Mannin beach between near Ballyconneely in Connemara Co Galway. Several US colleges have based their ‘study abroad’  modules in the wider area as a partnership with the Connemara Wes, community development organisation. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

When Prof Deborah Wickering comes across the name “Tully” back in Michigan’s Grand Rapids, her heart skips a little beat and she thinks of Connemara. (...)

Teagasc members at the launch of the Economic Returns to Formal Agricultural Education report at the National Botanic Gardens.(L-R) Tony Pettit,  Prof Cathal O’Donoghue,  Prof Gerry Boyle,  and Dr Kevin Heanue. Photograph: John T Ohle

Agricultural education gives a far higher rate of return to the individual and the State than other post-secondary education, new research from Teaga(...)