The 2nd NSBA Red Mills Championships at Cillín Hill played host to our All Ireland Championship on Sat June 08th. Sponsored by Greenvale Animal Feeds, we thank them most sincerely for their commitment to our breed.

  • Breeders travelled from around the country with their sheep in anticipation of catching the eye of Mr.Melvin Mathews our esteemed judge for the competition. But Melvin only had an eye for the ladies with both his Champion and Reserve Champion coming from the top placed in the Hogget and Aged Ewe classes respectively.
  • The Male classes were presented initially to crack off the proceedings and first up was the aged Ram class. This has a small entry so quick work was made to award 1st prize to Michael Walsh from Co.Donegal with Ballyhegan Transformer by Logie Durno Jackpot. 2nd place was Island Chief who is no stranger to the show circuit exhibited by S & E Conway. 3rd placed was David Condon with a stock ram Deelvale Mega bred by Aiden Loftus.
  • Next in the shearling ram class an H64 Arklow bred boy exhibited by S&E Conway and was purchased from the at the 2018 premier sale took the red rosette. This was followed closely by Uppertown Tyson shown by E& Ml O Sullivan. 3rd placing went to Simon Brown with Cloghala Fitbit and 4th was David Craig with a Carriganeela bred son of Arbryn Olazabal.
  • Tipperary Breeders Ed & Paul O’Gorman came out on tops in a very large and competitive ram lamb class with a very astute lamb A5419014 sired by Riverdale Top Notch. Jim & Fram Jeffery were narrowly beaten into 2nd place with a very smart son of Edstaston Tempranillo. Michael Power on this occasion settled for 3rd position with an early January Triplet born lamb B319032 sired by Sant Andras Sergeant Major.
  • Next up it was the ladies turn and they definitely did not disappoint in bringing drama and sparkle to the day. In the Aged Ewe class, James Walsh of the Shanavagoon flock from Cork found himself in first place with a Bawnard bred Ewe out of Carriganeela Cracker, she later went on to be the Reserve Champion. Eoin Brophy who travelled the short distance from Carlow secured 2nd with a smart ewe by Oakchurch Reuben. Logie Durno Oprah exhibited by M,J & D Miley from Knockcroghery, who has had unparalled success at the All Ireland’s claimed the yellow rosette on this occasion.
  • By far the most hotly contested class of the day was the Shearling Ewe class. After the initial shakeup a very sparkly group of ladies were left to select from. After considered deliberation it was a Lisfuncheon Magnum daughter bred by Richard Allen H7618038 that claimed the top spot, later in the day she was then selected to be the Overall Champion.  A sturdy Hogget by Cannahars Superstar from the Knockcroghery flock of M,D & J Miley stood 2nd while Frank Gibbons with a Ballynoe bred Knockin Shop daughter was the judges 3rd pick.
  • The Final stand alone class of the day was the Ewe Lamb where a very catchy & sparky daughter of Sant Andras Major, Bred from the Ballyhibben flock of Michael Power took the red ribbon. Albert Ferguson from Cork settled for 2nd place with his lady sired by Artnagullion Starbuck while 3rd went to M,J & D Miley.
  • When the groups of three were then presented it was the stylish trio of Frank Gibbons that took the top honours. Again 2nd place went Limerick bound with Michael Power with his home bred Ballyhibben ensemble. Richard Allen was awarded 3rd place to complete his winning ways.
  • The final task of the day was to award the Riverdale Cup for the Best Opposite Sex Champion and the winner of the ram lamb class from E & P O’ Gorman secured this title for 2019.
  • In reflection it was a great day for the Charollais Breed. The quality of sheep presented were a credit to all.