Despite overnight rainfall and dull, misty conditions on the morning of the show, thousands once again made the trip to the beautiful setting of Ballyowen House to enjoy the broad range of events and entertainment on offer at Dualla Show 2018.
A beautiful handmade banner made by Dualla Craft group greeted attendees at the main entrance and a giant “Hay Bear” delighted children while the Cashel Brass Band played with their usual aplomb to signal the start of a fun-filled day.
This year’s livestock event saw the conclusion of the Munster Aberdeen-Angus Club bull and heifer calf competitions. A substantial sponsorship by Barrett Agri and Southern Fuel & Farm Supplies Ltd. attracted a quality line-up of calves and master judge for the day, Michael Smith of Co. Cavan, faced some difficult decisions in several of the classes. Ultimately the Junior Bull and Junior Female of the Year titles were both awarded to Albert & Jennifer DeCogan of Mogeely Aberdeen-Angus herd, Castlemartyr, Co. Cork. Meanwhile, Supreme champion of Dualla Show went to Murt Ryan from the Goldstar Herd with Goldstar Falkland. In the sheep section, David Condon ran out breeder champion with Charlie Boland champion reserve.
With farm safety awareness never more important, the livestock event hosted a number of interactive farm-related demonstrations and talks compered by Mary Newman Julian to highlight the daily risks associated with working in agriculture. Jim Dockery of FRS gave a very useful and practical demonstration of quad bike safety while Peter Gohery of Embrace Farm highlighted the dangers of PTOs. Teagasc’s John O’Connor gave advice on how to handle the loading and unloading of livestock while George Graham spoke on the importance of mental health awareness.
Perfect ground conditions despite the rain set up a superb showjumping event. It was all action in the Red Mills Grand Prix 2018 where Francis Connors just pipped Tholm Keane by .2 of a second with an entertaining gallop to the last. David Rayburn was fifth while local rider Jack Ryan was sixth. The winner of the 120 class sponsored by Super Valu Cashel was Patrick Joyce.
The Tipperary Truck Show had its biggest event to date with 536 lorries in total. Co-organizer Daire Maher said they were “overwhelmed by the turnout of lorries and can not thank everyone enough for attending the show from near and far to make it our best to date”. He went on to say that “the weather did its best to disrupt the fun but failed. A massive thanks to all the lads who helped over the weekend and to all our sponsors, especially our main sponsor TRP for all their help”. The Truck of the Show winner on the day was Brendan Woods with his famous “Johnny Cash” Scania.
The hugely popular dog show attracted a wide variety of owners and their dogs on the day. Best in Show 2018 was Jenny O’Meara with her Irish Wolfhound “Yeats”. Reserve champion was Willy O’Meara from Fethard with “Rodge” a beautiful Irish terrier. Best Puppy in Show went to Kathleen Dalton from Urlingford with “Teddy”, a Bernese mountain dog. Young Handler of the Year was Grace Kennedy with “Bailey” a Cavalier King Charles/Bichon Frise cross. Dawn Fitzgerald from Urlingford won the Chairman’s choice with “Baby Bear”.
The Tractor Pulling attracted the usual large attendance who were entertained by the largest number of modified tractors to date. In the end the winner of the modified class was Keith Leavy all the way from Co. Longford driving “Pure Mule” – a standard tractor stripped down and rebuilt using a V8 engine from a Scania truck to give it around 1000hp.
In the main marquee, Sinead Delahunty delighted people with her healthy food recipes using locally sourced produce such as eggs from Magner’s Farm Moyglass. Sinéad’s demonstrations were highly engaging with participation of adults and children alike keen to learn and pick up signed copies of her book “Delalicious”.
Thanks to an improved ticketing system there were less queues for the free circus which enthralled young and old with their hour long shows that ran through the afternoon with fabulous acrobatic performances, tricks and even performing geese.
Meanwhile the crowds saw a superb display of human strength in the Tug O’War. This year’s perpetual trophy went to the Slievenamon Team.
Elsewhere the fantastic wrestlers entertained the crowds with two semi-final matches and a ladies bout before a terrific tag team finale saw the team of Scotty Davis, Michael May and Amy Behan eventually overcome Andy Steele (USA), Gunther Issak (Germany) and Aoife Cusask.
Chairman Michael D’Arcy wishes to thank everyone for the massive voluntary effort involved to make the event a smooth running success. He also wished to thank local community and residents for their understanding and patience. Finally Mr. D’Arcy gave special thanks to landowners PJ Maher, Richard O’Dwyer and John Magnier for their continued support of the event.
Finally, the Dualla Show committee wish extend their deepest sympathies to the family of Eamonn Quinlan on his untimely passing. Eamonn is a huge loss to the community of Dualla where he will be remembered for his kindness, generosity and intellect. He contributed selflessly to all parts of community life and is missed dearly.
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