The ground might have been white outside the showgrounds in Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday evening but inside everybody was talking about the blacks.

Some of the best Irish Angus cattle in Ireland assembled at the Co Leitrim venue for the annual Irish Angus elite show and sale of bulls and heifers. It was Strokestown man Alan Gibbons who came up trumps with his heifer Carrowboy Untouchable ET.

A regular on the show circuit in 2022, she was crowned national female calf champion at the Irish Angus Society national calf show in 2021 and came with a long list of rosettes to her name. She is also the first female offered for sale from the Carrowboy herd.

Junior male champion for Cormac Duignan and Anthony Flaherty, Connolly's Red Mills, sold for €3,600.

Class 6 and reserve junior male champion for the Craig family.

Senior male champion, Lavally Ultra, pictured with the Mullooly Family, Anthony Flaherty, Connolly’s Red Mills, and Sean Kilkenny, Irish Angus Cattle Society, sold for €8,200. \ Tricia Kennedy

The January 2021-born heifer is sired by Rawburn Boss Hogg and out of a Bohey Jasper-bred cow Kilteevan Damsel purchased by the Gibbons family at Willie Stroker’s dispersal sale a number of years ago. She carried a massive five-star replacement index of €167 and was certified in calf due to calve in May 2023 to Keirsbeath Karma.

She caught the eye of the judge for the day, Luis Tavares de Silva, who travelled all the way from Portugal to judge the pre-sale show on Saturday.

He tapped out Untouchable as his senior champion after coming out of a tough class in first place. She also caught the eye of Mayo-based Dowagh Pedigrees who purchased the heifer for €10,000.

Standing in reserve was Brian McWeeney’s February 2021-born heifer Mough Unique. She is sired by Carrigroe Nationwide and goes back to a homebred Bohey Jasper-bred cow. She was knocked down to a Co Donegal farmer at €4,000. He also took home €3,400 for a March 2021-born daughter sired by Carrigroe Nationwide.

Junior champion

Standing in the junior champion spot was Cathal and JJ McCormack’s August 2021-born heifer Steil U Molly. She is sired by Fordel Lockdown going back to a homebred Ballyshannon Eustace-bred cow and was knocked down at €4,600.

Taking the reserve rosette was her stable mate Steil U Helene 446. This August 2021-born heifer is sired by Tofts Foremost Lord out of a homebred The Moss Kriss cow and sold for €3,700.

Amanda Bogan and Conor Craig took home €5,000 for their March 2021-born heifer Millbawn Una Donna. She is by Hw Farghal going back to a Intelagri Matteo ET dam.

Also taking home €5,000 was John Appelbe’s Carrigroe U Pearl, a May 2021-born heifer by Carrigroe Real McCoy going back to a Beryl Jamey ET cow.

The Mulligan family took home a first-placed rosette for their April 2021-born heifer Clooncarne Ursula. She is by their stock bull Knockmountagh Robert and sold for €4,000.

Elphin man Hugh Fox took home €4,300 for his April 2021-born heifer Greeve Una. She is by Hw Farghal going back to a Rawburn Rock Solid-bred cow.


In the male section, the senior male champion rosette went to the Mullooly family from Strokestown in Co Roscommon. Their March 2021-born son of Hw Farghal came with a five-star terminal index of €82 and is out of a homebred Netherton Mr Radar cow.

He was knocked down at the joint top price of €8,200 to Cavan breeders Finbarr and Pat Cahill for their famous Shankhill pedigree Angus herd.

Matching this price tag was Margaret McKiernan’s Drumcrow Urban Fire. The June 2021-born son of Drumcrow Prosecco is out of a homebred Drumcrow Joker cow and after a lot of interest was knocked down at the joint top price of €8,200. He makes his way to west of Ireland-based AI company, Coneyisland Genetics.

The next highest price also came from Corlismore country this time from the Drumcarbin herd of Shane McKiernan. Drumcarbin Ukraine, a July 2021-born son of the €7,300 Loughlynn Humdinger, came with a terminal index of €102 and a replacement index of €130. He was knocked down at €6,400 to Greg Yarr, Scotland.

Standing in the reserve senior position was Feeraghdonal U234 Maximus, a March 2021-born son of Rawburn Boss Hogg. He was knocked down at €2,400.

Taking the junior championship was Laheens Ugo 542 ET from Cormac Duignan, Eslin Bridge. Ugo is a September 2021-born son of Bohey Jasper going back to a Luddenmore Fionn cow. He was sold at €3,600.

Standing in the junior reserve position was Killenora Usain from Derek and Martina Craig from Edgesworthstown in Co Longford. Their young November 2021-born son of Hw Farghal is out of a Marianhill L Papa 516 cow and was sold for €3,000.

Other high flyers included Loughlynn Unique from Patrick Regan Junior, Claremorris, Co Mayo. This September 2021-born son of the popular Netherton Americano was knocked down at €6,000.

Geraldine Shanley and Donal Spring had a great day’s trading selling their two bulls for €8,500.

The first Aughnamona U Explorer, an August 2021-born son of Carrigroe Prince sold for €5,500 while their second bull, also a Prince son, sold for €3,000.

Father and daughter duo, Noel and Lisa Dowd, sold their November 2021-born son of Keirsbeath Karma S539 for €5,400.

Lot 48 for Niall Conaty sold for €5,300.

Lot 42 for Patrick Regan Jr sold for €6,000.

Lot 25 for Shane McKiernan. Sold €6400

Lot 20 for Margaret McKiernan sold for €8,200.

Cavan man Niall Conaty had a good day out when his October 2021-born bull Ellens Urban sold for €5,300. Urban is by Rawburn Boss Hogg going back to a Drumhill Lord Henry-bred cow. Another Rawburn Boss Hogg son, Clara Ungar – a December 2021-born bull from Dan and Rose Murphy in Co Cork – sold for €5200.

Sligo man Martin Kerins sold his September 2021-born son of Lavally Prince for €4,500.

Reserve senior female champion for Brian McWeeney, pictured with Liam McWeeney, sold for €4,000. \ Tricia Kennedy

Lot 85 for Conor Craig and Amanda Brogan, pictured with handler Conor Craig and purchasers David O’Connor and Lisa Joyce, sold for €5,000. \ Tricia Kennedy

Lot 55 for Noel and Lisa Dowd sold for €5,400. \ Tricia Kennedy

The overall average for the bulls came in at €3,600, up €407 on last year’s average of €3193 with a clearance rate of 81%.On the heifer side, a bigger entry of animals meant a lower average of €3,200, down €200 on the 2021 sale, with a clearance rate of 74%.