Gurteen Faculty to mark seventy fifth anniversary with ‘yr of celebration’

Gurteen Faculty will kick off a “yr of celebration” on September 3, to mark 75 years because it opened its doorways as an agricultural faculty.

Previous college students, together with some from the faculty’s early years, may have the chance to reminisce although pictures and file from Gurteen’s archives way back to 1947.

The occasion on September 3, is sponsored by FBD, whereas the launch of the anniversary yr is sponsored by ABP.

The primary crop of Gurteen Faculty college students in 1947

The historical past of the faculty predates its precise opening. For various years earlier than that, a gaggle of farmers and folks from the methodist group recognized the necessity to do one thing that might assist protect and improve rural communities.

They arrived on the concept to ascertain a school that might purpose to exhibit greatest agricultural observe and supply alternative for younger individuals.

The founders labored with the Methodist Council of Eire to arrange Gurteen Faculty as a charitable belief.

In 1946 Gurteen home and farm was bought, funded by way of donations. The faculty welcomed its first college students the next yr below Wesley McKinney, the primary principal of Gurteen Faculty.

From the start, residential lodging was provided, enabling college students from across the nation to attend.

From its earliest days, the faculty positioned an equal deal with each sensible agricultural expertise and classroom principle.

The faculty has, since 1947, been each co-educational, catering for each female and male college students, and multi-denominational, providing schooling to individuals of assorted non secular backgrounds.

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Gurteen Faculty college students at work in 1950

Over the past 75 years, Gurteen Faculty has developed a fame as one for Eire’s main agricultural schools, with its graduates lively in numerous elements of Eire’s agriculture and agri-food sectors.

Many former college students are additionally farming in their very own native communities throughout the nation, offering employment; working sustainable companies; and supporting their native communities.

A number of of Gurteen’s graduates have additionally grow to be concerned in trade, farm organisations and nationwide politics.

In the present day, the faculty works carefully with Teagasc, the Training and Coaching Boards (ETBs) and the Technological College of the Shannon (TUS) within the offering agricultural coaching.

The variety of college students there finding out the Teagasc Stage 5 and Stage 6 agriculture course continues to develop, a course that Gurteen Faculty describes as its “beating coronary heart”.

The faculty has additionally delivered programs to assist Bord na Móna workers retrain and upskill.

This educational yr will see the primary group of Stage 8 Agricultural Science and Sustainability college students at Gurteen, by way of an settlement with TUS.

Gurteen Faculty mentioned it “recognises that the world is altering and the calls for on farmers and landowners will even change”.

For that purpose, the faculty mentioned, “sustainability in all its components can be on the forefront of our future actions”.

At current, Gurteen Faculty contains a 1,000ac property, workshops, a 250-cow dairy unit, an 80-cow suckler unit, a 450-ewe sheep flock, and 115ac of tillage.

The property additionally has vital areas of less-productive land, with native woodland, forestry, a lough, and vital areas of lavatory.

Gurteen Faculty is presently working with an architect to create a campus “masterplan” for high-quality classroom and educating areas, with designs in place for a brand new educating block.

This yr the faculty will create a grove of 75 native bushes to mark its 75-year historical past.

The faculty mentioned: “Every of the 75 native bushes represents a yr for Gurteen’s proud historical past. The grove additionally offers a tangible hyperlink to Gurteen’s dedication to environmental sustainability.”

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