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Members Day and AGM - Mingle at Fingal - Saturday 23rd July

A fantastic Members Day and AGM was held by the Irish Moiled Cattle Society at the ‘Flavours of Fingal County Show’ held at Newbridge Demense, Donabate, Co. Dublin, Republic of Ireland.  The Irish Moiled Cattle Society cannot thank the organisers of both Flavours of Fingal County Show and Newbridge House and farm enough for organising this event.

Newbridge Demense owned by Fingal County Council was the perfect setting for the Society’s Members Day and AGM, the home of the Newbridge herd of Irish Moiled Cattle which are kept on the land at Newbridge House and their 18th century working farm which is located in the beautiful parklands of the Estate.  Newbridge House and Farm are very committed to the preservation of many native Irish and rare breed animals.

Judging of the Irish Moiled classes was by well-known breeder Nigel Edwards a Director and past Chairperson of the IMCS who runs the very successful Curraghnakeely herd of Irish Moiled Cattle in Fermanagh. Tapping out the senior heifer of Seamus Holmes from Donegal as his Champion – Dungallia Bean An Ti and Reserve Champion going to Alan Mooney from Kildare with his junior heifer Hyland Ivanka, Nigel commented that both his “Breed and Reserve Breed Champions were cattle that he would very much like to take home”.  Nigel congratulated all of the ROI exhibitors on the very high standard of Irish Moiled cattle presented to him.

Champion Dungallia Bean An Ti from Seamus Holmes

Throughout the day there was so much to do as the Irish Moiled Open day was held in conjunction with the Flavour of Fingal Agricultural Show which combined the sights and sounds of a jam packed agricultural show which offers the best of Irish food, a wide variety of events and activities such as cookery demonstrations, livestock competitions etc.,  Irish Moiled breeder James Gannon was on hand to give out samples of his delicious Cloonconra Irish Moiled cheese.es,

Winners from the ‘Know your Irish Moilie Beef Competition’ were Seamus Holmes, Eoghan Boyne, Connie Thompson, Lucy Steele, Anne Stevenson, Paul Egan.  The Society would like to thank the ROI Irish Moiled members on kindly put up prizes for the competition.

Junior Heifer Class
1st Alan Mooney – Hyland Ivanka
2nd Margaret Edgill- Mount Briscoe Chantal
3rd James White – Woodbine Coco

Bull Class
1st James White – Woodbine Casper
2nd Mark McConnell – Macmann Fionn

Senior Heifer Class
1st Seamus Holmes – Dungallia Bean An Ti
2nd James White – Woodbine Bridie

Campion; Seamus Holmes – Dungallia Bean An Ti
Reserve Champion; Alan Mooney – Hyland Ivanka



Society Chairperson Robert Boyle expressed thanks to the organisers of Fingal of Flavours Agricultural Show and Newbridge House for hosting the IMCS Open Day and AGM and for providing a furnished marquee for Society members along with cattle pens for display and cattle classes for showing.

All those present at the AGM were informed of the retirement of directors David Ross and Mark Logan in the NI constituency and director Philip Mellor in the GB constituency. New directors appointed were Rachel Armour in the NI constituency and Paul Gilligan and Tom Hourigan in the ROI constituency.  Presently there is one vacant position in the GB constituency.

The Chairperson expressed specific thanks to retiring director David Ross who held the role of Company Secretary and Honorary Treasurer for his dedication and efficiency in managing and setting up the online business banking which now enables the Society banking to be a lot more efficient.  A token of appreciation was presented to David Ross (Gillian Steele accepted in David’s absence)

The Chairperson then continued to say that the retirement of director Mark Logan was a huge loss to the Society.  Mark deserves a massive gratitude on behalf of the Society as over a period of 14 years he has held numerous roles within the IMCS such as Ai orders, co efficient’s, classification all alongside the role of Vice Chairperson and Honorary Registrar.  Mark was presented a retirement gift of a watercolour painting of one of the Clandeboye cows in front of Clandeboye Estate house and a two tier cake complete with Irish Moiled on top.

Now filling the vacant positions are; Nigel Edwards – Honorary Registrar, Brian O’Kane - Honorary Treasurer and Vice Chairperson and John Stronge - Company Secretary.
The chairperson wished incoming directors and those in their new roles well for the future.

The Chairperson went on to thank Merchandise Officer Alison Jackson for making the journey to Newbridge with Society merchandise and for the time spent on merchandise duties, continuing the Chairman expressed thanks to Valerie Orr for her continued work and support with the Society website.

Michelle McCauley received a token of appreciation for her continued dedication and commitment as Society PRO mentioning the new IMCS stand comprising of gazebo, new pop ups and table cloth with new updated logo.  

Seamus Holmes received a token of thanks for his role in helping organise the Open Day.  Seamus was the main contact between the IMCS and Fingal Council.

Gillian Steele received a token of appreciation for her continuing hard work with her role as Breed Secretary, Robert Boyle stated that it isn’t until in the Chairpersons role that anyone realises the volume of work carried out by the breed secretary.

The AGM ended with everyone having a slice of cake that had been presented to Mark.

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