The passing of Michael Walshe last weekend was greeted with great sadness from all of us who knew him as a friend and colleague. Michael graduated with a first class honours degree in Agriculture Science from UCD in 1954.

After graduation, he worked in four organisations (public and private) before he joined An Foras Taluntais (AFT) at Moorepark, Fermoy, Co Cork, as the first officer-in-charge, in March 1959.