The announcements of the 2023 Irish Aberdeen Angsu All-Ireland herds competition took place at the Extravaganza weekend in early October. This year’s competition again seen small, medium and large herd winners in each of the four regional clubs fight it out for the title of All-Ireland champion herd.
The small section this year was judged by Mr Alan Morrison of the Drumeer herd in Northern Ireland. He visited the herds of Charlie McClafferty of McClafferty Angus in Donegal, the Rathmooney herd of Gabriel Hoey in Dublin, the Jadam herd of Enda and Adam Kearney in Clare and the Haroldstown herd of Laurence and Marie Farrell in Carlow.
He awarded the title of All-Ireland champion small herd to the Rathmooney herd.
The medium section was judged by Pat Cahill of the Shankill herd and John Brady of the Lisnafanna herd. They visited the herds of Bernard and Jacinta Kerins of Kerins Angus in Sligo, the Dunlever herd of Michael bird in Meath, the Clontead herd of Eustace and Deirdre Burke in Cork and the Ballygannon herd of Shane Bryne in Wicklow.
They awarded the title of All-Ireland champion medium herd to the Kerins herd.
In the large section tasked with judging was Louise Bryne of the Tomriland herd. The finalists in this section were John McDermotts Masreagh herd in Sligo, the Gigginstown herd of Michael O’Leary in Westmeath, the Goulding herd Matthew and Rita Goulding in Kerry and the Foundry herd of Ann and Aidan Murphy in Wexford.
He awarded the title of All-Ireland champion large herd to the Goulding herd.
All three section winners were first time winners of the All-Ireland and we congratulate them and all participating herds for another hugely successful competition.
With that we would also like to thank all the judges for their time it took to travel the length and breadth of country to perform their tasks.