The excitement, tension and fun exhibited at Tullamore – the largest one-day livestock stock in Europe – will be captured in Beidh Aonach Amárach this Thursday (February 14th).
Matt and Rita Goulding have travelled from Ballyduff, County Kerry with their pedigree cattle; for the Beltex sheep event, Diarmuid Ó Curraoin has ventured from Meath and locals - Martin and Mary O'Donoghue - share their expertise in the dog categories.
The Secretary of Tullamore Show and the FBD National Livestock Show - Freda Kinnarney - was born on the land and has spent a lifetime involved in every aspect of farming and agricultural life.
One of seven children. Freda says, “We would have been a close family, we all helped out on the farm, we all had our jobs to do, it was very much the typical upbringing.”
Freda married PJ Kinnarney in 1977; they have three children who all now work in different parts of the country, while at the same time still with a strong connection to the land.
Freda has covered almost every role in the Tullamore Show over the past 25 years. “It got to the stage that my work with the show was getting more demanding, and I had to decide was I staying with the show or continuing with my work life outside the show.”
Sheep, cattle and dogs
Matt – a mechanical engineer and cattle judge - and Rita Goulding – a primary school teacher - have been attending the show for about 20 years. Matt himself was a mechanical engineer. Unlike Matt, Rita is not from a farming background but enjoys helping out particularly at the showing and enjoys preparing them for the shows.
17-year-old Diarmuid Ó Curraoin from Trim in Co. Meath will be sitting his Leaving Certificate next year. He has always been involved in farming as long as he can remember and hopes to go to Agricultural college to obtain an auctioneering qualification to enable to work at the marts.He helps out on the family farm which comprises of some 150 sheep and a 70-cow suckler herd.
Dog breeders - Martin and Mary Ó Donoghue - from Tullamore also feature in the final episode of the popular series.
Beidh Aonach Amárach - which will be screened on TG4 at 9:30 pm tomorrow night - was produced by Crawford McCann Ltd for TG4 and BBC Northern Ireland with funding support from Northern Ireland Screen’s Irish Language Broadcast Fund.
The programme was produced and directed by Bernadette Morris and was Executive Produced by Mairéad Ní Nuadháin and Kelda Crawford-McCann for Crawford McCann Film & TV.
Image source: TG4