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Michael McElligott of Pallasgreen threshing oats by hand at Kildysart Agricultural Show. Photograph by John Kelly.

Top of the class

Michael McElligott of Pallasgreen threshing oats by hand at Kildysart Agricultural Show. Photograph by John Kelly.Kildysart Agricultural Show proved to be a winner yet again with the 71st annual event drawing large crowds to the show field, jumping arena and indoor exhibition on Saturday.

A special attraction this year was the presence of two members of the Garda Mounted Unit.
There were big entries in the jumping competitions, with the Shannonside League final and the Orchard Equestrian Young Rider final creating huge interest.

Coolmeen's James O'Neill watching the stock judging at Kildysart Show. Photograph by John KellyEntries were good in the showing horse section, with the Kildysart All-Ireland two-year-old filly final won by PJ Lehane, Clonakilty, Cork.

The Dublin Coach Champion Young Horse title was won by Margaret Jeffers, Wexford. The Clashmore Perpetual Cup went to Hughie Murphy, Mayo, for the best Registered Irish Draught Mare. The Champion Mare of the Show title was won by Kieran Fahy, Cork.

In the cattle section, the Commercial Champion was won by William R Gubbins, Limerick. John Moloney, Ardnacrusha won the Pedigree Champion of the Show.

There were huge entries of high quality farm produce and home baking in the indoor section. The O’Doherty Cup was won by Barry O’Loughlin, Ennis and the Walsh Perpetual Cup was won by Niall Hannon, Kildysart for their entries in the farm produce and horticulture section.

In the home baking section, the Marbro Cup was won by Mary O’Sullivan, Kildysart, with the ICA Cup going to Tara McInerney, Kildysart. Maura Murtagh was the recipient of the Maurer Perpetual Cup.

The vintage display with the threshing proved to be a big attraction. The champion dog was shown by Sean Hehir, Lissycasey.

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