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Teagasc appoints new assistant principal

Teagasc has announced the appointment of a new Assistant Principal to the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture.



7 February 2016

The Teagasc Authority has appointed Colm Dockrell as Assistant Principal at the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin. Dockrell joined Teagasc in 2009 from the Warrenstown Horticulture College, where he had taught for 30 years up until its closure in that year.

Speaking on his appointment Colm said: “I am looking forward to the new challenges that the role of Assistant Principal will present, and I have a particular interest in developing new work-based courses at the college and delivering a range of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) training for the horticulture industry.”

Dockrell began his formal training in Horticulture in Warrenstown College, and then qualified with a Degree in Horticulture from UCD. He has a keen interest in turfgrass and in 2011 he completed a Masters in Agronomy at the University of Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, under the supervision of Professor Roch Gaussoin.

Congratulating Dockrell on his appointment, John Mulhern, Principal at the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture said: “Colm has a long track record of delivering horticultural education in Ireland, having worked in Warrenstown College for thirty years and having spent the last six years in the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture at the National Botanic Gardens, delivering a wide range of modules on turfgrass, plant protection and general crop production. In particular his expertise in sustainable methods of sportsturf construction, maintenance and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) has been extremely valuable for students.”

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