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Roscommon People Mart Watch - April 12th


Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart


“There were good numbers on offer at Friday’s weekly sale with a lively trade for all classes with lots of customers eager for stock, resulting in a very high percentage of lots getting sold.

  “Bullocks averaged from €2.44 per kilo up to €3.41 per kilo. Averages for heifers ranged from €2.18 per kilo up to €2.90 per kilo. Dry cows averaged from €1.63 per kilo up to €2.01 per kilo with a full clearance of lots.

  “Sale as usual this Friday (12th) for bullocks, heifers and dry cows with 30 pens of bullocks and 30 pens of heifers as well as dry cows. Reminder that there will be no sale at Roscommon Mart on Good Friday (April 19th).

  “We had a large entry of Weanlings at this week’s sale with an excellent trade. There were increased numbers of stock available with plenty of quality lots resulting in a steady trade and a high clearance of lots on offer. Our next weanling sale takes place next Tuesday (16th) at 5 pm. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm today (11th).

  “There were bigger numbers on offer at this week’s sheep sale with a few entries of spring lamb for the Easter market. Prices fetched €146 for 46kgs. Prices for finished hoggets peaked at €136 for 58.7kgs. There was a steady trade for cast ewes with prices ranging from €75 up to €136.

  “Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am for lambs, cast ewes and ewes with lambs at foot. Sheep scanning service every Wednesday from 9 am to 10 am”.

Roscommon Mart sample prices

Dry cows

Simm X 925kgs €1650, Lim X 810kgs €1560, Char X 865kgs €1440, Lim X 750kgs €1410, AAX 700kgs €1200, Simm X 805kgs €1355, Lim X 605kgs €1100, Char X 605kgs €1220, Char 800kgs €1380.


Lim X 635kgs €1570, Lim 650kgs €1500, SHX 620kgs €1385, Simm 585kgs €1330, Lim X 450kgs €1305, BBX 460kgs €1180, Char X 460kgs €1100, 2 Char X 392kgs €1020, 2 Lim X 375kgs €960, 2 Lim X 345kgs €960, Lim X 520kgs €1200, Lim X 480kgs €1280, Lim 505kgs €1240.


2 Char X 695kgs €1725, Char X 700kgs €1630, Lim X 545kgs €1575, Char 480kgs €1500, Lim X 555kgs €1460, Simm X 590kgs €1450, Char X 610kgs €1445, 4 Char X 491kgs €1425, 2 Simm X 592kgs €1425, Char X 530kgs €1420, 2 Lim X 490kgs €1390, SHX 545kgs €1310, 3 Char X 431kgs €1240, 5 Lim X 492kgs €1215, 3 Char 388kgs €1065, Char X 330kgs €940, 7 Char X 380kgs €1165.

Weanling heifers

Char X 400kgs €1250 - €3.12 per kilo, Lim X 325kgs €1150 - €3.53 per kilo, Char X 435kgs €1100 - €2.53 per kilo, AA X 310kgs €1060 - €3.42 per kilo, Char X 385kgs €1040 - €2.70 per kilo, 2 Char X 335kgs €935 - €2.79 per kilo, Lim X 340kgs €905 - €2.66 per kilo, BB X 300kgs €930 - €3.10 per kilo, Char X 330kgs €980 - €2.96 per kilo, Char X 360kgs €1000 - €2.77 per kilo.

Weanling bulls

Lim X 370kgs €1230 - €3.32 per kilo, Sim X 445kgs €1060 - €2.38 per kilo, Lim 395kgs €1055 - €2.67 per kilo, Char X 350kgs €1015 - €2.90 per kilo, Char X 360kgs €940 - €2.61 per kilo, Char X 320kgs €880 - €2.75 per kilo, Lim X 330kgs €900 - €2.73 per kilo, Lim X 355kgs €890 - €2.51 per kilo, Lim X 300kgs €885 - €2.95 per kilo, Lim X 290kgs €720 - €2.48 per kilo, SA X 280kgs €820 - €2.92 per kilo.

Finished hoggets

58.7kgs €136, 53.7kgs €132, 55.1kgs €130, 55.8kgs €126.

Spring lamb

46kgs €146, 49.3kgs €145, 52kgs €140, 52.3kgs €137.

Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart

“800 cattle presented for sale on Thursday last with both numbers and prices starting to peak as a strong contingent of buyers were out in force trying to source stock for summer grazing and exporters showing renewed interest leading to an excellent clearance.

  “The heifer ring witnessed good demand this week with a top price of €3.68 a kilo recorded for a BB heifer. In the weanling rings some fancy prices were recorded for the top quality lots and LMX weanling heifer weighing 310kgs fetched €1,505. Breeding stock continued to rise in price this week and the suckler ring recorded a good clearance while the calf trade remained firm this week.

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €980 to €1,560 per head. Springers made from €1,000 to €1,980 per head. Dairy calves made from €5 to €135 per head with Aberdeen Angus and Hereford types making from €130 to €265 while the continental types made up to €335.

  “150 bullocks presented for sale with bullocks making from €400 to €920 over their weight with an average price of €672 over their weight paid. Trade was very good on the day with a full clearance reported.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday 11th) when we have our usual sale of heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am”.

Castlerea Mart sample prices


Lmx 420kgs €1080, Chx 385kgs €1045, BB 495kgs €1825, Lmx 455kgs €1320, Ch 490kgs €1265, BBx 650kgs €1715, Lm 580kgs €1355, Ch 540kgs €1310.

Dry cows

Lmx 475kgs €1015, Lmx 870kgs €1665, Lm 710kgs €1430, Sa 660kgs €1115, Si 795kgs €1400.

Weanling heifers

Lm 260kg €815, Lm 285kgs €835, Chx 380kg €1175, Lmx 310kgs €1505, Ch 330kgs €1080, Ch 420kgs €1090, Ch 405kgs €1130, Lm 400kgs €1000.

Weanling bulls

Ch 295kgs €950, Ch 245kgs €825, Ch 295kgs €935, BB 305kgs €1190, Ch 430kgs €1225, AAx 280kgs €855.


Ch 495kgs €1330, AA 470kgs €1240, Lm 450kgs €1325, Ch 535kgs €1410, Ch 510kgs €1330, Ch 570kgs €1395, Lm 630kgs €1550, AA 690kgs €1460.


Anti-dumping funding must lead to prosecutions – IFA





Roscommon IFA Environment Chairman Mr. Ned O’Connor, has welcomed the 50% increase in funding to tackle illegal dumping. He added that IFA has also called for increased prosecutions by local authorities.

  “Farm families and rural dwellers are the real custodians of the environment. They are sickened by the abhorrent behaviour of passing motorists and serial dumpers who use the countryside as a tipping ground. It’s not acceptable and can’t continue.

  “Minister Bruton’s announcement builds on the €1.3m that was provided to tackle illegal dumping last year. While education and awareness are important, we need to see action by local authorities, who must track, trace and prosecute these litter louts,” he said.

  Mr. O’Connor added: “Farmers have a strong record when it comes to recycling waste streams. Each year, over 25,000 tonnes of silage bale wraps, fertiliser bags and meal bags are recycled right across the country.

  “In 2018, IFA worked with the Department of Environment to recycle the equivalent of over half a million car tyres, and we want to work with Government to finish this job and recycle other waste streams.

  “This increased funding is to be welcomed. The success of the additional measures announced recently must also include further prosecution of serial dumpers”.

IFA: Nitrates review must support agri-food development





IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has described the voluntary nitrates derogation review being undertaken by the Government as an important opportunity to build on the sustainable development of the agri-food sector.

  “Teagasc’s recently published sustainability report highlights the environmentally efficient development of the sector, with better fertiliser and grassland management leading to reduced greenhouse gas emissions per kilo of product across all enterprises. While water quality challenges remain, the improvement in farm management practices is helping to keep Ireland’s overall water quality in the top tier in Europe.

  “This interim review of the Nitrates Derogation must ensure that farmers who farm in derogation are supported to deliver Government’s ambitions of Food Wise 2025. It must also ensure that farmers are not saddled with excessive regulations and compliance requirements. 

  “Farmers have and continue to invest in the environmental improvement of their farms, whether that’s increased storage, management of run-off or farmyard management. This investment has not delivered a return from the marketplace and this issue should be addressed as part of this derogation review,” he said.

A life on the land





Noel looks back on the days of Compulsory Tillage




Hanley’s farm in Kilbegnet, Creggs will host the 2019 County Roscommon Ploughing Championships this Sunday (7th) and while this is the first time that Hanley’s farm has hosted the ploughing event, the fields that will feature at next Sunday’s ploughing match have been traversed by many ploughs over the decades and centuries.

  Noel Hanley is a familiar figure to many people the length and breadth of County Roscommon and beyond and he has been fascinated by ploughing and tillage since his childhood.

  During the Second World War, approximately 50 acres of Hanley’s farm was selected as suitable for local farmers to till plots as part of the Compulsory Tillage Order, and during subsequent years the farm was a hive of activity as local families congregated at Hanley’s to plough and till the soil and harvest the resulting crops.

  It was a time of great upheaval in Hanleys. Noel’s father Jack died in 1942, leaving his mother Elizabeth (nee Dolan) to oversee the running of a large farm while also raising three young sons. At the time of his father’s death Noel was aged 9, the middle of three sons, his brothers being Colm and Brian.

  Noel recalls: “My father died in 1942. Then the following year, the Compulsory Tillage came in for the farm. The land was mapped and they picked out the land good enough to plough. A good deal of our land had holes and hollows in it and that wasn’t put in.

  “I remember Michael Kilby from Creggs, he used to come down and have an auction in the evening at the beginning of each year. There was 13 acres one side of the house and 12 the other side and 20 acres in off the road on the site where the ploughing will be.

  “Local families would take an acre or two to till and would sow oats or barley. A lot of families were from Skehard. We were going to school at the time and I remember there was great excitement when the crops were cut. When the crops were ready, Al Mullaney from Ballincurry would come with a big chain tied to the bike and I would have to stretch it out for him and he would measure the length and breadth of every plot of tillage and calculate the acreage.

  “The people that took the tillage would do their own ploughing and sowing, usually they would have an acre each but some people took two acres. They would bring their own horses, every two farmers would be in ‘co’ (working in co-operation). Farmers were only able to keep one horse and they would work with a neighbour and bring their own plough and plough and harrow and sow the tillage. There was no such thing as a spray to kill thistles, they would be spudding thistles with a spade”.

  Noel remembers many of those who took the tillage during the 1940s.

  “Willie Fannon’s father Paddy Fannon (Lenamarla) had a pair of horses and he would take a couple of acres because he was out on hire at the time. Then there was his brother Pete and Tom Madden and Jack Quinn in Skehard. Tom Whyte, Mick White and Pake Ward, (neighbours in Kilbegnet) they worked together and took tillage on the land inside.

  “When the crops were ready, they cut it and stooked it and brought it home and put it into the garden and threshed it in the back end (of the year). Tim Lohan and Johnny Lohan had a thresher with donkeys at the time. There were six or seven donkeys pulling this big thresher. Tim and Johnny used to do an awful lot of threshing work at the time.

  “At that time most people were working a Pierce plough. There were wheel ploughs and swing ploughs. The swing plough had no wheels and you had to hold it with your hands. With the wheel plough you could set the wheels in place to help you. Then there was spring tooth harrow or a wooden harrow for the harrowing.

  “If it was a bad year, sometimes it had to be cut with a scythe and in a fine year they had a mowing machine with a tackle on it to make the sheaves and a gang of men would be stooking the sheaves. At that time it took two days to plough an Irish acre, there were four roods to an Irish acre and three roods to an English acre, but it was all Irish acres during the compulsory tillage,” Noel said.

  Heavy Clydesdales were the preferred horses at the time, having the strength to pull the plough and a steady gait to ensure a straight line of ploughing. Noel remembers many good ploughmen of that era.

  “John Keegan from Rushfield, known as Rebel Keegan, he’d open any field and he would have the scraw as straight as a die. Jack Keane from Kilbegnet (Bina’s brother) he was out on hire at the time and he was a great ploughman, as was Paddy Connelly from Carton, who later married and lived in Goff Street, Roscommon. Paddy was well known in the region as a buyer of sheep and cattle. Bill Keane from Kilbegnet also had a machine at that time.

  “Threshing was the big day and you would have a meitheal of men around the place and jars of porter for them to drink and bacon and cabbage for them to eat. Some farmers would have big stooks of oats and they would take two days to do the threshing.

  “Mostly they brought the oats to the mill and would keep what they wanted for themselves, to feed horses and to crush for feeding sheep and cattle. Some people had hand crushers but it would take a long time to crush a barrel of oats by hand. Mick Roarke in Creggs had a crusher and he would crush a big bag of oats”.

  Farrell’s Mill in Castlecoote was the destination of much of the oats and barley grown in Hanleys at that time.

  “Before my father died, he used to have tillage, he’d have three or four acres of turnips and mangels but my mother packed that in after he died. He had 20 or 25 stall feds in the sheds and stables and most of them would go to Prussia Street or an odd butcher from Roscommon would come out and buy one of the cattle for the butcher’s shop.

  “We used to send them off from Donamon Station to Prussia Street in Dublin, at that time that was the big cattle market. Then they got rid of it because the cattle had to go through the streets of Dublin to be loaded on the boats and the market in Prussia Street was moved to County Meath.

  “We would walk the cattle from here to Donamon station. Michael Hussey in Gortnadieve (father of Tom and John Hussey), was a great cowman. He would go and get a wagon for 12 or 14 cows and they would be loaded in Donamon and be sent off on Tuesday for the market in Prussia Street on a Wednesday”.

  Prussia Street market in Stoneybatter in Dublin was the country’s agricultural stock exchange in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1957 almost over 249,000 cattle were sold at the market and in 1960 over 425,000 sheep were sold there. Increasing opposition from business interests in Dublin and better road transport led to the eventual closure of the market in May 1973.

  “Michael Hussey would go to all the fairs around and about and would keep the cattle at the house and every week he would have a wagon load for Dublin and any calves they had, he would sell locally,” Noel remembers.

  As a youngster Noel was impressed by the work ethic of the men he saw working at the tillage on the farm, men like Owen Toolan and Peter Fannon.

  “As a gosoon, I’d be watching Peter Fannon, he could cut an acre in a day with his two horses. He was a great man to work. There wasn’t too many able to do it. He would have a young crowd tying the oats and stooking it after him”.

  Often those working on the farm and working at the tillage had long journeys to make home on foot.

  “Jim Tighe from Cloonfaughna worked for years in our place and when he was going home at night he had two rivers to cross. He’d be heading home in the dark with a flashlight and as a gosoon I often thought that he’d get lost, but he knew the way well. In later years his sons Tommy and Paddy would be with him, they would be here when they’d get the holidays from school in July, their father would bring them out spreading the turf for my father”.

  Many of the ‘villages’ that Noel recalls the farmers coming from are now greatly diminished, few more so than Derryhippo.

  “Jimmy Mulvihill from Derryhippo worked here when I was a young lad. At the time he was working here there were 31 houses in Derryhippo, there’s only a handful of houses there now”.

  The end of the war brought an end to the Compulsory Tillage Order and with it an end to the hive of activity on the Hanley farm. Tillage continues to be a feature on Hanley’s farm. Noel’s farm is now farmed by his sons John and Brian, with John concentrating on tillage and cattle while Brian concentrates on dairying and horses.

  However, on Sunday, the spectacle of horse ploughing will return to Carnaglough with numbers not seen in the townland since the heady days of Compulsory Tillage in the 1940s. Apart from the usual features of a county ploughing match, this year’s County Roscommon Ploughing Championships will feature the inaugural Connacht Horse Ploughing Competition. The competition is confined to competitors from Connacht and attracts a prize fund of €1,000, kindly sponsored by the Sweeney family from Strokestown.

  Apart from memories of tillage in the 1940s, memories of yesteryear will also be evoked by a wide range of arts and crafts displays on the day, ranging from coppercraft to woodland crafts, hurdle making, wool spinning, basket making and a traditional blacksmith. There will also be a sheepdog trials on the day.

  All are welcome to Hanley’s Farm on Sunday 7th April for the County Roscommon Ploughing Championships for what promises to be a fun day for all the family.



Roscommon Ploughing Championships launched





This year’s County Roscommon Ploughing Championships were launched on Wednesday, 27th of March at the impressive facilities of Cuisle Holiday Centre in Donamon. This year’s event will take place on the Hanley family lands at Kilbegnet in Creggs.

  At the recent launch, the event’s main sponsors. Ward & Burke, as well as the many associated sponsors, local businesses and families, were thanked for their continued support. The launch had started with a minute’s silence for Rose Beirne who sadly passed away earlier that day.

  Tom Tighe, Roscommon Ploughing Association Chairman, welcomed everyone to the launch and said that the annual Ploughing Championships came at a time when there was uncertainty in the Irish agricultural sector.

  “Agriculture is going through a testing time and never more so with Brexit. They seem to voting on what to vote for in the UK at the moment. Hopefully it won’t come to tariffs being put on Irish beef and hopefully we don’t have a hard border,” he said.

  Mr. Tighe said that some of those involved in agriculture would remember the difficulties posed by border checks.

  He said: “I remember we were stopped one night and we were asked where we were going. We said ‘Strokestown’ and he asked ‘Is that Strokestown in Co. Killarney?’”

  On a more positive note, Mr. Tighe said that it had been “one of the mildest winters ever” and very positive in terms of fodder.

  He added that the ageing profile of farmers was something that had been discussed quite a lot in the media and that it was up to those present to encourage younger farmers and those starting out in the sector.

  This year’s championaships will take place on the lands of the Hanleys in Kilbegnet and the Roscommon association’s PRO John Hanley was looking forward to welcoming visitors this Sunday, having hosted the International Sheepdog Trials in 2014.

  “This is not just John Hanley welcoming everyone, this is the Hanley family,” he said.

  “What a community we have here. I reckon rural Ireland is alive and kicking and that’s  (down to) the people that’s in it. Looking down here tonight (at the big attendance), that’s community spirit!”

  Mr. Hanley said that when the idea of hosting the event was put to his family, their response was ‘Why not? It’s an honour that we were asked to host it’.

  He thanked the ploughing championships’ many sponsors, saying the show couldn’t go on without them. He also paid special tribute to Ward & Burke Construction, who are the event’s main sponsors.

  “From humble beginnings we have an international company employing the guts of 1,000 people in Ireland, the UK and the US. Ward & Burke spare nothing in the community and are a credit to our parish,” he said.

  He concluded with a wish for good weather this weekend and said that once the weather was on the side of the organisers, the event would be a success.

  Con McGarry will be at the ploughing once again with his annual sheepdog demonstrations.

  “It must be the 20th year or thereabouts running the sheepdog trials. It always brings a lot of interested people out on the day. There’s a lot of enjoyment seeing what the dogs can do,” he said.

  Mena Dohery of Roscommon Leader Partnership said that there would be some very interested spectators at this year’s event.

  “We are working with 20 Syrian families and some of them will come along and showcase their arts and crafts at the ploughing.

  “Where would we be without the community of rural Ireland? Theses Syrian families want to be part of it and hopefully local people can come and see their talents,” she said. Gerry Browne will once again run the arts and crafts village this Sunday.

  Roscommon’s National Ploughing Association representative, Padraig Nolan, had high praise for the standard of stewarding in the county.

  “We supply the National Ploughing Championships with stewards and supervisors. We supply two head supervisors which is a great honour”.

  Mr. Nolan said that this year’s national ploughing would take place in Carlow and that the midlands counties were the best option when it came to hosting the event.

  Tom Tighe brought the official speeches to a close and said the committee looked forward to welcoming 50-60 competitors from across the country and from Northern Ireland to Creggs on Sunday.

Roscommon People Mart Watch - April 5th



Manager’s report…Maura Quigley, Roscommon Mart


“There was a good entry of excellent quality cattle on offer at last Friday’s sale which included a special sale of heifers. There was a steady trade for bullocks with prices ranging from an average of €2.21 per kilo up to €2.73 per kilo, while there was a firm trade for heifers with averages of €2.33 per kilo up to €2.83 per kilo. Dry cows fetched from €1.64 per kilo up to €2.04 per kilo. Once again, there was good demand for all classes with plenty of customers anxious for stock.

  “The mart will host a special sale of bullocks this Friday (5th) at 11 am. There will also be a Special Sale of Bullocks & Special Sale for Heifers on Friday, April 12th. Bookings accepted up to 5 pm today (Thursday, April 4th).

  “There were smaller numbers on offer this week. Prices for finished hoggets peaked at €129 for 53.5kgs. There was a steady trade for cast ewes with prices ranging from €80 up to €127. Sales continue each Wednesday at 11 am for lambs and cast ewes. There is a sheep scanning service each Wednesday from 9 am to 10 am”.


Roscommon Mart sample prices


Dry cows

BA 800kgs €1465, Char 780kgs €1400, Char X 775kgs €1370, SAX 665kgs €1360, AAX 765kgs €1305, HEX 555kgs €840, Lim X 665kgs €930, HEX 740kgs €970, Simm X 655kgs €1020, Char X 775kgs €1265, Lim X 740kgs €1240.


Char X 710kgs €1650, Char X 680kgs €1600, 2 Char X 550kgs €1400, 3 Lim 536kgs €1365, 2 Char X 520kgs €1340, Lim X 490kgs €1325, Char 470kgs €1245, Lim 460kgs €1230, Lim X 415kgs €1100, Char X 395kgs €1055, Simm 530kgs €1400,Char X 445kgs €1260.


AAX 585kgs €1385, Simm X 615kgs €1365, BBX 430kgs €1110, BBX 370kgs €820, 7 AAX 392kgs €800, AAX 335kgs €800, Simm X 275kgs €750.

Finished hoggets

58.9kgs €129, 53.5kgs €129, 48.6kgs €120.

Spring lamb

51kgs €130.


Manager’s report…Brendan Egan, Castlerea Mart


“Large numbers of stock presented for sale this week with the spring trade in full swing as farmers, agents, feedlots and exporters were out in force trying to source stock.

  “The heifer trade reported a good clearance this week while the weanling trade aided by export demand witnessed good demand also. The dry cow trade was very strong this week with the better quality lots exceeding €2 a kilo while the calf trade received a timely boost in price this week. Breeding stock numbers are slowly on the increase and they met with a flying trade.

  “Cows with calves at foot made from €920 to €1,700 per head, with springer cows making from €800 to €1,300 per head. Dairy calves made from €25 to €95 per head, Aberdeen Angus cross and Hereford cross made from €150 to €285 with continentals making up to €310. Runners ranged in price from €350 to €800 for stronger continental lots.

  “100 bullocks presented for sale at our first spring sale (Monday 25th) with a flier of a trade for all classes on offer as farmers and agents tried to source stock for summer feeding.

  “Sales continue at Castlerea Mart today (Thursday 4th) with our usual sale of heifers, cows, calves, runners and weanlings. All sales commence at 11 am”.


Castlerea Mart sample prices



Sim 420kgs €1120, Ch 385kgs €1060, Lm 420kgs €1055, Lm 450kgs €1170, Ch 445kgs €1120, Chx 680kgs €1580, Lm 640kgs €1510, Ch 595kgs €1355, AA 660kgs €1520.

Dry cows

Lm 790kgs €1490, BBx 610kgs €1390, Lm 680kgs €1380, Lm 665kgs €1335, Lm 725kgs €1335, AA 465kgs €710.

Weanling heifers

Ch 275kgs €840, Lm 250kgs €805, Ch 355kgs €1030, BB 340kgs €990, Ch 330kgs €995.

Weanling bulls

Ch 245kgs €825, Ch 220kgs €785, Lm 260kgs €765, Ch 435kgs €1330, Ch 425kgs €1180, Ch 380kgs €1120.


Chx 480kgs €1210, AA 490kgs €1225, Lmx 515kgs €1370, AA 525kgs €1295, Lm 575kgs €1385, Ch 565kgs €1365, Ch 635kgs €1460, Ch 680kgs €1500.


Roscommon Show AGM




The AGM of Roscommon Agricultural Show was held on the 21st of March 2019. All committee members attended.

  We extend our sympathies to the family of the late Joe Murphy, former President of Roscommon Agricultural Show. He was a member of the show committee since its inception 48 years ago, acting in various capacities. As a mark of respect for Mr. Murphy, who contributed so much to the show over the years, a minute’s silence was observed by all members at the AGM.


Election of officers

Congratulations to the following members, who were elected to positions on the show’s executive committee – President: Christy Tully; Vice Presidents: Pat Naughton, Padraig Nolan, Joe Kelly, James Gleeson, Bernie Gately. Chairperson: Damien Hannon; Vice Chairperson: Noel Hanlon; Secretary: Ursula Hannon; Assistant Secretary: Claudia Gormley; Treasurer: Tracy Hanlon, Assistant Treasurer: Teresa Hanlon; PRO: Christy Tully; Assistant PRO: Kenneth Hanley; Chief Steward: Gerry Hanlon; Deputy Steward: Anthony Burke; Safety Officer: Anthony Owens; Assistant Safety Officer: Noel Hanlon.


2019 Show

2018 was a very successful year for the Roscommon Show Society. Heads for all of the sections were appointed on the night of the AGM, however new members are urgently required. We would like to thank all of our sponsors for 2018 and look forward to working with them again in 2019. Our 2019 show date is Saturday, August 17th, in Hannon’s Grounds.



‘Implement Teagasc climate roadmap’




In advance of the publication of the report from the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action, IFA President Joe Healy said that the Committee should include, as a key recommendation, the full implementation of the Teagasc climate roadmap for the sector.

  He said this represents a ‘climate just’ way forward, rather than imposing taxes or restrictions on Ireland’s carbon efficient model of food production.

  Joe Healy said: “Ireland has a carbon efficient model of food production, with the European Commission confirming that dairy farmers have the lowest carbon footprint for milk and our beef farmers are amongst the five most carbon efficient in the EU”.

  “The Teagasc climate roadmap represents a clear strategy for kick starting a vibrant farm scale and community-based renewables sector and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the sector. Its implementation would make a real contribution to meeting our renewables and climate targets,” he said.

  IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney added: “Agriculture deserves to have a fairer representation of its climate actions. For example, our carbon sinks from Ireland’s permanent pastures, hedgerows and forestry have to be included when it comes to climate change and agriculture.

  “Farmers are engaged in climate action. From a carbon efficiency perspective, we are best in class”.




Crime call!



IFA wants community policing report implemented


IFA Deputy President Richard Kennedy has welcomed the publication by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality of its Report on Community Policing and Rural Crime.

  Richard Kennedy said IFA has taken a proactive role in the area of crime prevention, but that more can and must be done by the Government, as evidenced by this report.

  He highlighted how over the last year, several serious incidents have occurred on farms. Many farmers and rural dwellers live in real fear for their safety, which is compounded by geographic and service isolation. Theft of valuables from rural homes and of livestock and machinery from farms is also a major concern.

  Richard Kennedy said: “IFA has said many times that there is a need for greater patrolling of rural Ireland. Farm families need to see a much greater Garda presence on the road. The JOC has agreed with us and included it as one of its key recommendations”.

  A proposal to establish a dedicated Rural Crime Task Force in crime blackspots was suggested by the IFA in its presentation to the JOC last October. At the time, IFA highlighted how a similar UK Task Force has been successful in tackling rural crime. This has also been included in the list of recommendations.

  “The Committee has done good work and produced a sensible, workable report. However, it will be a fruitless exercise if it left on a shelf gathering dust. The Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan and his officials must set out a clear timetable for implementation and IFA will be seeking a meeting with him to discuss this as soon as possible,” said Richard Kennedy.




Creggs to host County Ploughing Championships on Sunday, April 7th




New Connacht title to be won on the day


A new Connacht Horse Ploughing title will be on offer at the County Roscommon Ploughing Championships on Sunday, April 7th.

  This competition, which is confined to competitors from the Connacht region, has been sanctioned by the NPA and will feature a prize fund of €1,000, kindly sponsored by the Sweeney family from Strokestown.

  This year’s County Roscommon Ploughing Championships takes place on the Hanley family farm at Kilbegnet, Creggs, Co. Roscommon. Civil Engineering firm Ward & Burke are main sponsors of this year’s event and will have a large civil engineering display on site as well as offering six apprentice places on the day.

  The international civil engineering firm is looking for young men and women who are willing to work outdoors, who are hard workers and who feel that they can learn better with hands-on experience. Staff from Ward & Burke will be on hand to talk to prospective trainees on the day. Ward & Burke are currently working with CIF, City and Guilds, ESB, Irish Water and Ervia to put together a programme of learning which would lead to an apprenticeship qualification.

  The Roscommon event will feature fun for all the family, from bouncing castles for the children to Macra Farm Skills for the young adults and a range of craft displays. The event will also feature some of the region’s best ploughmen and women, with an array of machinery new and old turning the sod.

  Sheep dog trials will also take place on the day. Traditional craft skills such as blacksmiths, as well as weavers and wool workers, will also be displaying their skills on the day in what promises to be a fun day out for all the family.

  For further information on the Roscommon event contact PRO John Hanley on 086-8125211.


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