Alan Kinsella of Aughrim Sheep Breeders presents Peter Behan with the cup for their show and sale’s champion pen of lambs
By Suzanne Pender
MORE than 2,200 top-quality animals were on view at Aughrim Sheep Breeders’ 54th annual show and sale recently.
The Lawless Hotel trophy for the best pan of ten Cheviot hogget ewes was won by John Driver, Rathdangan and sold for €300/head. Mervyn Griffin, Kilballyowen took second prize in this class, while John Driver also scooped third prize in this class.
The Patrick and Peter O’Byrne (Clonee) Cup for the best pen of ten Cheviot ewes two-years and upwards was won by Pat Dunne from Hollywood, which fetched €180/head. Second prize went to Niamh Hennessy.
The Patrick and John O’Byrne Cup for the best pen of ten Suffolk x hogget ewes went to Charles Fenton, Donard and later sold for €282/head. Second prize went to Patrick Kenny, Roundwood, while another Roundwood man, John Malone, took third and Brendan Fox from Donard fourth.
The Macra na Feirme Cup for the best pen of ten Suffolk x ewes two year olds and upwards was won by Ben Evan from Askinagap, his ewes fetching €155/head. Pat Burke from Baltinglass claimed second, and third prize went to Billy Farrar, Coolaflake.
The Farmers Journal Cup for the best pen of ten broken-mouthed ewes was won by Peter Behan, Drummin, Ballinglen. His ewes sold for €142/head. Ben Evan, Askinagap took second prize, with his ewes making €162/head and third prize went to Jamie O’Neill, Killacloran, Aughrim.
In the Meath Arms Cup for the best pen of ten cast ewes, first prize went to Michael Shannon, Mucklagh, whose fat ewes made €171/head. Second prize also went to Michael Shannon.
The Peter Goslin Memorial Cup for the best pen of ten Suffolk x ewe lambs consistently draws the biggest entry and, as always, the standard was extremely high.
First prize went to Peter Behan, Ballinglen, Tinahely, with his 59kg ewe lambs selling for €270/head. Second went to Paul and Denis Murphy, Rathmeigue, Knockanna, third prize went to Peter Behan, fourth was claimed by Laurence Murphy, Ballasallagh, and fifth went to Lorcan Byrne, Coolballintaggart.
The Patrick Healy Memorial Cup for the best pen of ten fat lambs was won by Peter Behan; the lambs weighing 56kgs sold for €142/head. Second prize went to Brendan Cullen, Hacketstown, third prize to Peter Behan and fourth to Seán O’Neill, Ballagh.
In the Thomas Doyle Perpetual Cup for the best pen of ten store lambs, first prize went to Seán O’Neill, Ballagh. The 44kg lambs sold for €129/head. Second prize went to Brendan Cullen, Hacketstown, with Kevin O’Neill, Aughrim claiming third spot.
The late Andy Shannon Cup for the best pen of ten Cheviot ewe lambs was won by Mervyn Griffin, Kilballyowen, his 50kg lambs were sold for €196/head. Second prize went to Brendan Byrne, Ballagh, while third prize went to Breda Devitt-Durkin, Moneymeen, Rathdrum.
The Joe O’Toole Perpetual Cup for the best pen of ten Cheviot wether lambs or ram lambs went to Mervyn Griffin; second was Peter Behan, with Pat Dunne, Hollywood filling third place.
The Terry O’Neill Memorial Cup for the best pen of ten Genuine Mountain Cheviot ewes two years and upwards was won by Breda Davvitt-Durkin, Moneymeen, while second prize went to Patrick Dunne.
Tom Dunne, Hollywood took first and second prize in the Brady Cup for best the ram.
Overall champion pen of ewes and the late Philip and James O’Neill Cup was awarded to John Driver, Rathangan.
The cup for the reserve champion pen of ewes was presented by Liam and Thomas Keenan and the winner was Charles Fenton, Donard.
The overall champion pen of lambs and winner of the Andy O’Neill memorial cup was Peter Behan, Ballinglen.
Reserve champion pen of lambs, cup presented by the representatives of the late Michael Eoin Fogarty, was won by Mervyn Griffin, Kilballyowen.
On behalf of the Aughrim Sheep Breeders’ Association, Seán O’Neill and Alan Kinsella thanked all of the sponsors, who kindly and continually support this reputable event, which showcases the fine stock in Aughrim and surrounding areas.
They also wish to thank Carnew Mart for hosting the sale.