Student Focus: Aoife Quinn

Aoife Quinn completed courses in Animal Care and Animal Science at Westport College of Further Education when her Leaving Cert did not go to plan. She is now studying Ag Science at UCD.

Student Focus: Jody Sweeney

22-year-old Jody Sweeney sat the Leaving Cert twice and completed a Level-5 Certificate at Cavan Institute before he began his Animal and Crop Production studies at UCD.

Student Focus: Evan Walsh

Catherina meets Evan Walsh who is involved in the running of a 200-dairy cow herd in Co. Offaly. The 21-year-old is currently on placement in The Netherlands.

Student Focus: John Forbes

24-year-old John Forbes graduated with a degree in Dairy Business last week. The Cork native is currently involved in the running of a 131-cow dairy farm.

Student Focus: Catherine Hearne

Catherina meets 20-year-old Catherine Hearne, a third-year Veterinary Nursing student at UCD. The Kilkenny native is also a talented musician and chess player.

Student Focus: Aoife Bergin

The Certified Irish Angus Schools competition inspired 20-year-old Aoife Bergin to study Animal and Crop Production Science at UCD. The Tipperary native is also a former camogie player.

Ireland's Vets: Ciara Sweeney

Ciara has wanted to be a vet as long as she can remember. The Dublin vet has a degree in agriculture and is a recent graduate of UCD's graduate entry veterinary medicine programme.

Student Focus: Jennifer Doyle

Dublin’s Jennifer Doyle may not carry an ounce of farming blood, but the 27-year-old holds a degree in Equine Science; worked as a data analyst and is now undertaking a PhD in Statistical Genomics

Ireland’s Vets: Emma Chedgey

Emma Chedgey’s passion for horses inspired her to become a vet. She lived in Canada, graduated from UCD and worked in Wales before joining Lisadell Equine Hospital.

Student Focus: Paul Smith

Paul Smith from South Dublin holds a degree in Animal Science; worked with Macra na Feirme and is now a Teagasc and UCD PhD student.

Women in Ag: Marykate Condren

19-year-old Marykate Condren failed to obtain her first-choice CAO offer, but the Wicklow native accepted her place on UCD’s Dairy Business course instead.

Student Focus: Andrew O’Donnell

22-year-old Andrew O’Donnell juggles his Animal Science studies with farming; relief milking; sport and an involvement with Macra Na Feirme.

Student Focus: Martin Merrick

Catherina meets Martin Merrick, a UCD Animal and Crop Production student, sheep farmer and pedigree Charolais breeder from Mayo.

Student Focus: Gillian Richardson

Third-generation farmer Gillian Richardson may only be 22-years-old, but she will graduate from UCD in September. The Tullow native also studied at UConn and interned with Agri Aware.

Student Focus: Doireann Mulhall

Catherina meets 20-year-old dairy and tillage farmer, Doireann Mulhall. The Kilkenny native is studying Animal Science at UCD and is actively involved in the IHFA.

Ireland's Vets: Stephen McCarthy

Stephen McCarthy may not carry an ounce of farming blood, but that did not deter the Dublin native from pursuing a career in a mixed veterinary practice.

Women in Ag: Grace O’Reilly

Grace O’Reilly worked as an agronomist after she graduated UCD. The Meath native has since been appointed as the Tillage Business Manager in Waterford/Cork with Glanbia.