Limerick Show 2019

Limerick Agricultural Show was held at Limerick Racecourse on Sunday last 25th August in the start of the Autumn Sunshine. Well done to all Hereford exhibitors who turned out for one of the few remaining shows of the season. Huge Congratulations to Gerry McNamara & family on winning Overall Hereford Champion, yet again, with ‘Churchcross Hurler’. The famous Hurler has had continued success throughout the season and has made the trip to each show worthwhile.

Many thanks to Abby McNamara  for compiling the Show results.

Photos C/O Shannon Kinahan Photography.

Judge: Coote Geelan, Leitrim.

Overall Hereford Champion: ‘Churchross Hurler’, Gerry McNamara, Clare.

Champion – ‘Churchross Hurler’ with Young Handler Paula McNamara, Clare, receiving the bank of Ireland Perpetual challenge cup from Pat Byrnes, Sponsor and judge Mr Coote Geelan.

Female Champion: ‘Tory Hill Lily’, Tom Hayes, Co. Limerick.

Female Champion – ‘Tory Hill Lily’ with breeders Tom Hayes, Kathleen Hayes, Limerick & Larry Laffin.

Female Reserve Champion: ‘Churchcross Myrtle’, Gerry McNamara, Co. Clare.

Male Champion: ‘Churchross Hurler’, Gerry McNamara, Clare.

Male Champion – ‘Churchross Hurler’ with Young Handler Paula McNamara, Clare, receiving the bank of Ireland Perpetual challenge cup from Pat Byrnes, Sponsor and judge Mr Coote Geelan.

Male Reserve Champion: ‘Conmelvin Oscar’, Conor O’Leary, Limerick.

Male reserve Champion- Conmelvin Oscar’ , breeder Conor O’Leary, Limerick.

Hereford female born before the 30 June 2018.

 1. Tom Hayes, Dareen House, Kildimo, Co. Limerick. ‘Tory Hill Lily’, 10/1/15, Sire: Spring Villa Alex, Dam: Druimasil Hazel.

2. Gerry McNamara, Moyfadda, Labasheeda, Ennis, Co. Clare. ‘Churchcross Petula’, 9/9/17, Sire: Steel Gerard, Dam: Fourth Farm Kitty.

 3. Declan Donnelly, Lissycasey, Ennis, Co. Clare. ‘Clondrina 1237th’, 5/1/18, Sire: Farney John, Dam: Clondrina 1048th.

1st place female born before 30/06/18 & Champion Female – ‘Tory Hill Lily’ with breeders Tom Hayes, Kathleen Hayes, Limerick & Larry Laffin.


Hereford heifer born on or after the 1st of July 2018 and the 31st of December 2018.


1. Gerry McNamara, Moyfadda, Labasheeda, Ennis, Co. Clare. ‘Churchcross Myrtle’, 10/7/18, Sire: Normanton Lartes, Dam: Allowdale Cherry. 

Hereford heifer born after the 1st of January 2019.

1. Declan Donnelly, Lissycasey, Ennis, Co. Clare. ‘Clondrina Poll 1 1267th’, 23/1/19, Sire: Solpoll 1 Lawman HYF, Dam: Clondrina 1126th.

2. Rory Farrell, Ballinveney, Toomevara, Co. Tipperary. ‘Ballinveney Beth’, 8/1/19, Sire: Ballinveney Nigel, Dam: Ballinveney Beth 1. 


Hereford bull born after the 1st of July 2018.

1. Gerry McNamara , Moyfadda, Labasheeda, Ennis, Co. Clare. ‘Churchcross hurler’, 7/7/18, Sire: Panmure Henry, Dam: Allowdale Serena.

2. Conor O’Leary, Leylands, Ballyagran, Kilmallcok, Co. Limerick. ‘Conmelvin Oscar’, 01/08/18, Sire: Cillcormaic Casper, Dam: Clondrina 1179th.

 3. John O’Conner, Ballykennedy, Ballingarry, Co. Limerick. ‘Clouncagh transet’, 3/7/18, Sire: Clipston Trident T17, Dam: Clouncagh STO Madonna’.

4. Tom Hayes, Dareen House, Kildimo, Co. Limerick. ‘Quinsboro Morgan 5th’, 13/11/18, Sire: Gageboro Morgan, Dam: Tory Hill Maeve.

5. Rory Farrell, Ballinveney, Toomevara, Co. Tipperary. ‘Ballinveney Banner’, 5/7/18, Sire: Ballinveney Nigel, Dam: Ballinveney Fancy’. 

1st place bull born after 01/07/18 & Champion – ‘Churchross Hurler’ with Young Handler Paula McNamara, Clare, receiving the Bank of Ireland Perpetual challenge cup from Pat Byrnes, Sponsor and judge Mr Coote Geelan.
2nd place bull born after 01/07/18 & Male Reserve Champion- Conmelvin Oscar ‘ , breeder Conor O’Leary, Limerick.


Hereford bull born after the 1st of January 2019.

  1. John Neenan and Tommy Creegan,  Tullaha, Broadford, Charleville, Co. Limerick. ‘Tullaha Donny’, 19/1/19, Sire: Rossmore Nelson Madnela, Dam: Tullaha Stephanie.


Tom Hayes also received the Waterpark Pepetual Challenge cup. Tom is the most senior exhibitor of Hereford cattle on the summer show circuit this year.

Judge Coote Geelan presenting Tom Hayes with the Waterpark Perpetual Challenge Cup.


There was also a Pedigree Replacement Index class which was open to all Pedigree cattle, both male and female of all ages. 40% of the marks was allocated for for judging in the ring and 60% of the marks were allocated for Replacement Index. There was very generous prize money available for this class; 1st = 250€, 2nd =150€, 3rd = 100€ and 4th to 7th = €50 each. 3rd place was awarded to ‘Churcross hurler’ among Limousin, Simmental & Shorthorn cattle placing 1st to 7th. Placing 3rd in this class was a great achievement for the Hereford Young bull in such a dominant continental class.

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