The annual All-Ireland Aberdeen-Angus Championships were staged at the 91st Mohill Show over the weekend with a record entry of over 100 cattle catalogued for this year’s finals. The All-Ireland Aberdeen-Angus championships are the pinnacle of an extensive showing circuit in Ireland and all four provinces were represented on the day with up to 18 entries paraded in front of judge Mr. Clive Jennings, Boulteen, Enniskeane, Co. Cork in some of the classes. Mr. Jennings thanked the Irish Aberdeen-Angus Association for the great honour of being selected to officiate over this year’s show and described the line-up of cattle present on the day as spectacular right across each and every class. He concluded by complimenting the breeders and exhibitors on turning out the cattle so well and extended his warmest congratulations to each of the winners.
The top accolode of the day, the supreme All-Ireland Aberdeen-Angus championship, was awarded to Michael & Niamh Barron, Grange, The Rower, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny with their senior cow, Ashtown Katie. This one is sired by the AI bull, Goulding Jumbo King K436 and was shown with a Spring 2018 born heifer calf at foot. No stranger to the winner’s enclosure, she has put together a spectular show record having previoulsy been awarded the RDS Champion of Champions award last Spring on the back of an incredible 2017 show season and was also a former 1st prize winner at the All-Ireland Aberdeen-Angus Championships as a yearling heifer back in 2015. The day’s master judge, Mr. Clive Jennings described his supreme champion as a ‘hard-working and productive cow with oodles of breed character and fantastic ring presence”. She also proved to be a very popular choice with spectators ringside with rapturous applause on the moment she was tapped out as champion.
Conor Craig & Amanda Bogan, Coolarty, Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford secured the overall junior championship and reserve supreme All-Ireland Aberdeen-Angus championship with their stylish young heifer calf, Millbawn Aurora T238. This one is sired by Netherton Mr Brazilian E377 and is out of Gigginstown House Another Level M955, who is a Friarstown Empire J160 daughter. One of the youngest Autumn 2017 born heifers exhibited on the day, this one beat out tremendous competition from a mighty entry of young bulls and heifers to win the junior championship before going one step further and taking the reserve supreme Aberdeen-Angus championship. It was the first time in several years that a young calf has placed in the overall championship line-up and marked the contiunation of a fantastic show season for the Craig & Bogan families after they had won the reserve supreme championship at Tullamore Show just a week ago with their show cow, Millbawn Nancy.
Millbawn Aurora T238.
The reserve senior championship went to Pat & Finbarr Cahill, Shankill Lower, Cavan, Co. Cavan with Drumhill Lord Harry R635. This one is sired by Nightingale Proud Jake G405 and is out of Blelack Lady Heather and was purchased at the Stirling bull sales in Scotland some years ago. This three year old stock bull was also the reserve senior champion at last year’s All-Ireland and was coming off a victorious day at last week’s Tullamore Show where he claimed the supreme senior championship there.
Drumhill Lord Harry R635.
The reserve junior championship was awarded to Cathal & Cormac Duignan, Laheen House, Eslin, Mohill, Co. Leitrim with Laheens Pierre. This September 2017 born bull calf won one of the largest classes of the show and is sired by the UK bred bull, Rawburn Enigmatic P886. Longtime exhibitors at Mohill Show, the Duignan’s Laheens Aberdeen-Angus herd also won the reserve supreme championship at last year’s show and collected several rosettes this year too.
Aberdeen Angus bull born before 01.09.2016
1, Pat & Finbarr Cahill’s Drumhill Lord Harry R635 by Nightingale Proud Jake G405
2, Albert DeCogan’s Cheeklaw Jake Eric R535 by Cardona Proud Punch L752
3, John McEnroe’s Mogeely Lord Harrow M191 by Wedderlie Blackbox J935
Aberdeen-Angus bull born between 01.09.2016 – 31.08.2017
1, Tom Mulligan’s Clooncarne Prestige by Clooncarne Frank
2, Conor Craig & Amanda Bogan’s Millbawn Prizeman by Rawburn Eventer 2nd
3, Brian Faughnan’s Molloy Lord Hugh T243 by Gear Fury N290
4, John McEnroe’s Liss Butcher T705 by Fordel Mighty Paidi R248
Aberdeen-Angus bull born between 01.09.2017 – 31.12.2017
1, Cathal Duignan’s Laheens Pierre by Rawburn Enigmatic P886
2, Cathal Duignan’s Laheens Prince of Eslin by Rawburn Jagger Eric R094
3, John Brady’s Lisnafanna Dustin by Te Mania Berkley B1
4, Albert DeCogan’s Mogeely Dreamer T534 by Wedderlie Blackbox J935
Aberdeen-Angus bull born between 01.01.2018 – 31.03.2018
1, Anthony Scanlon’s Owenmore Relter by Bunlahy Kojak
2, Cathal Duignan’s Laheens Reputation by Weeton Diamond Mine P444
3, Michael & Barry Smith’s Lawsons Ford Evaluater U410 by Friarstown Evolver N274
4, Tom Reynolds’ Knockadrianan Ronan by Drumgowna Norman
Aberdeen-Angus bull or heifer born after 01.04.2018
1, Tom Mulligan’s Clooncarne Rommel by Baronagh Producer N662
2, Eustace Burke’s Clontead Lady Jane U263 by Goulding Man O Man
3, Tom Reynolds’ Knockadrinan Ruby by Drumgowna Norman
4, John McEnroe’s Liss Bilban U816 by Liss Marty P417
Aberdeen-Angus cow with her own calf at foot, born before 01.12.2015
1, Michael & Niamh Barron’s Ashtown Katie by Goulding Jumbo King K436
2, Albert DeCogan’s Knockadrinan Blackbird P599 by Nightingale Dunbarr K551
3, John McEnroe’s Liss Minree P415 by The Moss Ethelorance L132
4, Eustace Burke’s Clontead Lady Jane R177 by Goulding Extra
Aberdeen-Angus cow born on or after 01.12.2015
1, John McEnroe’s Liss Myrlo S608 by Mogeely Lord Harrow M191
Liss Myrlo S608.
Aberdeen-Angus heifer born between 01.09.2016 – 28.02.2017
1, Bernard Kerins’ Kerins Nikemi by Redwood Ei
2, John McEnroe’s Liss Kim S641 by Te Mania Berkley B1
3, Albert DeCogan’s Mogeely Lady Hazel S471 by Rosemead Karona J957
Aberdeen-Angus heifer born between 01.03.2017 – 31.08.2017
1, Sean & Paul Moreton’s Sheafield Pam by Friarstown Ideal Pete K202
2, Adrian Parke’s Coolermoney Rosita T736 by Ankonian Elixir 100
3, Morgan Mulhern’s Lecarrow Pamela by Bunlahy John G
Aberdeen-Angus heifer born between 01.09.2017 – 31.12.2017
1, Conor Craig & Amanda Bogan’s Millbawn Aurora T238 by Netherton Mr Brazilian E377
2, John McEnroe’s Liss Myrlo T737 by Rosemead Karona J957
3, Bernard Kerins’ Kerins Perkemi by Bunlahy Kojak
4, Albert DeCogan’s Mogeely Blackbird T542 by Rosemead Karona J957
Aberdeen-Angus heifer born between 01.01.2018 – 31.03.2018
1, Matthew Goulding’s Goulding Belinda R906 by Goulding Man O Man
2, Michael & Barry Smith’s Lawsons Ford Lady Helly U411 by Friarstown Evolver N274
3, Jason Reilly’s Bridgehouse Ria by Baronagh Producer N662
4, Conor Craig & Amanda Bogan’s Millbawn Razzle Dazzle by Ardrossan Admiral A2
Goulding Belinda R906.
Best matching pair of Aberdeen-Angus cattle
1, Tom Mulligan’s Clooncarne Rommel & Clooncarne Rita
2, Michael & Barry Smith’s Lawsons Ford Evaluater U410 & Lawsons Ford Lady Helly U411
3, Albert DeCogan’s Cheeklaw Jake Eric R535 & Knockadrinan Blackbird P599
4, John McEnroe’s Liss Minree P415 & Mogeely Lord Harrow M191
Best Pair of matching Aberdeen-Angus.
Aberdeen-Angus crossbred bullock, under 30 months
1, John McEnroe, Liss, Oldcastle, Co. Meath
2, Noel Faughnan, Lisadadnan, Mohill, Co. Leitrim
Aberdeen-Angus crossbred heifer, under 30 months
1, Noel Faughnan, Lisdadnan, Mohill, Co. Leitrim
2, John McEnroe, Liss, Oldcastle, Co. Meath
3, Brian Faughnan, Clooncarne, Bornacoola, Co. Leitrim
Young stockperson aged 17 – 25 years
1, Conor Craig, Coolarty, Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford
2, Catherine Smyth, Navan, Co. Meath
Young stockperson under 17 years
1, Zara Sheehan, Gortfadda, Mohill, Co. Leitrim
2, Paul Bohan, Gortfadda, Mohill, Co. Leitrim
3, Fiona Mulligan, Currycramp, Dromod, Co. Leitrim.
Some general shots from the show: