Bernie MacCarthy has been elected as Chairperson of Westmeath IFA (Irish Farmers' Association), making her the first female in the county to take this role.
She is the seventh female chair on the IFA National Council, according to the Irish Farmers' Association.
Releasing a statement on Twitter, Bernie Mac Carthy said: "Many thanks to Kenneth Bray as he finished his four-year term last night (Tuesday, January 22nd). I am honoured and humbled to be selected as the first female chairperson for Westmeath IFA."
"Looking forward to the next four years as a voice for the farmers." The statement concluded.
Bernie grew up on a mixed farm in Crossbarry, Inishannon, Co. Cork and pursued a professional career and trained as a nurse with a focus on intellectual disabilities at Moore Abbey, Monasterevin, Co. Kildare.
She later progressed to work with children at St. Mary’s Delvin, Co. Westmeath and returned as a staff nurse for three years after she qualified.
Bernie’s nursing career then led her to the Brothers of Charity, Glanmire, Co. Cork for close to three decades; she took early retirement over eight years ago to focus on the running of the farm.
Bernie swapped her nursing career to farm a herd of pedigree Aberdeen-Angus cattle with her partner Senator Paul Daly - Fianna Fail in Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath; the pair run a herd comprising of over forty Aberdeen Angus cattle.