'They were two of the best years of my life'
No trip to the Dublin Horse Show is complete without dropping by the stand of the Irish Draught Horse Breeders' Association to catch up with the great Eiline Brennan.
A stalwart in Irish Draught circles for decades, Eiline was sadly missed at the show last year following an accident, but this week she will be back at her usual spot in the Main Hall for the 25th year.
"It's a busy week but I love it and we always get a crowd, especially for the sweets. They are a great conversation starter," she said.
Indeed her sweets are as legendary as herself and last year, as she recuperated in hospital, a special book with get well wishes was set up at the trade stand in her absence.
Though sorry to have missed the RDS, Eiline bounced back to full health and within a few weeks she was preparing to help out at the IDHBA National Show at its new location in Punchestown.
A native of Laois and now living in Carlow, Eiline has been involved in farming and horses all her life through her own family and her husband Thomas.
She was crowned Queen of the Plough at the National Ploughing Championships in 1961, at a time when her sister Anna-May (McHugh) was then secretary of the NPA.
Anna-May took over the role of managing director in 1973 and continues to run the Ploughing Championships to this day.