Five people have been awarded a scholarship to Nuffield for 2018.
The interview process began with 22 applicants in total. After an extensive interview process, which was held in two stages, five successful candidates were chosen to receive the sought after scholarships.
Of the five chosen was two dairy farmers, a vet, a horticulture and farm inspector and a business manager,
The vet chosen was none other than “Tommy the Vet”, Tommy Heffernan from County Kerry. Tommy currently operates in Arklow, Co. Wicklow and is a featured agricultural writer as well as having his own blog.
The two dairy farmers chosen was Colm O’Leary and Karol Kissane. O’Leary operates out of Co. Cork, while Kissane farms in Kerry. Karol Kissane was chosen as a result of his successful transition from beef to dairy.
Joy Lying was the business manager chosen. The Kilkenny man currently works as a business manager for Glanbia’s agribusiness sector.
The final name on the list was Klaus Laitenberger who lives in Co. Leitrim. Laitenberger works as an organic horticultural consultant and a farm and horticulture inspector. He is also a published author on gardening and owns his own online seed business.
All successful applicants are now in line to receive €14,000 in travel expenses as they take in a six week trip abroad. They will visit Brazil, the US, China, Japan, Philippines, India, Africa and Eastern Europe.
All scholars will have to give a presentation at the upcoming Nuffield Ireland Annual Conference in October, where they will outline what they intend to study.