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Friday 24 March 2017

Inventors show their class

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

Tullamore Show's Rodney Cox, Tony Garvey, Seamus McGovern and Rory Cullen, and Farming Independent's Bruce Lett display the trophy for the show's winning invention, the Prism Wireless Lights - a set of cableless trailer lights
Tullamore Show's Rodney Cox, Tony Garvey, Seamus McGovern and Rory Cullen, and Farming Independent's Bruce Lett display the trophy for the show's winning invention, the Prism Wireless Lights - a set of cableless trailer lights

THE economic recession has done little to dampen the enthusiasm of Ireland's inventors and entrepreneurs -- if the Tullamore Show is anything to go by.

A new record of 45 entries was received for the National Inventions Competition, which was sponsored by the Farming Independent, WR Shaw of Rosenallis, Co Laois, and Glenngorey Pumps of Newbridge, Co Kildare.

The men from the Royal County swept the boards in the agriculture, horticulture and forestry class.

Seamus McGovern from Rodstown, Balrath, Kells, was awarded first prize in the agriculture, horticulture and forestry class for his set of cable-less trailer lights, which he called Prism Wireless Lights.

Second place in the same class went to Kieran Kerrigan, of Alfco Engineering in Trim, for his uniquely designed drafting system for a cattle crush.

Student Brian Murphy received a special award in this category for his protective covering for the bars of a cattle crush gate.

Ger Rigney, a Co Offaly native, scored for the host county when he took first prize in the home, leisure and building class. His airlock reliever kit was designed to relieve an airlock in an oil-fired burner without the use of tools or the need for DIY skills.

Second place in this class went to Gerry Hanley, from Carnmore West, Co Galway. His invention, the Hanno Heatmaster, was an energy-saving device for existing oil-fired central heating systems.


Carol Minogue, from Coose, Whitegate, Co Clare, was awarded the student prize in this class for her unusual shoe rack, designed to hold 18 pairs of shoes.

Darren Rudden, from Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, was awarded first prize in the labour-saving devices class for his rotary clothes line with an automatic cover. The Clever CloseLine includes a rain sensor that detects the first drops of rain and automatically deploys a cover over the line. When the rain stops, the cover then retracts automatically.

Second place in this class went to Caroline O'Neill, from Bandon, Co Cork, for her sheep and calf staller, a lightweight gate-hung mechanism designed to stall the animal's head in a comfortable position, without stress.

Students Thomas Freeman and Colm Egan, from Loughbrown, Aughrim, Ballinasloe, Co Galway, took the student award in this class for their hanging cattle feeder, designed to be attachable to either a gate or barrier.

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