Fish’, the salmon for more than 40 years. “Growing up near Lough Derg in Co Clare, my father had a huge influence on me through his obsession with angling, and everything that related

Vegetable Farmer
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Vegetable Farmer

Name : Shane Thorne Address: Rush, Co. Dublin Current position: Assistant Vegetable Farm Manager Business details: 200 - 250 heactares of potatoes, parsnip & early season swedes 20-25 employees Supplying two large supermarket chains Education • 2 years Engineering • Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture • Level 6 Advanced Certificate in

GreenKeeper
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GreenKeeper

Name: Ruairi Coyle Address: Galway Current position : Galway Golf Club Education • Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture Background I began my studies at the National Botanic Gardens in October 2014. I wanted to gain more knowledge about greenkeeping and horticulture, I learned a lot about plant identification and plant

Nursery Owner
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Nursery Owner

Name: Deirdre Howlin Address: Kilmore, Co. Wexford Current position: Owner of Grange Greens Plant Centre Education I completed the Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture (2004) & Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture at Kildalton College (2005). I then transferred to the 2nd year of the Level 7 Horticulture course in

Landscape Gardener
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Landscape Gardener

Name: Richard Cowman Address: Tramore, Co. Waterford Current position: Assistant Garden Manager Business details: Assisting with management and maintenance of a 1 hectare garden at Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Gardens. Education • Certificate in Manufacturing Technology W.I.T. • Qualified Carpenter & Joiner • BSc in Horticulture 2012 Background I

Meeting the Educational Needs of 21st Century Farming
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Meeting the Educational Needs of 21st Century Farming

The longstanding tradition of farming in Ireland continues to contribute a major source of economic activity for the country and is still the focus of rural Ireland. The farming tradition is steadfast, but the farming methods are changing and adapting to meet the needs of the modern technological age and

Ireland: A Global Leader in Production of Infant Milk Formula
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Ireland: A Global Leader in Production of Infant Milk Formula

The rapid growth of dairy farming in Ireland has led to our position as one of the leading global exporters of infant milk formula.  One in seven babies worldwide drink products manufactured in Ireland (2014). The three biggest infant formula producers, Abbott, Danone and Wyeth are based in Ireland

Dairy Farming: Can You Milk It?
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Dairy Farming: Can You Milk It?

A 2018 Teagasc survey revealed that Dairy is the most profitable agricultural activity in the state with average incomes hitting a record €86,115 in 2017 on foot of a strong upturn in dairy prices globally. A 2017 survey conducted by the National Farm Research Unit revealed that 53

Food Drink Ireland - Budget 2019 should address Brexit impact
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Food Drink Ireland - Budget 2019 should address Brexit impact

Food Drink Ireland (FDI), the Ibec group that represents the food sector, launched its Budget 2019 submission in September, which calls on the government to introduce a series of measures to help the sector maintain its competitiveness and achieve its growth potential against the backdrop of Brexit and a significant

Frances McHugh - Teagasc Forestry Development Officer
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Frances McHugh - Teagasc Forestry Development Officer

What are the main tasks and responsibilities? My Job includes many tasks and responsibilities but mainly it is to provide a free independent advisory service to private land owners on all aspects for afforestation and forest management. This involves visiting individual forest owners or those interested in planting, organising regional

Niamh Hennessy: Forestry Inspector – Research, Food & CODEX Co-ordination
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Niamh Hennessy: Forestry Inspector – Research, Food & CODEX Co-ordination

What are the main tasks and responsibilities? Scientific evaluation of progress reports, general queries relating to current research topics and processing new research proposals, field visits, representing DAFM at meetings, etc. Describe a typical day? Typical day in the office starts at 9am, check emails and prioritise duties for the

A career in Food Science
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A career in Food Science

Food science focuses on the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of food along the production chain from farm to plate. A food scientist has a role to play in all aspects of the food chain from production to processing, storage and marketing. What do they do? Food, the essential fuel

So you want to be a Vet
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So you want to be a Vet

Working in a veterinary practice is one of the most rewarding career options available. Curing sick animals, helping farmers when livestock are born and taking care of pets are all meaningful, altruistic duties to perform. However, there is more to a veterinary career than curing sick hamsters; many vets are

From the Classics to Veterinary Nursing
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From the Classics to Veterinary Nursing

"By the time I applied to UCD’s Veterinary Nursing Programme my knowledge of animals was limited to my experiences with my own dog, a few cats, weekly horse riding lessons as a child and my own stubborn attempts to build a rapport with any cattle or sheep 

My Life as a Female Butcher
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My Life as a Female Butcher

"When I tell people what I do, their reactions differ. The men in the industry think it's a novelty that I'm a girl. They're just so proud that any young person still wants to learn the trade.", Amelia Watts, Apprentice Butcher  One Saturday, after a long

A Day in the life of a Dublin Zookeeper
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A Day in the life of a Dublin Zookeeper

Gerry Creighton is operations manager for Animals & Grounds at Dublin Zoo. "I started officially as a zookeeper when I was 15, although it wasn't really my first day on the job. My dad was a keeper and a lot of the keepers' kids spent plenty of time in

Working with the Nose: Christelle Noël - Sweet Flavourist
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Working with the Nose: Christelle Noël - Sweet Flavourist

From the classic vanilla, strawberry or chocolate to the most original tastes (burger or oyster-flavoured chips, yogurts that taste like tarte tatin…), each of the aromas the food industry puts on the shelves of our supermarkets has been composed by someone whose job it is to make them

More Women Filling Professional Roles in Agricultural Sector
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More Women Filling Professional Roles in Agricultural Sector

Irish women may not feature large in farm work, but they have a major impact in veterinary practices Ireland’s agricultural workforce is 27% female — women own 13% of farms, but few of these women are younger than 65, which suggests that they are probably widows. And only

Dr Caroline Roache - Marine Ecologist
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Dr Caroline Roache - Marine Ecologist

Dr Caroline Roche, a marine ecologist at Galway-based Aquafact, tells Smart Futures about protecting the environment and ensuring that European laws are followed. What is Aquafact? Aquafact is an environmental consultancy company that has been operating for about 28 years. Environmental consultants carry out work in response to environmental

Tom Doyle - Marine Biologist
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Tom Doyle - Marine Biologist

What were the main ‘career decision’ milestones in your life so far? I trained and worked as an electrician for six years before deciding to go to college. I wasn’t particularly interested in being an electrician – it was just something I fell into. In hindsight

Working with The Irish Coast Guard
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Working with The Irish Coast Guard

‘ Military service makes you think about your aims, and helps you to develop self-discipline’ -  Daithí Ó Cearbhalláin I spent 21 years of my life in the Air Corps, mainly on search and rescue with the Alouette helicopter and then moving to the

Career Profile: Farm Assistant
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Career Profile: Farm Assistant

Cian Jobe is a Farm assistant and relief milker from Aughnacliffe, Co. Longford. Farm details: Area: 26 ha Labour: Farm owner and Cian part time Herd: 70 spring calving cows Career path   Level 5 Certificate in Teagasc Ballyhaise Agricultural College (1 year) Background Cian is from a

Career Profile: Herd Manager
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Career Profile: Herd Manager

Michael kennedy is a Dairy Herd Manager from Glenville, Co. Cork. His interests include both hurling and football.  Farm details Area: 45 ha Labour: His father Martin who also works off-farm, Michael and relief help once a week. Herd: 116 spring calving cows Career path Level 5 Certificate

Career Profile: Farm Manager
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Career Profile: Farm Manager

Patrick Dunne is a Farm Manager from Navan, Co. Meath working in Golden, Co.Tipperary. His interests are GAA, Football and anything related to farming.  Farm details Area: 94 ha Labour: 1.5 labour units Herd: 155 spring calving cows, 50 in calf heifers and 61 calves Career path

Career Profile: Dairy Farm Owner
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Career Profile: Dairy Farm Owner

Andrew Cronin is from Crookstown, Co. Cork. he is currently share farming with Pat and Mary Smyth in Mallow, Co. Cork. His other interests include hurling.  Farm details Area: 200 ha Labour: 2.5 labour units Herd: 400 Spring calving cows Career path Level 6 Higher Certificate in Agriculture

Career Profile: Farm Business Owner
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Career Profile: Farm Business Owner

Imelda Kinsella is a farm business owner (Family partnership) from Mullinavat, Co. Kilkenny. Her interests outside farming include travel particularly outside Ireland.  Farm details Area ha: 38 ha milking platform, 101 ha farmed in total in four blocks, of this 12 ha is leased Labour: Family labour plus one

Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management
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Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management

"I chose this course after completing my degree in Animal and Crop Production because it offered practical, fully-paid professional work experience.”  The targeted growth for milk production expansion on Irish dairy farms can only be achieved with a supply of well trained farmers who have the experience

Is a Career in Butchery for you?
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Is a Career in Butchery for you?

Pat Whelan, a fifth generation butcher, is managing director of James Whelan Butchers, that does nose-to-tail butchery from its own farm. The business has shops in Clonmel, Kilmaconogue in Co Wicklow, Avoca in Monkstown and Rathcoole in Co Dublin. The business currently has 10 positions available across four

Careeer Stories: From Nutritional Sciences to Purchasing
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Careeer Stories: From Nutritional Sciences to Purchasing

Clíona Irish talks to Smart Futures about her experiences on the Abbott Ireland Professional Development Programme (PDP). What are the main tasks, responsibilities and skills required? As part of the PDP programme, which is a two-year graduate programme, I am required to change position every six months

Jenny Hanafin: Earth Observation and Modelling Manager
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Jenny Hanafin: Earth Observation and Modelling Manager

Jenny Hanafin talks to Smart Futures about her job as Earth Observation and Modelling Manager at TechWorks Marine. What were the main ‘career decision’ milestones in your life so far? I wanted to study marine science as soon as I could. Then deciding to move to the US

Career Focus: Female Veterinary Practitioner
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Career Focus: Female Veterinary Practitioner

28 Year old Mary Keane, a native of Achill Island graduated in June 2011 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine from UCD. She commenced working with George O’ Malley in September of 2012 where she currently works as a large animal veterinary practitioner, covering Castlebar and the surrounding areas

Career Profile: Veterinary Nurse
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Career Profile: Veterinary Nurse

Lisa Marie Walsh, Templeorum, Kilkenny, aged 23, recently graduated from St. John’s Central College in Cork with a qualification in Veterinary Nursing. Having always had a passion for animals from a tender age and owning her first dog, at age three, she has always wanted to pursue a

Life as a guide dog puppy trainer
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Life as a guide dog puppy trainer

In this article Jay Taylor describes the highs and lows of training dogs to help people with sight loss, and why she particularly likes naughty pups. Jay is a puppy training supervisor from the charity Guide Dogs. She is responsible for 37 puppies – aged between seven weeks and 14

Captain Sinéad Reen - Life as a Ship's Officer
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Captain Sinéad Reen - Life as a Ship's Officer

Captain Sinéad Reen is the first female elected as the President of the Irish Institute of Master Mariners and a maritime professional of over 20 years’ experience on shore and at sea. Captain Reen is now at the forefront of training the new generation of seafarers in

Bridget Gavin - Marine Engineer
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Bridget Gavin - Marine Engineer

Bridget Gavin is a Marine Engineer with an international maritime career path that spans from sailing on VLCC's on oil trade routes to being appointed the first female Chief Engineer serving on an Irish passenger ferry. How many years have you worked in the industry and what is your

Sean Miller - Ship Broker
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Sean Miller - Ship Broker

Shipbrokers thrive on the pressure of racing to tie up deals on moving cargo around the world.  At the offices of an international shipbroking company, it's already all hands on deck. An Oil Major has just announced that it wants to move a vast cargo of crude oil

Life as a Shipping Company Executive
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Life as a Shipping Company Executive

Ewelina Zgutka works with the international company d’Amico Shipping Group. Ewelina is working as a Global Cost Control executive in a fast paced, dynamic work environment based in Dublin. d’Amico Shipping Group is a leading Italian shipping company operating on a global scale.  With its

 If you want to become a vet you need practical experience
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If you want to become a vet you need practical experience

Question: My daughter is determined to qualify as a vet. The course in UCD requires high points and is listed as “restricted”. Can you explain this and advise whether other veterinary programmes outside of Ireland are viable options? Answer: If your daughter is studying the required subjects for

Career Profile: Veterinary Nurse
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Career Profile: Veterinary Nurse

In this month's Veterinary Ireland Journal, Elaine Hughes, IVNA Student Veterinary Nurse of the Year 2016, discusses her career, how to access support and gives advice to newly qualified veterinary nurses. Elaine describes her three-year course studying at  Veterinary Nursing at Dundalk Institute of Technology   as

Veterinary nursing as a profession in Ireland
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Veterinary nursing as a profession in Ireland

At the seventh annual IVNA Congress in May 2016, Catherine Hartin RVN won the Award for Veterinary Nurse of the Year 2016. Here, she discusses her career and veterinary nursing as a profession in Ireland. Catherine Hartin is a full-time veterinary nurse at the small animal clinic, Briarhill Veterinary