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Paul Dowling

Horticulturist

Teagasc

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  Paul Dowling
Ideally, try and get a job in the industry for a summer, or get a bit of experience before you go into it. You have to be happy with working outside, and doing physical work. If you are not prepared to work hard or are looking for a soft job, don't go into Landscaping. Design is very sexy at the moment, everyone wants to be a designer, a Landscape Designer. It's different on the ground, you have to be out there on sites in all weather and you have to make sure projects are managed well and you're able to muck in with everyone else. Biology is most important for anyone going into Horticulture or Landscaping as it covers propagation and helps with the identification of plant names, species and families through the universal use of Latin. Chemistry is also helpful as the use of various chemicals is a constant in horticulture. The chemical content and dangers of fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides in use in Amenity Horticulture needs to be understood anyone going into this business. Geography would be a relevant subject as well. Also, the simple things like having a full, clean driving licence, which can make you a lot more employable if you are trying for a job with a Landscape Conractor. This indicates that you are more mobile and can also drive a company van if needed. Be sure you're happy with the outdoor life. Having taken a Horticulture course will give you an advantage. However, it's possible to take a job first and study later, e.g. in IT Blanchardstown it is possible to study at night. I think you cannot beat doing the Diploma Course in the National Botanic Gardens because it is a good practical course which also covers all the theory and is invaluable for gaining plant knowledge.
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The Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin

Deadline to Apply for Junior Academy

APPLICATIONS FOR THE NEXT JUNIOR ACADEMY ARE NOW OPEN. DEADLINE IS 30th MARCH 2017

The Junior Academy is a tailored programme in acting for exceptionally talented students aged 15 – 17.

30 full days 10:00am - 5:00pm

Every Saturday from:

  • 9th September - 28th October 2017
  • 11th November - 9th December 2017
  • 6th January - 10th February 2018
  • 24th February - 24th March 2018
  • 3rd April - 7th April 2018 (full week)
  • Junior Academy Showcase 7th April 2018

Taught by leading professionals, many of whom also teach on the Foundation Diploma in Acting and Theatre and the Bachelor in Acting undergraduate courses at The Lir, the Junior Academy will provide practical experience in Voice (projection, breathing techniques, dialect etc), Acting and Movement, the three cornerstones of conservatoire training and will ultimately provide a platform for further training in acting, theatre or drama.

The 4 month course will allow students to develop skills in acting, self confidence, improvisation, listening and taking direction.
Junior Academy is ideal for any teenager who has a passion for all things theatre related and is interested in developing this passion into further training and/or a career.

A limited number of places are available on this programme in order to ensure that each student receives the maximum individual attention.

The course curriculum includes training in voice, movement, dialect, acting, ensemble work, Stanislavski’s system and will culminate in a live performance open to family and friends of the participants.

There are a limited number of bursaries available for this course and can be applied for once a place has been offered.

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