Boyle farmer takes third place in Teagasc Beef Photo competition

A Boyle native has claimed third place in a national photography competition in which beef farmers from all over the country were invited to submit a snap depicting what day-to-day life is like on an Irish farm.

The winners of the Teagasc Beef Photo Competition, which was run in the buildup to National Beef Open Day, ‘BEEF2022’, were announced recently with Boyle’s Kieran Beirne taking third place.

Teagasc Beef Enterprise leader Paul Crosson said: “We were overwhelmed with the response to our competition and delighted to have received such high quality entries. The judges and I had a difficult task to whittle down over 150 entries to three winners and five runners up, all which showcased what’s great about Irish beef farming. Congratulations to all the winners”.

  The first prize winner was Treasa Gibney from Kells in Co. Meath. Treasa submitted a photograph of her father Patsy with his granddaughter Ella (Treasa’s daughter) agreeing on a price to sell the cattle. Patsy and Treasa have been farming together for 25 years and Ella now has a very keen interest in the cattle too.

  The second prize winner was Elodie Gill from Clonbullogue, Co. Offaly. Elodie snapped the photograph through a hedge while out on the farm one day and submitted it when she saw the competition. Elodie wrote ‘A gap in the hedge leads to beautiful grazing cattle’.

Third prize went to Kieran Beirne from Boyle, Co. Roscommon. When the photograph was taken, the cows had just moved into their new paddock and were enjoying the evening sunset.

Five runners-up were also chosen: Colm Mulligan, Co. Leitrim; Bill Guinan, Co. Offaly; Aoibhin Coady, Co. Tipperary; Chris Gethings, Co. Offaly and Christopher Doughan, Co. Tipperary.