Bright sparks ready to shine at Tullamore Show
Inventions competition will showcase the latest in agri innovation
All roads lead to Tullamore next month for inventors and innovators who will exhibit their latest ideas at the country's most popular one-day agricultural show.
The National Inventions Competition, which is co-sponsored by WR Shaw, Glenngorey Pumps Ltd and the Farming Independent, will showcase devices which judge David Frizelle says are all aimed at making life easier on the farm.
The retired engineering lecturer from Tralee IT heads up a panel of four judges, and he says the inventions entered at Tullamore every year range from the practical to the eccentric but they all answer problems experienced by farmers on a daily basis. "The inventors identify a need and set about dealing with it," he says.
Entries have yet to close for this year's show but already there are some innovative ideas ready to be unveiled.
Twin sisters Mary and Sarah Murphy from Ballina in Co Mayo, who won their category with a grease gun for marking sheep, are back again with a new device for scanning sheep.
The transition year students, who work with sheep on the home farm, are at the "patent pending" stage for their winning grease gun. They source the components of the apparatus in France and Germany and have already sold nearly 300 of the guns mainly at fairs and shows in the West of Ireland. The Murphy twins, who intend to pursue careers in business and engineering at third level, will be spending this summer showing and selling their labour-saving devices at agricultural shows from the Tullamore show to the Ploughing.
The veteran of this year's inventors' roll call is 87-year-old Tony Bergin (below) who has come up with a novel lawnmower attachment to clear the grass from road and path verges.
"The Tidy Town committee in Roscrea asked me to come up with something to clear where the grass overhangs paths and roads. It was taking about eight people to do the job and it took me two months to come up with the idea of the lawnmower attachment.