WATCH: Are you considering Ballyhaise College?


Picking a college is a big decision that poses a lot of questions for people such as where will I live? Will there be all males/females on the course? Is the programme worthwhile? And the big one - what’s the social life like?

Where will I live?

Students can live in rented rooms at the college or in the neighbouring village, 1km away, and let’s face it, the accommodation will be far cheaper than in a city.

The house is c.300-years-old and retains many of its historical features. At the rear of the house, the buildings form a magnificently restored courtyard, so you can play Lord or Lady of the manor!

Who else will be on the course?

The college principal, John Kelly said, “there is a large footfall of students coming here every year across the region”.

As there are “over 1,000 students every year doing all sorts of courses,” you can be guaranteed to find friends and integrate with people from all walks of life.

Is the course any good?

There is such an array of courses, that you’re sure to find the right one for you - there are part-time and distance courses, night and Saturday courses.

There are students doing degrees and courses that are in partnership with DkIT There are also a number of QQI courses.

There's around a 50/50 split between classroom learning and practical placement.

Then there’s the farm - There are 120 cows plus replacements on 50 hectares. The college herd, which is spring calving, is part of the Teagasc Moorepark Dairy Research programme. The main focus of this programme is to improve grass growth and utilisation on heavy soils.

Dairy Facilities

  • A modern 12-unit herringbone milking parlour,

  • Automatic drafting,

  • Slatted houses,

  • An outdoor pad and calving and isolation boxes,

  • A computerised management programme for record keeping.

Sucklers

  • The 60 cow suckler herd is split into Autumn and Spring calving herds to allow students to gain experience of both systems. Replacements are reared and all other progeny is brought to beef.

There is a total of 200 cattle of various types and 100 are finished every year. The cattle are managed on a low-cost system at a moderate stocking rate.

Sheep

  • There is a sheep flock of 230 ewes split into 80 to produce early fat lamb and 150 which are managed to lamb in mid-March to coincide with early grass.

  • The sheep unit is equipped with excellent facilities including various types of housing and handling facilities.

Forestry

  • The farm includes 50 hectares of diverse woodlands which are used for the practical training of students who participate in the Level 5 and 6 Forestry courses and in DkIT joint courses.

What’s the social life like?

A large sports hall is available for indoor soccer, basketball, volleyball and badminton. There are also game rooms for pool, darts, table tennis, cards, TV and general socialising and three computer training rooms with Wi-Fi.

Did we mention that the local village is just 1km away?

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Image source: Teagasc \ Website

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