'Winning this top dairy award is as good as lifting the Sam Maguire'
The winner of a top Irish dairy award said the win is like his “All-Ireland”.
John Walsh (52) from Ballylooby, Co Tipperary took home the overall prize at the 2017 NDC and Kerrygold Quality Milk awards yesterday.
Speaking at the awards ceremony in Royal Hospital Kilmainham, John said winning this award was as good as lifting the Liam McCarthy or Sam Maguire for him.
“I’m still overwhelmed. When I was a young person I was never any good at football or hurling but standing here in front of you all today. I have one thing to say: Ta athas orm an corn seo a ghlacadh. This is my All Ireland.
"I wasn’t expecting it. You work hard all your life at dairying, you get enjoyment out of what you do but you don’t get any reward. This is my All-Ireland. I’m over the moon.”
Mr Walsh thanked his wife, Maria, three children Brendan, Helena and Claire and his farm worker Andrew Myles, without whom he said he “would be lost”.
Mr Walsh, who milks 104 cows on 92 hectares of land told FarmIreland that he has been farming since the age of 10 and is the sixth generation of farmers in his family. He said he was keen to pass on the tradition to his three children.
“I introduced farming to my children. I always used to give them small chores and the way I looked at it - when they came to 14 or 15 if they didn’t like it at least they'd tried. I’m very lucky they all love it,” he said.