Sunday 26 March 2017

RTE's Local Eye: Farmer reveals how some black paint helped his brown bullock win All-Ireland championship

Before and after Pat Roseingrave used black dye to recolour his prized bullock Credit: The Local Eye\Youtube
Before and after Pat Roseingrave used black dye to recolour his prized bullock Credit: The Local Eye\Youtube

A quick lick of black was all it took for one farmer to claim an All-Ireland title at one of the country’s largest agricultural shows.

Ennis native Pat Roseingrave coloured in the brown bits of one of his championship bullocks with black dye after he was told its colouring was “keeping him from winning 1st place.”

The devious farmer said a little creativity goes a long way when it comes to prize winning bullocks.

“Sure women change the colour of their hair, why not change it on an animal,” said Mr Roseingrave, from Crusheen County Clare.

“It’s just a question of using black soap instead of clear soap. It is the same markings, the same white, the same everything.

“That’s not cheating, that’s just changing his colour.”

Explaining his secret to finding the beauty in the beast to Clare Champion contributor Eddie Lenihan, Mr Roseingrave’s creative reasoning features in tonight’s episode of RTÉ’s The Local Eye.

The six-part series goes behind the scenes of three local newspapers in the south and west, to see just how they measure the heartbeat of rural Ireland.

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On the day that The Local Eye crew met Mr Roseingrave, he had raised €4,000 for local special needs children with a competition to guess the weight of a bullock.

He told the Clare Champion how he won the All-Ireland in Cappamore.

“Two years ago I had a bullock, he was brown and white.

“Everyone was telling me that only for his colour, he’d win.

“He was second in a couple of the big shows, only for his colour he’d have won.

“So before the championship, I painted him black.”

Showing a picture, he points out: “That is actually the same bull.

“The difference the black made, he won the All-Ireland in Cappamore."

The Local Eye airs on RTE1 tonight at 7 pm.

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