16 August 2017
By Bryan T. Smyth
Glanmire’s success at the Tullamore show in the Macra/FBD Farmskills competition means the Stephen Cullinane Cup passes to the Seandun Region of Co Cork for 2017.
The Macra/FBD Farmskills title will pass from Caheragh, Carbery to Glanmire, Seandun but will remain in Cork for 2017 after Glanmire fought off the challenge of Kilmeen Macra, Carbery who finished second and Portlaoise Macra in third.
It was a close run affair with six teams battling it out in front of a large crowd at the Tullamore Show last Sunday.
Competitors first had the tractor teamwork challenge using tractors kindly supplied to Macra na Feirme by WR Shaw. Following this, they had a farming knowledge written assessment and the final event was a race between all six teams to construct a stock-proof fence and hang a steel gate successfully. Larry Murphy of Carlow was the tractor judge and James Kennedy of Tipperary assessed the fences.
Fermoy Macra in Avondhu were the Safety Award winners on the day.
Speaking afterwards Macra na Feirme National President James Healy (also from Cork) said,’ This was a fantastic finals, that once again were a major attraction for crowds at the Tullamore show. Well done to all teams who took part and for the great display of skill and effort they had on show. I’d also like to thank FBD for their continuing support of this competition and WR Shaw for supplying two fantastic tractors as well as the Tullamore Show for hosting this event.’