Alan Warnock has retired from the Department of Agriculture after a long and distinguished career serving DARD and the farmers of Co Fermanagh for 42 years.
Alan started with the then “Ministry” in 1973 and from that time to 1989, worked as a general adviser based in the Crown Buildings, Enniskillen. When Inishkeen House was built at Killyhevlin in 1989, Alan moved to the new building and became a dairying adviser, remaining at Inishkeen for the rest of his career.
Since 1990, Alan has been part of the CAFRE Western Dairying Team.
Alan always enjoyed his working with farmers throughout the entire county and was held in high esteem by them all. Alan was very committed to helping farmers and always put their interests first. Alan has a long association with the Fermanagh Grassland Club and served as secretary for 34 years.
Alan has a range of outside interests including playing the bagpipes and competing with Tullylagan Pipe Band, playing badminton, and enjoying short breaks throughout Ireland with his wife Marie. He will have more time to visit and support his daughter Elizabeth, a pharmacist in the South of England.
To acknowledge Alan and his contribution to Co Fermanagh farming his colleagues organised a farewell evening. Testimony to the man, all proceeds raised from his collection went to his chosen charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma NI.
At his retirement Olwen Gormley, Alan’s “boss” paid tribute to him for his dedication and commitment saying that in today’s work place it was highly unlikely that anyone would complete 42 years in the same post.
Alan’s post of CAFRE Dairying Development Adviser has been filled by Christopher Breen, a Fermanagh man. Chris hails from Kinawley and has moved back to Fermanagh after spending some years at CAFRE Greenmount Campus.