Irish Angus celebrates 50 years of breeding excellence
The Irish Angus Society is gearing up for golden jubilee events later this year
Half a century of Irish Angus will be commemorated with the presentation of special Jubilee Medals to winners in the Angus All Ireland Championships at Strokestown Agricultural Show on Saturday.
The Golden Jubilee celebrations also includes a social function at Carrick-on-Shannon on November 11, and will culminate for the year with the Angus Society Elite Show and Sale at the Showgrounds, Carrick-on-Shannon on December 9.
The medals to be awarded at Strokestown Show have been specially commissioned by the Irish Angus Cattle Society Ltd to be presented in the livestock classes and showmanship awards to coincide with one of the inaugural meetings of the first Council of the Society which met at the offices of the Department of Agriculture, 69 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin on August 9, 1967.
Then Minister of Agriculture, the late Charlie Haughey, had approved the setting up of the Irish Angus Herd Book for registrations and provided funding to cover the initial costs involved for the society.
Aidan Moloney, who will be honoured and tasked with judging at the show, has been breeding Angus on the family farm at Kildysert, Co Clare for more than 30 years.
Angus council member and former president, he described the inaugural meeting as "a very important milestone because we were breaking the link with the Aberdeen Angus and the registration up to that time of all Angus born on farms in this country with the Scottish Society by having our own herd book".
Aidan's late father, Paddy Moloney, who passed away in 2004, always retained a "fierce love for Angus cattle" and when his son showed an interest in becoming a breeder of pedigree he advised him to get Angus, advice which he has never regretted.
The first two calves were registered in the Irish Herd Book in 1967, although depleted records are not clear on some of the details of the early registrations.