Tullow Livestock Mart, Tullow, Co. Carlow

Saturday 28th July 2018

Pedigree Registered Males and Females will be offered for sale.

Despite a welcome contribution to the rainfall levels outside the temperature was high and the bidding brisk within the packed sales ring at Tullow Mart on Saturday for the 2018 Premier Sale of the ICSS. Sponsored by Smyth’s Daleside Feeds, Standing room only was available throughout the sale that saw a clearance rate of 67% across the board. Pedigree breeders were strong on the day but Commercial-trade was evident for higher quality throughout. Mr. Brian Davies from the Honddhu flock In Wales was the man with responsible for selecting the Champions.

The 2018 Premier Sale will be yet another one to remember for the Cork team of Fram & Jim Jeffery, who dominated both the Male & Female Championship with their Bawnard entries. The dynamic duo presented a very smart Ram lamb Lot 73 by Fiddawn Fiddler that also sired the Reserve Female Champion. Initially after topping his class in a very competitive Ram Lamb Class he was then put forward as Male Champion and then finally Supreme Champion of the Sale. He changed hands for €2600. The Titles of Reserve Supreme Champion and Reserve Male Champion went to a shearling Ram Lot 170 from the Wexfo flock of Mr. Willie Gleeson. A son of Rhaeadr Alaska he sold for €1000 to Robbie Jackson from Kiltegan. The Wexford breeder earlier triumphed in the Shearling Class by being placed 1st and 2nd.


In the female classes it was a very smart Hogget bred by the Lisfuncheon flock of E&P O’Gorman that shone to Mr. Davies. Stylish in every way the Knockcroghery Constable daughter claimed the Female Champion title and later as the first sheep of the sale to enter the ring she sold to Tom McCormack for €1420. The Bawnard flock again came up trumps in the ewe Lamb Class by taking first and second positions with Lots 30 & 29 respectively. A smart headed lamb with a winning strike of Powerview & Fiddawn bloodlines saw her subsequently been awarded the Reserve Female Champion title. Giving her a new home with the hammer falling at €1000 was Co. Cork breeder Eamon Shanahan.

Top selling price of the day was realized by the Ballyhibben flock of Michael Power. After a flurry of bids Lot 98 a very correct lamb sired by Sant Andras Sargant Major was eventually knocked down by auctioneer George Candler to the Duiske Flock (D8) of Dympna & Gerry Grogan. Earlier he stood 3rd in the Ram Lamb class and also incidentally was placed 2nd at the recent All Ireland Championships.


Next highest selling price was closely followed by the Kilbarry D82 flock of Edward Buckley. Lot 138 sired by Knockin Seabiscuit was purchased by the Co. Wexford (A17) Bolinaspect flock of Ml & Sarah O’ Neill at €3000. Other leading prices went to Stewart Thompson (H64)who presented a very true to breed Ram lamb Lot 60 sired by Drumsallagh Nevin he was bought by Kevin Brady for €2000. The Arkrow flock soon went back into 4 figure amounts by selling Lot 119 to Liam Conway for €1020. Co.Cavan breeder David Argue made the journey with two very catchy sons of Loanhead Scotsman. These sold to PJ Glennon and James McMordie for €1500 and €1600 respectively. Kieran Forde (D56) sold Lot 59 for €1060 to Anthony Hamill from Strokestown. Lot 77 presented by the Saddle Hill flock of James Murphy was knocked down to Billy Burke from Cahir for €1500. To recoup the outlay from purchasing Lot 98 D&G Grogan had a tremendous day as sold Lot 90 to Hanna Heffernan for €1320 this was then immediately followed by the Grogan’s selling Lot 91 sired by Blakeney Oscar to Alfred Leech also from Co.Laois for €1000. Later in the Sale Lot 151 by the same sire sold to the pedigree flock of Michael Higgins for €1000. Lot 95 by Kilbarry Obaamaa from the flock of Andrew Hume sold to Killian Traynor for €1050. Lot 96, a catchy son of Tullyear Oman, was sold by Ml & Peter Rooney to the Kilconnor flock of Joe Nolan for €1020. A new breeder John McTigue (J85) from Tuam then purchased Lot 110 from the Kilbarry pen of Edward Buckley for €1000. The Jeffery brothers were later back in the money again with Lot 131 by Lyonpark Rascal selling to Melvin Mathews for €1250. €1060 was easily obtained by Donegal breeder William Tait for Lot 134 by June Jango, he was purchased by Richard Kenny, Co. Galway. M,J & D Miley sold a cracking son of Knockin Seabiscuit for €1000 to Derek O Hara from Kinnegad. The final Lot from the Ballyhibben pen of Ml Power, Lot 159 again sired by Sant Andras Sargant Major made the short journey home with Eoin Brophy for €1540.

Overall, the trade saw female hoggets selling for on average €575 each while ewe lambs made the average price of €561 each.

In the Male categories Hogget Rams and the Ram Lambs sold for an average of €616 and €832 respectively.


The ewe lamb that was kindly donated by R&D Darker (H77) and auctioned in aid of the Irish Cancer Society created an active buzz within the ring. In total well in excess of €1800 was raised through the auction and generous donations made on the day. This will be presented to Research projects within the Irish Cancer Society. James McDonald from New Ross was the winner of ‘Win your purchased Charollais’. His Lot 171 was paid for by the Society.

We wish all buyers who purchased on the day the very best with their new Charollais sheep & we thank most sincerely Smyth’s feeds for their kind sponsorship of our event. Mr. Jeremy McGonigle attended on the day on behalf of the sponsors – Smyth’s Daleside Feeds and we were very proud to welcome him to Tullow. We also have to thank the management and staff of Tullow Mart who each contributed significantly to the success of our 2018 Premier. Finally but by no means least our astute auctioneer George Candler who always adds significantly to the business of the day as well as adding a few lighter moments to ease buyers to spend that little bit extra..

Charollais sheep are continually rising in popularity as the leading terminal sire in Ireland. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for a list of sale dates for the coming weeks, near you. If you haven’t received a copy of our Yearbook & Buyers Directory to locate a breeder in your area please message us through Facebook or contact 0851178690.



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Sinéad Brophy

Irish Charollais Sheep Society