Sunday 21 May saw the Belclare breed return to its roots. Corofin, Co Galway, was the venue for the Belclare’s 35th anniversary Bimeda National Championships. The show, which also hosted the Connacht sheep-shearing championships, saw a huge turnout and the good weather only added to the atmosphere.

The opening class was the senior ram, which, after a lot of deliberation, went the way of Liam and Eoin Dunne of Tubber pedigrees. They produced a John Renehan-bred ram to take the prize, followed in second place by the Rathkenty pedigrees ram of Richard and John Lalor. Claiming third place in the class were Jimmy and Christina Hannon from the Hollymount Flock, Co Mayo.