The 2014 National Charolais Show lived up to its billing as the ‘Big Charolais Event of the Year’.  The depth of quality and breeding throughout the classes captivated the crowd through some eight and a half hours of judging.  It provided the highest level of competition with champion and prize winning animals from the summer shows around the country, going head to head for the major titles on offer.  A high quality line up of almost 250 cattle from breeders representing 19 counties came before our two distinguished judges, Roy Milne from the noted Elgin Herd in Scotland on his second judging visit to Ireland and Charlie Boden from the well know Sportsman Herd in Cheshire on his first judging visit.  Both judges were unanimous in their praise of the cattle presented to them at the show.

Championship titles went to:

Goldstar Herd owned by the Ryan Family, Cabra, Thurles.  They took the Overall Senior Female Championship with their multi prize-winner heifer Goldstar Godiva.  They also won the Reserve Senior Female Calf Championship with Goldstar Ibiza and the Adult Pairs Championship.

Bostonia Herd owned by Brendan Feeney, Scurmore, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo.  In their first year showing they took the Senior Male Championship with Bostonia Invincible 2nd and also the Calf Pairs Championship (out of an entry of 23 pairs).

Cassina Herd owned by Martin Clyne, Coolarty, Longford.  One of the happiest men at the show, Martin a long time Charolais breeder took two major titles: Junior Female Calf Championship with Cassina Jake and the Senior Female Calf Championship with Cassina Izzy.

Kilbline Herd owned by Noel Sugrue, Bennetsbridge, Co. Kilkenny.  Noel and his wife Kate have taken over the Kilbline Herd from his parents Joan and Tim and had a great day at the show.  They won the Senior Male Calf Championship with Kilbline Instigator, first-prize rosettes with Kilbline Joburg and Kilbline Jessie Pinkman and the Group Championship.

Kinnard Herd owned by Adrian Morris, Elphin.  Local breeder Adrian along with his son Gavin took the Junior Male Calf Championship with Kinnard Juggernaut.

Sagesse Herd owned by Brendan & Niall Canning, Creggconnell, Rosses Point, Co. Sligo. Two very popular exhibitors they took the Reserve Junior Female Championship with Sagesse Julieanne and a red rosette with Sagesse Jessica.

Culla Herd owned by John & Paul Kingham, Culloville, Castleblaney.  Very talented young breeders they won the  Reserve Senior Male Championship with Culla Invincible.

Rooskeynamona Herd owned by Gerard Mulligan, Dromod, Co. Leitrim.  Popular local breeders they received the Reserve Junior Male Calf Championship for Rooskeynamona Jockey.

Red Rosettes went to breeders from nine different counties:

Edward Walsh, Aghafad, Carrickmacross, Co.Monaghan for Aghafad Jessica

Dunne Family from Martinstown, Curragh, Co. Kildare for Crockaun Iced White

Patrick McDermott, Stranorlar, Lifford, Co. Donegal for Trenamullen Iona

Gerry Lynch, Tulla, Co. Clare for Knockmoyle Icarius

Noel McGoldrick, Drumlish, Co. Longford for Cloonohill Icarius

Wayne Mulligan, Geashill, Co. Offaly for Rathfeston Ice

Michael & Kathleen Hargroves, Ballydavis, Portlaoise for Ballydavis Incredible

Brian Dolan, Creagh, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway for Aghafad Havanaise

Bobby & Pauline O’Connell, Clarina, Co. Limerick for Ballybrown Clara-Belle.

Three very happy young men:

Conor Craig, Edgeworthstown who won the Junior Section of the Young Breeders Competition;

Michael Carey, Killucan, Co. Westmeath, won the Intermediate Section of the Young Breeders Competition;

Niall Canning, Creggconnell, Rosses Point took the Senior title in the Young Breeders Competition.


Click on link below to view National Show 2014 results

National Show Results
SENIOR FEMALE CHAMPION – GOLDSTAR GODIVA. Shown by Clodagh Ryan for her Dad Martin from Copperfield House, Cabra, Thurles, Co. Tipperary with Barry Hyland rep. Sponsors AIB Bank. Sire: Major. MGS: Theodat
RESERVE FEMALE CHAMPION – AGHAFAD HAVANAISE. Shown by Declan Fahy & Aine Canning for owner Brian Dolan, Birchgrove, Creagh, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway (right of pic.). Sire: Hermes MGS: Major
SENIOR MALE CHAMPION – BOSTONIA INVINCIBLE 2nd. Shown by Pat Goulding for breeder Brendan Feeney, Scurmore, Enniscrone, Co. Sligo with Brendan’s brother Blair Feeney and Barry Hyland representing AIB Bank, sponsors. Sire: Val D’Or MGS: Padirac
RESERVE SENIOR MALE CHAMPION – CULLA INVINCIBLE.Shown by breeder Paul Kinghan, Culloville, Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan. Sire: Thrunton Bon Jovi MGS: Cretlevane Albertz
FIRST PRIZE WINNER- BALLYBROWN CLARA-BELLE. Bred by Bobby & Pauline O’Connell, Ballybrown House, Ballybrown, Clarina, Co. Limerick. Sire: Jumbo. MGS: Ajax.
FIRST PRIZE WINNER – BALLYDAVIS INCREDIBLE. Shown by breeders Michael & Kathleen Hargroves, Ballydavis, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Sire: Fury Action. MGS: Bova Sylvain.
ADULT PAIRS CHAMPIONS – GOLDSTAR HERD. Owned by the Ryan Family, Copperfield House, Cabra, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Shown by Clodagh and Marie-Louise
Judge, Roy Milne from the Elgin Charolais Herd in Scotland who judged the male section of the show.
Judge, Charles Boden from the Sportsman Charlais Herd in Cheshire judging the female section of the show.