The south of Ireland branch of the Suffolk Sheep Society aptly staged its 2014 National Championships at the Golden Shears World Sheep Shearing and Wool Handling Championships in Gorey last weekend. The north Wexford town was a hive of activity, with over 300 shearers from 27 different counties attracting an audience in the region of 30,000 people over the course of the four-day event.

In the Suffolk ring, Susan O’Keeffe, Mallow, made it three years in a row by lifting the John Joe Mitchell Memorial Cup for her supreme champion shearling ewe, a daughter of Cairness Gala Star.