Association of Turfgrass Professionals Ireland

It’s going to be tribal

Join us on Jan 9th, 10th & 11th as we bring the industry together for another successful event.

Speakers

See our list of stellar speakers for the ATPI Sportsturf Ireland 2024

Schedule

A comprehensive 3-day event packed with valuable talks, demonstrations and seminars that is split into three streams: Golf Course Management, Racecourse Management and Pitch Management

Trade Show

Meet our exhibitors on the trade show floor who will be showcasing the latest technologies and products for turfgrass professionals in Ireland

Your membership number gives you free access

About the event

The ATPI Sportsturf Ireland 2024 includes:

  • Seminars from industry leaders
  • Networking opportunities
  • Tradeshow – Discover new technologies

Venue

The Galmont Hotel & Spa

Lough Atalia Road

H91 CYN3 Galway

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ATPI Conference Accomodation

The

GALMONT

Hotel & spa

 

Tel: 091 538300
Ref: ATPI (when booking)

Access

Car Parking is available at the Hotel Car Park at €3 per hour.

Delegates attending our ATPI Tradeshow & Conference 2024 event are entitled to a 40% discount per hour parking. To to avail of this discount, you must present their ticket to reception.

Hotel residents enjoy a special parking rate of €10 per car per night in the underground Car Park, subject to availability.

Height Restrictions are 1.9m for the hotel Car Park. If your vehicle is over this height we recommend the Open Car Parking facilities near the docks.

Covid19

As per Government guidelines, Covid19 restrictions no longer apply for this event.

As Covid19 is still around, and for this event to be a success, please continue to display safe behaviour regarding hand hygiene, sneezing and coughing, etc. 

 

Please continue to follow the current Government advice and do not attend this event if:

  • you have symptoms of Covid19
  • you are a close contact without symptoms (and are not vaccinated / recovered from Covid19 recently.)

About the event

The ATPI Tradeshow & Conference 2022 includes:

  • ATPI Golf Competition @ Galway Bay Golf Club on March 8th
  • Outdoor Demonstrations & talks at Galway Racecourse, Ballybrit March 8th
  • Seminars from industry leaders
  • Networking opportunities
  • Tradeshow – Discover new technologies

The Galmont Hotel & Spa

Lough Atalia Road

H91 CYN3 Galway

View on map  >

Car Parking is available at the Hotel Car Park at €3 per hour.

 

Delegates attending our ATPI Tradeshow & Conference 2022 event are entitled to a 40% discount per hour parking. To to avail of this discount, you must present their ticket to reception.

 

Hotel residents enjoy a special parking rate of €10 per car per night in the underground Car Park, subject to availability.

 

Height Restrictions are 1.9m for the hotel Car Park. If your vehicle is over this height we recommend the Open Car Parking facilities near the docks.

As per Government guidelines, Covid19 restrictions no longer apply for this event.

As Covid19 is still around, and for this event to be a success, please continue to display safe behaviour regarding hand hygiene, sneezing and coughing, etc. If in crowded areas, please practice social distancing or use face coverings as required.

 

Please continue to follow the current Government advice and do not attend this event if:

  • you have symptoms of Covid19
  • you are a close contact without symptoms (and are not vaccinated / recovered from Covid19 recently.)

 

Key Speakers

My name is Richard Stapleton, I’m 40 years old and live near Navan in County Meath. Though initially I had no guidance in terms of what career path I wished to take, the week of my 16th birthday I responded to a local paper job offer, left school and began work in Headfort Golf Club in Kells. From here I gained a HNC in Golf Course Management in Elmwood College in Scotland. Work continued throughout various golf clubs, into civil engineering, (into a recession!), into sportsturf contractor work, into construction, and eventually into Fairyhouse where I have been Track Foreman for 2 years now. I like to think I’m a modest person, never admit to knowing it all and always want to better myself. My wife and two children have shown me the importance of being a good influence and role model to others.

Richard Stapleton

Racecourse Management Stream

Richard Hayden is originally from Kilkenny, spending much of his undergraduate time in Mount Juliet Golf Course . Following time spent working at the K Club and Fota Island, Richard moved to the UK where he worked with STRI for 8 years. He set up Hayden Turfcare in 2016. Richards unique mix of practical greenkeeping experience combined with formal science and engineering qualifications have allowed Richard to gain a reputation globally as a sportsturf consultant. In 2018 he designed and project managed Irelands largest gallops project at The Curragh. Richard is the author of the pitch section in the FIFA Stadiums Handbook (version 5) and is the official consultant to the Football Association of Ireland.

Richard Hayden B.Agr.Sc., C.Sc., M.Eng. MD

Hayden Turfcare

Shaun Anderson – Rain Bird Europe, Golf Sales Specialist for the UK, Ireland and Iceland. Originally from St. Andrews and holding varied Greenkeeping positions at – The Dukes St. Andrew’s, Fairmont St. Andrews, Forfar Golf Club and Piperdam Golf and Leisure Resort in Angus. Before joining Rain Bird, Shaun’s most recent position was Golf and Leisure Manager at Piperdam Golf and Leisure Resort, this covered a broad scope of operational and managerial responsibilities and support for the greenkeeping team in tackling agronomic challenges. Educated at Elmwood College in Sports Turf, studying Soil Science and Agronomy as part of his Greenkeeping Certification. Upon leaving college won a scholarship at The Duke’s Course in St Andrews in the early 2000’s sparked his keen interest in environmental management which has developed into a lifelong passion for sustainable practices.

Shaun Anderson

Golf Course Management Stream

Tony White Turfcare Tony has been employed in the sports turfgrass industry for 24yrs, during which time he has held roles spanning from apprentice greenkeeper to golf course manager/head greenkeeper. Tony has studied at both Colaiste Stiofan Naoife, Cork and Myerscough College, Preston. Downing tools in 2015, Tony has since found his footing as a technical sales advisor for TurfCare. Since joining TurfCare Tony has found a true passion for soil chemistry and plant physiology. When not working Tony can be found at home playing hide and seek with his three children. A proud father and husband, Tony enjoys coaching the kid’s sports, road running and the occasional pint.

Tony White

Racecourse Management Stream

Agenda January 9th

AGENDA Tues 9th Jan

17:00 – 17.45

Professors Mike Fidanza , Ed Nangle & John Cisar will outline what in their opinion is the most important factor for sustainability in Turfgrass Mgt going forward.

17:45 – 18:00

Tea – Coffee Break

18:00 – 19:00

Professors Mike Fidanza, Ed Nangle & John Cisar will critique each other’s views and opinions followed by an open discussion between each of them and audience questions and participation.

Golf Course Management Stream

Golf Course Management Stream Agenda Wed Jan 10th

08:30 – 09:00

Registration opens

09:00 – 09:30

Trade show

09:30 – 10:30

Dollar Spot Management – Professors Mike Fidanza, Ed Nangle, John Cisar

10:30 – 11:00

Tea/Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:00

Worm Casting – Etiolated Growth – Anthracnose – Professors Mike Fidanza, Ed Nangle, John Cisar

12:00 – 14:00

Lunch & Trade Show

14:00 – 14:30

New Generation Surfactants Scientifically Proven to Improve Rooting and Plant Health – Nick Gadd Rhizo Solutions

14:30 – 15:00

John Deere TPC Sawgrass Announcement & Winner

15:00 – 15:30

Nutrition Management & Water Quality Professor John Cisar

15:30 – 16:00

Advances in Biostimulants in Turfgrass – Professors Mike Fidanza & Ed Nangle

16:00 – 17:00

Trade Show Reception Complimentary Finger Food and Bottled Beer on the Trade Show Stands

Racecourse Management Stream

Racecourse Management Stream Agenda Wed Jan 10th

08:30 – 09:00

Registration opens

09:00 – 10:00

Trade show

10:00 – 10:30

Maintaining Traditions – Improving Standards – Future Proofing– Richard Stapleton Track Foreperson Fairyhouse Racecourse

10:30 – 11:00

The Future – Sustainability & Turfgrass – Richard Hayden

11:00 – 11:30

Tea/Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:00

The Root to Plant Health – Tony White, Turfcare

12:00 – 12:30

Managing Soil & Sand Rootzones – Professor Ed Nangle, Ohio State University

12.30 -2.30

Lunch & Trade Show

14:30 – 15:30

Racing Experiences – Champion Jockeys, Barry Geraghty & Fran Berry

15:30 – 17:00

Trade Show Reception – Complimentary Finger Food and bottled beer on the Trade Show Stands

Pitch Management Stream

Pitch Management Stream Agenda Wed Jan 10th

8:30 – 9:00

Registration opens

9:00 – 10:00

Trade Show

10.00 – 10.30

Managing Eamonn Deacy Park – Noel Connolly Galway United

10.30 – 11.00

Managing Soil & Sand Rootzones – Professor John Cisar

11.00 – 11.30

Tea/Coffee Break

11.30 – 12.30

Pitch Management at Craven Cottage – Anthony Quinn Fulham FC

12.30 – 2.30

Lunch & Trade Show

2.30 – 3.00

Irrigation efficiency and getting the most from your system – Shaun Anderson Rainbird

3.00 – 3.30

The Future – Sustainability & Turfgrass – Richard Hayden

3.30 – 5.00

Trade Show Reception  – Complimentary  Finger Food and Bottled Beer on the Trade Show Stands

Agenda January 11th

AGENDA Thurs 11th Jan

10.30 – 12.30

ATPI Golf Competition Galway Bay Golf Resort

Machinery Demonstrations and Display Galway Bay Golf Resort

For golf tee time reservations phone Finbarr on 087-7728720

Golf Competition is FREE for ATPI members.

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Who you'll meet at Trade Show

ICL

Stand B13

Golf Ireland

C2

Goldcrop

Stand C3

Department of Agriculture

C11

D'Arcy

Stand C12

Dar Golf

Stand C13

Suir Sprayers

C14

National Agrochemical Distributors

Stand C15

Sea Nymph

Stand C16

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