Farming Sectors

Chairman IFA Forestry Committee

Pat Collins

089 7032206



Executive Secretary IFA Forestry Committee

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Pat is a full time farmer and farms across three sectors – beef, sheep and forestry in Co. Roscommon; he is married and has three children. Elected as Chairman of the IFA Farm Forestry committee in 2016, Pat has been on the Committee since 2014.

His interest in forestry began due to the suitability of the land type on his farm – varying from very dry grassland to wet mineral rush dominated land, in turn leading to bog.  Pat first planted in 2006 with Sitka spruce.  He continued to plant in 2009 when the Rural Development policy changed and farmers were allowed to stack their entitlements, and again in 2012.

Pat has found forestry to be a very positive experience and as he continues to learn more about his trees and the management of his crop, his interest grows.  Being actively engaged in the management of of his forest is key to protecting his investment.

Geraldine O’Sullivan MScAgr (Forestry) is a professional forester with twenty years’ experience in the forest sector. She first worked as a Research Assistant in UCD on the ECOWOOD project researching the environmental impacts of harvesting on peaty sites, having completed her Masters.

She progressed to work with Donegal County Council on the EU Peace and Reconciliation project Forest Link, which examined European models of best practice in adding value to timber and developing community woodlands.  She then worked in the private forest sector to develop harvesting and logistic models to supply forest biomass into the bioenergy sector.

Geraldine has been with the IFA Farm Forest section since 2008 where she has overseen the implementation of two Forestry Programmes and secured funding of over €480 million to support farmers to expand and mobilise timber under the current Forestry Programme 2014 – 2020.

About the Forestry Committee

  • IFA Farm Forestry Committee is chaired by Pat Collins and represented by committee members elected by IFA’s 29 county executives.
  • IFA National Farm Forestry Committee represents the interests of private forest owners on  a broad range of issues affecting farm income.
  • The Committee carries out work at local, National and European level to represent the interests of all farm forestry members to optimise sector development and forest policy.

Forestry Committee




CHAIRMAN Pat Collins 089 7032206.
CAVAN Cathel Rudden 086 3248838
CARLOW Michael Doyle 087 9106151
CLARE Martin Murphy 086 8396197
CORK (C) Michael Murphy 087 6738 745
CORK (N) Denis O’Brien 086 8126 852
CORK (W) Fergus Minihane 086 0781 343
DONEGAL Charlie Doherty 086 8220247
DUBLIN Derek McGrath 087 9598394
GALWAY Gerard Nally 087 2751502
KERRY John Nolan 086 8040 657
KILDARE Karl Matuschka 087 980 7611
KILKENNY Ger Woodcock 087 6994 994
LAOIS Thomas Cosby 086 8519272
LEITRIM Jim Brennan 087 6469796
LIMERICK John O’Connell 086 8109981
LONGFORD Francis Smith 087 8394237
LOUTH John Roche 086 8170690
MAYO John Granahan 086 2502811
MEATH Charlie Flattery 087 9629 072
MONAGHAN Alan Mullen 087 210 4 183
OFFALY James Condron 087 9548 759
ROSCOMMON  Ambrose Kilcline 086 3440778
SLIGO Michael O’Dowd 085 1536052
TIPP. NTH Paddy Ryan 087 2683508
TIPP. STH Michael Ryan 087 2749282
WATERFORD Kieran Mansfield 087 2772 760
WESTMEATH Vincent Nally 086 8154826
WEXFORD Nicholas Sweetman 087 2839554
WICKLOW Charles Tottenham 087 6868717
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