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Tuesday 28 March 2017

Border crossers take a share of the spoils

Classy Cappamore show proves great success

Martin Ryan

The overall Show Champion at Cappamore, a Charolais bull calf exhibited by William Gubbins, Kilfinane, Co Limerick being held by Avril Kinehan, with John Berkery, Paddy Ryan, show secretary, Michael O'Donoghue, and judge, John Killeen
The overall Show Champion at Cappamore, a Charolais bull calf exhibited by William Gubbins, Kilfinane, Co Limerick being held by Avril Kinehan, with John Berkery, Paddy Ryan, show secretary, Michael O'Donoghue, and judge, John Killeen

LIVESTOCK breeders from Northern Ireland vied with the cream of the crop from the south when they shared the honours at the 56th annual agricultural show at Cappamore, Co Limerick on Wednesday.

The show attracted entries from 20 counties and the largest attendance in its history to the superb 50-acre site at Portnard where exhibitors and supporters enjoyed an excellent programme in a mix of sunshine and light showers.

"We are extremely pleased and there is a great atmosphere around the grounds. It is the largest attendance we have ever had," said show secretary Paddy Ryan, who was celebrating his 51st year in office.

Paddy was recipient of a presentation from Brian McElroy, chairman of Northern Ireland Limousin Breeders, in recognition of his long service.

The 32-county Limousin Bull Derby was won by 'Carrickaldreen Enrico', the March '09 born qualifier exhibited by Peter Murphy, Mill Road, Mullaghbawn, Newry, a bull bred from the sire "Oxygene". The reserve was 'Killcastle Eric' exhibited by Alan Kelly, The Pike Cross, Castledaly, Moate, Co Westmeath.

Valuable

The Limousin Heifer Derby was won by 'Ardlea Electra' exhibited by Dan Tynan, Beech Farm, Doon, Mountrath, Co Laois and reserve was 'Titchburn Elegance' exhibited by D Murray, Ballinacrea Road, Cullyhanna, Newry.

The Northern Ireland Limousin Club received the shield for gaining the most points overall.


William Gubbins, Cush House, Kilfinane, Co Limerick scored a double, winning the GVM €2,500 Commercial Beef Championship and the Overall Champion of the show with an excellent Charolais bull calf.

More than 80 trophies were competed for in the varied programme ranging from livestock to horses, flowers to cookery, home crafts and vegetables.

Entrants turned out in traditional-style dress for the carriage driving which attracted huge interest in some of the most valuable carriages in the country doing the rounds, while the sheaf throwing was a test of skill for the experienced who tossed the sheaf into the clouds.

From a pet dog show -- including two qualifiers for national finals -- to a bonny baby contest, a fashion section, a dancing display and special recognition for the centenary of the ICA, the formula that has been key to driving the event from success to success over the decades, to provide a family day out, was fully achieved.

Irish Independent



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