Dan Browne, the former chair of Teagasc and Bord Bia, gave the oration at Michael Walshe’s memorial mass held at the weekend in Lisvernane Church in the Glen of Aherlow.

Fittingly, as Dan remarked, the gospel recounted the parable of the talents – Michael Walshe had been given five and had returned another five when the day of reckoning came.