OISÍN Colleran, Cormac Delaney, Amy Higgins and Peter O’Neill from Holy Rosary College, Mountbellew with one of their calves.

HRC students collect the spoils

Angus calves venture leads to All-Ireland success

FOUR students from the Holy Rosary College in Mountbellew were crowned All-Ireland champions in calf rearing in the Hogan Stand of Croke Park last Friday.

Amy Higgins, Peter O’Neill, Oisín Colleran and Cormac Delaney are the quartet in question, a quartet who raised five Angus calves as part of the Certified Angus Schools’ Competition, beating off students from five other schools in the final judgement at Croke Park.

The HRC students were first given the calves in September of 2021 when they were in TY. They are now studying for their Leaving Cert and have been rearing the calves for 18 months until slaughter, a project which acts as a sizable aid to their Agricultural Science curriculum.

“They got the five calves at the National Ploughing Championships. It wasn’t the Ploughing Championships as we know it, as there were no crowds there because of Covid,” explained Catherine Kelly, Ag Science teacher in the HRC and who has been a guiding hand for Amy, Peter, Oisín and Cormac….

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