This year will mark the 50th anniversary of the Irish Limousin breed. The first pedigree calf was born
on June 22nd, 1972, on Paddy Clancy’s farm in Carrick-On-Suir, while the first meeting of the Irish
Limousin breeders was held on February 16th, 1973, at the Silver Springs Hotel in Cork.

High-performing genetics are the building blocks for the quality beef production chain, and the genetic
advantages delivered by the Irish Limousin breed continue to play a central role in the sustainability
and profitability of the quality Irish beef production sector.

The prevalence of the Myostatin F94L gene within the breed also contributes to the superior meat
quality traits in Limousin beef – ensuring a consistent, healthy and superior quality end product.
The contribution of the breed to the profitability of Ireland’s suckler and beef production sector over
the last five decades has been immense.

To mark this great milestone, several key events will take place during the period June 2022 – June
2023, and this programme will provide a unique opportunity to highlight the history of Irish Limousin.
Celebrations which will take place at the Limousin National Championships at the Tullamore Show on
August 14th.

A special 50th Anniversary Show will take place in Carrick-on-Shannon from September 30th through
to October 1st.

This will involve pedigree and commercial classes, along with a special ‘Mega Moo’
€10,000 Heifer Competition. Additionally, on the Friday night, there will be a banquet in the Bush
Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon.

The final celebrations will take place at the National Calf Show and YMA Workshop in Roscrea, Co.
Tipperary, on May 28th, 2023.

Speaking at the launch of the 50th anniversary events in Mitchelstown on Friday, June 17th, Irish Limousin Society CEO, Ronan Murphy, said:

“As the current custodians of the Limousin herdbook, our three primary breeding programmes
(Replacement, Terminal and Dairy Beef) are tailored specifically to ensure that Irish Limousin
genetics continue to play a central role to the profitability of commercial beef production across

“Hopefully Irish Limousin breeders will look back in another 50 years and our current efforts will be
viewed positively in the progression of Ireland’s most influential beef sire – the Irish Limousin.
“We would like to particularly thank our sponsors who have pledged their support to our
anniversary programme of events – especially to FBD Insurances plc who has come on board as our
title sponsor,” he concluded.

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