Clare O’Keeffe, Farmer, Tutor and Mediator.
Clare O’Keeffe has an honours degree in Economics & Sociology from the National University of Ireland, Cork, a diploma in Rural Isolation and Counselling skills and a diploma in Social and Community Studies. She is a third generation farmer on her home farm. She was the first woman elected onto the regional committee of Dairygold Co-operative Society representing primary producers. Clare worked as an Agricultural Development Officer with a Rural Development Organisation from 2005-2007.
In 2006 Clare was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship to study ‘Succession on Family Farms, a Global Perspective’. Her research included travelling to and observing succession practices in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Canada, Holland and U.K. Clare trained as a succession facilitator and planner under the guidance of Lyn Sykes. Clare is a certified mediator and a member of The Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (MII).
Clare is currently completing a Masters in Agricultural Extension and Innovation (Skillnet) in UCD 2018-2020.