Kate Carmody

Kate Carmody

Chairperson

My name is Kate Carmody. I live in Beal and I am an organic farmer, cheesemaker, environmentalist and social activist. My qualification background is principally in Biochemistry/ Biomedical Science/ Social Science and Corporate Governance. I have minor awards in health and safety, artisan food systems, quality systems and accreditation.

I hold the environment seat, on the Quality of Life Committee of the Kerry PPN and I am Chairperson of the KSPCA.

I have over 30 years’ experience in rural development issues and I am a regular commentator on rural development and agricultural issues in the media. More recently, I have been a partner in the TRADEIT project, an FP7 research project.

Since then I have been actively involved in other EU projects as I like to find solutions to our many problems in rural areas. I believe that we need to create an empowering socio-economic model to engage farmers in the BBI JU.

I am a member of 2 EIP AGRI Focus Groups. 35 & 37.

Laura Jayne Foley

Laura Jayne Foley

Laura Jayne Foley is the co-founder of Canabaoil Ltd. A company on the West Coast of Ireland, processing Cannabidiol for the wholesale ingredient market.

Laura is passionate about hemp and it’s ability to remediate the soil while providing a vital alternative crop for Irish farmers. Laura Jayne graduated with a Masters in Agricultural Innovation from the National University of Ireland, Galway and is also a member of the Irish Hemp industry steering group.

Séamus Ó Muilleanóir

Séamus Ó Muilleanóir

Pedigree beef cattle  breeder. Former Board member and secretary cattle breed society;former contributor to pedigree Cattle Breeders Council.Familiar with ICBF.

Founder member and co-chair of Public Banking Forum Ireland (PBFI). Founder member of Spiritoféireann, Board member of Business Retail Union Ireland.Founder mmeber of HCI, 2017. Attended hemp building seminar in Oxford, 2007. Graduate (UCG 1974),in Maths legal Science, Irish./ Vast experience in GAA  over 40 years as player and coach.

Dr. Robert Johnson

Dr. Robert Johnson

Dr. Robert Johnson has been working in Ireland since 2010 as Research & Development Manager for Arigna Fuels, Co. Roscommon. He completed his Ph.D in biomass thermal conversion at the Energy Research Institute (ERI) at the University of Leeds in 2012. Robert has over 26 years’ industrial experience in research, pharmaceutical and large scale production environments and works both autonomously and collaboratively with academic/ industrial partners in Ireland and abroad to improve the viability of biomass as a fossil fuel replacement and mitigate CO2 emissions.

Edward Hanbidge

Edward Hanbidge

Edward Hanbidge currently farms in west Wicklow where he runs a suckler & sheep system on the 550 acre family farm.
On the board of Hemp Cooperative he acts as agriculture advisor, developing and researching new methods of cultivating hemp, in a “learn by doing” approach, along with designing new technologies and equipment. Ed also dedicates himself to building markets for hemp and the numerous hemp derived products, to insure a profitable enterprise for farmers/growers is established and the growth in knowledge is shared about how we can start a sustainable new industry
As CEO of HempTech Ireland, a hemp consultancy business, he offers his services to producers, processors and investors to implement effective mechanisms to a low carbon future and ecological transition.
Edward has a degree in Electronic Engineering from WIT, but its farming that runs through his blood.
Hemp – Famed for having multiple uses, we are still learning how this journey is unfolding; from the growing of this ancient new crop, to the viable new products we can produce and the indigenous new farming SME’s that can be created. Now Ireland has 41 shades of green!

Liam Donoghue

Liam Donoghue

Co-founder of the world’s only purpose-built hemp and sheepswool insulation company, (Black Mountain Insulation Ltd), Liam Donohoe read for an MSc in Energy Management before going on to PhD research.

Now a lecturer in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at TU Dublin, his research work is about the globally-centred work of categorising the dynamic potential of hempcrete as one of the most sustainable building materials currently available.

Energy used in buildings accounts for 40% of the world’s energy use, and Liam’s work seeks to explain how hempcrete has many advantages over current materials, many of which even those labelled ‘green’, can result in large scale emission of greenhouse gases and other pollutants in their entire life cycle.

He is working closely with farmer and builder members of the Hemp Co-Operative Ireland to demonstrate how to add value to stalks and fibres and develop a market for locally sourced low carbon construction materials made from hemp.

Developed in France in mid 1990s as a specialist plaster for sensitive historic buildings, hempcrete now can also be cast into structural insulated panels, blocks, and also used as an insulation render. The fibre can be bonded into insulation blankets.

Liam’s TedX can be viewed here

Declan Darcy

Declan Darcy

Treasurer

Carpenter, Hempcrete builder and Qualified Raw Vegan Chef.

Has had an interest in hemp and all its facets for over 10 years now.
Then first getting involved in the hemp industry in 2013 when commissioned to build a hempcrete extension.
Since then went on to co create and open The Hemp Kitchen, an organic vegan coffee and juice bar in the heart of Dublin

Jack O'Connor

Jack O'Connor

Mr. Jack O’Connor is a veteran of the agricultural and industrial waste sectors in Ireland and Europe. He has pioneered the development of on farm fluidised bed technology for the recovery of energy from residues such as poultry manure. He has over twenty years’ experience in the sector and has worked closely with European and national governments in the introduction of new regulatory guidelines that promote the value extraction from waste streams. Has been involved at community level in the development of local enterprise and seeking alternative options for rural land users. Has worked on the potential of Industrial Hemp to provide alternative income options for this sector.

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