'I loved the job from day one'
Published 20/07/2016 | 02:30
From the centre of Bantry town to a busy office at the Irish Farm Centre, you would not expect a woman with no background in farming to end up as secretary of the Irish Charolais Cattle Society.
However, this is the lovely story of Nuala Hourihane, who has recently stepped down from a role which she served with great pride for 40 years.
By nature a large majority of farmers' daughters tend to fall back into the rural way of life at some time in their lives, either by farming itself, or through horses, with many others going on to marrying farmers in adulthood.
Not so for Nuala, who had absolutely no experience of the farming way of life before being completely immersed in the world of beef cattle in her early 20s.
"When I finished school I wanted to travel so I headed to Australia with my friend Norma. On the flight we met Holy Ghost missionaries on their way to Papua New Guinea. From that contact we ended up working on coffee plantations there for two years.
"Norma then returned home alone and on her way back she met the late John Mooney who told her about a vacancy for an office job in the Irish Farm Centre.
"She took the job for six months and when I returned home, I basically took over. I had already completed a secretarial course so it came in very handy."
Within a short space of time Nuala's role as secretary with the Irish Charolais Cattle Society developed into one of liaison officer, show co-ordinator and even overseas representative.