This week we took a trip to Mountbellew Ag. college to see it in all its glory and learn all about the Mountbellew experience.
Located just across the Roscommon border into Galway, Mountbellew agricultural college is one of three privately owned colleges in Ireland. The college has currently over 950 students, with plans afoot to attract more.
On site, they have top of the range dairy facilities, beef suckler sheds and outbuildings as well as their own personal mart. The campus also consists of many classrooms, inside and out.
We caught up with students from their level 5 green certs course, as well as some of the new students in their new mechanical engineering course. We also got to take a tour with some of the colleges newest part time green cert course students.
There is something for every type of farmer, with sheep, suckler cows, beef and dairy stock on site. There is also plenty of machinery for all the machine fanatics out there, with a new tractor also on the way.
The grounds also feature new outdoor classrooms, whilst beside the college grounds, construction is underway to build new student accommodation(not affiliated with college). The college, built by the Friar monks, is now up there with the best of colleges. Their part-time green cert course, which could be the last of its type, has just ten places left. So if you always wanted to go, get in there quick!
The college may have almost shut its doors in 2008, but thankfully it survived and is now striving better than ever. Now it is an extremely impressive setup, well worth a tour in my book.