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Thursday, September 8th from the Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny

Conference Speakers

Aileen Barron

Aileen grew up on a dairy farm in County Waterford, and has spent her entire life immersed in the world of agriculture along with a love for equines. She…

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Ailish Byrne

Dr Ailish Byrne is an agricultural scientist who qualified with a first class honours B.Agr.Sc from University College Dublin. She went on to obtain a PhD in Farm Financial…

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Avril Tierney

Avril Tierney is a mam, wife, daughter, sister and friend from Dublin but living in Portarlington, Laois since 2005. She is a counsellor, psychotherapist and a life coach and…

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Jack O’ Connor

Jack O’Connor is Ruminant Business Unit Director for MSD Animal Health in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Jack has been part of the organisation since 2016 and…

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Katie Gleeson

Katie Gleeson is dairy farming alongside her husband Phil in County Tipperary, juggling farm life alongside raising three children and studying for a BSc Agricultural Science and Sustainability at…

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Orla Treacy

Sister Orla Treacy was born in Carlow in 1973 and grew up in Kerry, Clare and Wicklow. At a young age, she was inspired by the lives of service…

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Tom Griffen

Tom Griffin is General Counsel and Co-op Secretary at one of Ireland’s largest dairy co-operatives, Lakeland Dairies. With 20-years experience in the corporate, legal and secretarial fields, Tom brings…

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Chairperson: Sarah McIntosh

Having qualified from UCD in 2021 with a BAgrSc (Hons) (NFQ Level 8) in Food and Agribusiness Management Sarah has an interest and passion for all aspects of Ireland’s…

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Chairperson: Karina Pierce

Karina graduated with a BAgrSc in 2001 and completed her PhD in 2005, both from UCD. She is Professor of Dairy Production, Director of External Relations and Programme Director…

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