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New Assistant Principal at Teagasc Kildalton

Grainne will be Assistant Principal – Horticulture but will also have responsibilities across the Kildalton Campus

Grainne McMahon has been appointed as new Assistant Principal at Teagasc Kildalton



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15 May 2016

Grainne McMahon has been appointed as Assistant Principal at the Teagasc Agriculture and Horticulture College, Piltown, County Kilkenny. Grainne will be Assistant Principal – Horticulture, but will also have responsibility across the campus for areas such as student welfare, access, security and rules and regulations.

She completes the management team in Kildalton of College Principal, Paul Hennessy and Assistant Principal – Agriculture, Tim Ashmore.

Grainne holds a Certificate in Horticulture from Warrenstown College and went on to qualify from University College Dublin with a first class Honours B.Agr.Sc in commercial horticulture. She completed a Masters in Agricultural Science specialising in turfgrass at UCD, before obtaining a Masters of Arts in Management in Education from Waterford Institute of Technology.

Grainne currently works in Teagasc as Curriculum Development and Standards Officer and Co-ordinator for Practical Learning Periods, in the Teagasc education programme. Prior to that, she was a Horticultural Lecturer for 12 years at the Teagasc Horticultural College in Kildalton, teaching courses from level 5 to 7 in both the theory and practical aspects, specialising in turfgrass, greenkeeping, protected crop production and soils management.

She has organised numerous events and open days including four sports turf seminars for people working in that industry. She has delivered in-service training of education officers in the areas of course preparation, delivery, policies, timetable preparation and verification. She is a member of the International Society of Horticultural Science.

Speaking on her appointment Grainne said: “There is an opportunity to continue to develop Kildalton College as a centre of excellence in horticultural education for those seriously committed to the industry. I look forward to leading that development and supporting the horticultural industry into the future.”

Congratulating Grainne on her appointment, Paul Hennessy, Principal at Teagasc Kildalton said: “We are fortunate to have someone with Grainne’s qualifications, experience and management expertise to be the new Assistant Principal for Horticulture in the college and I look forward to continuing to work with her as we develop the course offerings and the College. I would like to acknowledge the contribution over the years of the former Assistant Principal Ciaran Walsh and wish him well in his retirement.”

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