The main trophy on this day of international competition at Tullynally Castle, Castlepollard Co Westmeath, was the George Graham perpetual trophy for the winner of the international open machine shearing championship.

Fresh from his win as all-Ireland champion on Saturday, Donegal man Ivan Scott was first to shear his 20 sheep under the cheers of the large crowd basking in the sunshine.

But judging on shearing quality placed Welshman Gareth Daniels ahead of Scott in the overall ranking.

The men in red also won the test match between Wales, Ireland and Scotland – a close affair with Ireland’s Scott and Scotland’s Hamish Mitchell again competing on speed in a breath-taking sprint run, while the Welsh team focused on quality to secure their overall win.

Judges noted the increasing presence of French shearers on the European competitive circuit, awarding France’s team the senior development champion title on the day.

In the wool handling test between Ireland and Wales, the Welsh pair remained calm and consistent throughout their run to bring another trophy across the Irish sea.

Ireland gave its best in the blade competition, with Peter Hearty winning the international test.

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