|Posted on June 24, 2019 at 12:50 AM|
Exhibitors had to be as tough and resilient as the Belclare sheep themselves when attentions turned to
Athlone Show on what was a very wet and windy day.
Kicking off proceedings for the day was the hogget ram and upwards class. Tuam breeder Barry
Cunningham took the first prize in this class with his two-year-old stock ram Rathkenty Chopin, a former
All-Ireland Champion ram lamb, sired by Rathkenty Alabama. Second prize went to another Rathkenty
ram this time exhibited by his breeders Richard and John Lalor, when Their All-Ireland Champion ram
Rathkenty Caesar sired by Rathkenty Alabama took the rosette. Third prize went to Declan and Joe
Mileys All-Ireland Champion hogget ram Knockcroghery Dice a son of Coolgarragh Blaze.
The second class of the day confined to males was the Belclare Ram lamb class. The local father and
son team of Liam and Eoin Dunne kicked of their haul of rosettes for the day when sending out their
Tubber Eoin to win. This powerful tight skinned ram, who had also won his class at Athenry show, is a
son of Cahergal Carly and a grandson of Rathkenty Beethoven. Second prize went the way of Tipperary
brothers Richard and John Lalor with Rathkenty Escobar a well grown son of Rathkenty Cheetah, while
the third prize also went the way of the Dunnes with another son of Cahergal Carly.
The first female class of the day saw Roscommon breeders Declan and Joe Miley get off the mark when
their smart hogget ewe took the hogget and upwards ewe class. This hogget had been crowned All-
Ireland Champion hogget ewe two weeks previously, and is a daughter of Cahergal Casimiro and
granddaughter of Rathkenty Beethoven. Second prize also went to a hogget ewe, this time a daughter of
Rathkenty Chopin exhibited by Richard and John Lalor, while another ewe from the Mileys completed the
trifecta for hogget’s when taking the yellow rosette.
Finally, it was the turn of the ewe lambs to take to the showring. Richard and John Lalor claimed the first
prize in this class with a powerful daughter of Rathkenty Alabama. This smart ewe lamb was another All-
Ireland winner to take home a red rosette today. Second prize went the way of Liam and Eoin Dunne
while third place went back to Tipperary with the Lalors, with another daughter of Rathkenty Alabama.