Clonmel Show Bursary awards winners were presented with their scrolls and cheques by show president Carrie Acheson at an awards ceremony in Hotel Minella. Mrs Acheson congratulated the winners and praised their parents for supporting their sons in their respective studies.
Joint chairman of Clonmel Show, and innovator of these annual bursary awards, Tom Acheson congratulated the winners and regretted the fact that not every entrant could be a winner. He said he was delighted that the awards, now in their fourth year, had attracted so many enthusiastic entrants with such a diversity of projects over the past four years. He was also delighted that so many of the previous winners had completed their projects and also found time to help with the preparation for and tidying-up after the show which is held annually on the first Sunday in July.
Former County Manager and chairman of the independent panel Bursary award adjudicators, Ned O’Connor, said they were enthused and thrilled with the quality of the projects and their presentation. He congratulated Clonmel Show for their foresight and generosity in presenting these annual bursary awards, which are worth €15,000 in total. He hoped that the recipients got satisfaction and fulfilment in the pursuit of their projects. He expressed a wish that there might be greater diversity of topic in the projects entered in future years
The winners were:- Michael Tobin, Bellevue Park, New Inn, Cashel, for his study in the Sustainable Use of Well Water on Dairy farms in South Tipperary; Steven Tierney, Bannixtown, Fethard, who plans to continue his studies in WIT and Kildalton to achieve a B.Sc (Hons) in Land Management; Brian Norris, Shanbally, Lisronagh, has plans to continue his studies in dairying after he completes his course in Pallaskennery Agricultural College thus further qualifying him to come home to pursue a career in dairy farming; Alex Sheehan, Tannersrath, Clonmel, intends to pursue his studies into dairy farming in Ireland and New Zealand after he completes his B.Agr.Sc. in UCD (Alex has plans to join his father on the family dairy farm following the completion of his bursary project); Edward Phelan, Lodge, Ardfinnan, following a study of dairy farming in New Zealand, has plans to produce farm software to improve dairy farmers’ capacity to collect data on their phones; and Kevin Cooney, Pencil Hill, Lawlesstown, Clonmel, will be going on a study tour of 11 dairy farms in New Zealand, as part of the renowned Kildalton Dairy Discussion group tour down under. Kevin is already an established dairy farmer, who wants to obtain more first-hand knowledge of the New Zealand dairy systems to enhance his own operation in Moorestown.