‘Model farmer’ and Sligo IFA chairman Billy Somerville dies

THE untimely passing of the chairman of Sligo IFA Billy Somerville came as a great shock, said IFA president John Bryan.

“On behalf of the association, I want to offer my condolences to his wife Barbara and his children David and Isabel,” said the IFA leader.

Mr Bryan added: “Billy Somerville was one of nature’s true gentleman. He had a long history of active involvement in IFA, working selflessly to advance the interests of farmers in Sligo. He was a model dairy and beef farmer who specialised in the rearing of the rare breed Dexter cattle.

“Billy epitomised the voluntary ethic of IFA and dedicated his efforts to helping fellow farmers through his participation at branch level, at county executive and at national level on the executive council,” he said, adding that Mr Somerville would be sadly missed by his family and all those in the IFA who had known him.


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