Monday 15 October 2018

Sheep shearing record raised over €5k

Mark McGeown and his wife Eileen with their children James, Alannah and Ben
Mark McGeown and his wife Eileen with their children James, Alannah and Ben

Sheep shearing champion Mark McGeown from Ravensdale was delighted to present the proceeds from his amazing record breaking event to Temple Street Children's Hospital recently.

The north Louth man raised €5,736 from the incredible nine hour lamb shearing record held during the 'Convoy to Cooley' in August.

During the event he smashed the record, set at 617 by Roy Collier from Wexford, by shearing 669 lambs.

Earlier in the year, Mark had already set an Irish record for the most sheep sheared in eight hours - 617 - at the County Louth Agricultural Show at Bellurgan Park.

After the huge success of both events, Mark, along with his wife Eileen and children James, Alannah and Ben were proud to present a cheque to the Cystic Fibrosis ward at Temple Street hospital.

Mark's incredible achievement was completed after he managed to average 18 lambs sheared in 15 minutes. He was supported throughout the event by the previous record holder, Roy Collier, his family and friends, and a wide range of supporters who turned out on the day to cheer him on,

He admitted that thanks to handfuls of jellybeans and flat Lucozade, he managed to get through the final leg of the tough challenge, saying the large crowd who gathered to cheer him on helped him to 'forget about the pain and remember why' he was there. Mark and his family wish to thank all those who donated towards this very worthy cause and supported him in any way.

The Argus