The tragic loss of John Finnan in a light plane accident in Wexford early last month was a numbing reminder of the fragility of life. John was well known in the tillage sector in his role as a senior researcher in Teagasc.

A native of Athy, John spent much of his professional life working at Teagasc in Oak Park. His early work was based around carbon dioxide levels and global warming issues before he moved to the EPA for a period. He returned to Oak Park at the first opportunity to join a research programme investigating the agronomy and use of energy crops.