Part-time dairy farmer and full-time teacher, Ellen Vaughan, has been named as the Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year for 2022.
Ellen, who completed the Level 6 Distance Green Cert at Teagasc, Navan, County Meath, was presented with her award, along with a €1,500 cheque, by Minister Charlie McConalogue at the Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year Awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 9th, 2023.
Laura Lynch, who won the drystock category, comes from Athy, County Kildare and completed the Level 6 Specific Purpose Certificate in Farming (Distance) at Teagasc, Mullingar.
Meanwhile, Amanda Draper was the top student in the other land-based enterprises category.
She hails from Cork and has graduated with distinction on both Level 5 and Level 6 in equitation at Teagasc. Kildalton College.
The other finalists were:
Jathan McMahon grew up on a dairy farm in County Clare and joined Gurteen College in 2020 to complete the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture – Dairy Herd Management.
Meghan England moved to Ireland from Australia almost six years ago to farm, with a desire to learn how to farm efficiently and sustainably, so she chose to do the Green Cert in Teagasc, Midleton.
Tim Crowley comes from Mallow, County Cork and completed a Level 6 Green Cert part-time in Teagasc Macroom.
Gavin McGarrigle is from Ballyshannon in County Donegal and has completed the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Dairy Herd Management) at Mountbellew Agricultural College.
Owain Buttimer from Rosscarbery in County Cork and completed the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture – Dairy Herd Management at Teagasc Clonakilty College.
Ryan McGovern from County Cavan undertook the Level 6 in Drystock Management at Teagasc, Ballyhaise College.
Neil Furey farms with his parents and sisters in Bluestack country in Co. Donegal and acquired his Green Cert at Teagasc Manorhamilton.
Niall Gillespie hails from Ballina, County Mayo and excelled through the Green Cert course which he completed at Teagasc Ballina.
Hanna Sheerin from County Wicklow completed the Distance Education course at Kildalton College in 2021.
Gearoid Kennedy from Kilkenny had an interest in forestry from a young age which led him to completing the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Forestry at Ballyhaise Agricultural College.
Prabhjit Singh was born in India and grew up on a farm with many generations before him farming the land. Prabhjit completed a Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture (Nursery Stock Production) in Botanic Gardens and is now doing a Level 7 BSc in Horticulture with Botanics and SETU.
Fred Dolan is a suckler farmer in Roscommon and completed the Level 5 & Level 6 Certificate in Agriculture (Green Cert) at Teagasc Roscommon.
Michael Mulry comes from Tuam, County Galway and completed the Level 6 Specific Purpose Certificate in Farming (Part-Time) in Teagasc Athenry.
Paul Dineen is from County Cork and arrived at Pallaskenry College after completing Level 5 at Clonakilty Agricultural College. He went on to complete the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agriculture (Mechanisation) in Pallaskenry.