Mountbellew Agricultural College

Mountbellew, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway

"I am delighted to welcome you to our new College Website. Within these electronic pages, I trust that you will find whatever information you seek about our College and the excellent courses we have to offer here in Mountbellew Agricultural College." Tom Burke, Principal


Teagasc Student of the Year 2014

FBD Sponsored, Student of the year Edward Payne

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD presents Edward Payne, with the 2014 winner of the FBD sponsored Teagasc Student of the Year award. Photo: John T Ohle Photography; For more information: Eric Donald. H

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The Heart of Galway City

At GMIT we develop life-long learning opportunities through our teaching and research, by supporting regional development consistent with national higher education policy."

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Agriculture and Food Development Authority

Teagasc is the agriculture and food development authority in Ireland. Its mission is to support science-based innovation in the agri-food sector and the broader bioeconomy that will underpin profitability, competitiveness and sustainability

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What Courses Do We Provide?

The Following are a list of Courses on offer here at the College. Click on any of the headings to find out more.

Some photo's from Events at our college and Facilities

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PicturedMain entrance and Reception to the college
DateMay 2015

The main entrance to the college contains Reception and The Oratory. There is also ample parking for visitors

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PicturedA side view of the Main Entrance of the College
DateMay 2015

The main entrance to the College is on the main road through Mountbellew. was founded by the Franciscan Brothers in 1904, who previously had a secondary school on the location

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Front Entrance Landscaping

PicturedOutside seating area just in front of the Main Entrance
DateMay 2015

The College also contains beautifully landscaped gardens just off to the side of the college where students and visitors can meet or relax.

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Lanscaping at the College

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PicturedMain entrance to the Colleg
DateMay 2015

The landscaped area at the entrance to the college offers a peaceful escape where Students can relax

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PicturedSeating area where student get together.
DateMay 2015

This is a nice bright area of the College for students to gather between Lectures, go over notes and even have a snack. Free open WIFI access is also available here as well as printing facilities

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Technology in the College

PicturedComputer Labs
DateMay 2015

This is one of two computer labs in the college providing the students with internet access. The college is in the process of upgrading all of its facilities to ensure the students have the best learning facilities possible

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The Farm at the College

PicturedStudents Fencing
DateMay 2015

The students at the college are not just taught about how to farm from within a class-room. Mountbellew Agricultural College firmly believes that "Doing is Learning"

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The Farm at the College

PicturedLearning to Fence
DateMay 2015

Fencing is one of the many skills taught at the college. Students are supervised at all times by some of the best and most experienced teachers in the business

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The farm at the College

PicturedTwo of our Tractors
DateMay 2015

Tractors are a integral part on most farms and as such our farm would not be complete without one. Students are taught to respect such large equipment. Students are shown how to drive them. Attach implements. And how to do it all in a safe, controlled environment

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The farm at the College

PicturedLearning to use and respect farm equipment.
DateMay 2015

Students are often assessed on a one to one basis here at the College. Ensuring a better educational experience and a safer reliable experience.

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The farm at the College

PicturedThe Silos here at the College
DateMay 2015

The Silos in the College are situated to the rear of outside some of our larger sheds.

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Main Yard

PicturedWhat farm would be a farm without the odd Trailor
DateMay 2015

"I used to help my grandfather on the farm, driving tractors, raising crops and animals. I used to feed some of the baby cows and pigs, and I had to be no older than 7 or 8. Then at about 9 or 10 I started driving tractors. It showed me at an early age what hard work was all about and how dedicated you have to be, no matter what you do." Tyson Chandler

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    Main Entrance to the College

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    Side view of the Main Entrance to the College

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    Landscaping at the main entrance of the college

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    Landscaping at the main entrance of the college

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    The facilities inside the college

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    One of Two computer labs at the College

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    Farming facilities

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    Farming Facilities

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    Our Tractors

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    Our Tractors

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    The Mountbellew Agricultural College Silos

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    The Main Yard at the College

Mission Statement

"To provide a comprehensive and competitive range of training programmes for those engaged in agricultural and food related sectors. The programmes have the enhancement and maintenance of the environment, countryside and rural communities as their major priorities."

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Tom Burke


"Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them." - John C. Maxwell

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Bernie Kilkenny


"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure." - Colin Powell

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Br. Michael Burke

Director of Services

"It's unacceptable to just sit on the couch and say I'm not doing anything. You've got to get out and do everything you can." - Owen Hart

About Us

The Francisican Brothers came to Mountbellew in 1818 and established the first Agricultural College in 1904. The college co-operates with Teagasc, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) and Galway VEC in the delivery of courses. Excellent educational and recreational facilities have been established at the college and it is planned to expand the range of courese and facilities.

The farm enterprises include the following

  • 80 Cow dairy herd

  • 50 Suckler cow herd

  • 60 Calf to beef enterprise

  • 90 Store to beef enterprise

  • 50 early fat lambers

  • 150 mid season lambers

Student of the Year 2013

Kevin Moran, Sheesagh, Tougheen, Claremorris, Co. Mayo

Kevin attended Mountbellew Agricultural College on the Certificate in Agriculture course in 2011/2012 and then continued on to complete his Specific Purpose Award in Farm Administration (Teagasc Green Cert). Kevin was awarded the Student of the Year 2013 at Mountbellew Agricultural College and was presented with his award by the Minister for Agriculture,Forestry and Marine, Mr. Simon Coveney.

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Mountbellew Agricultural College, Mountbellew, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, Ireland

Phone - 0909679205