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This years National YMA Workshop held in Mohill Co. Leitrim on Sunday August 21st was a most enjoyable and successful event. It was a great spectacle and the standard of competition was excellent.

The annual YMA National Workshop includes competition and demonstration. The main focus is to facilitate participation, learning and fun for all. The day started with technical advice and guidance from master judge Richard O’Beirne and Anne Marie Hourigan. YMA organisers James Wycherly, Michael Gunn and John Connell were also on hand with valuable advice and tips. The competition phase comprised three elements cattle judging, giving reasons to a master judge and showing cattle in the show ring. Marks were allocated for each of the three categories, with the highest weighting going to reasons. Appearance and safety were also considered by the judges. Some of Irelands  best young showmen and women were put through their paces by master judge Richard O’Beirne and his assistants. While competitive and somewhat daunting it was also a great learning experience for the participants.

Four heifers and four bulls were brought into the show ring for the judging phase. Each participant had to judge the animals submitting a completed judging card to the judges. Their judging was then ranked against that of the master judge. In turn each participant then presented their reasons to the master judge and his assistants.

For the showing phase each participant was allocated an animal at random, they then had to parade and show these animals in the parade ring. Martin McCullagh assisted Richard O’Beirne in judging this phase. The judging and showing was indeed a spectacle to watch  and the quality of showman ship on hand was excellent.

The Irish Limousin Young Members Association (YMA) is for young people, aged 12 to 25, interested in the Limousin Breed, Cattle Breeding, Livestock Showing and Judging. It is aimed at promoting and developing stockmanship and cattle showing.

Each of the Limousin Clubs around the country have active YMA members and organise YMA events and demonstrations. Many of today’s well known and respected judges and cattle breeders are former YMA members. Without doubt the friendships and knowledge acquired during their YMA days has stood them well.

In addition to acquiring cattle knowledge and show techniques the YMA is a great way to prepare young people for later life. The travel opportunities, exposure and new acquaintances offered are an added bonus.

This years YMA National Workshop was hosted by the North East Club who had a strong representation and supplied suitable cattle. A great spread of members travelled from the other clubs. In all 19 young members participated in this years National Workshop including four full teams. The standard at this years event was very high and all 19 competitors were a credit to themselves, their parents and the breed. Thank you to the Limousin Breeders and parents who supplied cattle and transported young members to the event. Such events would not be so successful without the support and enthusiasm of Limousin Breeders. We would like to thank the North East Club and Mohill Agricultural Show for hosting this years workshop. A special thanks to Irish Limousin YMA co ordinators, Michael Gunn and James Wycherly, and also those involved in the day, Judges Richard O’Beirne and Martin McCullagh, organisers Anne Marie Hourigan, John Connell and Jimmy McHugh, and Vincent Flynn Mohill Show.

The National Workshop in Mohill was also used to select members for the International Team. These will get the chance to compete at International level against teams from Northern Ireland, England, Wales, and Scotland. The International Events have become very high profile and prestigious representing an excellent opportunity for any young breeder.

After some great competition and intense deliberations by the judges Marie Louise Ryan from Thurles, Co. Tipperary was selected overall winner, with local man Kevin Graham from Keadue Co. Roscommon in second and Declan McHugh from Dundalk in third. Andrew McInerney from Co Clare was fourth.  These four also qualified for the national team.

In the junior section Christopher O Connor from Elphin Co Roscommon was the winner with Ciaran Golden from Westport second and Katie Corridan from Fedamore, Co Limerick in third place.

The 2011 Irish Limousin YMA National Workshop participants were

  • North East Team Declan McHugh, Sean Byrd, April Higgins and Eleanor Reilly
  • North West Team Kevin Graham, Christopher O’Connor, Patrick Shally, and Kieran Golden
  • Clare Team  Sean Moroney, Enda O’Gorman, Andrew McInerney, and Rachel Moloney
  • South West Team John Lynch, Orla Curtin, Marie Louise Ryan and Katie Corridan
  • Cork Team  Niamh O’Mahony
  • South East Team Michael Malone and Tom Hickey

The Winners of the Team event were

  • First  South West
  • Second  North West
  • Third  Clare

The Winners in the Under 16 category were

  • First  Christopher O’Connor (North West)
  • Second  Kieran Golden (North West)
  • Third  Katie Corridan (South West)

The Overall Individual Winners were

  • First  Marie Louise Ryan (South West)
  • Second  Kevin Graham (North West)
  • Third  Declan McHugh (North East)
  • Fourth  Andrew McInerney (Clare)

The Team selected to compete at International Events later this year was Marie Louise Ryan, Kevin Graham, Declan McHugh, and Andrew McInerney

Richard O’Beirne, James Wycherly, Michael Gunn and Anne Marie Hourigan have kindly agreed to provide some coaching to the International Team in advance of the International Events at Moira on Saturday September 17th. This event features teams from Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England.

For more information or inquires contact James Wycherly 086 0740427 or Michael Gunn 086 3122897.

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Irish team selected for International events along with their coaches

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Competitors at the National YMA finals, Mohill along with coaches and ILCS committee members

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Overall Individual winner Marie Louise Ryan being presented by James Wycherly YMA co-ordinator

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Words of wisdom from Richard O’Beirne

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All eyes on the judge

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Overall  U16 winner Christopher O’Connor from Elphin being presented by James Wycherly YMA co-ordinator




The Irish Limousin YMA is open to all interested in Limousin cattle aged between 12 and 25 years. Application forms are available from the society office at 025-85036 or from:

YMA Co-ordinator
James Wycherley,
Co. Cork
Telephone: 086 0740427

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