Fan Club Daughter Claims 2024 Growvite All Ireland Title

Picture Overall Champion 2024 Growvite All Ireland 

The wet weather definitely didn’t dampen the spirits of the 2024 Growvite Texel All Ireland which was held at Dundalk Show. With 210 sheep catalogued it was always going to a strong contest for the overall spot on the day.


With sheep travelling from all over the country right across from Cork to Donegal it was destined to be one of the best All Irelands to date. The judge on the day was highly acclaimed Mark Priestley of the Seaforde flock from Co. Down. 

Judge Mark Priestly, Arron Myles Champion,

Barry Farrell Reserve and Mark O’Rrouke Sponsor Growvite 

The show kicked off to a flying start with an exceptional aged ram class. Coming out on top this time was Drumderg Fancy Pants, jointly owned by fellow North East region members Michael and Kenneth Bird, John Canty & Michael Donhoe. This ram not only holds an All Ireland title but also has double five stars.

Drumderg Fancy Pants

It was then on to the aged ewe class which was won for the second year in a row by the same ewe from father and son duo Arthur and Patrick O’Keeffe with a Midlock Dapper ewe, who was inturn the mother of the first prized ewe lamb which she has done for two years in row also.

First Prized Aged Ewe 

Shearing ram’s then came out in force with power to meet today’s commercial demand. The first prize this time came from Jimmy Garrivan with Cherryvale Gerrard a son of Cherryvale Frankel. 


Cherryvale Frankel

The highly contested shearling ewe class and the first and second placed later went on to be the female champion and reserve and ultimately the Supreme Champion and Reserve.   First prize this time came all the way from Donegal with Aaron & Neville Myles with a Hexel Fan Club who is a grandson of the Lawn ewe sold in Blessington 2017 and out of a home bred daughter of the 2020 Premier Sale Champion Greenhill Dance Monkey. This champion also has double five star in terminal and replacement indexes. 


2nd prize in this class also went to another father and son duo Pat and Barry Farrell with a Full Sister to the Premier Sale Champion last year.  A daughter of Rheadr Entrepreneur and Proctors Chumba Wumba who also goes back to a renowned Chessy ewe. 


Reserve Female Champion and Reserve Overall 


It was then on to the novice ram lamb, this was claimed by new breeder Percy O’Callaghan from Waterford with a naturally born triplet,   a Curly First Decent  son and out of a homebred Forge Gig Gun ewe.


The open ram class was next with another highly contested class with the first place going to winner of 2023 Irish Senior Sire of the year Castlegar Edward. This Lamb is a full brother to last years premier sale topper the 13k Annaghdown Goldfinger. He went on later in the day to become male champion.

Male Champion from Brian Divilly Annaaghdown – Sells in Blessington August 2024

2nd in the class was another Fan Club son, from Aaron  and Neville Myles this was out of the ewe they purchased in Blessington last year from the Annakisha flock for €1,400. This lamb later went on to be reserve male champion. This shows the value that can be got at the Premier Sale.

Reserve Male Champion 

The Junior Ram class was won by O’Keeffe’s with a son of Midlock Dapper who is also a full brother to the Male Champion in the National Championship’s last year, who sold for €3,000 in Blessington.

First Prized Jnr Ram Lamb 

Next was open ewe lamb class , this was history repeating itself with a full sister to last years first prize winner coming out tops with a Garngour Flyhalf and her mother being a first in the aged ewe class.

First Prized Ewe Lamb

The Junior ewe class was another repeat of history with brothers James and Patrick Murphy coming out tops with a Midlock Dapper ewe lamb which also had done the same last year at the nationals.


Jnr Ewe Lamb Winner from the Murphy Brothers 


Another strong class on the day was the novice ewe lamb class, coming out top this time was Cyril Keane. This sire sired by the novice winner from Blessington last year Umricam Goldstar. This ewe lamb heads to Blessington Premier in August .

First Prize Novice Ewe Lamb Sells in Blessington August 2024

The Gemma Doyle Memorial cup for the Young handler  was reclaimed by previous winner John Keane of the Grouse flock from Co.Limerick  

Aged Ram 
1st   Micahel and Kenneth Bird  BQU2200800
2nd  Irene and iris Brazil KTE2103625
3rd  Malachy McMeel  WHM2201981
4th  Howard Monds  EQI2206262
Aged Ewe 
1st  A and P O Keeffe  OKI2106389
2nd  Kevin Morgan  MNV2200368
3rd  David Craig  UVI2201584
4th  Pamela Stevenson  SWI2101208
5th  Andrew Friel  HBR2201781
6th  John and Mary  Gallagher  YGI22022884
Shearling Ram 
1st  Jimmy Garrvan  GCN2303769
2nd  Amanda and Jessica McMeel  AME2302382 (Quilafied for Blessington Premier Sale 2024)
3rd  John and Mary  Gallagher YGI2302900 (Quilafied for Blessington Premier Sale 2024)
4th  John and Mary  Gallagher YGI2302906 (Quilafied for Blessington Premier Sale 2024)
5th  Pat & Barry Farrell PFI2302017(Quilafied for Blessington Premier Sale 2024)
6th   James & Patrick Murphy OKI2306873
Shearling Ewe 
1st Neville Myles NVI2302690
2nd P & B Farrell PFI2302003
3rd A &P O’Keeffe OKI2306911
4th P & B Farrell PFI2302012
5th Fintan Hackett HBN2302836
6th J & P Murphy  JPH2303685
Open Ram Lamb 
1st  Brian Divilly  DBH2400110 (Quilafied for Blessington Premier Sale 2024)
2nd  Neville Myles  NVI2402868(Quilafied for Blessington Premier Sale 2024)
3rd  Brian Divilly  DBH2400096 (Quilafied for Blessington Premier Sale 2024)
4th  Neville Myles  NVI2402842 (Quilafied for Blessington Premier Sale 2024)
5th  John Greene  GEI 2402842 (Quilafied for Blessington Premier Sale 2024)
6th  Pat and Barry Farrell  PFI 2402056(Quilafied for Blessington Premier Sale 2024)
Novice Ram Lamb
1st  Percy O’Callahan  PCH2400140
2nd  Malachy Hand  VMH2407347
3rd  Percy O’Callahan  PCH2400125
4th  Dermot Behan  DHH2400605
5th  Iris Brazil  IBM240030
6th  Jack Walsh  JFF2402245
Jnr Ram Lamb 
1st A&P O’KEEFFE  OKI24 (Quilafied for Blessington Premier Sale 2024)
2nd Malachy McMeel MLE2402420 (Quilafied for Blessington Premier Sale 2024)
3rd J&P Murphy  JPH2404068 (Quilafied for Blessington Premier Sale 2024)
4th Malachy McMeel MLE2402419
5th Malachy Hand YMH2407359
6th Cyril Keane CKE2404210
Ewe Lamb
1st  A&P O Keeffe Oki2407044 
2nd   Jimmy Garrivan GBE2403019
3rd  J&P Murphy JPH2404038 
4th  Pat and Barry Farrell  PFI2402080 
5th  Brian Divilly  DBH2400098 
6th  Brian Divilly  DBH2400091 
Novice Ewe Lamb
1st   Cyril Keane CKE2402391
2nd   Dermot Behan DHH2400620
3rd   Percy O Callaghan PCH2400126
4th  Percy O Callaghan PCH2400124
5th Dermot Behan             DHH2400602
6th  Fintan Hackett FKH2400203 
Jnr Ewe Lamb 
1st J & P Murphy JPH2404070
2nd J, C & Ml McHugh HUI2407667
3rd Amanda McMeel AMF2402449
4th Malachy McMeel MLE2402421
5th Pamela Steenson YYH2400045
6th Jimmy Garrivan GBE2403033
Female Champion    
Neville Myles  NVI2302690  
Reserve Female Champion     
Pat and Barry Farrell  PFI 2302003  
Male Champion     
Brian Divilly  DBH2400110  
Reserve Male Champion     
Neville Myles  NVI2302690  
Overall Champion     
Neville Myles  NVI2302690  
Resrve Overall Champion     
Pat and Barry Farrell  PFI 2302003  

More Pictures  to follow

June 9th, 2024|News, Shows|