Stock women honoured for lifetimes' work
Martin Ryan profiles three women who have made a lasting impression in what was traditionally a man's world
Three women, who between them have given more than 130 years of dedication to breeding pedigree livestock, have been honoured among the National Livestock Hall of Fame recipients for 2016.
The senior roll of honour went to 87-year-old Bridie Foley whose involvement in breeding pedigree Irish Angus goes back for more than 60 years with the Hillsgrove Herd at Kilmore, Carrick-on-Shannon.
Bridie who came from a farming family, and "always had a love for farming", qualified as a nurse at a Dublin hospital, but never lost her love for the land and returned to the farming way of life when she married her late husband, Michael.
"I haven't seen that much change in the breed.
"The Angus, which originated in Scotland, were always hardy and very suited to the land in this region of the country because they were also easy calving and very easy to handle.
"They are very popular around here," she said.
"I know that I am 87 years, but I don't feel my age and I still enjoy farming and keeping the Angus cattle. Age is only a number and I think I am still a young person," said Bridie.
Her late husband, Michael, was a founding member of the Irish Angus Cattle Society in 1967 and served as National President for two terms during which he represented Ireland at the Angus World Congress in the US.