Saturday, 19 May, 2018

Teagasc Ballyhaise Agricultural College, Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan

The Irish Meteorological Society Members' Field Trip to Co. Cavan takes place on

Saturday 19 May 2018, leaving Dublin by bus at 09.00 a.m. and returning circa 19.00 p.m.

Price: €30  (including Morning Coffee Break and Picnic Lunch); €10 for those who would like to organise their own transport.

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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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