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lmost 120,000 students around Ireland are sitting down to the Leaving and Junior Certificate exams, but the pages they will use throughout the course of the exams have not contributed anything to the economy the Leaving Cert students are about to enter; instead, the 34 million A4 pages used have all been printed outside of Ireland, in the UK. In a trend that hasn’t changed since 2003 the State Examinations Commission (SEC) has awarded a lucrative contract, estimated to be worth in excess €200,000, for the printing of the Leaving and Junior Certificate examinations to a British company. This is in spite of the fact that the Irish printing industry has shed more than 7,000 jobs in the last four years and is in a "dire" state, according to Gerry Andrews, director of the Print and Packaging Forum, a representative organisation. A lesser contract for the printing of the Leaving Certificate Applied has been given to an Irish firm this year, but the main bulk of the 34 million A4 pages of exam scripts will once again go abroad. Under EU guidelines any state contract worth more than €125,000 must be put out to tender across Europe, meaning Irish companies have to vie with European rivals who have a much cheaper cost base. The SEC defended their decision by stating that the printing of the exam papers is only one of the printing contracts placed by them each year. “The requirement for printed material includes candidate coursework journals, examiner and superintendent information booklets, application and payment forms, headed paper and marking schemes. Continued on Page 2
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Irish printing firms are awarded more than 50 percent of the annual value of printed material required” said Martina Mannion from the SEC. According to the EU procurement guidelines, any company is free to tender for all of the printing contracts; the Leaving Cert, the Leaving Cert Applied and the Junior Cert. Four companies in total tendered for the printing and delivery of the examination papers, of those four
companies, three were from the UK and one was from Ireland. Dublin based company, Irish International Print, secured the smaller contract to print the Leaving Cert Applied contract, which 3,245 students will sit. The larger two contracts for the Leaving Cert (55,550 students) and Junior Cert (57,732 students) exams were awarded to Stephen Austin and Sons Ltd, from Hertford in England. Although it is true that
there was an open request for tenders via the government e-Tenders website and that any company could apply to secure the contract, it is not exactly a level playing field. Many Irish companies would not be in a position to compete with British companies who are paying lower VAT than business people in Ireland and a lower minimum wage rate, therefore could offer the State Examinations Commission a more competitive rate.
Older Generation of Sligo tell tales of cures and remedies A recently launched booklet entitled “Stories , Cures and Remedies” which was launched as part of the recent Bealtaine Arts Festival will conjure up fond and perhaps long forgotten memories for those who read it. To create the booklet over 100 people from around Sligo shared conversations and created images based on the theme of old cures and remedies.
The publication was set up by the Sligo Arts Service which links the work of a number of visual artists, photographer James Fraher and writer Maura Gilligan. They sourced their material from older age groups from Active Age Groups and Day Care Centres to explore the visual imagery and stories based around local cures. The publication was launched at the end of last month in the Coleman Centre, Gur-
teen. Bealtaine Co-ordinator Catherine Fanning said it was a very interesting project: “As we went around the county we heard some of the same stories in different areas, but with slight variations.” Centres and groups involved in the publication included Ballymote Nursing Unit, Gurteen Active Age, Skreen Day Care Centre, Enniscrone Health Centre, Keash Active Age and the Avalon Centre in Sligo Town.
Sligo to set tourist’s spirits free SLIGO is to sell itself as a place which will set visitors’ spirits free with a €180,000 marketing campaign to be aimed at a 1.1 million target audience in Ireland. The tagline invites visitors to come and be ‘enchanted’ by a county that is ‘creative, independent, active and inclusive.” The launch of the new brand took place on a scorching hot Thursday in the Glasshouse Hotel in Sligo, giving organisers
a ray of hope that this initiative will be a sunny new era for tourism in Sligo. The launch of the new brand is the start of a three year long programme to revitalise the tourist trade in Sligo. The new brand will get its first exposure this month in newspaper ads, national radio as well as a slot aired live from Sligo on TV3’s Ireland AM. At the recent launch, Martina Bromley of Failte Ireland Northwest informed those in
the tourist trade that Sligo will be the first with an advertising campaign for the home market this season. She said that the aim of the brand and marketing initiative was to put Sligo on the map as a tourist destination and that tourism has an important role to play in economic recovery. Tourism in Sligo alone is worth over €70 million to the county and is directly involved in over 1,000 full time jobs.
County Mayo is ‘in motion’ for month of June
COMMUNITIES throughout Mayo will be getting out and getting active throughout June by taking part in Mayo in Motion Month with cycling and walking events at
venues in every part of the county. In all, 30 communities are organizing walks, 16 cycling events, walking festivals, Nordic walking demonstrations and a walking seminar.
Mayo in Motion was launched by Junior Minister for Sport and Tourism Michael Ring, and is jointly facilitated by the Mayo Walking Partnership and Mayo Sports Partnership to promote walking and cycling as a means of physical recreation which can be enjoyed by anybody. Communities, schools, workplaces, individuals are all encouraged to get out there and experience the many walking/cycling trails which have recently been developed. The aim of this initiative is about growing walking within the County for 2011. The key objective is to circulate information relating to all of the wonderful walking and cycling trails that are available throughout Co Mayo. Bike Week takes place from 18 - 26 June with many events organised including 'A Greenway Cycle', Cycle Safety Training and Bike Repair Workshop. For those more interested in walking there are 40 organised walking events taking place as well as Nordic Walking every Wednesday evening at 19.30 on the Westport Greenway.
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Eventovate, founded by Castleconnor brothers Jonathan and Jason Ruane, has developed a pioneering, cloud-based software solution for hotels, to enable them to increase revenue and manage costs specifically within their events business, such as weddings. This award-winning technology provides a cohesive set of applications for both the hotel and its event customers. Before setting up the company,
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Local hero saves man from drowning in Carrick A night employee at The Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon, proved to be the hero of the hour last week when he rescued a man who fell into the Shannon and almost drowned. Bartosz Teclaw, who has been working as a night manager for over five years and lives locally, actually rescued the man after he went under water. According to Daniel Cross, a manager at the hotel, the hotel’s receptionist, Margaret Nevin, was coming in to start her shift at the hotel on Sunday morning at 7am when she noticed a young man staggering and wandering
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THE sails are set and all is in ship shape for Rosses Point Shanty Festival which takes place from Friday 17 th to Sunday 19th June. The picturesque seaside village of Rosses Point, just ten minutes from Sligo town, will transform into a hub of international maritime culture, both on and off the water, as it plays host to the World Fireball Sailing Championships from the 11th to the 24th June. To date
there are confirmed eleven different nationalities attending, including participants from the Shetland Islands, Canada, the Czech Republic, Australia and Namibia. Sea Shanty groups are travelling from as far afield as Germany, Holland, The Canary Islands and Liverpool to join with home grown talents to create a joyous cacophony in celebration of the seafaring cul-
ture that is at the very root of Rosses Point’s heritage. For those not in the know, sea shanties are the traditional work songs of seafarers and come in various shapes and sizes, but share a common genre and style worldwide. Harry’s Bar, Austie’s Bar and Restaurant, The Waterfront, Sligo Yacht Club and the Yeats’ Country Hotel will be throwing open their doors to a jam packed schedule of free concerts, which will climax in the Big Festival Concert on Saturday 18th, all proceeds of which will go to the RNLI. Sligo Bay Lifeboat Station is holding an open day on Sunday 19th to give the public an opportunity to view firsthand the mechanics of this invaluable organisation, which does such good work on our coast and inland waterways. Sligo Bay is surrounded by the breathtaking backdrop of Yeats Country, with Rosses Point perfectly positioned at its’ centre. On the race course, the Fireballs are a highly competitive class of racing dingy and provide quite the spectacle. Carrying a two man crew, the helm drives as the trimmer suspends from a trapeze attached to the mast of the sixteen foot boat, balancing their weight across the water with all but their toes onboard, a practice not for the
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hursday May 26th 2011: The Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland’s North West region, Mr Henry McGarvey has called on Ireland to “build on its achievements of the past” and continue strong support for foreign direct investment (FDI) in the North West and nationwide, at an event to mark the organisation’s 50th Anniversary which took place in Donegal last week. Speaking at a Gala Dinner attended by representatives of the US multinational community in the North West region and their guests, Mr. McGarvey said, “US companies directly employ over 100,000 people nationwide and in the North West there are 30 foreign companies responsible for 5,000 jobs and many
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quarters of these were by US Companies. Total exports are to exceed 170 billion for the first time, with US companies accounting for almost 100 billion of this vibrant element of Ireland’s economy.” “The legacy of successful business operations established by US companies here over the past five decades has helped secure additional investment in Ireland. US Companies now have $165 billion invested in Ireland, and this is more than the combined total in Brazil, Russia, India and China. We need to create a climate which secures this existing investment and allows us to expand that investment and attract new FDI to Ireland. In creating that environment, it is clear that we must actively manage our own road to recovery”. “The story of FDI in the North West is one of longevity” according to McGarvey, who pointed out that “the region has established many successful long term relationships with some of the largest employers not just in the region but nationwide, such as Abbott since 1974 and MBNA since 1997.” McGarvey cited “the community that exists here in the North West,” as one of the critical factors for success. “I value the tremendous partnerships that exist between our businesses, local and multinational, with county and town councils, the local Chambers of Commerce and of course the American Chamber, along with Fás and the third level institutes and the IDA.Together we have forged a team spirit, with which we all move together to-
wards greater prosperity.” Of the future Mr. McGarvey said the Chamber is “adopting the voice of optimism. Because we firmly believe that while the problems in our public finances and the banking sector cannot be downplayed, we must recognise that that we are now laying the foundations for a more positive future.” “Global FDI is predicted to Gordon Ryan (Institute of Technology Sligo) and Gerry Ennis (Ulster Bank Ireland). Photo: James grow by up to 20% Burke this year” stated McGarvey, “and ican Chamber’s 50th Anniversary Ireland is well positioned to benefit Gala Dinner in the North West Refrom this. The latest IBM Global gion was sponsored by Ulster Bank. Trends Report has shown that Ire- Companies participating in the land is the number one location American Chamber’s North Westworldwide for winning FDI jobs, on a ern Region include: per capita basis.” Abbott Ireland Diagnostics Divi“Speaking for the North West of sion, Abbott Ireland Diabetes Care, Ireland this optimism is well Abbott Ireland Pharmaceutical Opfounded,” according to McGarvey, erations, Abbott Nutritional Devices, who is also the Managing Director of Elanco Animal Health, Institute of Pramerica Systems Ireland Ltd which Technology, Sligo, Letterkenny Instiemploys 800, “We have had several tute of Technology, LotusWorks, major announcements, from compa- Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & nies such as United Health and Zeus Spa, MBNA Ireland, Pramerica SysIndustrial Products in the North tems Ireland, UnitedHealth Group, Western region, which has led to the Zeus Industrial Products (Ireland) creation of approximately 300 direct Ltd. jobs.” The Amer-
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Steve Sabin, engineering manager at Oasis said that the recent creative design project benefited the company just as much as the students who were asked to develop a new look for an established dehumidification product that had remained essentially unchanged for a number of years. At the end of the programme, students had to present a series of drawings illustrating the construction and final appearance of the product. “I believe that these projects are beneficial to the company, the college and the students,” said Mr Sabin. “The Company gets the benefit of fresh eyes looking at a product and receives a large number of design ideas in a very short period of time. “The College builds links with local industry while student gets the opportunity to work on a practical project with commercial potential” . Course lecturers Nevil Walsh and Mark Rooney who coordinated the project agree that students get a rare preview of how their training and education will be put to practical use when they leave college. “The feedback and advice the students get from the company design team is invaluable”, added Mr Walsh. To read more about the Creative Design course at IT Sligo see www.itsligo.ie
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ACCORDING to a new paper from Daniel Favre, a researcher from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, active use of cell phones is one of the main causes of the bee population drop. It is worth mentioning that from 100 crops that provide 90 percent of the world's food, more than 70 percent are pollinated by bees and the UN states that over the past several years, beekeepers reported a dramatic decrease in the bee population. The Swiss researcher says that phone signals may confuse honeybees to such a degree that they become disoriented until they drop dead. Together with a group of other researchers Favre carried out 83 experiments in which scientists registered the reaction of honeybees to cell phones in 3 modes: standby,
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UK team unveils 3D map of universe THE Iranian designer Milad Taleghani has conceptualized a new-generation kitchen that boasts some eco-friendly features. The first green feature lies in the fact that the kitchen is powered by solar energy. Dubbed Funva, the kitchen is one of the participants at this year's LG conceptual life contest. The developer claims that the heart of his concept is the main control panel. The latter is powered by the house solar system and boasts such features as solar lighting fixtures, cooking system, dishwashers and even holographic display. At one of the kitchen's ends there's a small fridge and innovative seating arrangements. Another interesting feature is the kitchen walls that the designer through of turning into large LED screens, the lights of which can be easily customized by the user.
The most complete 3D map of the local universe has been unveiled by British astronomers. The 2MASS Redshift Survey (2MRS) from the University of Portsmouth extends to a distance of 380 million light years and has taken 10 years to complete. It extends closer than previous surveys to the galactic plane - a region that is generally obscured by dust. The survey has mapped in detail areas previously hidden behind the Milky Way to better understand the impact they have on its motion in relation to the rest of the universe. Karen Masters from the University of Portsmouth presented the map in a press conference at the 218th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics (CfA) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She said: "The 2MASS Redshift Survey is a wonderfully complete new look at the local universe - particularly near the galactic plane. "A galaxy's light is 'redshifted' or stretched to longer wavelengths by the expansion of the universe. The farther the galaxy, the greater its redshift, so redshift measurements yield galaxy distances. "It's the vital third dimension in a 3D map and will enable cosmologists to study the area in much more detail."
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Get Headaches? Smart Ways to Deal Headache Triggers Sometimes you know exactly what's causing that pounding in your skull. Other times, you're blindsided. Headaches—whether debilitating migraines or less-painful-but-still-annoying tension headaches—are often set off or made worse by a key trigger, says Brian Grosberg, MD, director of the Inpatient Headache Program at Montefiore Headache Centre in New York City. Here, the seven most common pain provokers, and how to head off the hurt. (See your doctor if these DIY fixes don't do the trick; for those plagued by headaches, prescription meds may help.) You're stressed Stress accounts for 80 % of all migraines, according to a study in the journalCephalalgia. That's because it causes fluctuations in cortisol and adrenaline—the fight-or-flight hormones—which can lead to pain and nausea,
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You sniffed bad cologne "The trigeminal nerve has projections in the lining of the nose," Dr. Grosberg explains. When you detect a noxious smell, the nerve can release substances involved in producing headaches. Trigger Tamer: Avoid using perfume or scented cleaning products, soaps, or candles—and steer clear of stores that reek of them. You're blinded by the light Bright light—from fluorescent bulbs, computer glare, or even the sun—can set off that pesky trigeminal nerve. Trigger Tamer: If possible, switch from fluorescent lights to softer incandescent bulbs, Dr. Grosberg says. Place a non-glare screen over your computer, and try to cut back your usage. If you're working on a computer in a room with fluorescent bulbs and white walls, hang pictures up on the walls to absorb excess light, advises Paul-Henri Cesar, MD, director of headache medicine at Columbia University. You're eating the wrong things—or not eating enough The most likely offenders: Foods that contain the amino acid tyramine (like red wine and aged cheeses), nitrates (hot dogs, deli cold cuts, and other processed meats), or the amino acid phenylalanine (chocolate). All three substances cause blood vessels to constrict and then expand, causing migraines. Skipping meals triggers them, too, because the brain is hypersensitive to fluctuations in blood sugar, Dr. Aurora says. Trigger Tamer: Eat and drink water regularly, and make sure those meals high in
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Binge Drinking Harms Learning & Memory By Megan Fennell
AFTER a night of partying, it’s not uncommon for college students to wake up with a fuzzy recollection of the evening’s events. But a new study suggests that binge drinking may impair memory in young people long after the hangover has worn off, perhaps because of damage to the hippocampus, a brain region involved in learning. In the study, which appears in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, researchers in Spain gave a series of simple language and memory tests to 122 college students between the ages of 18 and 20, roughly half of whom were self-identified binge drinkers. The other half also drank al-
cohol, but more moderately. In the first test, for instance, the students read lists of words and then tried to recall as many of them as they could in increasingly difficult exercises. In another, they were told two stories and asked to recount them as accurately as possible. Binge drinkers performed more poorly than the other group in nearly all the wordbased tests, even after the researchers controlled for complicating factors such as a family history of alcoholism, marijuana use, and mental disorders. Compared to their peers, the binge drinkers were more easily distracted by new information, recalled fewer
words, and retained about 4% less of the information in the stories. The study does not prove a cause-and-effect relationship between binge drinking and memory impairment. It’s possible, for instance, that students who struggle with learning and attention might be more prone to binge drink, rather than vice versa. However, the researchers say, the findings do suggest a “clear association” between binge drinking and difficulty with tasks linked to particular brain regions, especially the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex. The hippocampus is especially vulnerable to the toxic effects of alcohol, they write. Thomas Hicklin, MD, assistant professor of clinical psychiatry and behavioural sciences at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, says he hopes the study will make college students more aware of the not-soobvious risks of binge drinking. “This is an important topic and a multifaceted problem,” says Dr. Hicklin, who counsels many students at the USC Health Care Clinic. “There’s a lot of peer pressure when it comes to binge drinking, but students need to protect their brains.” If binge drinking does damage the hippocampus—as the study suggests—researchers aren’t certain whether the damage is permanent. “That has not been studied,” Dr. Hicklin says. The study authors, who are based at the University of Santiago de Compostela, called for long-term studies that would follow groups of students before and after they started—and stopped—binge drinking regularly. Such studies would clarify the effects of heavy drinking on short-term memory as well as academic performance, they write.
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1959, The Galway Races begins as a summer festival, lasting three days in duration. In 1959, the three day sporting event becomes the highlight of the business year for most local people and businesses across Galway city. Crowds flocked from all over the world for the race meetings and the races as we know it today came into being. It was around that time that the people of the west realised that the pub underneath the Corrib Stand, now known as the Killanin Stand, which is located at the show grounds, was in fact the longest bar in the world. The pub retained the status for many years and was well known for its feat throughout County Galway.
1950 and 1951 proved to be golden years for the Mayo senior football team who grabbed All Ireland glory, beating Louth, when their own Sean Boyle had his kick-out charged down by Mayo's Mick Flanagan, who broke through with a freak winning goal. It was tight match, with Louth one point ahead, when
Mick Flanagan became Mayo's hero and brought the county its second All Ireland title! The score line at the end of the match was 2-5 (11) to 16 (9). The following year, success came roaring back to Mayo, who were hungry yet again to keep Sam west side, against Meath. The win came
with three late points from Padraig Carney (known as the flying doctor because he had returned from the United States to play the game), giving Mayo a 2-8 (14) to 0-9 (9) win over the Royal County. In 1956, the Sam McGuire cup passed the Shannon once again and found itself a home in County Gal-
way. The Joyce Country boys snatched the crown and glory from Cork with fabulous football from legendary Sean Purcell and Frank Stockwell in attack. The two men hailed as the 'terrible twins' were the winning formula against the 'Rebel boys', which brought Galway a 2-13 victory against Cork's 3-07.
Helsinki Olympics Glories to Zatopek
17 Year old ‘Little Mo’ wins Wimbledon 1952, Maureen Connolly, "Little Mo" to all her American fans, has won the Wimbledon singles title at her first attempt at the age of just 17 - the youngest All-England champion since the 15-year-old prodigy Lottie Dod last century. The solid, unruffled strength and consistency of her ground strokes, her backhand in particular, have been well known to Americans for the past year. But Louise Brough, three times champion since the War and playing her fifth Wimbledon final, might have been expected to make her experience tell. She led 54 in the first set, and three deuces were called before the young Californian took the tenth game. Thereafter she gradually wore down the older player, and in the end won comfortably 7-5, 6-3.
1952, Helsinki's Olympic Games, held in the Finns' magnificent new stadium and opened with their greatest Olympian. Paavo Nurmi, lighting the flame, will long be remembered by the British as the one in which they very nearly failed to win a single gold medal. It was not until a quarter of an hour before the closing ceremony, in the centre of the great stadium, that Colonel Harry Llewellyn and Foxhunter jumped a clear round to give Britain's showjumping team the Prix des Nations title. One man, though, dominated the Games: Emil Zatopek. The 29 year-old Czech not only regained his 1948 title by winning the 10,000 metres, but also sprinted round four men on the final bend to win the 5,000 metres and then, three days later, attempted the first marathon of his life, and won it by a minute and a half. Asked what it was like, he said it was boring. It was an unprecedented treble, with all three performances setting new Olympic records. And if that wasn't enough, his wife Dana set an Oylmpic record for the javelin by 15 feet.
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PAUL MUSGROVE PRINT SHOW AT THE LINENHALL “Way Out West”, an exhibition of unique woodblock prints by artist Paul Musgrove, continues at the Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar for the month of June. “Way Out West” was inspired by a sea trip made by the artist around Scotland’s Small Isles, the West coast of Skye and the Outer Hebrides, and the thick fog that accompanied, and inspired, the artist on much of the journey. Paul commenced his artistic career in the 80s working in glass, and turned to printmaking in 2009. He has exhibited widely in the UK, and also in Japan. In addition to “Way Out West”, Paul will also be showing a selection of recent etchings, drypoint and woodblock prints. The exhibition runs until Saturday 25th June. The Linenhall Gallery is open to the general public Monday-Friday from 10.00am - 5.00pm; Saturday from 11.00am-5.30pm. Admission to exhibitions is free. Further details from the Linenhall. Tel: 094 9023733 Website: www.thelinenhall.com The Linenhall Arts Centre acknowledges the financial support of the Arts Council in making this exhibition possible.
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Sean Campion, Lions Club President Pat O'Brien, Aisling Bourke, John Doherty, Michelle Bourke, Adrian Bourke who hosted the event, Gerry Walsh, Martin Crowe and Lydia and Barry McLoughlin. Picture Henry Wills.
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Crowd gathered in the sunshine at the Temple House Festival, Temple House, Photo: James Connolly / PicSell8
The Model Gallery Re-opens
Therese Lee and her children, Liam, Penny and Mimi at the official re-opening of the Model Photo: James Connolly / PicSell8
Ann Mannion, Tony Mannion, Maura Porter and Marjorie Flanagan at the official re-opening Photo: James Connolly / PicSell8
Mayor Matt Lyons, Seamus Kealy, Director, The Model Gallery, Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Joe Leonard, Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council and Tony McLoughlin, TD, taking a tour of the newly refurbished Model gallery. Photo: James Connolly / PicSell8
The Model Tag Rugby team at the official re-opening of the Model Photo: James Connolly / PicSell8
Aoife Porter and Lisa Hallinan, at the official re-opening of the ModelPhoto: James Connolly / PicSell8
Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Stella Mews and Martin Reilly.
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Black Shadow is a Class 1 registered Connemara Stallion. Standing at 148cm. His sire Silver Shadow Grade A international show jumper and his Dam Tawin Ballinvoucher’s grand father was the legendary Killyreagh Kim. Black Shadow has been very successful as a young stallion in the show ring. He has been placed in the All-Ireland 3year old loose jumping competition and the 4year old All-Ireland Ridden Connemara Pony discovery, he has also been placed in the RDS, Clifden and has won numerous Championships throughout the country. Having developed into a super model, he is blessed with traditional bone and feather-light movement. Black Shadow is recognised as one of the up and coming young sires in Ireland who will prove in time to be a sire to produce true to type traditional and athletic Connemara Ponies. Black Shadow’s progeny all stand on correct limbs with correct free flowing movement and like himself have brilliant temperament.
Moylough Bouncer is a fully approved R.I.D Dapple Grey outcross Stallion. Standing at 170cm. His sire Grange Bouncer is a grade A showjumper and his Dam Another June Day is by the RDS champion Grey Macha. Moylough Bouncer is a successfully performance tested young stallion, on the pathway to R.I.D sire stardom. Having developed into a fabulous model, he is blessed with an abundance of height, bone and feather-light movement. Moylough Bouncer is expertly recognised as one of the most outstanding R.I.D stallions in Ireland who will prove in time to be a sire with the genuine capability and pedigree to produce true to type proper R.I.D and traditional Irish sport horse progeny. All of Moylough Bouncers progeny are well conformed, smart featured individuals with super athletic movement and brilliant temperament like himself.Young stock have won and placed throughout Ireland in the show ring
A WESTERN WARRIOR
A Western Warrior is coloured Dutch warmblood stallion. Standing at 172cm. His sire Kostolany was the World Trekehnr Breed Champion in 1987 and regained the title in 2009. His Dam Jorinde is by the world famous Samber, probably the best coloured horse in the world. A Western Warrior with his world class breeding, has been very successful in the show ring throughout the country and narrowly missed out of the final of the 3 year old loose jumping in Mill Street. This is a sire with true potential in all equestrian fields. He has just started his jumping career under saddle and has qualified for the winter league final in Turlough, Co. Mayo. A Western Warrior has produced quality foals that have won in the show ring. All his progeny bring his own super-athletic movement, good looks and of coarse temperament.