Simmental best in the county at Carbery after break of 26 years

Best of the breeds after gap of more than quarter of a century in Carbery’s Cork Beef Bull Championship

Simmental best in the county at Carbery after break of 26 years

By Denis Lehane

Best of the breeds after gap of more than quarter of a century in Carbery’s Cork Beef Bull Championship

It has taken 26 years for the Simmental to make a triumphant return, said Peter O’Connell, after ‘Raceview His Royal Diamond’ owned by Peter and Marion O’Connell of Raceview, Mallow, won the prestigious Cork County Beef Bull Championship, at last week’s Carbery Show in Skibbereen.

Peter paid special tribute to the late Michael Veale, who was the last Simmental breeder to take the award, 26 years ago.

He had high praise for the cattle judges.

“A competition like this is no easy task to judge. You are judging cattle from a whole host of breeds. It’s a bit like choosing a single all-star from a variety of different sports.”

Qualifiers had been selected at all the other Co Cork shows. It’s the 31st year of the Championship.

Michael Cody and his son Thomas from Piltown, Co Kilkenny were in Skibbereen judging Charolais, Limousin, Simmental and Belgian Blue stock. Michael is a Belgian Blue breeder; he won the Cork County Beef Bull Championship in 2007.

He was impressed with the stock on show, citing in particular their “outstanding natural conformation”.

Gwen Murphy from nearby Cullinagh enjoyed her day at Carbery Show. Gwen, her husband Lorcan and children, Frankie (12), Donagh (10), Kieran (9) and Mae (7) all participated in the horse and pony events. Their efforts were rewarded handsomely, with a large collection of of rosettes and prizes after what 10-year-old Donagh described as “a day of fun”.

“We go to every show in West Cork,” said Gwen. “And if we are not at shows, we are at fairs, show jumping or hunting.” They are West Carbery Hunt members.

Another Carbery Show regular is Friesian breeder and dairy farmer Jerry Hegarty, who has been attending the event more than 30 years.

He farms at Mohonagh, Church Cross, Skibbereen, a place like many other spots in West Cork that will welcome the rain forecast for this week.

For Jerry and his son Dermot, and all farmers coping with the drought, Carbery Show was the perfect spot to forget about the challenges on the land for a day, and celebrate victories in the Friesian cow competitions.

“I’m pleased enough after my day,” said Jerry, after Robert and Sylvia Helen, Clonakilty, celebrated winning both the Friesian championship and the Carbery group of three females prizes, but the Hegarty cattle were next best of the show in both these top dairy classes, and won the T D Burke Perpetual Challenge Cup.

These competitions are not without their share of nail biting moments.

Jerry was an All-Ireland road bowling champion and I asked him how does competing with cattle at shows like Carbery compare with the pressures of road bowling? “This is even more stressful,” said Jerry with a smile.

Results in the Carbery Show championships included the following.


Cork County Beef Bull Championship:

1, Peter & Marian O’Connell, Mallow. 2, Donal Moloney, Co Clare. 3, Albert de Cogan, Castlemartyr.

Shorthorn Champion:

JJ Barrett, Ballineen. Reserve: Philip Salter, Skibbereen.

Junior Friesian:

1, Shanaway Hill Farm, Ballineen. Reserve: Shanaway Hill Farm.

Friesian Champion:

R & S Helen, Lyre, Clonakilty. Reserve: Jerry Hegarty, Skibbereen.

Carbery Group of 3 Females:

1, R & S Helen, Clonakilty. 2, Jerry Hegarty, Skibbereen. 3, Richard & Avril Helen, Clonakilty. 4, Shanaway Hill Farm.

Belgian Blue Champion and reserve:

John Cahalane, Castlehaven.

Michael Cadogan memorial bull class:

1, Eugene Lynch, Bantry. 2, Tom Roycroft, Dunmanway.

Limousin Champion and reserve:

Donal Moloney, Ardnacrusha, Co Clare.

Aberdeen Angus Champion and reserve:

Albert de Cogan, Castlemartyr.

Simmental Champion and reserve:

Peter & Marian O’Connell, Mallow.

Charolais Society Perpetual Cup:

John Ward, Dromourneen, Bantry.

Dr Moynihan Perpetual Challenge Cup:

J J Barrett, Enniskeane.

The Limousin Perpetual Cup:

Donal Moloney, Co. Clare.

Charles McCarthy Memorial Perpetual Cup:

Eugene Lynch,Bantry

Richard Draper Memorial Perpetual Cup:

R & S Helen, Clonakilty.

T D Burke Perpetual Challenge Cup:

Jerry Hegarty, Skibbereen.

William Shiely Perpetual Cup:

Richard & Avril Helen, Clonakilty.

Byrne, Crowley & O’Keeffe Perpetual Challenge Cup:

R & S Helen, Clonakilty.

Cork Marts Cup:

Albert de Cogan, Castlemartyr

John Sheehy Memorial Cup:

Peter & Marian O’Connell, Mallow.

Fiat Motors Ltd Perpetual Cup:

Tom Roycroft, Dunmanway.

Bradfield Memorial Challenge Cup:

Tom Roycroft, Dunmanway.

Jerry McCarthy Perpetual Cup:

Tom Roycroft, Dunmanway.

McCarthy Cup:

Eugene Lynch, Bantry.

Skibbereen Charolais Cup:

John Ward, Bantry.


Cork County Yearling Championship:

1, Billy Twomey, Leap. 2, John Tyner, Kinsale. 3, Declan Fahy, Clonakilty.

Champion Foal:

PJ Lehane, Castleview, Clonakilty. Reserve: Seamus Lehane, Clonakilty.

Young Horse Championship Boland Memorial Trophy:

John Tyner, Knocksmall, Kinsale.

Best Mare and Foal:

Owen Williamson, Knockskeagh, Leap

Best Donkey:

William Ryan, Ballydehob.

Pat Cahalane Memorial Perpetual Cup:

Seamus Lehane, Clonakilty.

The McCarthy Perpetual Challenge Cup:

Rosarie Collins, Rosscarbery.

The Somerville Perpetual Challenge Cup:

Seamus Lehane, Clonakilty.

Hourihane, O’Driscoll & Hourihane Cup:

Patrick O’Sullivan, Leap.

James Gorman Memorial Perpetual Cup:

Jim Kingston, Drinagh.

Florence Wycherley Memorial Perpetual Cup:

Deirdre Burchill, Skibbereen.

Jerome Hayes Perpetual Trophy:

Deirdre Burchill, Skibbereen.

D. F. O’Sullivan Memorial Perpetual Cup:

Michael McCarthy MRCVS, Clonakilty

Count Michalowski Trophy:

Sean Scannell, Macroom.

Diarmuid Dineen Memorial Perpetual Cup:

John Tyner, Kinsale.

William Jennings Memorial Trophy:

Rosarie Collins, Rosscarbery.

Kevin O’Donovan Memorial Perpetual Cup:

Gwen Murphy, Skibbereen.

Boland Memorial Trophy:

John Tyner, Kinsale.

Church Restaurant Cup:

Gary Connolly, Baltimore.

Barty Scully Memorial Perpetual Cup:

Seamus Lehane, Clonakilty.

Murty Fitzgerald & Billy O’Donovan Memorial Perpetual Cup:

Gavin Collins,Bantry.

Paddy O’Leary Memorial Perpetual Cup:

Gwen Murphy, Skibbereen.


Quinlan Trophy:

Luke Kingston, Caheragh.

Cregan Perpetual Shield:

Alec Jennings, Rosscarbery.

Frank Attridge Memorial Perpetual Cup:

Alec Jennings, Rosscarbery.

R.W. Nixon Cup for honey:

Peter O’Rourke, Caheragh.


O’Driscoll Shield Joint Winners:

Ann O’Donovan, Drimoleague and Mary Bohane, Skibbereen.

Conyngham Shield:

Catherine Kingston.

Livermore Perpetual Cup:

Mary O’Driscoll, Skibbereen.

Eileen O’Sullivan Perpetual Trophy:

Catherine Kingston


Denis O’Leary Prize:

Connie Collins, COPE Foundation.

Jim Seymour Prize:

Mary O’Driscoll, Skibbereen.

Mrs. P. O’Driscoll Trophy (most points in junior cookery):

Emma Giles, Bandon.


Susan O’Donovan Memorial Perpetual Cup:

Carole Derham, Caheragh.

Becher Perpetual Cup:

Bebhinn Marten, Baltimore.

Mrs. P. O’Driscoll Trophy (Junior Arts and Crafts):

Eva O’Sullivan,Skibbereen.

West Cork Foroige Council:

Christine O’Mahony, Dunmanway.


Irish Examiner Perpetual Challenge Cup:

Ann O’Donovan, Drimoleague.

Hickey Perpetual Challenge Cup:

Ann O’Donovan, Drimoleague.

Pattwell Perpetual Shield:

Rory Kingston, Drimoleague.

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CourtsPlace: CarberyPlace: SkibbereenPlace: PiltownPlace: Co KilkennyPlace: CullinaghPlace: West CorkPlace: MohonaghPlace: Church CrossPlace: ClonakiltyPerson: Denis LehanePerson: Peter O’ConnellPerson: PeterPerson: Marion O’ConnellPerson: MallowPerson: Michael VealePerson: Michael CodyPerson: ThomasPerson: MichaelPerson: Gwen MurphyPerson: GwenPerson: LorcanPerson: FrankiePerson: DonaghPerson: KieranPerson: MaePerson: CarberyPerson: Jerry HegartyPerson: JerryPerson: DermotPerson: RobertPerson: Sylvia HelenPerson: Marian O’ConnellPerson: Donal MoloneyPerson: Co ClarePerson: Albert de CoganPerson: JJ BarrettPerson: Philip SalterPerson: SkibbereenPerson: BallineenPerson: R & S HelenPerson: LyrePerson: ClonakiltyPerson: RichardPerson: Avril HelenPerson: John CahalanePerson: Michael CadoganPerson: Eugene LynchPerson: BantryPerson: Tom RoycroftPerson: John WardPerson: DromourneenPerson: J J BarrettPerson: EnniskeanePerson: William ShielyPerson: ByrnePerson: CrowleyPerson: O’KeeffePerson: REvent: Cork Beef Bull ChampionshipEvent: Cork County Beef Bull ChampionshipEvent: CarberyEvent: Carbery ShowEvent: T D Burke Perpetual Challenge CupEvent: All-IrelandEvent: Carbery Show championshipsEvent: CATTLE Cork County Beef Bull ChampionshipEvent: Belgian BlueEvent: LimousinEvent: SocietyEvent: CupEvent: Challenge CupEvent: The Limousin Perpetual CupEvent: Charles McCarthyEvent: Memorial Perpetual CupEvent: Cork Marts CupEvent: John SheehyEvent: Memorial CupOrganisation: Raceview HisOrganisation: West Carbery HuntOrganisation: CarberyOrganisation: Shanaway Hill FarmOrganisation: ClonakiltyOrganisation: Castlemartyr

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