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Herefords in Bandon

The annual Pedigree Bull Show & Sale took place in Bandon Mart on Wednesday 3rd April. There was a total of twenty-one bulls present on the day ranging in age from 16 months to 2 years. However from the beginning of the sale it was evident that trade was going to be tough with only 5 bulls reaching their reserve in the sales ring.

Champion on the day went to Bantry based breeder Gene Lynch for his 18 month old bull “Droumdaniel Richie” whom is sired by “Allowdale Exceller”. Reserve Champion was awarded to Tim Breen, Kiskeam for his bull “Coisceim Kyro” who is a son of Kilsunny Goliath and which sold for €2200. Top price on the day also went to Tim Breen with his bull “Coisceim Jasper” selling for €2800.

Champion Droumdaniel Richie

Reserve Champion Coisceim Kyro

“Hazel Grove Dixon” exhibited by Dermot Whelton, Leap received €2700 which was the second highest price on the day. Mary Pat Dineen & Jim Moloney, Lislevane House, Bandon received a disappointing €2300 for their “Steil Gerard” son “Dunworley Steel”.

Sincere thanks to IHBS President Martin Murphy and his grandson Shane who were judges on the day, Auctioneer George Chandler, and last but not least to all the staff who organised and held the event in Bandon Mart.


The annual Irish Hereford Calf Show enjoyed its fifth installment on Sunday 11th November with spectators flooding the ring to view the 120 animals entered for the event. The mild weather conditions allowed for much more comfort in comparison to last years event, where temperatures felt well below zero. This years calf show enjoyed the newly created “Calf of the Future” class meaning there was five classes for both bulls and heifers. As usual the young handlers got the proceedings underway with Joe Deverell inspecting their stockmanship skills.

Judging the pedigree classes at this years event was Mr. William Smith from Oldcastle, Co. Meath. William is a prominent Limousin breeder who has enjoyed great success over the years at various shows and sales around the country and across water with many animals from his ‘Milbrook Herd’ achieving top honours wherever they entered. William also received many compliments from numerous people in the audience on his judging skills with many praising the short briefing he gave after each class, which acted as a superb pedagogy for both young and old.

William also mentioned that he was involved in breeding Hereford cattle with his father many years ago, with his father too having judged at many well established shows, particularly the Edinburgh Show back in 1971 where Williams father was presented with a show stick after judging Herefords at the event – the same shows stick that William himself had at this years calf show.Judge William Smith 


Taking home the Supreme Male Sash was this year’s Senior Male Champion “Gurteragh Aristocrat” owned by long time breeder Michael O’Keeffe from Newmarket, Co. Cork. Reserve Supreme Male Champion was Michael Molloys Junior Male champion “Moyclare Royal”. Two smashing bulls that impressed many there and will no doubt impress again in 5 months time at the Spring Premier sale dated for March 31st.

Supreme Male Champion & Senior Male Champion: “Gurtergah Aristocrat” with owner Michael O’Keeffe and Judge William Smith

Reserve Supreme & Junior Male Champion: “Moyclare Royal” with owner Michael Molloy and Judge William Smith

Reserve Senior Champion & Winner of the People’s Champion Competition: “Grianan Showman” with owner Anselm Fitzgerald

Reserve Junior Male Champion: “Glaslough Transformer” with owner Nigel & Theola Heatrick

Moving on to the females, Padraig McGraths “Kye Holly 818” impressed more than just the judge as one spectator approached Mr. McGrath to try and purchase the animal shortly after she won her class. Padraig was hesitant to part ways with his very stylish heifer but its understood that a substantial fee of €4,000 secured the transfer for the new owner. “Kye Holly 818” didn’t stop there however as the judge tapped her froward as the Supreme Female Champion shortly after she had just won Junior Female Champion. Taking the Reserve Supreme Female was the Senior Female Champion “Corlismorepoll 1 Sydney 941” owned by Sean McKiernan. “Sydney” enjoyed a formidable show season achieving top honours at many of the shows she attended and will no doubt develop in to a terrific cow for the Corlismore Herd.

Supreme Female Champion & Junior Female Champion: “Kye Holly 818” with ownerd Padraig & Catherine McGrath and Judge William Smith.

Reserve Supreme Female Champion & Senior Female Champion: “Corlismorepoll 1 Sydney 941” with owner Gary & Evelyn McKiernan and Judge William Smith

Reserve Senior Female Champion: “Ardmulchan Clover 776” with owner Catherine Smyth

Reserve Junior Female Champion: “Glosterbeg Erica” with owners Davina & Lesley Lewis

Class Results

Class 1: Young Handler –Junior (Sponsor: Irish Hereford Breed Society & Alison Beatie – Farm Wardrobe)

  1. Paula McNamara
  2. Elisa Drumm
  3. John Angland
  4. Tara Drumm
  5. Bryan Farrell

Junior young handler winner – Paula McNamara

Class 2: Young Handler – Senior (Sponsor: Irish Hereford Breed Society & Alison Beatie – Farm Wardrobe)

  1. David Kenny
  2. Lesley Lewis
  3. Sinead Conry
  4. Sarah Murray
  5. Mark Hyland

Senior young handler winner with 2018 bursary winner Anna Jacob

North Leinster Branch Chairman Niall Daly presents Joe Deverell with a gift for judging of the young handlers

Class  3: Heifer Calf born in September & October 2017 (Sponsor: Hugh Mulvihill [Auctioneer] & GVM)

  1. Sean Mc Kiernan – Corlismorepoll 1 Sydney 941, 372214481650941, 10th Oct 17, Cill Cormaic Leo, Corlismorepoll 1 Sydney 524
  2. E & R Jones – Keenagh Novea, 372222238110343, 18th Oct 17, Blackwater Lad, Lislaughtin Alma 9
  3. Nigel Heatrick – Glaslough Trudy, 372222650051277, 13th Oct 17, Ballyaville Ger, Glaslough Jewel
  4. Niall & Lisa Daly – Gageboro Sonata, 372223754821026, 3rd Sep 17, Gageboro Opinion, Boyana Oyster
  5. Gerry McNamara – Churchcross Petulla, IE131418960909, 9th Sep 17, Steil Gerard, Fortfarm Kitty

Class 4: Heifer Calf born in November & December 2017 (Sponsor: Greenvale Animal Feeds)

  1. Philip Smyth –A rdmulchan Clover 776, 372214429550776, 7th Nov 17, Church Preen Galileo, Ardmulchan Clover 456
  2. Nigel Heatrick – Glaslough Trisha, 372222650011281, 17th Nov 17, Ballyaville Ger, Glaslough Newlook
  3. Dermot Whelton – Hazel Grove Damzel, IE141322310011, 13th Nov 17, Gageboro Morgan, Newstar Autumn
  4. JJ Farrell – Trillick Lily, 372213272041931, 15th Dec 17, Clipston Squire, Corlismore Echoe 591

Class 5: Heifer Calf born in January & February 2018 (Sponsor: Irish Hereford Breed Society)

  1. Padraig Mc Grath – Kye Holly 818, 372214969270818, 4th Jan 18, Freetown Hotspur, Kye Sorcha 3rd
  2. Trevor Dudley – Kilsunny Doreens Omega, 372219778791714, 4th Feb 18, Glaslough Judge, Kilsunny Doreens Jasmin
  3. Sean Mc Kiernan – Corlismore Tara 958, 372214481650958, 11th Feb 18, Cill Cormaic Leo, Corlismore Tara 618
  4. Davina Lewis – Glosterbegpoll 1 Sheeba, 372219639840490, 20th Jan 18, Glosterbeg Dave, Tourtanepoll 1 Sally
  5. Trevor Dudley – Kilsunny Lass Olympia, 372219778711707, 21st Jan 18, Glaslough Judge, Kilsunny Lass Fluffy

Class 6: Heifer Calf born in March or April 2018 (Sponsor: Hereford Prime)

  1. Christine Drumm – Crowenstown Auriella Ivy, 372223810270006, 3rd Mar 18, Cave Hill Storm, Kilsunny Doreens Ivy
  2. Sean Mc Kiernan – Corlismore Amber 977, 372214481680977, 16th Apr 18, Shiloh Farm Dynamite, Rossmore Amber
  3. T & A Fitzgerald – Grianan Orange S847, 372223154920847, 15th Apr 18, Grianan Parker, Grianan Orange H629
  4. Sean Mc Kiernan – Corlismorepoll 1 Sydney 972, 372214481630972, 10th Mar 18, Normanton 1 Laertes ET, Corlismorepoll 1 Sydney 594
  5. T & A Fitzgerald – Grianan Cooperobin S842, 372223154960482, 15th Mar 18, Grianan Parker, Grianan Cooperobin M652

Class 7: Heifer Calf of the Future – born from May 1st onwards (Sponsor: Progressive Genetics)

  1. Davina Lewis – Glosterbeg Erica, 372219639890504, 2nd May 18, Glosterbeg Dave, Glosterbeg 245th
  2. Sean Mc Kiernan – Corlismore Sally 980, 372214481630980, 20th May 18, Shiloh Farm Dynamite, Corlismore Sally 722
  3. Michael & Grainne Farrell – Castledalypoll 1 Hannah, 372218952750160, 15th Jun 18, Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid, Castledaly Crystals
  4. John Neenan & Tommy Cregan – Tullaha Buttercup 353, 372217610370353, 4th May 18, Gageboro Morgan, Tullaha Buttercup
  5. John Canty – Port 1 Tina, 372215916181125, 20th Aug 18, Balleen Revival, Port 1 Tina

Class 8: Commercial Hereford sired calf, Male or Female not weighing over 450kg (Sponsor: Hereford Prime)

  1. Hynes Family – PJ, 372223754841044, 22nd Dec 17, Gageboro Morgan, IE301207220839
  2. Hugh P Murray – Lilly, IE212246280205, 1st Feb 18, Romany 1 Lawbreaker, IE182026730288
  3. Louis Feeney – Bulldozer, 372224771320745, 12th Mar 18, Mr Ever Ready, Rose 646
  4. Hugh P Murray – Mick, IE212246260211, 30th May 18, Church Hill Nigel, IE301221780485
  5. Michael O’Keeffe – Gurteragh Black Beauty, 372213625360767, 1st Mar 18, Gurteragh Oakley, HEX

The Hynes family with their winner of the Commerical class with Sponsor Nigel Heatrick (Board Member of Hereford Prime)

Commerical class judge – John Canty

Class 9: Bull Calf born in September & October 2017 (Sponsor: Hugh Lakeland Dairies)

  1. T & A Fitzgerald – Grianan Showman, 372223154910821, 4th Sep 17, Grianan Parker, Grianan Orange O725
  2. Michael O’Keeffe – Drominarigle 1 Special 744, 372213625380744, 26th Sep 17, Gurteragh Oakley, Drominarigle 1 Sydney 611
  3. Liam & Eoin Reilly – Bridge House Robert, 372219607370100, 23/Oct/17, Moyclare Lieutenant,
    Beihy Helena
  4. Trevor Dudley – Kilsunny Oscar, 372219778711665, 12th Oct 17, Clooncullane King 322, Kilsunny Lass Josslyn
  5. Tadhg Fogarty – Kilkeary Brian, IE331124080391, 3rd Oct 17, Cill Cormaic Marvel, Balleen Pride 776

Class 10: Bull Calf born in November & December 2017 (Sponsor: Slaney Meats)

  1. Michael O’Keeffe – Gurteragh Aristocrat 758, 372213625350758, 25th Nov 17, Balleen Bonus, Gurteragh Fantasy 367
  2. Michael Dullea – Deelish 1 Turbo, 372214011950738, 14th Dec 17, Dendor 1 Kohinoor PP, Tanavalla Jemma
  3. Padraig Farrell – Cave Hill Harry, 372216463520390, 3rd Nov 17, Trillick Hotspur, Cave Hill Hermione
  4. Padraig Mc Grath – Kye Harry 812, 372214969210812, 20th Dec 17, Freetown Hotspur, Kye Sheila 572
  5. Timothy Breen – Coisceim King, 372226375390015, 15th Dec 17, Gurteragh Justice, Gurteragh Linsey

Class 11: Bull Calf born in January & February 2018 (Sponsor: Animax)

  1. Christine Drumm – Crowenstown MacArthur, 372223810260005, 2nd Jan 18, Allowdale Ribstone 436 ET, Crowenstown Arabella Ivy
  2. John Appelbe – Appel 1 Paddy, 372214625761604, 9th Jan 18, Moeskaer Pacman, Appel 1 Molly

Class 97Christine Drumm with her winner of the above class “Crowenstown MacArthur”

Class 12: Bull Calf born in March or April 2018 (Sponsor: Dovea Genetics)

  1. Michael Molloy – Moyclare Royal, 372223914630443, 3rd Mar 18, Free Town Nadel, Moyclare Rose 27th
  2. Nigel Heatrick – Glaslough Transformer, 372222650011298, 2nd Apr 18, Ballyaville Ger, Glaslough Joyce
  3. T & A Fitzgerald – Grianan Snoopy, 372223154920839, 2nd Mar 18, Grianan Parker, Grianan Cooperobin 584
  4. Michael Dullea – Deelish 1 Davinci, 372214011950770, 11th Mar 18, Graceland 1 Giovani, Ballinaught Penny
  5. Joe Deverell – Ballyaville Lonny, 372215622142189, 12th Apr 18, Corran Hill Countryboy, Bally-aville Rnay

Class 13: Bull Calf of the Future – born from May 1st onwards (Sponsor: ABP)

  1. John Neenan & Tommy Creegan – Tullaha Carter, 372217610390355, 22nd May 18, Clondrina 1069th, Tullaha Kora
  2. Gerry McNamara – Churchcross Hurler, 372213997020924, 7th Jul 18, Panmure 1 Henry, Allowdale Serena
  3. John Canty – Port 1 Adam, 372215916111110, 29th July 18, Balleen Revival, Port 1 Isobel

class 13Tommy Creegan with his Bull Calf of the Future “Tullaha Carter”

Peoples Champion Competition

Reserve Senior Champion “Grianan Showman” owned by Tom & Anselm Fitzgerald, Moate, Co. Westmeath attracted the most votes from viewers present on the day with Tommy Creegan, from Charleville being announced as the winner.

Huge thanks to all our sponsors and those who attended on the day, we hope you enjoyed the show.  A sepcial  thanks to the North Leinster Branch, they put a huge amount of work in the weeks running up to the show ensuring everything was in order and last but not least we would like to extend our appreciation to Mr. William Smith for Judging the proceedings. William is truly a great stockman and is a credit to any breed society.North Leinster Branch Chairman Niall Daly and Secretary Robert Jones make Presentation to William Smith for his expert judging skills at the event

2018 Calf Show Gallery

Kilmallock Autumn 2018 Sale

Judge: Coote Geelan | Baltymore Herefords

The final Hereford Autumn Sale took place in Kilmallock before the October Bank Holiday. A number of double entered bulls which were sold the previous week in Tullamore along with a number of private sales led to a total of 42 bulls appearing on the day out of the cataloged 68. From this 18 were sold leading to a clearance rate of 43% and a combined average price of €2,350 which was satisfactory given the tough year experienced by farms from all enterprises. Many farmers expressed their interest in buying a bull but also added that it would be next Spring before they’d be making a purchase, which will hopefully lead to a strong demand for bulls at the first of our Spring sales in 2019.

Tom Brennan, owner of the long established Balleen herd in Freshford, Co. Kilkenny retained the Champion title having previously won the accolade back in 2017 and also went on the top the sale on the day with a total of €4,000. With popular sires in his breeding lines such as Churchill Storm, Gageboro Eugenic and Mawarra Sentimental combined with exceptional length and conformation its clear why ‘Balleen Banjo’ attracted a lot of interest from spectators on the day.  Tom Brennan’s Champion ‘Balleen Banjo’ – sold for €4,000

New breeder Shane O’Driscoll is on a role, securing an additional €50 on the price he made from his sale at the Premier Show the week before meaning he left with an empty trailer and €3,050 in his pocket for his very stylish bull ‘Butlerstown Breezer’ who was also crowned Reserve Champion on the day. Sired by Trillick Hotspur, O’Driscolls ‘Butlerstown Breezer’ had a formidable showing season earlier in the year winning Supreme Hereford Champion at Bandon, Male Champion at Charleville and Reserve Champion at Barryroe Show. Reserve Champion on the day ‘Butlerstown Breezer’ with owner Shane O’Driscoll who was sold for €3,050

Upcoming Events

National Hereford Calf Show

Sunday 11th November in Tullamore GVM

Starting at 10am

Hereford Premier Autumn Sale 2018

The Hereford Society held its Premier Autumn Sale on Saturday 20th October in Tullamore mart. Although there was a large number of animals present at the event, it didn’t take too long to get through the pre-sale showing exhibition thanks to the expert judging of Robin Irvine from the Graceland herd. Some very strong bulls were exhibited on the day with a large crowd present from early that morning right through to the end of the sale with the heifers in particular selling very well, achieving a clearance rate of 93%.

Irvine tapped forward David Larkins bull as his Male Champion who also went on to make top price on the day. Having won 2nd prize in his class at the Nation Hereford show earlier this year ‘Cill Cormiac Perseus’ is a bull of great shape, length and strength at just 18 months old, making him a fine candidate to be named after the great Greek hero. Sired by Cill Cormaic Lincoln who is out of one Davids older stock bulls – Cedar Liam, a bull who has bred very well for the Cill Cormaic herd combined with the superb breeding lines of Cill Cormaic Jolie a Dam who has bred a number of show winners, most notably Cill Cormaic Niamh who was Tullamore female Champion back in 2016.

Three trait and fertility tested, this years premier champion attracted many admirers and quickly bid his way up over the 4,000 mark from a number of potential buyers. It was Declan Donnelly from the very successful and long established Clondrina herd that triumphed the bidding war securing his new bull with a final price of €4,850.

David Larkin with his Cill Cormaic Perseus that sold for €4,850

Larkin wasn’t finished yet as he entered the ring again with another bull who also performed well at the National Hereford show back in August winning first in his class. ‘Cill Cormaic Pius’ scored five stars for terminal combined with a very attractive calving figure of 3.3% made him an ideal addition to Tom Mahers herd at a price of €3,500.Joey Larking and Tom Maher with his new bull -sold for €3,500

Next in the ring was Michael Molloy with his smashing 18 month old bull ‘Moyclare Quality’ who took the rosette for Reserve Champion at the event. This very stylish bull with tremendous breed character  shares the same dam as last years sale topper, Moyclare Phoenix who sold for €6,600. It’s clear that Moyclare Rose 29 is breeding very well for Mr. Molloy, with ‘Moyclare Quality’ selling at €3,300.Moyclare Quality sold for €3,300 with owner Michael Molloy

Having enjoyed great success at numerous shows this summer ‘Kye Gerard 793’, a very classy bull quickly hit the €3,100 mark upon entering the ring. Owned by Padraig McGrath this bull is sired by Steil Gerard who’s progeny have proven successful in both the sales and show circuit over the past few years.Padraig McGrath in the ring with Kye Gerard 793 that he sold for €3,100

John Cantys bull ‘Portanob Rob’ who was exhibited in the earlier classes was a very attractive looking animal of superb Hereford quality and a sweet head, selling for €3,000. Sharing bloodlines from a sire (Balleen Revival) and dam (Ballymartin Karen) who are both descendants of some of the oldest breeding herds in the country, ‘Rob’ would be an excellent addition to any pedigree, commercial or dairy herd. John Canty’s Portanob Rob who generated a lot of interest at the sale and also at this years National Ploughing when he was on was display on the Irish Hereford Society stand – sold for €3,000

New breeder Shane O’Driscoll exhibited a remarkable young bull that performed well at a number of shows earlier this year winning Supreme Hereford Champion at Cork Show, Reserve Male Champion at Charleville and Reserve Munster Junior Bull of the year. ‘Butlerstown Duke’ also performed well on paper scoring 4 and 5 stars respectively for Terminal and Replacment. Aidan Farrell from Moate, Co. Westmeath will now become the new owner securing Duke with a price of €3,000.Shane O’Driscoll with Butlerstown Duke which made €3,000

Cavan man Gary McKiernan from the Corlismore herd made a total of €5,800 for his two 15 month old bulls ‘Corlismore Leonardo 927’ & ‘Corlismore Masterplan 926’. The dam of ‘Leoanardo’ (Corlismore Oyster 800) enjoyed a formidable showing career having been crowned Champion at numerous summer shows back in 2016 and is recognised by the McKiernans as having the best female line at Corlismore having bred Corlismore Sydney who was triumphant at many shows earlier this year.

Similarly the dam of ‘Masterplan’ enjoyed a successful showing spell back in 2014 & 2015 winning Champion at many of the shows she attended and contains the lines of two time National Hereford Champion Grianan Firecracker.

Corlismore Leonardo 927 owned by Sean McKiernan and sold for €3,000

Gary & Evelyn McKiernan with their first prize winner Corlismore Masterplan 926 that made €2,800

A great demand for heifers was enjoyed with Nigel Heatricks Glaslough Tina securing the highest price of the day selling for €3,000. Having won her class Tina was a stunning heifer exhibiting great feminine qualities and proven bloodlines with sires such as Clondrina 1110th, Balleen Gilbert and Gageboro coded in her DNA.Nigel Heatrick with his sale topping heifer Glaslough Tina – sold for €3,000

Remaining in the ring, Heatrick put his Female Reserve Champion ‘Glaslough Saffron’ on display who was just shy of her herd mate’s price selling at €2,900 followed by “Glaslough Sara 2” who sold €2,550.Reserve Heifer Champion Glaslough Saffron that sold for €2,900 with owner Nigel Heatrick

Also hitting the €2,550 mark was father and son duo Tom & Anselm Fitzgerald with their stunning polled heifer ‘Griananpoll 1 Orange S 812’. Sired by the well established Solpoll 1 Kentucky Kid this very impressive heifer scored top maternal marks with 5 stars for replacement.Anselm Fitzgerald with Griananpoll 1 Orange S 812 which made €2,550

Champion heifer was ‘Ardmulchan Clover 735’, owned by long time breeder Phil Smyth this stunning heifer is bred from his senior stock bull Church Preen Galileo who has proven to be very successful for the Ardmulchan herd based in Navan.IHBS President Martin Murphy presents the Hereford Female Champion Cup to Catherine Smyth – sold for €2,450

Overall the sale was quite respectable with some of the younger bulls selling very well combined with a huge demand for heifers. On behalf of its members the society would like to wish all the successful bidders the best of luck with their purchases. We will be running our final Hereford Autumn Sale this Friday 26th October in Kilmallock and as usual our annual Calf Show will take place in November which is dated for Sunday the 11th.



The summer show circuit came to an end after a busy few months on the road at last weekend’s Clonaslee Show. The show is staged near the Laois/Offaly county border and master judge for the day’s proceedings was Mr. Ger O’ Brien, an ICBF linear scorer from Callan, Co. Kilkenny. One of the smaller rural shows on the summer calendar, this year’s entry attracted a total of six different exhibitors with several of them competing at the show for the very first time.

Trevor Dudley & Family, Kilsunny House, Dovea, Thurles, Co. Tipperary rounded off an exceptional show season for the Kilsunny show team in some style, clinching the supreme breed championship with Kilsunny Lass Orchid. This 13 month old yearling heifer was the reserve Munster junior female of the year at Cappamore last month and has collected five red rosettes over the summer.

Supreme Hereford Champion: Kilsunny Lass Orchid

First time exhibitor at Clonaslee, John Johnston, Toomevara, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary took the reserve championship with his bull calf, Farney Osmondo. John, Mary & Rebecca Johnston have enjoyed a triumphant return to the showing scene in 2018 and have collected several prizes and championships with this particular calf over the summer, including the reserve championship at Cappamore and Limerick shows just last month.

Reserve Champion: Farney Osmondo with John, Mary & Rebecca Johnston

Other class winners included Davina Lewis, Glosterbeg, Brosna, Birr, Co. Offaly who won the senior heifer class with Glosterbegpoll 1 Suzie (who was also a class winner at Moate Show) and Trevor Dudley, Kilsunny House, Dovea, Thurles, Co. Tipperary who won the cow class with Kilsunny Doreen’s Jasmin.