‘THANKS A MILLION’
Twenty four of us flew to Cork on the plane
Cornwall Club plus our friends all together again
On the bus, to Hotel, drop bags, off we go
To Tony O’Leary who put on quite a show
For, whilst admiring his cattle in the cool setting sun
a calf born, they named ‘Friendship’ her life just begun
The grass was as lush and green as could be
When we met Willie O’ Halloran in Tipperary
His cattle were smart, his company great
We talked of cattle and Hurling as fine food we ate.
The home of ‘The King’ was the next port of call
To see magnificent cows on this farm wall to wall
Hosts, Peter and Marion at the famous Raceview
Would have liked us go home with at least one or two !
Then, all back on the bus ,to the Leeherd we sped
John Finnegan kindly took us to the pub to be fed
After viewing his cattle looking grand in the sun
Fit for Roscommon, hoping good trade would be done
Next day ,to the Carbery herd, in the rain
Seeing impressive young bulls and cows once again
Due to a ‘fencing malfunction’ , a ‘bull fight’ occurred!
But was very soon sorted, peace restored in the herd.
After spectacular lunch, off to Kinsale we went
And toured the Fort,a pleasant afternoon spent
Before moving Hotels, then walking into town
For a beer ,some food and a ‘nosey’ around.
To Bantry next day, the excitement was high
The sun brightly shone in a lovely blue sky
We were all so impressed by the ‘Show by the Bay’
And the standard of animals there on display
A ‘bit of a drama’ took place with a ‘Shout!’
As a calf went berserk ,nearly ‘wiping us out ‘
But, with immediate help of at least six burley chaps
It was restrained and removed ,not too happy perhaps?
Another, was said, took a swim on the tide
Disappearing from view to the land otherside !
Some of our party, what they saw so impressed
That ‘sales’ were arranged, Euro’s to invest
In top quality calves and a bull ,we could see
Would be coming back home ‘cross the Irish sea
After the Show a big party was planned
At the ‘House by the Lake’ so beautifully grand
Gordon Salter and family our brilliant hosts
We saw fields full of cattle of which they could well boast
Then an amazing feast ,with crab claws and the kind
After, a ‘Barbie ’with steak the best you could find
And an abundance of drink in the company of friends
We were loathed to leave , saddened when our trip ends .
The hospitality so warm, the cattle so good
The most beautiful places, the fantastic food
Thanks a Million ,our friends in the Emerald Isle
And a host of new folk met in such a short while
We will treasure the memories on a dark winter night
PLEASE come and see us, it’s just a short flight !
Penny Lally ( Cornwall Simmental Club 2014)