Tipperary farming: Skye's research is the bee's knees

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Tipperary farming: Skye's research is the bee's knees

Skye Murphy, Sligo and Pallaskenry Agricultural College, winner of the FRS All-Ireland Memorial Scholarship, with Tony Pettit, head of education with Teagasc; Padraig Madden, FRS Network, and James H

The annual All-Ireland final of the Farm Relief Services Memorial Scholarship took place recently at the Teagasc Colleges Challenge Day in Gurteen Agricultural College, County Tipperary.

Skye Murphy from Dromard Proper, County Sligo was the overall winner of the scholarship.

Skye was representing Pallaskenry Agricultural College, Limerick, and in the final she gave her presentation on The Positive Representation of Bees as an Enterprise to bring more People into the Industry, a passion which Skye herself pursues. She gave her presentation to a judging panel made up of Padraig Madden, FRS Network; James Healy, national president of Macra, and Tony Pettit, head of education with Teagasc.

The scholarship is run in conjunction with Macra na Feirme and a winner is selected to represent each Teagasc college as a national finalist.

This year marked the 10th year in it’s running. The scholarship rewards students who show outstanding leadership ability.

After college the winner will go on to take up a paid placement with FRS to learn about the running of the business.

“Leadership and communications are two extremely important lifelong skills that need to be encouraged at all levels within our education system, said Peter Byrne, FRS CEO.

He said the FRS was delighted to be involved again this year with Macra and Teagasc.

“I believe the whole experience and the level of preparation each participant puts into the competition will stand to them for the rest of their lives and gives them confidence to take on further similar challenges in the future,” said Mr Byrne.

The FRS Memorial Scholarship is in memory of deceased management, staff and board members of FRS nationally.