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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Staunton sweeps the boards with male & female champions at national show

Over 100 “top quality” animals turned out for the Irish Shorthorn Society’s second national show at Tullamore Mart on Sunday, September 25th, 2022.

Galway man, Tommy Staunton and his team at Caramba Shorthorns, claimed the overall female and overall male champion silverware on the day.

The January-2020 born heifer, Caramba Oi Edna, Tintrim Power, climbed her way to the top after fetching the All-Ireland 2020-born heifer title earlier that day.

Then, Mr . Staunton’s stock bull, Westmoor Merlin, by Millerston Dolomite, secured the overall male champion sash, following his success in the All-Ireland stockbull class.

Meanwhile, father and daughter team, Noel and Lisa Dowd of the Creaga herd clinched the reserve champion male title with their April-2021-born bull, Cherryvalley Strongman, by Creaga Malibu.

The young bull was tapped out first in the All-Ireland junior bull class earlier that day.

Padraig O’Sullivan and family from the Currowside herd, Killarney, also had a successful day with their January-2022-born entry, Currowside Daisy.

Daisy, by Glounlea Duke, overtook her older counterparts and went onto take the reserve female champion rosette.

The society spokesperson reported that the show was a “great success”, with 19 classes on the day, including 11 All-Ireland pedigree classes.

There were also a number of un-haltered commercial cattle classes which aimed to showcase its versatility when crossed with traditional and continental breeds.

All-Ireland classes 

The All Ireland competition arm of the day began with the All-Ireland cow in milk with 2022 born calf at foot (not judged as a pair) class.

In first place was Caramba Hottie Koo from Tom Staunton and on her heels was Ricketstown Heathermaid Marlee, property of Martin Kelly, Co Carlow, followed by Rockville Yabby 404, from Anthony Dockery, in third.

In the All-Ireland heifer born between 01/01/2020 and 31/12/2020 class, the red rosette went to the aforementioned Caramba Oi Edna, while the Flatley family from Mayo stood in second place with Glounlea Petal and third went to Tom Fox’s Castlehaven Mayflower 5.

The All Ireland heifer born between 01/01/2021-31/8/2021 saw the Flatley family take first place with Kilbeagh Super Marietta.

Standing in second place was Creaga Trixie, property of Noel & Lisa Dowd and next in line was Bobby O’Connell with his heifer, Ricketstown Phantasy Rose.

The All Ireland stock bull born before January 2021 class saw Westmoor Merlin for Tom Staunton claim first place, with the next rosette awarded to Rowanberry Phantastic, owned by Kevin Murphy and Aoife Chambers, Co Mayo.

Meanwhile, the Dowds stood fine in the lineup of junior bulls born between 01/01/2021-31/12/2021 with Cherryvalley Strongman.

Beside them in second was Whitepark Bertie, owned by Bertie Mannion Co.Roscommon, and third went to Carrow Gold for Louie Dockery, Co. Roscommon.

Calf classes 

The All Ireland male calf born between 01/01/2022-31/03/2022 was secured by Bushypark Sunshine for Johnny Keane, Co.Clare.

In second place was Walshestown Drover for Ollie Brennan Co.westmeath, and in the third spot was Ricketstown Shazam from Martin Kelly, Carlow.

The All Ireland September 2021 calf class saw Ardnaskea Ukraine for Pat Hehirco, Clare in first, Bennekerry rocky for Pat Keane Co, Clare next and Tom Staunton’s Caramba Pageboy in third place.

The All-Ireland male calf born after 01/04/2022 class saw John McDermott, Roscommon clinch first spot with Creevolan Snowflake, while the Flatley family stood second in line with Glann Jenson and Caramba Sullivan from Tom Staunton was third.

The All-Ireland female calf born after 01/04/2021 championship saw Angela McGahern, Co Longford, swoop into first place with Rincoola Ruby.

In the All-Ireland female calf born between 01/09/2021- 31/12/2021, Creaga Tara from the Dowds stood first,  Ardnaskea Holly for Pat Hehir, Co.Clare was positioned next to her, and Tintrim Doreen, owned by Marie McNamara Co. Clare was third in the ranks.

The All-Ireland female calf born between 01/01/2022 – 31/03/2022  class saw Currowside Daisy Padraig O’ Sullivan, Kerry clinch top honours, while in second place was Creaga Uzola owned by Noel and Lisa Dowd and third was Caramba Rothes Silvia owned Tom Staunton.

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