There are ‘Show’ men and showmen, and Pat Naughton inhabits a space somewhere between the two. The head of the sheep section was in terrific form as he provided details of the various classes ahead of this Saturday’s Roscommon Show.
“Sheep are the most important animal in the county…” he began confidently.
“Conor Devaney plays football for Roscommon and he will tell you this: the sheep is the only animal on the county’s crest – horse and cattle men can’t say that!” he added to laughter around the room.
Mr. Naughton detailed some of the pedigree and non-pedigree sheep classes and highlighted in the Young Handler’s class in particular, which is sponsored by Andy Hanley.
“Andy taught me my trade and I then taught Kenneth (Andy’s son and member of the Roscommon Show executive committee). Kenneth is now at the top table and making great progress!” he added with pride.
Mr. Naughton also expressed sincere thanks to all sponsors and in particular, Kepak. He also advised those wishing to exhibit goats on the day to ensure that all animals were properly tagged and had correct documentation.
The sheep classes will once again feature trophies for each of the best pedigrees while the Champion Sheep of the Show will receive the John Kenny Perpetual Trophy and 1 litre of Liquithrive Sheep, sponsored by Anthony Moran, Agri Lloyd.