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ASA News -March 2nd

ASA Mock Interviews

Since the beginning of 2023, it may look like the ASA has been a bit quiet but make no mistake, we have been working hard organising events and planning some exciting outings for the coming months.
We have had a busy February already, with the focus being on the UCD mock interviews and UCD careers day. This is our first year conducting face-to-face interviews since 2019.
We were delighted with the response from students and put together six interview panels. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our interviewers, who made themselves available for the day. John Eivers, Al Grogan, John Francis O'Grady, Martin Ryan, Odile Evans, Gillian Richardson, Cara MacAodhain, Stafford Vigors, Zoe McKay, Nick Finnerty, Kevin McDonnell, and Alec Perrott.
As usual, the standard was very high, and our interviewers had a difficult task choosing a winner of their respective groups.

The group winners are:
1 Gary Daly
2 David Corry
3 Emily Williams
4 Ciara Byres
5 Ciaran McManus
6 Marie Gray

We wish all the students the best in their chosen path after they graduate.

Our SETU student members will have their mock interviews on March 24th and we are in the process of confirming dates for MTU and DkIT.

ASA Vice president, Niamh Bambrick, Presents Ciara Byres with her Mock Interview certificate - Patrick Browne

On Wednesday, February 22nd we were at the UCD Careers day where the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue opened the proceedings with an address to the final year undergraduate students in the UCD Garret Fitzgerald Debating Chamber. Our Vice President Niamh Bambrick spoke about her own experiences studying at UCD and her career path to date including the importance of being involved with organisations such as the ASA and Macra.

Niamh Bambrick speaking at the 2023 UCD Careers day Picture: Patrick Browne

Pictured are Aoife Feeney, Agricultural Policy Officer at the Embassy of the Netherlands, Ciara Byers Agsoc, Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue T.D and Eilish Gill, Agricultural Science Careers Committee Chair, Dean of Agriculture, UCD Professor Frank Monahan and Niamh Bambrick, Vice President, ASA. Picture: Patrick Browne


Spring has finally arrived and we have a lot in store for our ASA members. Today we release another episode of "Experts in Their Field". In this installment, Past president Michael Miley interviews his friend and former colleague Jimmy Brett. Jimmy speaks openly about his younger years growing up in Kilkenny through to his college days, working in RTE, and returning to Kilkenny to join the family business. you can listen here.

Upcoming events

March 8th - Carbon Cycling, Measurement, Accounting, and Policy, What it Means for Irish Farming.

This event is in Teagasc, Johnstown Castle more details and registration can be found here 

The following events are at the planning stage. more details will be released in the coming weeks.

  • Horticulture event - Details TBC
  • Clover Event - Moorepark April 19th.Registration will open on March 10th
  • Equine Event - Details TBC
  • Retired Members Event - Details TBC

As always keep a close eye on our social media channels and your emails for any updates, new events and podcasts.

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