Paul McArdle, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan will be running in the London Marathon on April 28th, 2019 in support of three charities and in memory of his friend.
The pedigree Simmental breeder – who grew up on a calf-to-beef farm - is married to Jenny and they have two children - Lucy (6) and Jack (4).2019 will mark Paul’s thirteenth year as Corby Rock’s Sale Manager; he is responsible for the sale of both Ruminant and Poultry Feeds.
“I am a farmer at heart and love spending as much time as possible on the farm. I have 5 pedigree cows and use ET to increase my numbers.” Paul told Catherina Cunnane – That’s Farming.
Pedigree Cattle Breeding
His pedigree Simmental herd was established in September-1999 with the purchase of a heifer from Noel Woods; his interest in breeding pedigree Simmentals “spiralled” from this moment on.
He secured Brookwood Regina from the same breeder in July-2004, forking out €5,000 for the 5-month-old pedigree calf.
Regina’s first three calves averaged €4,200 when they were sold and she herself went on to become the Reserve National Senior Heifer Champion in Tullamore. She bred several animals in excess of €10,000, with her progeny having some 7 National/Reserve Champion titles to their names.
Paul lost this “very good friend” in December-2016, following a twelve-year battle with cancer.“Noel was a true gentleman. I had always planned to hold something in Noel’s memory after he passed away.”
Paul will be running the London marathon - 26.2miles - on April 28th in his memory and will be splitting all money raised between The Irish Cancer Society; Castleblayney Cancer Society; and Carrickmacross Cancer Society.
“From Noel’s passing, I have seen how sickness, in general, and particularly cancer can affect families. Losing Noel as a friend has changed me forever.”
“I have seen so many passing away or very sick with cancer, most recently a 23-year-old lad that I had the pleasure of meeting through friends.”
“It is heartbreaking how sudden your life can change. I just hope that the money that I am raising can help those in need. Your health is not valued until sickness comes.” Paul said as he thanked all those who have supported him to date.
Paul has established a charity fundraiser on his Facebook page, with €3,636 raised to date.Sponsorship cards are available and two embryos off Brookwood Regina will be auctioned at the Roscommon Premier Simmental Sale on March 16th 2019.
A coffee morning will be held in Broomfield Hall (just off the main N2) this Sunday (February 24th).
“The amount of support has been heart-warming. I had hoped to get €5000; we are currently passed the €5000 mark and still going! I am excited to see what our final figure will be.” Paul said.
For more information or to donate, please see here.
Main image: Glenn Murphy via Paul McArdle