Salesian work in Pallaskenry began with the provision of education in agriculture in April 1920. Both the Bishops and Irish State at that time had expressed this as a real need for a country whose commercial and population base remained rural and was very slowly forming its own identity as a state.
For us Salesians, direct involvement in professional training goes back to the ‘workshop’ tradition established by Don Bosco early in his pastoral initiative in Turin. While Bosco himself never established a program of agricultural education, his provision of educational training was based on real needs and employment opportunity. It is this principle that continues to be one guiding force in the choices of ministry that we as Salesians make today.
Since the collapse of the Celtic Tiger, the economy once again is drawing on the strength of its natural resources and the demand for agriculture education is once again in high demand.
Working in partnership with the Limerick Institute of Technology, Teagasc, FETAC, HETAC, City & Guilds, Fás and the VEC, the College provides full and part time courses in Agriculture and Farm Machinery/Mechanisation.
Short clip about the Salesian Agricultural College & agricultural education presented by former principal of the college Mr John McCarthy (Video published in early 2014)