North Eastern

Club Committee 2017

PresidentRita Eivers086 0671077
Horsepark House, Kennastown, Trim, Co. Meath
Club Chairperson:Brendan Clarke 087 9147793 email:
Mullenstown, Ardee, Co. Louth
Club Secretary / PRO:Linda Walsh,087 6653072 email:
Borranstown, Ashbourne, Co. Meath.
TreasurerPat Murray087 9404544
The Vicarage, Clonalvy, Co. Meath

Spring 2017 – Club Notes

40 Year Celebration
Two hundred members of the North Eastern Friesian Holstein Club celebrated the Club’s 40th anniversary on Saturday 12th past in the Newgrange Hotel, Navan. The Club is based in Meath, Louth and Dublin and its members are pedigree Holstein Friesian dairy cattle breeders. Club members down the years have been very successful in National and European dairy cattle shows and herds competitions. They have also served as national presidents and chairmen of the overall Irish Holstein Friesian Association.

Rita Eivers, Club President, recalled the great work of the late Noel Hayes who convened the inaugural club meeting in the Conyngham Arms Hotel in Slane in May 1976. She also remembered one of our most illustrious national IHFA Presidents, the late Jill McCulloch of Balyboghill in North Dublin. Over the years Jill was a club stalwart, filling many leading roles. Jill sadly passed away last March. Rita gave special thanks to the club’s many sponsors whose generous help made it the success that it still is today.

Brendan Clarke, Club Chairman remembered all of our founder members who have passed away. A minutes silence was observed in their memory. Guests of honour were Alec Bryan, National President, Charlie Gallagher CEO and Donal Carey of the Irish Holstein Friesian Association. Alec Bryan congratulated the Club on its 40th birthday and paid tribute to the major contribution NEHFC members had made nationally. He said that since its inauguration in 1992 the IHFA National Open Day had been held in the North East on four occasions on the farms of Tom Kelly and Michael McDonnell in Drogheda and Richard Whelan in Clonard.
After an excellent dinner everyone danced till the late hours to the music of Ronan Collins of RTE renown and his band.

Silage Competition
The Silage Competition took place in September. We had a record number of participants and thanks to Rory Crinion who puts a lot of time and effort into running this competition.
1st Place was Andrew Revington 2nd Place The Moore Family and 3rd Place Tom Kelly.

Agriking were the sponsors of the competition and Philip Lynch and guest speaker Neil Howe MRCVS FDAg SFBIAC, gave a talk at the end of the results. The event was very well attended.

Autumn Breeders Meeting
The Autumn Breeders Meeting was Chaired by Teagasc Advisor, Vincent Tracey who with a panel of three speakers coming from 3 different systems.

Roger Barkley, Farm Manager Cappoquinn Estate, Dairy Farm, Co. Waterford, Aidan Power, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary and third speaker was Larry Hannon.

Each breeder gave an overview of their farming system, the herds breeding aims and objectives and where they see their business in the next 5 Years. The evening promised to be extremely varied and interesting from 3 very different viewpoints and I am sure all who attended will agree it was a very successful night.

In November, 2015 a very special evening to mark the Club’s 40th Anniversary. The Dinner Dance took place in the Newgrange Hotel, Navan and a great night of reminiscing and meeting up took place. Music was provided by Ronan Collins and his band.

Looking forward to 2017.

Linda Walsh



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