Liagh Whelehan, Horticulturalist, Wexford
Liagh grew up on a dairy farm in Laois, later moving to a dry stock farm in Wexford. She spent her formative years outdoors, in the fields, woods, or vegetable gardening, developing a deep and lasting passion for the natural world. As part of her Nuffield Scholarship. Liagh will investigate methods of improving efficiency and sustainability in plant propagation in controlled environments. Liagh holds a BSc and an MSc in Business Management from UCD. Her studies gave her a grounding in environmental issues and biology, but also taught her the realities of operating in a commercial world. Horticulture was an obvious career choice, as growing plants has been a passion since childhood, and she currently works as a grower and assistant production manager in a bedding and pot plant nursery in North County Wexford.