The wait is almost over for Laura Clancy, Clionadh Condon, Meabhdh Sexton & Aoife Dullea and their teacher Bríd Hennessy. They will attend the grand finale of the wonderful competition being run by Irish Angus Producers group along with its partners, ABP Ireland and Kepak Group on Wednesday 16th March.
The girls made an initial application with a 200 word proposal on the production, processing and marketing of certified Angus beef, from birth right through to the consumer, in February 2014. Based on this, they were invited to make a presentation on their proposed project.
There was great excitement in Sacred Heart when it was announced that they were one of five successful groups that were selected, and they received five Angus Cross calves worth €2,000. The calves, aged six months, were presented to the girls at the National Ploughing Championships in September 2014.
They then reared the calves through the full production system and the calves were slaughtered in the ABP factory in Bandon in November 2015. The girls made their final presentation on January 4th 2016, and were interviewed by the judging panel on the basis of their understanding of the entire production system.
One of the five selected groups will be named as the overall winner, and will come away with a prize to the value of €2,000 at the ceremony in Croke Park on Wednesday. We wish the girls and Ms. Hennessy the best of luck in the final.
Two groups from Sacred Heart have made it to the final twenty groups shortlisted for the 2016 competition. The students: Clara Crowley, Lorraine Dineen, Hannah O’Hea, Katie Sexton and Orla Fahey will showcase their projects at Croke Park on Wednesday 16th.