Blessington was once again the venue for the South of Ireland Suffolk Sheep National Championships, with over 90 sheep on show from the four corners of the country. Judge for the day was well-known breeder PJ Howard from Clare, the Suffolk Sheep Society national hall of fame recipient for 2017.

Females once again dominated the proceedings with a shearling ewe from Arthur O’Keeffe taking the overall title, a very smart homebred ewe sired by Cairness Casper. Taking the reserve overall spot was the male champion, a ram lamb sired by Shannagh Resolve from Wm J & R Wilson.