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Thursday 18 September 2014

Christina among top students in country

Mary Murphy

Published 30/04/2014 | 05:36

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Christina Brosnan, finalist in the Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year awards , being presented with the award by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD with Professor Gerry Boyle, Teagasc Director and Michael Garvey, FBD Sales and Marketing Manager. Photo: John Ohle

WHEN Christina Brosnan decided to take on a part time agriculture course at the Teagasc Centre in Killarney little did she think she would end up in the top 10 students in the country.

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Christina was chosen from more than 3,500 Teagasc students from around the country to make it to the finals of the Teaagsc/FBD Student of the year awards.

Originally from Kilsarcon, Currow, Christina's parents Ted and Mary are dairy farmers and she is determined to follow in their footsteps.

While working full time as a legal secretary with Pierse, McCarthy, Lucey solicitors, Christina successfully completed a Level 6 Agricultural Course and achieved a 'Green Cert'. The part time course started in September 2011 and finished in March 2013.

She saw the qualification as part of a path to full time farming: "It is something that I will get into myself. The plan is early next year to lease land for myself and do some calf rearing. The aim is to get into dairy farming in the long term."

Christina admits to being shocked when her top 10 nomination came through: "I didn't expect it at all, I couldn't believe it when I got the call. It is a great achievement."

A totals of 3,500 Teagasc students qualified in 2013. From these the judges initially picked out 900 students and narrowed it down to 600 before finally choosing the top ten.

Christina travelled to Dublin's Merrion Hotel for the awards on April 15 with her partner Sean Fitzgerald and the Killarney course director Brendan Sullivan.

Her award was presented by Minister for Agriculture, Food and The Marine Simon Coveney.

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