Wednesday, October 17, 2018

UL Open Days: 18th & 19th October 9:30am - 2pm

Our open day is planned with you in mind.

This is your best chance to see the University in action and get a real feel for our campus.

This event is aimed at anyone considering study at UL – undergrad, postgrad, mature, part-time professional etc.

The schedule for each open day is the same, so choose the day that suits you best.

Open Day is your day so make the most of it!

[More information is available here
The brochure for the two open days is here
More information for the Dept of Biol Sciences is here ]

P.S. UL campus is a magnificent place to work, to live, to innovate and expand our Horizons!


Sunday, October 14, 2018

BSc in Biological Sciences Education

On 10th October 2018 third year students of the BSc in Biological Sciences Education went on an agricultural science field trip to Co. Tipperary.  The day was organised by Dr Ken Byrne and Mr Con Traas. Field trips are vital to translate lecture and laboratory to the real world of agriculture. The trip began with a visit to Annaveigh plants near New Inn where we learned about the use of marigold to control nematodes in soil. The soil theme continues at the next stop where Richard Thomson Moore discussed the impact of the unseasonal spring and summer weather in 2018 on his cereal crop. 
After lunch we visited the Apple Farm with owner Con Traas. 
We learned all about fruit production from root stocks through to bottling.

See a tweet thread of the day at as Con was tweeting from the @irelandsfarmers account on the day of the trip.

Dr Ken Byrne
Senior Lecturer BAgrSc, MEngSc, PhD

St Munchins boys and BTYoung Scientist

St Munchins Gentlemen with their Spirited Teacher, Bairbre

Library = Power (since the Alexandrian Library)

Some beautiful smiles!

About a year ago, three St Munchins boys with a Spirited Teacher have asked my help on their project on Diet, Exercise and Obesity.
Last Fri, the 3 Project Leaders came to UL with their Teacher and about 20 TY St Munchins students.

We talked about Studies, Jobs, UL Academic UG programmes and we had some serious Fun in the Lab! And then, we walked around UL and we had a great tour at our Library!

Best of Luck with your Project - Rory, Darragh and Nathaniel!

Ioannis Zabetakis
Head, Biological Sciences

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Equine Science @ UL

We met with Guy O Callaghan Yeomanstown Stud, (pictured) James Hughes Ballyshannon Stud, Ernan O Donnell Vet Sycamore Lodge, Joey Cullen and Neil Walsh.

The entire cohort of UL's 2nd year Equine Science students were taken to one of the world’s premier thoroughbred (racehorse) sales venues, Goffs, Naas, Co. Kildare on Thursday 4th October.  This trip is part of their equine locomotion module, EQ4013, where they learn about equine movement and structure, essentially equine biomechanics. 

At these sales, thoroughbred yearlings are walked and stood in front of prospective buyers and then put through the auction ring for purchase.  The grey filly pictured is the first foal from a Clodovil mare, called Best New Show, and by a first season sire Gutaifan.  She made €25,000 at the sale on Thursday.  Guy O Callaghan in the picture bred her and was there to sell her.  He owns her stallion and the mare (mother).  Guy was talking to the students about her physical structure, her movement and what potential he sees in her.  Guy spoke from both a purchaser and vendor perspective which gave the students some insight as to what to look for in a good yearling/racehorse.  It is great to hear from as many successful pinhookers and stud owners as possible as you learn from their insight and experience.

The Sportsman sale is a good sale but not the strongest sale of young flat thoroughbred horses in Ireland.  The average price is €19,000 per yearling with an aggregate of €4,500,000 for Thursday.  The stronger days are the two previous (The Orby Sale, 2nd and 3rd October) with the average  €130,000 per yearling and an aggregate of €43,500,000 in sales over the two days. There was a record made there on Wednesday 3rd with a Galileo filly selling for €3,200,000.

The students listed to Joey Cullen, Marketing Director of Goffs and former UL equine science graduate regarding much of the business side of the sales. Neil Walsh, also another UL equine Science graduate and Director of Sales at Tattersalls Ireland, gave the students some insight from a selectors point of view, that is what the sales companies will want to see in a thoroughbred to be eligible for particular sales. We also heard from one of the vets, Ernan O Donnell, who was working at the venue who discussed the vetting procedures of just sold yearlings which in some occasions can be a stressful time for the vendor – ultimately making sure that the yearling has a clean bill of health.

The students then went on complete an assignment which involved making their own observations and opinions of 6 yearlings and writing a report about each.  They watched the yearlings from the pre parade ring through to the drop of the hammer and needed to estimate what they thought they yearling would sell for and then attempt to understand why the yearling actually sold for the price it did sell for.

The students spent the day immersed in industry and engaged in learning in the field.

Amy Fitzgerald
Equitation Teacher, MSc, HSI Level 2 Coach, BHS AI
Dept. Biological Sciences
School of Natural Sciences
University of Limerick
Plassey Technological Park
Limerick, Ireland