Congratulations to John Shanahan, Maureen Enright, Bryan O’Driscoll (missing from photo are Shirley Morrow, Joe Farrell, Mattie Roche, Kornel Rozsa) for all the hard work they put in and the many hours of looking after the vegetables during our recent dry spell.

We also thank our 1st and 2nd year students for all the work they did this year.

Our College was founded on the September 1991, and in all that time our students have been growing in knowledge and experience, some of our students have gone on to teach and others start their own business i.e. Manna Organic Farm, Gorse Farm, Beech Lawn Farm.

In 2013 our students entered their first competitive show, Newcastle West Flower Show, to which they won their first plaque. This encouraged them to go onto Limerick Show the same year and they succeeded there also.  Since then they have gone on to do exceptionally in all four shows: Charleville Agricultural Show, Newcastle West Flower show, Cappamore Agricultural Show and Limerick Agricultural Show.

This year they have succeeded in winning:

Charleville Show

The Brother Rice Perpetual Cup – Most Points in Horticulture Section

Newcastle West Flower Show

Ned Guiry Perpetual Trophy – Most Points in Vegetable Classes

William Begley Cup – Most Points in Show

Pat Hunt Trophy – Best Potato

Cappamore Show

Michael English Perpetual Trophy – 1st Prize Tray of Vegetables

Limerick Show

The Cushanahouna Perpetual Cup – Annual Flowers

The Drummond Perpetual Cup – Country Garden Vegetables

Ballymackeogh Perpetual Cup – Most Points in Flower Section

This is a great experience for any student who intends to go further in this area or in the competitive area.

Limerick Show Result

1st and 3rd in parsnips…

2nd in leeks..
1st onions..
1st corn…
1st lettuce..
1st beetroot..
2nd rhubarb..
3rd tomatoes..
1st cherry tomatoes..
2nd maincrop potatoes..
2nd mid season potatoes..
1st in big veg tray..
1st French beans..
2nd Scarlett runner beans..
1st and 3rd in carrots..
3rd celery..
3rd courgettes..
1st in herbs..
1st in second veg tray..
1st in 3 vases of annuals..
2nd in annuals
3rd in Succulent.

The “Show” success follows on from another success at the “Body & Soul” Festival in June where 1st Year students had a Vegetable Growing display  where they gave information on Organic growing and sustainable living. The display was very popular with the Festival goers.

All these events serve to showcase the work of the students at the College and greatly enhance the learning experience.

The “Prize Winning” Veg. is available from the Market Stall in Dromcollogher on Fridays.

The College is currently taking applications for Courses starting this September. Courses include Organic Horticulture at QQI Levels 5 & 6 and Beekeeping. Further information available on www.organiccollege.com  Contact the College on 063-83604 or email oifig@organiccollege.com

Show Success 2018