Dualla Show 2017

Dualla Show 2017 was a great success with a huge crowd again making their way to Ballyowen House in search of family fun. The sun shone and a great day was had from the huge range of events on offer.

Cashel Brass Band opened the show with their usual aplomb. Later in the afternoon local band “Never Heard of ‘Em” entertained the crowds with a wide selection of songs to suit the relaxed atmosphere of the show.

The livestock section ran four rings and had a superb selection of animals on show including Charolais, Shorthorn, Saler, Parthenaise, Holstein Friesians, Jersey, Simmental and Limousin. Albert de Cogan from Castlemartyr, Co. Cork took home the Supreme Championship with his impressive 2-year old Angus stock bull. Donal Moloney from Ardnacrusha, Co. Clare was second with his Limousin Commercial. In the sheep contest, John Mulcahy from Clerihan deservedly took away the Interbreed Supreme Champion. Scott Pearson from Co.Laois won the under 16 young handlers and Evan Ryan won the under 12s. Colin Bourke from Rosegreen took second.

The Connolly Red Mills Munster Grand Prix competition was won by Liam O’Meara on ‘Kenny’s Flight’ in a thrilling jump off, just edging out Paddy O’Donnell on ‘Minority Report’. Third: Liam O’Meara; 4th Francis Connors; 5th Madeline Allen; 6th Louis Delplace.

In the 360Equine.ie Precision Joint Solution 1.20m event, Francis Connors came out on top on “Cavalier Royale Clover”. Second was Liam O’Meara on ‘Kannon Clover’, while third was Francis Connors again on “Tara M”. Abigal Guiry was 4th on Miss Daisy Popper; Victoria Burns was 5th on Tullineaskey HiHo, and Jack Ryan was 6th on Prince of Alton.

The Truck Show had over 400 trucks from Ireland and the UK. Big winner on the day was Gavin Crilly Livestock from Co. Louth who won four categories on the day including Best Truck.

The Tractor Pulling was back this year with the fifth round of the ITPC championship. The Modified Class was won by John Leavy from Co. Longford with Pure Mule. Other class winners:

  • Superfarm 2: Brian Roberts 50 beast from Wexford
  • Superfarm 3: Pat Leonard Horrid Henry from Wexford
  • 5.5 T: Farm Tractor Class John Graves Dundrum
  • 7.5 T :Farm tractor Class Damien Tabacc Enfield Co Meath
  • T: Farm Tractor Class Niall Richardson Birr Offaly
  • 11.5 T: Farm Tractor Class JP Betts Cahir

The Volkswagen car show had a wonderful display of high quality modified cars on display. John McCarthy from Ballyneety, Co. Limerick took home the crystal for Car of the Show with his beautifully reconditioned Mk 1 Caddy Pickup.

The Dog show had a record number of entrants on the day across 11 classes. In the end Judges John Smullen, Donie and Cillian Slattery handed Dog of the Show to Ray O’Connor with “Luca”, a Mastiff dog he rescued from a shelter in Dublin.

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Chef Adrian drew the crowds to his marquee where he showcased his fun approach to making healthy food such as making an omelette in 60 seconds flat.

Of course the big attraction on the day was the free Circus Gerbola. Long queues of expectant children and adults alike waited to see four packed shows throughout the day with acrobatics, clowns, pony-riding dogs and trick performing goats!

We wish to thank everyone inside and outside the community for the massive voluntary effort involved to make an event of this size a success.We’d like to thank all our sponsors. Special thanks to the landowners PJ Maher, Pierce McCan, Richard O’Dwyer and John Magnier (Coolmore) for their continued support.