First ‘Women in Agriculture’ event

Pictured at the Ulster Bank Women in Agriculture event were: (L-R) Dr Ailish Byrne, Senior Agricultural Manager at Ulster Bank: Finola Colgan of Mental Health Ireland and Caroline Miney, Senior Manager at Ulster Bank.

Pictured at the Ulster Bank Women in Agriculture event were: (L-R) Dr Ailish Byrne, Senior Agricultural Manager at Ulster Bank: Finola Colgan of Mental Health Ireland and Caroline Miney, Senior Manager at Ulster Bank.

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Ulster Bank recently hosted an inaugural Women in Agriculture event. The event held in the Bloomfield House Hotel in Mullingar covered pertinent topics including mental health and wellbeing and building a family run agri business.

The event was targeted towards young farmers and women in agriculture as important sub sectors, whose needs are valued. Finola Colgan of Mental Health Ireland, Anne-Marie Butler of Ulster Bank and Margaret Farrelly, Agri business owner and entrepreneur addressed attendees as part of the event. Margaret Farrelly of Clonarn Clover and O’Egg, Ireland’s largest independent supplier of free range eggs detailed their journey from small family farm to business success story and her company’s continued growth. Clonarn Clover was also a finalist in the Business Achievers Food & Drink category 2015.

Speaking about the event Dr Ailish Byrne commented: “Ulster Bank will continue to support the future of family farms and the different, but equally important, roles played by different generations and genders of the farm family. Ulster Bank understands how family farms have accommodated change in the past and this has enabled Ulster Bank design the right supports for your family farm business into the future. The event was an opportunity to connect with women in this key sector of the Irish economy and to support them in the key role that they play in ensuring the family farm business survives market volatility and a changing landscape.”