There was love in the air at the Armagh City Hotel on Friday 25th September at Southern Area Hospice Services’ popular fundraising event, ‘The Farmer Wants a Wife’.
‘The Farmer Wants a Wife’ event which was supported by main sponsors Tullyherron Farm Feeds and also by Armagh City Hotel and the Ulster Farmers’ Union saw a large crowd attending to support the local farmers who were participating in the show.
The participating farmers were Sean Grant, Ravensdale; David McSherry, Glenanne; Terry Donnelly, Sixmilecross, Aaron Craig, Banbridge; Tommy Breslin, Lisnaskea; Kevin Smyth, Madden; Paul Rafferty, Mullaghbawn and Sean Duggan, Galbally.
The farmers put on a fantastic show, entertaining the audience with their chat, jokes and talents. The talents included everything from sheep herding to singing, dancing and even a fireman’s lift which went down extremely well with the audience.
It was Kevin Smyth from Madden, who won the most votes from the audience and the judging panel to win the show. Kevin, who was nominated to take part in the show by JD O’Hare Agricultural Contractors, then went forward to take part in the blind date finale.
Blind Date was a new twist on the show this year which saw three willing volunteers - Shauna Donnelly, Shannon Owens and Laura Marie Devine, answer three questions which were posed by Kevin to help him decide who the girl for him was. It was a close run competition but in the end it was Shauna Donnelly who was selected as the winner.
Sean Duggan and Aaron Craig were narrowly beaten into second and third place respectively.
The farmers were put through their paces on the night by Malachi Cush who did a fantastic job as MC, and also by the judging panel which included Lynette Fay of BBC Radio Ulster, Roberta Simmons, President of the Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster, and John Jardine, Southern Area Hospice volunteer.
Southern Area Hospice Services would like to thank everyone who attended and supported ‘The Farmer Wants a Wife’. They would like to thank all of the sponsors of the event including Tullyherron Farm Feeds who were the main sponsors, Armagh City Hotel, the Ulster Farmers’ Union, Leo Larkin of Flatout Media who produced the farmer videos for the night, Emma McAnallen of EMA Photos, HFS Agri-hire, Hearty Farm Toys, Burkes of Cornascriebe, McKeevers Chemists, Lily and Lace Camlough, ABP Meats, A. Craig Farm Services, DMS Farm Services, JD O’Hare Agricultural Contractors, Lily and Lace Florists, Camlough and Central Florists, Newry.
To date, £16,800 has been raised for Southern Area Hospice Services through the event.
Anne Mac Oscar of Southern Area Hospice Services thanked all those who supported it saying: “We would like to thank everyone who came along to support ‘The Farmer Wants a Wife’. We are delighted with how successful it has been in raising funds for Southern Area Hospice Services. The show would not have been possible without the farmers who so kindly took part in the show and we are very grateful to each and every one of them. All the money raised will help Southern Area Hospice as we work towards our 2015 fundraising target of £2.38 million to help us to continue our work in the local area, caring for people who are living with Cancer and other life-limiting illnesses, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, HIV and Aids.”
DVDs of the ‘The Farmer Wants a Wife’ are now on sale from Southern Area Hospice Services or by contacting Anne on 028 30251333 or firstname.lastname@example.org. They cost £10 each with proceeds going to Southern Area Hospice Services.