Agricultural college sees surge in demand

first_img#SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Email Advertisement Twitter Previous articleLimerick students won’t take cuts lying downNext articleCouncillors row over Joint Policing Committee John Keogh THE number of applicants to courses at the Salesian Agricultural College in Pallaskenry has tripled in the last five years.In 2009 the college was threatened with closure as the demand for agricultural courses was so low, but now the college is forced to turn away students due to the high number of applications.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Principal John McCarthy told Limerick Post: “Since 2008 there has been a two to three-fold increase in our numbers and that has been across the board in all courses. Depending on the courses, we can’t accommodate all the applicants at this stage.“This year we have nearly 400 students; about four or five years ago we would have had between 100 to 120 and that was about it. Just a few short years ago I was campaigning with politicians to try to keep the college open and now we’ve gone to the other extreme.”Points for the college’s Higher Certificate in Agricultural Mechanisation, run in conjunction with LIT, have also risen, reflecting the increase in demand.Salesian Agricultural College is also privately paying two extra teaching staff to cope with the surge in student numbers.Mr McCarthy continued: “We also have a direct entry Certificate in Agriculture where we take 100 students and we have a long waiting list for that at the moment. Our Advanced Certificate in Mechanisation takes 26 students and we had about 60 applicants this year.”Regarding possible factors that may have led to the rise in popularity for agricultural courses, Mr McCarthy explained:  “First of all there are now a huge amount of young people looking at the area of agriculture. Secondly the jobs just are not there elsewhere, so people see the positives in having a business at home and getting work and an income from that. During the Celtic Tiger years the income from farming wouldn’t have been able to compete with a lot of other areas.” WhatsApp Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsAgricultural college sees surge in demandBy John Keogh – September 2, 2013 720 center_img TAGSagricultureeducationMusic LimerickSalesian Agricultural College Facebook Linkedin Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Print Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launchlast_img read more

How to get through uncertainty

first_imgThis is placeholder text continue reading » We’re now in the fourth quarter of 2020. As we reflect on the year, where we – and our organizations – are now is likely lightyears away from where we thought we would be in January. The coronavirus pandemic made our initial annual plans irrelevant, dramatically changed our business operations, and is continuing to alter our plans for the future.Add to that environment a fast-approaching, contentious presidential election and we’ve got a lot of uncertainty.Uncertainty weighs heavy on all of us. It’s hard to know what to do next when circumstances are changing so quickly. Axios Future writer Bryan Walsh acknowledges that people “are a future-focused species that feels happiest when we think we can plan for and shape our tomorrow. Take that away, and the result can be crippling anxiety.”To help overcome the stress of uncertainty, Walsh has a “guide” using strategic foresight, which requires us to plan for several possible futures and outcomes. I’ve previously shared a similar sentiment, encouraging fellow leaders to build “What if?” agendas that challenge assumptions, leave you prepared to handle worst-case scenarios, and encourage innovation. This post is currently collecting data…center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Lincoln could meet Sutton, Chelsea host United in FA Cup

first_imgBy Ian ChadbandLONDON, (Reuters)-Lincoln City, the first minor league team to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals in 103 years, were handed a tie at either 12-time winners Arsenal or fellow National League club Sutton United in Sunday’s sixth round draw.The glamour fixture sees Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho returning to Stamford Bridge with the holders and 12-time FA Cup winners to face his old club Chelsea, the Premier League leaders.Lincoln, who play in the fifth tier of the English game, could feature in a unique last-eight tie as a reward for their sensational 1-0 win at Premier League Burnley on Saturday.Should the two National League clubs meet it would guarantee the outlandish feat of a minor league club making it to the semi-finals at Wembley Stadium for the first time.First, Sutton have the monumental task of winning their own dream tie at home to Arsenal in the fifth round today.Lincoln manager Danny Cowley, who watched the draw at the club’s Sincil Bank ground surrounded by cheering fans, called it a “win-win” draw for the team who top the National League.“It’s great. We wish Sutton all the best tomorrow – I genuinely hope they can do it. If they can, then fantastic,” he said.“For us, it’s a win-win, we either play Sutton for a place in the semi-final or we have a fantastic tie away at Arsenal.“It’s completely surreal. I feel like we’re going to wake up at any moment.”Sutton are 17th in the National League, 104 places below Arsenal in English football’s league pyramid.Lincoln face the prospect of a visit to either Sutton’s ramshackle 5,000-capacity Gander Green Lane ground or Arsenal’s 60,000-seater citadel, the Emirates Stadium.When Chelsea’s most successful manager Mourinho, who won the Cup with the Londoners 10 years ago, went back there in October he suffered the most humiliating defeat of his United reign as Antonio Conte’s men won 4-0 but that was their last league loss.After United won a hard-fought contest 2-1 at Blackburn Rovers yesterday, Mourinho could look on a resurgence that has seen his side carve out the longest unbeaten league sequence — 16 matches — in any of Europe’s top five leagues this season.Tottenham Hotspur, who eased their way into the last eight with a Harry Kane hat-trick seeing off Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage, next host third-tier Millwall, who knocked out Premier League champions Leicester City on Saturday.Spurs fans looking for a happy omen quickly latched on to the fact that when they won the Cup in 1966-67, they beat Millwall in the third round on the way to picking up the trophy.Middlesbrough could host an all-Premier League tie against Manchester City if Pep Guardiola’s side, as expected, beat Huddersfield Town at the second time of asking following Saturday’s goalless draw at Kirklees Stadium.Two years ago, City were knocked out 2-0 by then second-tier Middlesbrough at the Etihad Stadium in the fourth round.Sixth-round Draw (Premier League unless stated)Chelsea v Manchester UnitedMiddlesbrough v Huddersfield Town (II)/Manchester CityTottenham Hotspur v Millwall (III)Sutton United (NL)/Arsenal v Lincoln City (NL)Ties will be played from March 10-13.last_img read more