The finals of national and provincial competitions attracted big interest, and the policy of the organisers in marrying these events with a broad-based programme of community and family orientated activities provided the blueprint for one Ireland’s most successful shows.
Show chairman Corney Buckley was delighted with the attendance. “There were people everywhere. It was fantastic,” he said.
A prize fund of €50,000, and the picturesque venue made available through the courtesy of Mrs Brigitte Wagner-Halswick, managing director of Rowa-Rowex Pharmaceuticals, were other important factors in the event’s success, which had G W Biggs as its main sponsor.
The top award in the €3,000 Murnane and O’Shea All-Ireland Three-Year-Old Filly Final was won by Hurst Show Horses, Tattygare, Lisbellaw, Co Fermanagh. But the reserve championship honours stayed in west Cork, with exhibitor PJ Hegarty, Gaggin, Bandon.
There were further west Cork successes in the €3,000 Celtic Ross Hotel Irish Draught Foal Munster Championship with Helen Nyhan O’Driscoll, Reenascreena, taking the honours, and John Burchill, Rineen, Skibbereen, showing the reserve champion.
An added attraction in the cattle section this year was the Aberdeen Angus national championship. Noted east Cork exhibitor, Albert de Cogan, Killamuckey, Castlemartyr, Co Cork, took the overall honours.
€3,000 Murnane and O’Shea All-Ireland Three-Year-Old filly: Hurst Show Horses, Tattygare, Lisbellaw, Co Fermanagh (Reserve: PJ Hegarty, Gaggin, Bandon)
€3,000 Celtic Ross Hotel Irish draught foal Munster championship: Helen Nyhan O’Driscoll, Reenascreena, Rosscarbery (John Burchill, Rineen, Skibbereen)
Colt: John Burchill, Rineen, Skibbereen, (Pat Hennesssy, Skeaf, Timoleague)
Filly: Helen Nyhan O’Driscoll, Reenascreena, Rosscarbery (Thomas Nyhan, Gáirdín Mór, Ballineen)
AIB €1,500 Munster commercial calf final: Tim O’Donovan, Gortnamuckla, Dunmanway (Declan O’Connor, Neidín House, Kenmare)
€1,000 West Cork Horse Breeders Co-op championship: Kieran Fahy, Maulbrack, Enniskeane (Kieran O’Gorman, Froe, Rosscarbery)
Foal: Michael McCarthy, Western Road, Clonakilty (Con O’Brien, Cashelbeg, Enniskeane)
€700 Quills Woollen Mills yearling, colt, gelding or filly (eligible for RID): Thomas Nyhan, Gáirdín Mór, Ballineen, Co Cork (Seán Scannell, Derrynasaggart, Ballyvourney, Co Cork)
€500 Bantry Hire & Sales champion Suffolk ram: JJ Delaney, Cahirboule, Macroom (Martin O’Shea, Kealkil, Bantry, Co Cork)
Young horse of west Cork: Seamas Lehane, Ballymacowen, Clonakilty
Ridden pony: Leana Bartelink, Clifden, Corofin, Co Clare (Rider: Chloe Murphy.) Reserve: Robert Putz, Cashelane Farm, Durrus, Co Cork (Rider: Annie Tenn)
Supreme champion pony: Augusta Murphy, Co Clare (Rider: Chloe Murphy). Reserve: Melanie Walters, Drimoleague, Co Cork (Rider: Philip Walters)
Supreme Champion: Martin O’ Sullivan, Droum, Leap, Co Cork.
Champion Donkey: Paul Kingston, Kilbarry, Dunmanway.
Shorthorn: Jimmy and Linda O’Donovan, Schull (Gordon Deane, Moreigh, Dunmanway)
Friesian: Jerry Hegarty, Mohonagh, Skibbereen (Ronald Moore, Mount Beamish, Enniskeane)
Carbery Milk Products €1,000 dairy breed pair: Jerry Hegarty, Mohonagh, Skibbereen (Jimmy and Linda O’Donovan)
Hereford: Frank and John Appelbe, Clonakilty Co Cork (Tom and Paddy Hickey, Ballydehob)
Belgian Blue: John Cahalane, Castlehaven (Tim O’Donovan, Dunmanway)
Charolais: Patrick A O’Hara, Ballyheigue East, Co Kerry (Kieran O’Connell, Innishannon)
Simmental: Peter and Marion O’ Connell, Mallow (Peter and Marion O’ Connell)
AIB €1,500 Munster commercial calf: Tim O’Donovan, Dunmanway (Declan O’Connor, Kenmare).
Suffolk ram: JJ Delaney, Macroom (Martin O’Shea, Kealkil, Bantry)
€1,000 Bantry Tyre-Denis O’Donovan All Ireland Scotch ram: Tom Walsh, Kilrossanty, Co Waterford (Sean Meaney, Ballyporeen, Co Tipperary)