Billy Gubbins, Kilfinane, Co Limerick

“We are going about the house here and we don’t know what to do with no shows to go to this summer. Our season would have started on the May bank holiday weekend and went right through to the fatstock show in Carrick on Shannon in November. We have averaged 30 shows a year for the last few years and I’m showing nationwide since 1981, so almost 40 years on the road. The only way I can explain it, it’s like a drug. It’s also our hobby here and we love it. There’s a huge amount of friendly rivalry, good fun and general good times all summer. It’s a great feeling to win after getting beat a few times. Like everybody else this year, we had the feeling we had a really good team of animals to go on the road with but it wasn’t to be.”