Farm Ireland

Thursday 22 February 2018

Show’s the big winner

There’s something for everyone at Limerick

Martin Ryan

The mix of light showers through the sunshine didn't deter huge crowds from attending Limerick's Agricultural Show on Saturday and Sunday.

The attendance at Greenpark Racecourse, Patrickswell, on Saturday was well up on previous years, but the programme drew a near-record crowd for the event on Sunday.

More than 400 entries competed for awards in the livestock section which was one of the finest selections of quality cattle seen at the show in recent years.

Six-year-old Westmount C Storm from the herd of John and Ricky Barrett, Ballinhassig, Co Cork, was judged Dairy Champion of the show.

In the beef section the €3,000 Greenvale All Ireland Baby Beef Champion was exhibited by Sean O'Brien, who made a 600-mile round trip to take the award back to Ballyderowen, Burnfoot, Co Donegal.

The FBD All Ireland Non-Pedigree Champion was exhibited by William Gubbins, Cush House, Kilfinane, Co Limerick, and the McGuinness Brothers, Matthews Lane, Drogheda, Co Louth, showed the Commercial Beef Champion.

Overall the show programme was one of variety which included sonething of interest for all tastes. There was a good turnout of stands for the Farmers' Market. Tommy Relihan's Adare Farm Foods -- he is the son of well-known dairy farmer Ned Relihan -- has developed a flourishing business in homemade ice-cream and his ever-popular Pig on the Spit, both of which were featured at the show.

Peter Ward's Nenagh-based Country Choice served deliciously tasty and succulent Hereford Beef burgers and nearby the Cork Butter Museum demonstrated the centuries old art of home butter-making.

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There was a score or more breeds -- traditional, native and rare -- on offer at the Poultry Bring and Buy.

In its first year at the show, the event was doing good business laying the found-ation for an increase in the home-rearing of poultry.

One of the largest selections was offered by Tom Gormley, of Athenry, who has more than 20 different breeds of poultry. Among the rare breeds most popular among his customers are the French Le Bresse and the Sasso, as well as the Nied Rien, which as the name suggests comes from Germany.

Young farmers divided their interest between the general run of farm entries and the Macra na Feirme Farm Tasks Challenge. The only female contestant was Anna Holland, of Clarina, who is Limerick Macra secretary.

Irish Independent