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Monday 5 December 2016

Young women break the mould to take top awards

Published 09/03/2016 | 02:30

IHFA President’s Medal winner Stacey O'Sullivan.
IHFA President’s Medal winner Stacey O'Sullivan.
IHFA Hall of Fame winner Andrea Murphy.

Two young women, who have excelled in what was traditionally a male dominated field have been honoured at the IHFA All Ireland annual awards in recognition of their exceptional achievements.

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The coveted 'Hall of Fame' Certificate was presented to Andrea Murphy from Kilmanagh, Kilkenny, a leading member of the Carlow Kilkenny Holstein-Friesian club.

A resource teacher by occupation, Andrea has served as national chairperson, vice-chair and co-ordinator of the IHFA Young Members Association (YMA).

Conscious that YMA would evolve with the times and progress forward she helped initiate the staging of the calf show in Cillin Hill, Kilkenny.

She also helped develop new competitions. These included the clipping competition, production of YMA showing DVD, the club of the year competition, YMA workshops, under-age stock-judging competition and field-to-photo competition.

She currently holds the position of Senior club secretary having served as club PRO for a decade.

She held the role of YMA co-ordinator for many years giving freely of her time coaching children in the fundamentals of stock judging, clipping, leading and preparing stock for shows.

The YMA President's Medal 2015 was presented to Stacey O' Sullivan, from Knockbrown, Bandon, Co Cork whose citation acknowledged that "Stacey has contributed just as much to the YMA as she has benefited from it, if not even more".

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Her achievements include qualifying for handling in the national calf show every year since 2007, representing Ireland at the HYB Rally in Scotland, champion handler at the National Dairy Show 2012, representing Ireland at the European Young Breeders School and coming second in the handling competition.

She was judged champion handler at the Emerald Expo 2013, and Cork YMA champion handler 2013 and has been actively involved in every aspect of YMA activity by proposing new ideas, organising events, and has never been shy of hard work.

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