Keelan Star shines at agricultural show to continue impressive winning streak

A TWO-YEAR-OLD grey filly won the Aughinish Limerick Lady national championship for a Co Galway exhibitor at the Limerick Show over the weekend.

The victory in glorious sunshine capped a string of showing successes in the past two seasons for winning owner Padraig Smyth, Ahascragh, Ballinasloe.

Keelan Star, the splendid filly, who qualified at Mullingar for the final, was bred by Dr E M Forster, Fermanagh, and is by Star Kingdon out of Wedgewood.

A delighted Padraig Smyth said it was the animal’s 22nd win in 25 outings.

Rosemary Skrine, who judged the championship with John Brophy, said she was very impressed with the winner as a potential brood mare to produce middle weight horses with quality. “She is a lovely mover,” she said.

Jim Tempany, a vet from Screen, Co Sligo, won the Aughinish Limerick Matron championship for fillies three years and over who had competed as two-year-olds in the Limerick Lady.

He took the title with Leader Star, a nine-year-old by I’m A Star out of OH Carol, and bred by Luke Morley, Claremorris, Co Mayo.

Organised by the Show Society and the Hunter Improvement Society of Ireland, the championship is aimed at encouraging farmers to keep the right type of half bred two-year-old fillies on their holdings and in the country as potential brood mares.

Aughinish Alumina was represented at the show by Damien Clancy, managing director, and Pat Lynch, public relations manager.

The company’s sponsorship, which has continued since 1985, represents an annual commitment in excess of €15,000.

In the cattle classes, the Holstein Friesian championship was won by Joseph Sheehy, Couraguneen, Roscrea, Co Tipperary, with a five-year- old third calver, which was also took the red rosette at Rathdowney.

Farm leaders John Dillon, IFA, and Pat O’Rourke, ICMSA, were among the visitors to the show, organised by a committee headed by president Pat Walsh, chairman Richard Power and secretary Angela O’Meara.

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