KILDALTON College in South Kilkenny will hold a major open day on Saturday, June 25 this year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its foundation.
The college today is a modern facility, providing courses in agriculture, horticulture and equine studies. It has evolved and developed over the past 50 years, and visitors to the open day this summer will have the opportunity to travel through time in the decade rooms. Different rooms, representing each of the past five decades, will display photos and articles from the college campus and enterprises, showing how they have developed in the intervening period.
Martin Heydon, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, was in Kildalton to launch the open day and review the plans for the upcoming event.
As a former student of Kildalton College, Minister Heydon is well placed to reflect on the changes that have taken place over the years.
He said: “People often speak about a transition that agriculture and farming must make as if it is something that will happen in a distant future. However, the farming, horticulture and equine sectors are constantly evolving. The college here in Kildalton has adapted to these changes to ensure its courses are relevant to the new era, and equip current students, and the farmers of the future, with the knowledge and skill sets to prosper in the future. I wish Teagasc and Kildalton College continued success as they mark their 50-year contribution to Irish agricultural education.”
Teagasc Director Professor Frank O Mara said: “We are delighted to be joined today by some of our partners who have worked with Teagasc over the years as we developed our education offering. The career options open to students who pass through the college today are radically different to those faced by the first students who entered Kildalton 50 years ago, and they have the opportunity to progress, achieve higher qualifications, and embrace the multiple opportunities for lifelong learning offered by Teagasc and its partners. The challenges facing those students are different, but equally exciting.”
Tim Ashmore, principal of Kildalton College, is inviting all farmers and their families to visit Kildalton on June 25.
Supported by FBD, the Open Day will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to bring together students and staff, both past and present.