Country came to town last Sunday as a tourist town celebrated its new streetscape after months of upheaval due to resurfacing and drainage works.
Once the prize livestock had been looked after and returned to their farms, the attendance jived the evening away at the Country and Western themed Clonakilty Agricultural Show.
With Eamonn Jackson, a rising star of Irish country music, topping the bill, the show’s Keeping it Country theme also handed out awards for the best town shop window with a country theme, won by the Jelly Fish Surf Shop.
With the best of beef and dairy animals and horses and sheep also on display, both surf and turf were catered for, with the town’s BIM Seafood Development Centre and Southern Star newspaper combining with the Show to stage the All Ireland Wild Atlantic Way Secondary School Cook-Off, won by Colaiste Na Toirbhirte, Bandon.
This weekend, the agricultural show circuit moves onto Cork, with the Munster Agricultural Society’s Cork Summer Show at Curraheen on Saturday and Sunday.
The exhibitors of the Clonakilty champions included the following.
Jimmy & Linda O’Donovan, Schull (Gortnamona Pansy 8th). Reserve: Tom Roycroft, Dunmanway (Fanore Cookie).
Robert Shannon, Ballinascarthy (Gabriel Legal Kirsty). Reserve: Richard & Avril Helen, Clonakilty (Kilgarriffe Molly).
Handling Class under-16:
Sarah Shannon, Ballinascarthy. 2. Kate Lehane.
West Cork Junior Championship:
Gordon Kingston, Ballinascarthy. Reserve: Denis and Claire White, Clonakilty.
Overall Junior Champion:
Gordon Kingston, Ballinascarthy (Dellview Snow Angel). Reserve: Denis and Claire White, Clonakilty (Seaview Missy).
Champion West Cork Irish Bred Friesian Animal in Milk:
Gary Moore, Enniskeane. Reserve: Denis and Claire White, Clonakilty.
Dubliner Cheese All-Ireland Pedigree Friesian Heifer in Milk:
1. Pat Smith, Doneraile (Cahirmee Braxton Missy). 2. Eddie O’Flynn, Ballinascarthy (Ryefarm Dewdrop).
Highest EBI Animal:
1. Jerry & Diarmuid Murphy, Innishannon (Lissaniskey Frontrunner Laura). 2. Gary Moore, Enniskeane (Moorefarms Advent Paradise).
Champion Friesian of the Show:
Jerry & Diarmuid Murphy, Innishannon (Lissaniskey Frontrunner Laura). Reserve: Gary Moore, Enniskeane (Moorefarms Advent Paradise).
Irish Dairy Bred Best Group of Three:
1. Robert Shannon, Ballinascarthy. 2. Denis & Mary White, Clonakilty.
Pedigree Inter Beef Calf Class:
1. Tim O’Donovan, Dunmanway. 2. Shanon Kinahan, Kilfinane, Co Limerick.
Champion: Albert De Cogan, Castlemartyr (Mogeely Miylo). Reserve: Albert De Cogan (Wedderlie Black).
Stanley Family, Bandon (Brownview Holly). Reserve: John Cahalane, Castlehaven, Skibbereen (Forenaught Ice).
John Ward, Bantry (Cottage Gemma). Reserve: John Ward (Colomane Moonshine).
Trevor Dudley, Thurles, Co Tipperary (Glaslough Judge). Reserve: Adrian Bateman, Riverstick (Slieveroe Elsie).
Donal Moloney, Ardnacrusha, Co Clare. Reserve: Donal Moloney.
Tony O’Leary, Ballincollig (Littlerock Dervela Annie). Reserve: Gordon & Susan Salter, Dunmanway (Mohona Flight).
Commercial Non Pedigree Beef:
William R Gubbins, Kilfinane, Co Limerick. Reserve: William R Gubbins.
Pedigree Beef Calf:
Peter & Marion O’Connell, Mallow. Reserve: John & Frank Appelbe, Clonakilty.
Pedigree Female Beef Animal of the Show:
Stanley Family, Bandon (Brownview Holly). Reserve: Adrian Bateman, Riverstick (Slieveroe Elsie).
Pedigree Male Beef Animal:
Albert De Cogan, Castlemartyr (Wedderlie Black Box J935). Reserve: Donal Moloney, Ardnacrusha, Co Clare (Ardnacrusha Jaguar).
Brood Mare Championship:
Julie Radden, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford (Rose Garland).
John Roche, Foulksmills, Co Wexford (Assagert Golden). Reserve: Julie Radden, Enniscorthy.
Lorna Twomey, Leap (Lucky Jack). Reserve: Trevor Horgan, Piltown, Co Kilkenny
Seamus Lehane, Clonakilty (Ballard Wizard). Reserve: Edel Curtin, Kilmihill, Co Clare (Corgrigg Joules)
Regina Daly, Skibbereen (Timpany Ruby). Reserve: Kieran Fahey, Enniskeane (Ballyvoureen Emperor).
Young Horse Of The Show:
Lorna Twomey, Leap (Lucky Jack). Reserve: Seamus Lehane, Clonakilty (Ballard Wizard).
Young Show Person Championship:
1. Duncan Lehane, Clonakilty. 2. Sam Kingston, Drinagh.
Joanna Jones, Kanturk (Sonny Bill). Reserve: Rosarie Collins, Rosscarbery (Mick Dundee).
William & Aidan Williamson, Glandore (Goldengrove Temptress). Reserve: William & Aidan Williamson (Hilin Ontario).
Best Donkey Of The Show:
William Ryan, Ballydehob (Nollaigh). 2. William Ryan (Judy).
Mini Supreme Pony Championship:
Jenny O’Driscoll, Castletownshend (Glenard Bumble Bee). Reserve: Emer O’Halloran, Glenbrook (Fielden Chrys-O-Lite).
Ridden Pony Championship:
Lucy Tuthill-Kingston, Timoleague (Lahaknock Shadow). Reserve: Mary Carpenter, Belgooly (Leap Rascal).
Supreme Pony Championship:
William & Aidan Williamson, Glandore (Goldengrove Temptress). Reserve: Lucy Tuthill-Kingston, Timoleague (Lahaknock Shadow).
Champion Working Hunter Pony:
Zoë O’Connor, Baltimore (Spiddals Dark Beauty). Reserve: Grace Santry, Clonakilty (Tullineaskey Matty).
Champion Suffolk Of The Show:
Edward Jeffery, Kilbeg, Ladysbridge, Castlemartyr. Reserve: Patrick Skillicorn, Bantry.
Best West Cork Butcher’s Lamb:
1. Graham Roycroft, Granard, Lyre, Clonakilty.
Champion Sheep Of The Show:
Edward Jeffery, Kilbeg, Ladysbridge, Castlemartyr. Reserve: Marie Daly
Best dog in show:
Larry O’Sullivan, Clonakilty (Oscar). 2. Donal Reidy, Mallow (Max).
Best In Show:
ARTS AND CRAFTS
Best Black and White photography:
Paddy Feen, Clonakilty.
Best Color photography:
Jeremy Kingston, Clonakilty.
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