The Certificate in Agriculture (Green Cert of 2021-2023) students at Mellows Campus Athenry have raised €10,312 for chosen charities.
The group have split donations evenly between Galway Hospice and Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.
Students organised a climb of Croagh Patrick and an item-packed raffle as part of their team working module that Lisa Brennan delivered.
The class included:
- Brendan Burke;
- Robert Clair;
- Daniel Cormican;
- Jonathan Cunningham;
- James Daly;
- Stephen Delaney;
- Tomas Feeney;
- Keith Finnegan;
- Cian Gallagher;
- Eoghan Glynn;
- William Lally;
- Aidan Lynch;
- Michael Lyons;
- Darragh McGaune;
- Sean Meehan;
- Michael Mellody;
- Kevin Nolan;
- Dylan O’Halloran;
- Gerard Ruane;
- Michael Stone;
- Declan Tierney;
- Gregory Walsh;
- Philip Walsh.
On behalf of all Green Cert students involved, Tomas and Gerard, thanked those throughout the country who supported their efforts.
They told That’s Farming editor, Catherina Cunnane:
“We would like to thank every member of our class sincerely for all their hard work and commitment to the events.”
“Firstly, we would like to say a special thanks to all the businesses that donated prizes for the raffle.”
“These include Quigleys of Ahascragh, who donated the 60-litre quad sprayer. Meanwhile, Kevin Burke Tyres, donated a €200 voucher and JFC in Tuam, donated a calf feeder.”
“Rabbittes Motors donated vouchers, along with other businesses, including Rafferty’s Restaurant and Arrabawn Athenry.”
“Also, a special thanks to Joe Mannion, owner of Town and Country on the Milltown Road in Tuam, who fuelled us up with breakfast rolls and water on route to climb Croagh Patrick and to John in The Olde Woods, Balla, who sponsored us a round of drinks post-climbing.”
The group also thanked Serena Gibbons (Teagasc education officer), Lisa Brennan (tutor of teamworking) and Emma Buckley (tutor) of Teagasc Athenry for helping them to organise these events and joining their Croagh Patrick climb.
Lastly, they also thanked Colin Bell, who travelled from Newry to accept the donation on behalf of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Fund and Gerry Burke from Galway Hospice.