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Western Club December News

The Western Club trip this year was to southern Ireland, flying from Liverpool.   After a very early start the coach met us at Dublin for our first stop at the Powerscourt Estate in County Wicklow for lunch and a look around the house and superb gardens in the sunshine.  We were certainly not disappointed.  After a restful stop we moved on to the calm serenity of Glendalough with it’s Monastic City and the beauty of the two lakes.  Some took the opportunity to walk to the Upper Lake, others took a circular route and most of us finished in the Glendalough Hotel for the first taste of Guinness before travelling to Naas for the first of two nights stay and a meal together.

The next morning we made our way to the Irish National Ploughing Championships at Tullamore.  We had come well prepared for the famous Irish mud but again had a sunshine-filled day with the ground relatively firm underfoot (that changed for visitors the next day after heavy rain).  What a show and an example to us all in the UK in how to support the agricultural industry – we would thoroughly recommend it to anyone.

On day three we visited the National Stud in Kildare where we saw some very expensive animals, before moving on to Dublin.  Some of us visited the new Pearse Lyons distillery in Dublin, others the Guinness exhibition or took a wander around the city.  Many took the opportunity to eat at the hotel’s Celtic Nights show, featuring Irish dancers and singing – a very entertaining evening.  The next morning gave free time to look around Dublin before heading home that evening.

Two days later we enjoyed the Combined Calf Show (Western, Shropshire, Staffordshire), our qualifier for All Breeds All Britain.  The standard of the calves and showmanship was extremely high and thanks go to all involved in any way.  Next stop Malvern!

Our Herd Competition dinner will take place on 30th October where our Judge, Mr Ian Scarisbrick, will give us his thoughts before the presentation.