Club Officers 2017

President Noel Rothwell 087 2765981
Chairman John Joe Doyle087 2759273
Secretary Irene Condren087 76590140402
Treasurer Liz Atkinson087 7440791093 9377689
PROLaura Sinnott 087 9127118
YMA Co-Ordinator Laura Sinnott 087 9127118
Louise Sinnott087 6646296

Club Notes – Winter 2017

IHFA All Ireland Awards
The Slaney club were well represented at the first event of the year the IHFA All Ireland Awards. The results on the night were as follows:

Class 1 – All Ireland Heifer born after 1st Jan ‘16
Reserve – Hallow Mccutchen Twizzle (Philip Jones)
Class 2 – All Ireland Hfr born 1st July – 31st Dec ‘15
Reserve – Clonpaddin Mpw Fame 2 (J & G Hurley)
Class 3 – All Ireland Hfr born 1st Jan – 30th June ‘15
Reserve – Ballyboy Armani Carmen 995 (J & U Sinnott)
Class 4 – All Ireland Hfr between 1st Jan – 31st Dec ‘14
Champ – Clonpaddin Windbrook Fame 2 ET (J & G Hurley)
Reserve – Clonpaddin Lavanguard Flavour (J & G Hurley)
Class 7 – All Ireland Mature Cow in Milk
Champion – Hallow Advent Twizzle 3 ET (Philip Jones)

The first ever IHFA Champion Cow Award went to Hallow Advent Twizzle 3 ET owned by Philip & Linda Jones

Presidents Medal
Special merit award for YMA age member (up to 26 years of age) who has served the Young Members with distinction of service including performance in YMA events. Winner: Laura Sinnott

The IHFA AGM was held on the 4th May in Ferrycarrig Hotel Wexford where our own club member Kathleen Watson, who has served many years of her time as club secretary, was handed her chain of office for her new role as IHFA President. It is a great honour for her and the Slaney Club. In her role as President Kathleen has been busy during the year representing IHFA at many different functions around the country and most recently in Hungry, representing Ireland’s bid to host the EHRC Conference of 2021 on which they were successful.

Emerald Expo Show
Our club was well represented at the first show of the 2017 showing season by our members of Jim & Una Sinnott, John & Garry Hurley and Philip & Linda Jones who exhibited their animals at the Emerald Expo Show in April of this year. Congratulations went to the Hurley Family who claimed Junior Champion with Clonpaddin MPW Fame 2 and to Philip and Linda Jones on taking Overall Supreme Champion of the show with Hallow Attic Christina

Field Evenings
The first of our club’s field evenings this year was hosted by our chairman of John Joe Doyle’s Kiltrea Herd. A great evening was had with some fine stock and lovely food afterwards. Many thanks to John Joe and Family again for hosting a great evening. On the night awards were presented to Sean Murphy who won a Diamond Award and to John Atkinson who was presented with a Gold Award. Congrats again to both.

Our second field evening was held at Noel Kehoe’s Cathu Herd. Once again everyone got to see a fine herd of stock and received excellent refreshments from the barbeque after a tough evening of stock judging. Many thanks to Noel and Family for another tremendous evening. On the night our prize winners of the stockjudging were announced and they are as follows:
u18: 1. Josh Sinnott 2. Jack Doyle 3. Gearoid Murphy
18-26: 1. Emmet Kehoe 2. Tony Mooney 3. Maebh Kehoe
Senior 1. John Watson 2. Kathleen Watson 3. Enda Jordan/Sean Hurley
Overall Prizewinner: John Watson
Also at Kehoe’s that evening Pat Hipwell was present to promote “” which aims to change people’s minds about mental health. A very worthy cause that is very prevalent in today’s society.

Club Calf Show & Barbeque
Our annual club calf show was held on a fine Saturday afternoon on the 24th of June at Clogh Parish Hall. It was kindly sponsored by World Wide Sires. Our judge on the day was Padraic Murphy of the Carlow/Kilkenny club who did a great job of separating the great quality of calves on show, which is never an easy job, and he also put our superb handlers through their paces.

Champion Calf honours went to Gary and Izzy Jones with Hallow Doorman Abrakazoo 2 and Champion Handler honours went to Louise Sinnott. Once again our thanks goes to Laura and Louise Sinnott our YMA Coordinators who did an excellent job putting together a great show. We had great turn out of calves and even better to see lots of new faces on the halters.

Our club barbeque was held this year in conjunction with our calf show and took place directly afterwards in the hall. We were all well fed with some tasty barbeque food and some delicious desserts. Our thanks goes to Ned and Valerie Copeland who organised the preparation and cooking of the barbeque and to all our members who provided a dessert on the day.

IHFA Open Day
It was great to see the IHFA Open Day return back to the Slaney Club this year, with Victor Jackson’s Crossnacole Herd as the host farm. There was great support from club members in helping Victor with farm and stock preparations for the day. Well Done to Victor on a tremendous day and an excellent sale of stock. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all. At the Open Day the results of the National Herds Competition were announced with some club members receiving awards. They were:
Spring Section: 1st Prize Thomas Byrne Lask Herd
u80 Section: 3rd Prize Philip & Linda Jones Hallow Holsteins
Over 80 Section: 3rd Prize John & Garry Hurley Clonpaddin Holsteins.

Also well done to our u18 Stockjudging team of Mark Hurley, Daniel Doyle and Gearoid Murphy who placed 3rd in the team event.

National YMA Calf Show
The Slaney Club had another great year at National Calf show with some brilliant results from our team of calves and handlers. On the 1st day Louise Sinnott and Mark Hurley represented us in the Clipping Competition. Both did a super job and were unlucky not to be placed in top 3. Our team of handlers who represented us were: Kate Jones, Ellen Jordan, Brian Hurley, Josh Sinnott, Mark Hurley, Sinead Byrne and Louise Sinnott, who all did a fantastic job in their classes. Kate Jones took 3rd prize in the Novice u10 handler. Mark Hurley was 1st place in the Intermediate Handler and Louise Sinnott placing 4th in the Mature Handler. On day 2 our club members who exhibited calves were Thomas Byrne, John & Garry Hurley, Jim & Una Sinnott, Philip & Linda Jones and Gary & Izzy Jones. Again with great results all round. Philip & Linda Jones won the March Calf with Hallow McDoughal Dawn. In the Senior Calf class we had a 1st & 2nd with Hallow Doorman Abrakazoo 2 Gary & Izzy Jones and Hallow Doorman Abrakazoo Philip & Linda Jones. In the Summer Yearling Class John & Garry Hurley took 1st prize with Clonpaddin Snowy Fame 2.

Finally in the Championship Slaney Club took home top honours with Hallow Doorman Abrakazoo 2 claiming Champion Calf, Gary & Izzy Jones and Hallow Doorman Abrakazoo Philip & Linda Jones taking Reserve Champion Calf.

Well done again to all who competed and were prize winners. The Slaney Club may be one of the smaller clubs at National Calf show but we always dominate with our quality handler and calves. Many thanks to everyone and to those who came out to support the club on the two days.

Tinahely Show
On August Bank Holiday Slaney Club members enjoyed another great day out at Tinahely show. As always everyone was provided with lovely tea and sandwiches in the club caravan. Thanks to all those who took a turn doing the teas on the day. Both families of Philip Jones and Garry Hurley had great results on the day. Hallow Dempsey Dawn was crowned Junior Champion. Hallow Atwood Twizzle won the 2yr old Heifer in milk class and Bordermist Sanchez Fran took home Overall Champion of the show and Hurley Family taking Reserve Champion. Well done to all.

Tullamore Show
The Slaney Club were well represented again at Tullamore Show. Garry Hurley of Clonpaddin Holsteins taking home reserve junior Champion, 1st in All Ireland Champion Heifer in Milk and honourable mention of the show with Clonpaddin ERI Flavour VG88. Philip Jones of Hallow Holsteins took home overall champion of the show with his 2nd calver class winner Hallow Attic Christina VG89. Well done also to Victor Jackson who placed 2nd in the Senior Cow class.

Iverk Show
John and Garry Hurley had a great day at the Iverk Show where their Clonpaddin Doorman Fame won the All Ireland Maid of Glanbia. Well done.

Katie Gahan won 1st prize with her calf in the September calf class.

Philip & Linda Jones took home Dairy Champion of the show with John & Garry Hurley Reserve Champion of the show.

Club Trip
This year the club went on a trip to Wales where they got to visit two great farms of Hefyn Wilson and Sean Davis. They also attended the Pembroke Show. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the trip and well done to our secretary Irene Condren for organising a fantastic trip.

Dinner Dance & Herd’s Competition
This year our Herd’s Competition was held in June and was kindly sponsored by Glanbia. Our Judge was Eddie Barrett, who along with his wife Theresa joined us at our annual Dinner Dance, which took place in The Riverbank Hotel Wexford, to present the prize winners with their awards. Many congrats to all who received prizes on the night and thanks to Eddie for doing a fantastic job.

Once again, another tremendous year of events and results for the Slaney Club. Well done to all members who took part in various events or shows throughout the year and to all those who were successful. We look forward to another prosperous year in 2018.
Laura Sinnott

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