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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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‘Apprenticeships are the best way to progress into a trade’

Monaghan-based agri-business, McAree Engineering, has been recognised for its efforts in supporting the next generation through the receipt of a Generation Apprenticeship Employer of the Year award.

The Generation Apprenticeship awards aim to recognise and celebrate the work outstanding apprentice employers carry out in driving employment and economic and social growth.

The theme selected for the latest award programme was leadership at pioneering micro and small companies plus diversity in the workplace.

In 2022, 83 companies were nominated who are passionate about apprenticeships as a  source of talent and skills.

McAree Engineering offers a range of apprenticeships through its own training academy, including:

  • Account technician;
  • Mechanical automation and maintenance fitting;
  • Metal fabrication & sheet metal working.

Employing 180 staff across three factory units in Ballinode & Carrickroe in North Monaghan, they supply fabricated sheet metal components to some of Ireland’s leading own equipment manufacturers.

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Vincent’s words

Vincent McAree, operations director, said:

“We are delighted to be recognised for our approach with our apprenticeships.”

“They are an important part of our Training Academy, and we are delighted to receive this stamp of approval. We believe that apprenticeships are the best way to progress into a trade. We provide a wide range of opportunities.”

“I would like to recognise the work that our mentors and the CMETB do in promoting and helping us promote McAree Engineering to potential candidates.”


Vinci McAree established McAree Engineering in 1946 to service cars and stationary engines to generate electricity for local businesses.

The business grew over the years with s strong focus on supporting farmers locally and then countywide.

The business has continued to grow under the management of Vinci’s son Brendan.

The third generation of McArees are heavily involved in continuing to move the business forward.

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