Specially commissioned trophy to be presented on opening day of lamb festival

The Oliver Burke Memorial Trophy
The Oliver Burke Memorial Trophy

Sheep farmers from all over the country are invited to enter a special ewe with twin lambs competition which will be held at Roscommon Mart on Wednesday 29th April, the opening day of this year’s Roscommon Lamb Festival.

This perpetual trophy was commissioned by the festival committee to commemorate Oliver Burke the former CAO with Teagasc.

Oliver was a very active member of the Lamb Festival committee at the time of his sudden death during last year’s festival.

The trophy was carved from Lecarrow limestone and depicts a ewe and her two lambs.

It was sculpted by local craftsman Mark Feeley and will be presented to the owner of the best ewe with twin lambs at a special sheep sale on the opening day of Roscommon Lamb Festival 2015.

The official opening of this year’s festival will be performed by Mr Oliver Burke Junior who has kindly agreed to travel from the UK for the occasion.

Like his father, Oliver Jnr is also an agriculturalist and he is at present lecturing in sustainable agriculture in the UK.

As every farmer knows, Limestone based soils are ideal for the raising of livestock of all kinds from sheep and cattle to racehorses.

The trophy evokes a sense of this high quality and there is sure to be keen competition among sheep farmers to win it.

For further information, contact show chairman Gerry Browne on (087) 2808225.