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Saturday 18 November 2017

Some top Tullamore tips

Carol Minogue's clever shoe rack, left, and PJ shannon's one-handed gas cylinder regulator
Carol Minogue's clever shoe rack, left, and PJ shannon's one-handed gas cylinder regulator
O'Reilly Oakstown from Trim, Co Meath were on to a winner with their Diesel Defence bunker

Bruce Lett

Here are some more samples from the innovative entries from this year's Tullamore Show Inventions Competition.

There were all manner and variety of entries, from inventors of all ages which really made this an entertaining and interesting competition.

The calibre of entries was extremely high across the board and demonstrates the resilient and innovative nature of the farming community and beyond. We can only look forward to what next year's competition might bring.


Carol Minogue from Whitegate in Co Clare won third place and the student category in the home, leisure and building category for her shoe rack.

With three carousels, the rack can accommodate 18 pairs of shoes in total. A must for anyone with lots of feet in the house.


O'Reilly Oakstown Concrete, from Trim, Co Meath, had the concrete pre-cast Diesel Defence system (pictured above) entered in the competition.

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The company, which manufacture a range of pre-cast concrete products, designed the system to combat the theft of heating oil and diesel from plastic tanks.

Company director Diarmuid O'Reilly explained that the unit was designed after the theft of one of the local school's heating oil.

The company offer a variety of sizes to cater for different size tanks and a structure that can be fitted over an existing tank.

The price of the Diesel Defence unit for a standard Kerosene tank starts at €800 + VAT but includes delivery.


This gas tap or regulator connector from PJ Shannon, Ennistymon, Co Clare is a really clever device for one-handed fitting or removal of the standard gas cylinder regulator.

Often not an easy task for the able bodied, it really has potential where fingers and hands are not as nimble or strong as they may have been in the past. PJ has made both removal and fitting of the regulator a one-handed and easier task.

Irish Independent