Flight of the Phoenix at Tullamore

Last weekend saw the first of our Autumn Shows being held in Tullamore. Storm Brian made conditions miserable but that wasn’t enough to keep exhibitors from attending on the day. Weather did not deter purchasers bidding to a top price of €6,600 in the bull ring while the top priced heifer sold at €4,600.

Competition was tough with many strong bulls present at the event. The interest in the Hereford breed has continued to go from strength to strength each year. This year saw the breed establish itself as one of the main breeds at many of the summer shows throughout the country with many animals who had won various rosettes and sashes throughout the year present at the sale.

A large crowd was in attendance on the day for the event in Tullamore GVM Auctioneers with a number of new and potential members hoping to make a purchase and get their Hereford herd up and running.

Michael Molloy’s bull ‘Phoenix’ from the Moyclare herd upon entering the ring, quickly caught the attention of a number of potential buyers who wished to add this smashing sire to their herd. Bidding quickly took flight reaching €5,000 in minutes when the bidding battle dropped to just two hopeful buyers. It was Michael Hoey of Lusk, Co. Dublin who came out victorious when his final bid of €6,600 proved enough to secure the 16 month old bull. Moyclare Phoenix is sired by the  David Larkin bred bull Cill Cormaic Kasper (KZP) now standing at Dovea AI and out of the home bred Moyclare Rose 22nd herself having a had a formidable show career and out of a very successful maternal line.

Hereford breeder and friend of the Molloy family, Hugh P. Murray showing Mick’s Moyclare Phoenix at the event. Sold for €6,600.

The Reserve Bull Champion on the day came from the Grianan herd of Tom & Anselm Fitzgerald. Grianan Ranger, born in August last is sired by Grianan Freddy. This solid and attractive looking bull sold for €4,000 with John Ryan from County Tipperary becoming the new owner.

Reserve Bull Champion Grianan Ranger sold for €4,000. L – R: Tom & Anselm Fitzgerald, Gene & Owen Lynch (Judges), Pat McCarthy IHBS President.

Sean & Shane Kilrane of Mohill, exhibited Drumboy Jamie who was crowned Champion bull at the event providing the first major success at a premier sale for the Co. Leitrim breeders. This bull Drumboy Jamie was on exhibition at the Irish Hereford Society’s stand at the National Ploughing Championship this year where he caught the eye of many passer-by’s. He is sired by the very successful and well know bull Kilsunny Goliath (KSG) who is well renowned for producing champions throughout the country and across water. Tom Roycroft had his eye on him since the ploughing and became the new owner when he placed his last bid at €3,650.

Shane and Sean Kilrane with their Champion bull ‘Drumboy Jamie’ that sold for €3,650 in Tullamore. IHBS President Pat McCarthy presenting them with the Bank of Ireland Cup.

K & M Diffley from Co. Leitrim had a smashing bull on show on the day. Duibhgiolla Grian, a 16 month old bull sired by Gageboro Morgan, a grand son to Gageboro Eugenic and a great grand son to Churchill Storm, it’s clear to see that the bloodlines don’t lie as a price of €3,800 was secured for the bull with Gerard & James Dowdall from Scrahan, Co. Waterford becoming the new owners.

Kevin Diffley with his 1st prizewinner ‘Duibhgiolla Grian’  sold at €3,800. Also in photo are father & son Gene & Owen Lynch, who judged the competition, and IHBS President Pat McCarthy.

Michael and Sinead Conry’s bull Rathnollag Lucky 790 was purchased by long time Hereford breeder James Thompson from Ballraggan, Rathvilly for €3,200. Scoring 4 & 5 stars for both the terminal and replacement indexes along with a calving difficulty of 2.2%, this tasty looking bull should fit well in his new herd.

Sinead Conry showing her bull ‘Rathnollag Lucky 790’ which was sold for €3,200.

Demand for heifers was back a little on this event last year however the top heifers continue to make headlines with John Appelbe’s 14 month old heifer Appel 1 Joy, sired by this year’s Hereford National Champion Solpoll 1 Lawman, sold for €4,600 the highest price for a female at the event, with Fellow rebel man and new Hereford breeder Michael Dullea of Deelish Hereford’s becoming the new owner.

The heifer that attracted a lot of interest from the crowd ‘Appel 1 Joy’ bred by John Appelbe and sold for €4,600 on the day to Mr. Michael Dullea.

Trevor Dudley’s sweet looking Heifer Kilsunny Lass Nadia was awarded Reserve Female Champion and went on to sell for a very satisfactory €3,400. Cavan man Philip Lynch purchased the heifer and looks forward to incorporating some Kilsunny bloodlines in to his herd.

Susan Dudley with her Reserve Champion heifer Kilsunny Lass Nadia that sold for €3,400. Judges Gene & Owen Lynch in centre and IHBS President Pat McCarthy on right.

The Female Championship was awarded to Padraig McGrath’s Kye Sunshine 722 which is in-calf to his 5 star stock bull Knoxlustre Twilight, who has a calving difficulty of 3.5%. Kye Sunshine will remain in the west of Ireland with her new owner Cathal Dolan from Carrigallen, County Leitrim.

IHBS President Pat McCarthy presents Padraig McGarth with the Bank Of Ireland Cup for his Champion Heifer ‘Kye Sunshine 722’ which was sold for €2,900. Judges Gene & Owen Lynch in back and wife Catherine McGrath on right.

Other heifers to catch the eye were Riverrock Katie Bea exhibited by Tony Hartnett, Rockchapel. Sired by Grianan Justice out of Riverrock Ita, she sold to James Thompson to add to his female herd at €3, 300. T & A Fitzgerald’s Grianan Prim P 779 a daughter to Grianan Freddy out of Grianan Prim J 542 sold at €3050 to Pat Shanahan, Croagh, Co Limerick.

Richard Lalor with his extremely well put together bull ‘Rathkenty Okavango’ that won the first bull class and went on to sell for €2,500. Judges Gene & Owen Lynch in center and IHBS President Pat McCarthy on right.

Huge attendance at the event. “You wouldn’t get turning a sweet in your mouth” – Quote of the day from our auctioneer Mr. Hugh Mulvihill. 

Our next Autumn Show & Sale is in Kilmallock, Co. Limerick this Friday the 27th of October.

51 bulls and 9 females including an executors sale of the Currabeg Herd for the late Owen O’Neill, Ballincollig, Co Cork .

Here’s a look at a few of the top prices on the day.


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