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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Two farmers in ICSA presidential election race

ICSA Election

Two farmers are in the ICSA’s presidential election race, the farm organisation has revealed today (Monday, December 5th, 2022).

The contest to become its next national president has begun following the conclusion of the formal nomination process.

According to the farm organisation, the candidates are:

  • Dermot Kelleher: Kelleher is a suckler farmer from Inchigeela in West Cork. He is the current national president of ICSA and is aiming to continue his tenure for another two years. He previously served as chair of its suckler committee and as its Munster vice-president.
  • Sean McNamara: McNamara is a sheep, beef, and suckler farmer from Lismacaffrey in Co Westmeath. He currently holds the position of ICSA sheep chair, which he has held for four years.


The election will take place in the Midlands Park Hotel in Portlaoise on the evening of Wednesday, December 14th. Proceedings on the night will begin at 7.00pm.

Each candidate will make a presentation to the association’s national executive which will be followed by a Q & A session with the candidates. The vote will follow, with a result expected at 9 pm.

The ICSA “represents the interests of drystock and sheep farmers throughout every county in Ireland, with the national office located in Portlaoise, Co. Laois”.

2020 election

Both Mc Namara and Kelleher ran in the 2020 ICSA presidential election, as reported by That’s Farming at the time.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions at the time, the election took place by postal vote. Votes were counted at a special meeting of ICSA on Thursday, December 17th, 2020.

Kelleher succeeded Edmond Phelan, whose tenure came to an end in January 2021.

That’s Farming has previously interviewed Kelleher and McNamara.

Over the last week, we published an article from McNamara on the new €12/ewe Sheep Improvement Scheme, which you can read, and a piece from Kelleher on the fertiliser cost crisis.

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