What a wonderful world to be seen at the Charleville Show

2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Don Cossack racehorse to riding horse winner at Charleville Show

What a wonderful world to be seen at                    the Charleville Show

Denis Lehane

A large banner with the headline, “If your cow doesn’t get the water, you won’t get the milk,” was a big draw at the Charleville Agricultural Show last weekend.

It was the stand of South Coast Sales, Ireland’s sole supplier of Philmac water fittings, where staff were busy imparting advice to farmers worried about their big herds going thirsty in the heat wave.

As the sun beat down on the 70-acre show site which was heaving last Saturday and Sunday with a big attendance, the large transparent tanks of cool water being pumped and circulated in front of the Philmac stand were enough to draw in the spectators.

“We have been very busy here all weekend,” said South Coast Sales MD Derry Casey.

“May is usually our busiest month, but this year, due to the outstanding weather, it’s been non-stop,” said Derry, beaming like the sun.

Water has become a scarce commodity, and an important commodity, particularly on dairy farms where in recent times installation of large water troughs has become a common practice.

But Derry has a special word of advice for dairy farmers embarking on a campaign of increasing the capacity of tanks. And that was not to ignore the size of the water pipes.

Christopher, Samantha, Fidelma and Richard Stanley from Bandon pictured with their Overall Calf Champion of Show at The Charleville Show 2018.

Christopher, Samantha, Fidelma and Richard Stanley from Bandon pictured with their Overall Calf Champion of Show at The Charleville Show 2018.

Derry said that a group of Irish dairy farmers on a recent New Zealand trip noted that water troughs out there are not huge, but the water pipes are.

“The trick of getting water to cows in a hurry is not solely about the high capacity of tanks, but the high flow of water,” Derry advises, recommending large bore pipes with hi-flow fittings.

“And what about the poor old water pump?” I ask.

“Surely the pump will need upgrading in that case?”

“No, not at all. Indeed it’s the opposite,” Derry states.

“There is far more pressure on a pump when water is being pumped through a smaller pipe.

“You will find the pump under far less pressure with larger pipes.

“And you will be under less pressure too as a result.”

So there you have it. No need to be getting hot and bothered after all.

Isn’t it amazing in farming, that in two months we can go from utter dejection to celebration.

Sean Murphy pictured with his Junior Cow Champion at Charleville Show,also in photo Pat Murphy of Kerry Agri Business sponsor,Michael Gould Judge and Tim Broderick of Charleville Show.

Sean Murphy pictured with his Junior Cow Champion at Charleville Show,also in photo Pat Murphy of Kerry Agri Business sponsor,Michael Gould Judge and Tim Broderick of Charleville Show.

From feelings of doom and foreboding, to ones of pride and promise, especially when you visit somewhere like the Charleville Agricultural Show, to see what a wonderful world we inhabit in rural Ireland, from the top class beef and dairy cattle on show, to the ponies and horses being put through their paces.

Everything from the vintage tractors and harvesters, to poultry and arts and crafts looked radiant in the summer sun.

We also took a beating from the sun. It was hard to escape the heat.

But our troubles were few, in comparison to the troubles of a bachelor farmer from Waterford who I met.

Tom Coffey was at Charleville Show in the midst of a sea of vintage tractors and cars.

Tom is one half of the comedic duo ‘Bachelors in Trouble’ and is still in trouble as he searches for that all elusive wife.

The is the 29th year (and 29th occasion) that the duo’s antics have been burned onto film, with plans well underway for a very special DVD next year to mark their 30th anniversary of failure.

“Perhaps, at last, it might be a wedding video?” I suggest.

“You never know,” Tom replies, with an ever hopeful look in his eye.

As the present Cork Rose, Erinn O’Connell, happened to be strolling about, I suggested to Tom that she might make a good catch, even though she lives in faraway Cork (Tony Coffey, who plays the part of Tom Coffey, is from Leamybrien, Co Waterford).

Patrick O'Donnell, Mitchelstown, Co Cork is pictured with 'Lyreen Preston', winner of the Aldi, ABP, Irish Angus bull calf championship qualifier at Charleville Show.

Patrick O'Donnell, Mitchelstown, Co Cork is pictured with 'Lyreen Preston', winner of the Aldi, ABP, Irish Angus bull calf championship qualifier at Charleville Show.

Tom assures me that distance would never be a problem.

I ask the character what kind of wife he is looking for.

“Someone who can feed the calves and hunt in the ducks. A girl not afraid of hard work.”

The Bachelors’ latest DVD, ‘Cold Showers and Hot Summers’ is all about their attempts to install an outdoor toilet and washing facility, after coming under sustained attack for smelling at Mass.

Tom is slow in promoting his DVD “for fear of the taxman,” but he has little to worry about, with the Kidney Association of Ireland and local PP Fr Delaney the main benefactors of the Bachelors in Trouble DVDs.

Long may they continue to be the mad devils that they are.

And so to the show results we go where, in the racehorse to riding horse qualifier for the Dublin Horse Show, 2016 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Don Cossack was the Charleville winner.

RESULTS

Exhibitors of the champions of the show included the following.

DAIRY

All-Ireland Junior Cow:

Sean Murphy.

Supreme female champion:

Donie Neville; Reserve: John Barrett.

Jersey:

Patrick Ahern (Moorshill Eve); Reserve: Patrick Ahern (Moorshill Starbuck Namie)

BEEF

Overall Champion:

Bobby O’Connell (Roundhill Londire).

Overall calf:

Stanley Family (Brownview Lamborghini).

Limousin Overall:

Bobby O’Connell (Roundhill Iondine 1496).

Limousin Male:

Donal Moloney (Ardnacrusha Lord Of The Rings). Reserve: Noel Fennessy (Wood Road Mitch).

Limousin female:

Bobby O’Connell (Roundhill Iondine 1496). Reserve: John and Tom Hickey (Brookland Maggie).

Belgian Blue Female:

Scott Pearson (Boherard Lady Gaga).

Belgian Blue Male:

Stanley Family (Brownview Lamborghini); Reserve: D Pearson (Boherard Lethal Weapon).

Charolais Male:

Michael J Quinn (Clenagh Nespresso); Reserve: John Ward.

Simmental Male:

Peter O’Connell; Reserve: C and D Maher (Ballykin Jacob).

Simmental Female:

K and L Vickery (Carbery Kariss); Reserve: T O’Leary (Seaview Bliss).

Angus Female:

Michael O’Connor (Clonmeen Maisey); Reserve: Matt Goulding (Goulding P Tibbie).

Angus overall:

Michael O’Connor (Clonmeen Maisey)

Hereford Female:

Trevor Dudley (Kilbunny Lass Lily); Reserve: K and W Ryan (Goulding Poll 1 Fanny).

Hereford Junior Female:

Oisin Whelan (Corlismore Prim); Reserve: T Dudley (Kilsunny Lass Oprah).

Hereford Male:

Shane O’Driscoll (Butlerstown Breezer); Reserve: Shane O’Driscoll (Butlerstown Duke).

Parthenaise Female:

Liam Fitzgerald (Altamira Maria); Reserve Liam Fitzgerald (Altamira Mary).

Parthenaise Male:

Liam Fitzgerald

(Altamira Marquis).

Commercial Female:

Eamon O’Donovan (Zara); Reserve: W Gubbins.

Commercial Male:

William Gubbins; Reserve: Eamon O’Donovan (Alfie).

SHEEP

Suffolk :

Arthur O’Keeffe; Reserve: Arthur O’Keeffe.

Texel:

Arthur O’Keeffe; Reserve: Robert Walker.

Vandeen:

Ena Nagle; Reserve: C and C O’Brien.

Charollais:

James Walsh; Reserve: Ed and Paul O’Gorman.

PONIES

Supreme Champion:

Sean O’Conaire (Cashel Bobby); Reserve: Aoife O’Connor (Carr Side Kate).

Show Pony:

Natasha Blanchfield (Shannonbay Star); Reserve: Leana Bartelink (Poulcoin Spirit).

Show Hunter Pony:

Aoife O’Connor (Carr Side Kate); Reserve: Melissa O’Connor Murphy (Lucifer).

Working Hunter:

Rosie May O’Grady (Rosog Rusty); Reserve: Sarah Jane Hackett (Knocklucas Chloe).

Intemediate Champion:

Alison Geary; Reserve: Sally Sweeney (Jack Magic).

Starter Stakes:

Janet Williamson (Cadlanwalley Crusader): Reserve: Liam Ruttle (Tanto).

Mini:

Margaret Greene (Mountain Ash of Glendhu); Reserve: Janet Williamson (Springdale Superstar).

Champion In Hand Connemara:

Sean O’Conaire (Cashel Bobby); Reserve: Martin O’Sullivan (Jolly Castle).

Breeding & Young Stock Champion:

Aidan Williamson (Golden Grove Temptress); Reserve: David Lynch (Ballyseedy Black Magic).

Welsh Pony:

Aidan Williamson (Golden Grove Temptress); Reserve: John Dineen (Janpete Diamond Guzzer).

HORSES

Young Horse:

John Tyner (That’s Class Joe); Reserve: Dan O’Connor (Newmarket Rolo).

Mare:

John Roche (Assagart Mistress); Reserve: John Mulconroy.

Foal:

PJ Lehane; Reserve: A & B Shannon.

Hunter:

Paulette Cooper (Dartans Blockbuster); Reserve: Lesley Webb (Double Take).

Working Hunter:

Paulette Cooper (First Rate); Reserve: David Kirkpatrick (Cairnview Redwood Guy).

Side Saddle:

S and L O’Brien (Mr Shakespeare).

Arts and Crafts

Second level schools picnic competition:

Shauna Buckley, Castlegregory.

Best dog in show:

Jennifer Horgan’s Ozzie.

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