The President of the Clonmel Horse Show and Agricultural Society Ltd (Clonmel Show) Mrs Carrie Acheson, presented the 2102 Bursary award winners with their cheques recently at a ceremony in the Hotel Minella.
The five successful applicants were Michael Barry of Wilford House, Ballingarry, Co. Tipperary for his project on Dairy Nutrition, Pat Murphy of Carrigwilliam, Lisronagh, Clonmel for his Forestry project, Shane Norris of Knockelly, Fethard for his Certificate in Agriculture project, Donnchadh Corcoran of Knockinclash, Ballypatrick for his project entitled “Farming for Health – Social Farming” and Clare O’Donovan of Ballinvoher, Powerstown, Clonmel for her PhD project on Human Nutrition.
The chairman of Clonmel Show, Bill Carroll, congratulated the bursary winners and wished them every success. He expressed a wish that they might like to become involved with the preparation and organisation of the annual show in future years.
Tom Acheson, who coordinates the Bursary Awards Scheme on behalf of the show committee, also congratulated the winners and wished them well with their individual projects.
He thanked the independent panel of adjudicators for their work in judging the applications and recommending the projects to be awarded bursaries. The Bursary awards scheme is in its second year. It was the brainchild of Tom Acheson and is reviewed annually by the show’s management committee, who are delighted to be in a position to make these valuable awards.
Ned O’Connor, who retired last year as South Tipperary County Manager, spoke on behalf of his fellow adjudicators.
He stated that they was delighted to have been involved in the adjudication process. He praised the applicants on the high quality of their various projects and made special reference to the excellence of their presentation of their individual projects before the panel of adjudicators. He wished them all well and commiserated with the unsuccessful applicants.
Mr O’Connor expressed the wish that more rural/farm based projects might be submitted in the future. He congratulated Clonmel Show on their initiative in funding these awards and hoped that show committee would continue to award these bursaries in the future.