Farm Ireland

Monday 23 October 2017

Inventors show class

Tullamore section proves popular

Bruce Lett

THIS YEAR'S inventions section of the Tullamore Show drew a record number of entries at the one-day event. There were 47 entries in total in the three categories of inventions in agriculture, horticulture and forestry; inventions in home, leisure and building; and labour-saving devices.

The volume of entries and the constant crowd at the section kept Rodney Cox and his crew busy throughout the day.

There were many practical, simple, sophisticated and downright brilliant ideas on site. There were entries from companies and individuals.

Dromone Engineering brought along their 'ball and spoon' hitch, while Feirm Factor winner Caroline O'Neill didn't shy away from demonstrating her sheep and calf staller.

Liam Murphy and son Brian, who we spoke to in the run up to the event, did not disappoint either. Brian won a student prize with his padded crush gates. Liam displayed several items, including a sweeper attachment for his Turbo-Sprong, a method of rolling up the pit silage plastic from the tractor seat and a scraper attachment for cleaning the grooves in an Ifor Williams horsebox floor, an idea which nearly caused a domestic among one visiting couple with protests of: "You never clean it, what would you know?"

There were too many entries to feature them all, but here is a cross-section of the ingenuity and enthusiasm on display at the show.

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