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Galway stud leads the way in the breeding of Irish Draughts

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Champions all: Cappa Cassanova (on left), the Champion Irish Draught Stallion, shown by Seamus Sloyan and on right is the Reserve Champion, Cappa Aristocrat, shown by John Keane. In the centre are delighted owners, Jimmy and Edel Quinn of Cappa Stud.

A GALWAY stud farm dedicated to the improvement of Irish Draught bloodlines has ‘swept the boards’ at the Irish Horse Show in the RDS.

Cappa Stud in Annaghdown – owned by Ballinasloe natives, Jimmy and Edel Quinn – not alone landed the Supreme Champion Irish Draught accolade, but also scooped the Reserve award.

Eight-year-old Cappa Cassanova (bred by Seamus Leahy from Headford) took the Supreme Champion award for the third time in four years, having also taken the title in 2012 and 2013 while Cappa Aristocrat (bred by Pascal Claffey, Laurencetown) was Reserve Champion.

Jimmy and Edel Quinn came back from the United States in 2007 with the dream of saving some of the old bloodlines of the Irish Draughts and broadening the gene pool – now the RDS results have shown the success of the project.

“I suppose that since we set up here eight years back, Ireland went through a  severe recession that impacted greatly on the horse industry but things have picked up  and especially so this year.

“We had a lot of faith in the quality of Irish Draught that we could produce and we really have been blown away with our success at the RDS earlier this month,” said Edel Quinn.

Even better news for Cappa Stud is the fact that the winner of the prestigious Three Year Old Potential Event Horse Class – Noble Class – was sired by Cappa Cassanova.

“Noble Class’s win is really good news for us, in that it provides real evidence of the quality of offspring being produced by Cappa Cassanova. He’s had a very busy breeding season this year, covering 70 mares, and it’ll be even busier next year, following these results,” said Edel Quinn.

Cappa Stud,  also have a farm in Gurtymadden near Loughrea catering for over 50 mares – they also have been pursuing the Chinese market for the Irish Draughts with the setting up of an equestrian centre in Shanghai.

Jimmy Quinn said that they had been ‘completely overwhelmed’ with the third success in four years of Cappa Cassanova, while Aristrocrat’s success, at just four, augurs well for the future.

The Quinns are equally as thrilled with the success of Noble Class – son of Cappa Casanova – who was the only horse bred by an Irish Draught out of 17 finalists in the three-year-old Potential Event Horse Class. Noble Class was sired by Cappa Cassanova out of The Marching Lass – the dam sire was Aristocracy.

“This success is truly great news for Irish breeding – to win that class does show that local Irish breeding is again coming to the top,” said Jimmy Quinn.

He bought their first Irish Draught nearly 10 years ago ‘over the phone’ – and while in the U.S. – after seeing an ad in the Irish Field.

“We are excited about the possibilities being opened up at the equestrian centre in Shanghai that has been given the go-ahead since last March.

“Ireland is known as the land of the horse and the Chinese are very anxious that the professional expertise of Irish breeders is to the fore with this project,” said Jimmy Quinn.

This is no business for the faint hearted as over 98% of Irish Draught stallions don’t make it through to the Class One category, having to undergo a rigorous testing regime to ensure that breed quality remains paramount.

These are exciting times for Cappa Stud, with the economy on the upturn and money being spent once more on horses, while China also looms big on the horizon. After recessions and economic downturns, the Quinns seem poised to capitalise on one of the absolute basics of the horse business – good breeding.

 

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Tractor run will remember a local legend

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Some members of the 10-person organising committee for the PJ Mahoney Memorial Tractor Run that takes place in Ardrahan on Sunday, December 11. (Left to right): Anthony Whelan, Brian Kilkelly, Declan Sylver, Patrick Mahoney and Aonghusa Fahy. Absent from the photo are: Mary Forde, Lena Taylor, Conor O’Dea, Gerald Harney and Mícheál Kelly.

THE PJ Mahoney Memorial Tractor Run will take place on Sunday, December 11, in memory of a very well-known and highly regarded figure within the Ardrahan and South Galway local community, who passed away just a year ago this month.

PJ Mahoney was steeped in farming and the GAA and for this he was known far and wide. He was a talisman for Ardrahan GAA, playing in goals for the senior hurling team when they won county hurling titles in 1974, 1975 and 1978.

All down through the years, he was a most dedicated and guiding servant to the club up until his untimely death in a road accident last year.

PJ farmed locally throughout his life and was well known as an agricultural contractor in both Galway and North Clare, a business carried on by his son Patrick.

There are many tales and anecdotes of PJ Mahoney that still bring a smile to the faces of those recalling them.

He was a keystone in the local community, the neighbour you could always call on, and indeed the neighbour that didn’t need to be called upon as he would turn up to help regardless.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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More info needed in land rezoning changes

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Albert Dolan: Start building houses for our young people.

A BIGGER effort needs to be put in by local authorities to notify farmers close to towns and villages – whose land is zoned as residential – according to a number of councillors at this week’s meeting of Galway County Council.

Independent councillor for the Athenry-Oranmore electoral area,  Jim Cuddy, told Monday’s meeting at County Hall that landowners should be written to by the Council to inform them if they had land zoned as residential.

“They should at least be informed that their land has been zoned as residential and will be liable for tax [3% of value]. Some of those people just don’t know if their land has been zoned as residential – they’re just hearing rumours,” said Cllr. Cuddy.

According to Cllr. Pete Roche (FG) there was an onus on the Council to get the information ‘out there’ about zoned land through the various media outlets. However, Cllr. Michael Connolly (FF) said that the issue of land zoning and tax was a decision taken by central government.

“This is national legislation – the local authority can’t be taking this on – we can’t be carrying the can for central government,” added Cllr. Connolly.

Cllr. Albert Dolan (FF) said that young people like himself ‘had damn all chance of buying a house’, adding that this tax wouldn’t be coming into force until 2024. “We need to start building houses for our young people,” he added.

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Galway is top of the table for payments in GLAS

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Galway IFA Chairman, Stephen Canavan

GALWAY tops the league both in terms of payment total and farming numbers for the GLAS environmental scheme, the latest figures from the Dept. of Agriculture reveal.

Almost €13.7 million is being paid out in the 2022 Advance GLAS Payments to 3,951 farmers in Galway – averaging out at nearly €3,500 per farmer.

Mayo comes second on the payments list with over €12.4m being paid out to 3,683 farmers – equating to an average payment of just under €3,400 per applicant.

The importance of GLAS payments to the western seaboard counties is also highlighted by the fact that Donegal comes in third on the pay league, with €9.54m being paid to 3,026 farmers in that county – averaging out at just under €3,200 per applicant.

Galway IFA Chairman, Stephen Canavan, said that the uptake in GLAS across the whole western region highlighted the importance of the scheme to farmers in the more marginal areas.

“While we had hoped that the ACRES would be of a similar nature to GLAS, farmers here in the West still should definitely give serious consideration to applying for inclusion in the new scheme,” said Stephen Canavan.

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