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Maeve Keane - ATU Mountbellew

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Maeve Keane

Student of Rural Enterprise and Agri-Business

ATU, Mountbellew

One of the highlights of the course for me was going out on placement for a full semester.

Growing up on our family farm in Waterford, I always had a passion for agriculture, but I also loved studying business. Studying Rural Enterprise and Agri-Busines in the Mountbellew campus allowed me to do both. It’s a small campus where it was easy to settle in and get to know everyone.

One of the highlights of the course for me was going out on placement for an entire semester. I went to the Teagasc office in Clonmel, and I got to work alongside the advisors. 

I organised discussion groups for farmers and advisors and travelled to the other Teagasc offices in Tipperary. I enjoyed learning about the different schemes, such as GLAS, KT, and how to fill out Basic Farm Payment forms.

After my work placement, I started my third year on the Galway City campus. There were so many clubs and societies to get involved in. This was a great way to make new friends.

Class groups are small. Lecturers know everyone by name and are always there to give you a hand. I’m glad I chose to study at ATU Mountbellew.