The Irish Meteorological Society Members' Field Trip to Teagasc Ballyhaise Agricultural College, Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan took place on

Saturday 19 May 2018.

A total of 27 IMS Members and Friends enjoyed the event.


The IMS Organising committee wishes to thank everyone who participated. We thank our Driver Gerry Mahon from Morton's Coaches for his brilliant timekeeping and for providing an excellent service on the day. We also thank the staff of the Cavan Crystal Hotel for the morning tea/coffee and scones they provided for us during our morning stopover there. We especially thank John Kelly, College Principal, Patrick Kelly, Dairy Farmer from Donegal, and the staff of Ballyhaise Agricultural College, Donal Patton, Lead Dairy Researcher and Marianne Lyons, Forestry Teacher for the warm welcome, introduction to Ballyhaise House and its history and for the very informative talks and guided tour of the farm, phenological garden and weather station. We also thank the local Chapter One Cafe for supplying the beautiful selection of sandwiches, wraps and desserts and Ballyhaise College for providing the teas and coffees during the "picnic lunch".

The selection of photographs taken during the event are courtesy of Honorary IMS Member Kieran Commins. 



09:00 am

Pick up at The Custom House Quay – Morton's Coaches

09:20 am

Pick up at Met Éireann HQ, Glasnevin – Morton's Coaches

11:00 am

Morning Tea/Coffee & Scones at Cavan Crystal Hotel

11:30 am

Depart Cavan Crystal Hotel

12:00 noon

Arrive at Teagasc Ballyhaise Agricultural College, Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan.

12:10 – 12:30

John Kelly, College Principal – Welcome Address and introduction to the House

John Doherty, Farm Foreman, and John Kelly, College Principal, will speak about the college history with a focus on the cold snap of 2010 and its impact on managing the college.

12:30 – 13:00

Patrick Kelly, Dairy Farmer from Donegal who has been recording rainfall readings for Met Éireann since the late 1990s, will talk about his observations regarding rainfall on his farm and how it influences his decision making.

13:00 – 14:00

Picnic Lunch

14:00 – 15:00

Donal Patton, Lead Dairy Researcher at Ballyhaise,, will take the group on a field walk and talk about the effects of weather on the grassland that he manages. Areas that may be interesting is the grass growth comparison with other Teagasc sites to the south and how the weather affects the sites differently, also how flooding affects the pasture sward.

15:00 – 15:15

Marianne Lyons, Forestry Teacher, will take the group to the Phenology Plot and provide information relating to the phenology project which is ongoing at the college

15:15 – 16:00

Paul Halton will provide a guided tour of the TUSCON Automatic Weather Station

16:00 – 16:30

Free time to relax

16:30 pm

Depart Ballyhaise College

18:00 pm

Arrive back at Met Éireann, Glasnevin

18:30 pm

Arrive back at The Custom House Quay, Dublin.


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