Olympic legend to visit Tullamore
DOUBLE Olympic gold medal winner, Kip Keino will be in Tullamore on Thursday, May 24 as a guest of Offaly Sports Partnership at its Africa Week athletics event in the Tullamore Harriers.
Keino who shocked the world in 1968 by defeating world record holder, American Jim Ryun at the 1968 Olympics laid the foundation for the future Kenyan onslaught in middle and long distance track athletics. Four years later, Keino went on to take gold in the 3,000m steeplechase at the 1972 Olympic Games.
As part of the Africa Week celebrations, Offaly Sports Partnership together with its counterpart organisations in Laois, Longford and Westmeath will be hoping that future talent identification from new communities living in Ireland; including children from Africa and other nations, and the exploits of Keino will inspire them to stay involved in sport.
For more information on the Midlands Africa Week event, contact Eamonn Henry on 057 93 46843 or 086 7948054.
Success for Tullamore breeder
BALLYFIN breeders Garrett and Lyndsey Behan claimed the double in the male championship at the Simmental show and sale in Tullamore last week.
While the overall champion in the female section went to Ray Bracken, Tullamore with his 12-month heifer, Cruithill Cinderella. Sired by Curaheen Wakeman and out of a Hillcrest King sired dam, she sold for the top price of the day at €5,000 to Patrick Mooney, Shannonharbour.
On the day Ray Bracken also sold Cruithill Chloe by Curaheen Wakeman for €3,100 to a Cork buyer.
The Behans took top billing in the male champioinship with Jennalyn Casino, a Banwy T-Rex son out of a Rosten Barney dam. Clonagh Cracker Rex, also by T-Rex, took the reserve title.
The 16-month old champion sold for €4,700 to Terry Barron, Louth. James Ryan, Drangan paid the top bull price of the day at €4,900 for the Behans reserve champion.
Bull prices started at €2,000, with an average of €2,810 (up from €2,600 in 2011) and a 60 per cent clearance record.
THE Insolveny Journal has reported creditors meetings of Tullamore Dairies Limited and Tullamore Bathroom & Tile Centre Limited will take place today (Tuesday, May 22) in the Maldron Hotel, Portlaoise and tomorrow, Wednesday, May 23 in the Central Hotel, Tullamore, respectively.