Bygone Days: Crawfords enjoy dairy hat-trick at Fermanagh Show (1982)

The Crawford Brothers of Rathkeelan, Maguiresbridge, Co Fermanagh won the All-Ireland Dairy Cow Championship for the third year running at Fermanagh County Show in August 1982.

The hat-trick of successes for the farmers was brought by their two-and-a-half-year-old Friesian heifer Ardinmore Floris 5th which won an earlier class in the show.

The coveted Farmers’ Challenge Cup was presented to William and Herbie Crawford by show queen Elizabeth Nassar, from Nazareth, Israel, who had been chosen at the show dance organised by Fermanagh Young Farmers’ Clubs. She was on holiday with her aunt and uncle, Mr and Mrs Joe Boyd of Maguiresbridge.

The show president, Viola, Dowager Duchess of Westminster, attended the presentation.

The All-Ireland Championship was the climax to a very successful day’s showing by Crawford brothers who exhibited 19 animals and won four breed championships.

The large crowd of show-goers watched the YFC competitions during the afternoon, which brought the programme to a close.

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