Clare's McMahon brothers on the mark at home and abroad

Clare brothers Conor and Eoin McMahon scored a win apiece at the weekend, the former in Millstreet, Co Cork, and the latter in Italy.

Conor took top spot in the Connolly’s Red Mills two-star international grand prix at the Green Glens in Millstreet, where the action was moved indoors due to heavy rain. 

The 16-year-old produced a winning round on Kiwi Ludo that saw him best Jordan Coyle on Colour Me Blue by just three hundredths of a second.

In Italy, Conor’s older brother Eoin rode Ivaro vd Brouwershoeve to victory at the three-star show in Arrezo. Also in action in Italy was Damien Dixon, who finished as runner-up in a speed class at San Giovanni in Marignano with Kobold V Schloesslihof.

Anthony Condon finished runner-up in the curtain-closing three-star grand prix at at the Portuguese seaside venue of Vilamoura. 

The Waterford native partnered the John Hales-owned stallion Aristio to one of five double clear rounds, but his time saw him give way to Denmark’s Martin Dinesen Neergaard with Woulon L.

At the three-star show in Hardelot, France, Tipperary’s Shane Breen was denied in a 1.45mtr class finishing second with a double clear on Guidam Van Het Achterhoek to Britain’s Laura Renwick aboard Rembrandt Blue. 

At the three-star show in Lanaken, Belgium, Greg Broderick and Goodwill VB placed second in a speed class.

As the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida came to a close after 12 weeks, Shane Sweetnam was named as the overall leading rider of the Suncast 1.50mtr Championship Jumper Series. Sweetnam received a one-year lease on a new Land Rover Discovery Sport. 

Among his highlights was winning week four’s $35,000 1.50m class aboard The Blue Buckle Group’s Buckle Up.

In total, Sweetnam had five different horses competing in the series throughout the 12-week circuit. Along with Main Road, Buckle Up, and Cyklon 1083, he also had consistent finishes aboard his experienced mount Eregast van’t Kiezelhof, as well as Cobolt, a 10-year-old gelding sired by Cyklon.

Sweetnam also took the Jumper Style Award for Spy Coast Farm’s Cyklon, as the jumper whose style best exemplified a show jumper based on scope, rideability, technique, and competitive spirit.


After separating from my husband of 15 years I was worried about how to meet someone new. In fact, on the dating apps I signed up to, I’ve had an overwhelming number of replies — but only from sexually enthusiastic younger men.Sex File: Dating a younger man is socially acceptable

Their paths first crossed in the classroom 13 years ago for childhood sweethearts Emma Murphy and Kevin Leahy.Wedding of the Week: Lessons in love started in the classroom for childhood sweethearts

“This podcast features something never previously heard — anywhere, from anyone — the confession tape of an Irish serial killer.'Podcast Corner: Chilling story of an Irish serial killer

Children’s creativity is inspiring, says Helen O’Callaghan.Inspiring creativity: Kids on call for climate essay

More From The Irish Examiner