"A great way of acknowledging people that have given so much of their lifetime to breeding, showing, adjudicating and promoting their particular breed.​"


As founder of the National Hall of Fame Awards, and organiser with my son Oliver, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the different breed Societies and in particular the Secretary's, for their help and co-operation in bringing to fruition what has now become one of the annual highlights in the Agri Social Calendar.

We are very fortunate in securing as our main sponsor Tesco Ireland for the National Hall of Fame Awards and our sincere thanks to all concerned. The ABP Food Group have very kindly continued to sponsor the "Certified Irish Angus Beef" for the banquet and our thanks also to the Irish Angus Producer Group for their continued support. The Kepak Group have agreed to sponsor the Ovine Section for which we are most thankful.

The National Hall of Fame Award is very special. No Colour of money can buy it!

May I say to all Nominees, you have been acclaimed by your fellow breeders and respective Breed Societies, as the person, who over the years, has given your time, expertise, dedication and commitment for the betterment of your Breed.

We congratulate and compliment you for your outstanding service and hope that you will always remember the occasion with fondness and pride. The attendance at the banquets, of your Presidents and Chairpersons underlines the importance of the occasion and their respect and admiration for you.

We wish to also acknowledge the council members of Athlone Municipal District, for their continued support and we are always delighted to have as our guest the current Lord Mayor.

My wish for the future is, that the National Hall of Fame Awards will continue to recognise and acknowledge the gallant persons in the Bovine, Equine, and Ovine industries, who continue to give so freely of their time and expertise, for the betterment of their breeds.

Michael Flanagan
CEO, National Hall of Fame Awards



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