“My involvement in farming has, for me, been wonderful. I don’t think there is a better life. Is there any greater joy than to walk down the fields in the morning early, and make a track on the dew as you travel down your fields and listen to nature?” – Tim Dunne
Tim Dunne spoke these words when interviewed about his passion for farming the Angus breed as part of the Certified Irish Angus rebrand in 2020.
To mark his passing in August 2022, Charles Smith, General Manager, Certified Irish Angus shares his appreciation for the farmer, Chairman and proud family-man from Mitchelstown in County Cork.
Tim Dunne was one of six Angus breeders who founded the Irish Aberdeen Angus Producer Group in 1995.
He was appointed Chairman of the group in 2002 and remained in that position for 20 years.
Under his stewardship, the group grew from strength to strength with up to 15,000 farm families benefitting from the success of the Certified Irish Angus brand.
Tim lived and loved his role as Chairman. He was appreciated and respected by the vast number of people he interacted with.
He loved people and loved explaining his passion for farm life and Angus cattle, whether that was in discussion with a major food retailer or chats with farmer members at the National Ploughing Championships.
His love and passion for the Angus breed was only second to one thing, his absolute love and commitment to his family; his wife Dorothy, his daughters Alice, Margaret, Eileen, Linda, Maeve and Susanne and his sons Tadhg and Stephen.
Much of that family warmth he took into his involvement with the Certified Irish Angus School Competition. He loved working with and educating the young students. It gave him so much pleasure to see them develop and progress in their knowledge of agriculture and the Angus breed.
He was so proud of Certified Irish Angus and its development, and that pride manifested itself in the brand re-development that took place in 2020 where Tim took centre stage in its rollout.
Tim will be greatly missed by us all and he has left a lasting impression on Certified Irish Angus that will remain well into the future.