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Friday 18 August 2017

Iverk works magic again

Gary Hurley, Co Wicklow, and his son receive the Maid of Glanbia trophy for Clompaddin Jet Jolly from Glanbia's Liam Herlihy, Sean Kelly MEP and Brendan Dunne
Gary Hurley, Co Wicklow, and his son receive the Maid of Glanbia trophy for Clompaddin Jet Jolly from Glanbia's Liam Herlihy, Sean Kelly MEP and Brendan Dunne
Owner John Taylor, Thurles, Co Tipperary, shows off his champion Charollais sheep at the show
Jack O'Brien, Co Donegal, shows his father Sean's commercial champion and overall supreme champion Belgian Blue-cross heifer alongside judge Michael Meade
Owner David Pearson, Ballacolla, Co Laois, displays Boherard Darina, the champion Belgian Blue at the event

Perfect autumnal weather greeted the thousands who flocked to Pilltown, Co Kilkenny, last Saturday for the annual Iverk Show.

The event traditionally attracts visitors from across the southeast and this year was no exception.

Indeed, such was the demand for parking spaces that show stalwart Joe Malone had to call on his son Joseph to open up another field for cars at around 1pm.

Iverk has a reputation for being a broad-based country festival and this was reflected in the range of competitions.

One of the most celebrated events is the Great Cherry Cake competition. This attracted more than 60 entries for the €600 prize fund.

The €200 first prize was won by Aisling Nolan from Dunmore Road in Waterford city.

In contrast, the big winner of the day in the cattle section had a good deal further to travel.

Sean O'Brien from Burnfoot, Co Donegal, wrapped up the Supreme Show Champion title with a Belgian Blue-cross heifer.


The Donegal farmer also took honours in the commercial cattle section with the same animal.

The Dairy Cow Championship winner was shown by M&P Jones from Killgowen, Gorey, Co Wexford.

Maiden

The Junior Dairy Cow crown was won by Tom and Maura Murphy from Jenkinstown, Co Kilkenny, while a maiden heifer shown by John Hurley from Arklow took the Maid of Glanbia award.

However, the drama of the day was saved for the Interbreed Championship for Pedigree Beef animals.

This pitted the Belgian Blue winner of David Pearson from Ballacolla, Co Laois, against the Limousin champion owned by John and Tom Hickey from Kilcommon, Co Tipperary.

Incredibly, the two animals received exactly the same score from the judges and the title had to be decided by the toss of a coin.

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