Tom and Alice O’Sullivan from Crookstown have been named as winners at the nationwide Farmer of the Year Awards, which were held in Dublin in May. The couple took home the gold together in the Dairy Farmer of the Year category.
The Zurich Farm Insurance Farming Independent Farmer of the Year Awards, now in their fourth year, recognised excellence in all areas of the Irish farming industry, aiming to shine a light on one of the most successful and important sectors within the Irish economy.
Having overcome tough competition to take home the top accolades, winners were presented with a cash prize of €2,500 at the special awards ceremony for their achievements.
The Farmer of the Year Awards, sponsored by Zurich Insurance, featured six categories including Beef, Dairy, Tillage and Farm Safety. In addition, a special ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ was awarded to Martin Ryan from Newport, Tipperary.
Speaking at the awards, Declan O’Halloran, Head of Sales and Agri Business for Zurich Insurance, “The Farmer of the Year Awards are designed to celebrate excellence across a wide range of farming categories and to reward Ireland’s farmers for their contribution to their communities and to society. Tom and Alice O’Sullivan have set themselves apart in their category and we’re proud to help recognise these accomplishments. On behalf of Zurich, Ireland’s fastest growing farm insurer and a title sponsor of this event, I would like to congratulate them, and the other winners of the 2017 Farmer of the Year Awards, as well as each and every one of those who were shortlisted. These Awards are a celebration of their successes and a showcase of some of the world-class work carried out by Ireland’s farming community, and it’s great to see them becoming an annual highlight in the farming calendar.”
The title sponsor for the Awards for the fourth year is Zurich Insurance, one of the country’s leading farm insurers. Zurich Insurance provides the complete farm insurance solution including cover for Property, Livestock, Business Interruption, Liability, Agricultural Vehicles, Personal Accident and Farm Home.
Category sponsors for the Awards are the Health & Safety Authority, The ICMSA, The Irish Independent and Teagasc.