Memorial Trophies This year and for the next couple of year's we would like to highlight the contribution made to the show by our main trophy sponsors.
Tom Brennan Memorial Trophy
The Tom Brennan Memorial Trophy awarded for most point in the Horticultural (Parish) section was presented by the Brennan Family in memory of a man who had been involved with the show since its very beginning as far back as the records show. Tom from Ballyboggan, Castlebridge, was a keen exhibitor and a regular prizewinner at shows and was a committee member form at least 1966 to the time of his death. Tom's trophy was first competed for in 1985 and is a treasured prize to the present day.
Jim (Shang) Murphy Memorial Trophy
The Jim (Shang) Murphy Memorial Trophy for most points in the Horticultural (Open) section was presented in 1985 in memory of a man who was a great supporter of the show. He joined the show committee in 1950 and was a regular exhibitor and prizewinner and was truly one of the most likable characters of the show. Stories are still told of the antics of "Shang" with other local exhibitors around show time and these stories and these people are what formed our tradition.
Bill Rossiter Memorial Trophy
Bill Rossiter from Ballyboggan, Castlebridge was another great character always associated with the show and the Bill Rossiter Memorial Trophy for the collection of vegetables in the Parish section is a coveted and much sought after award. Bill competed in every show since records began until his passing, and was renowned for the quality of his vegetables. Bill joined the committee in 1965 and was later joined by his late son Sean who also exhibited for many years. Two great characters who are sadly missed and always remembered.
William Conroy Memorial Trophy
On the show committee for over 40 years. Show Chairman for 31 years prizewinner for show after show and sponsor of prizes for art in the junior sections. Hard working and dedicated, this is the C.V. of the late William (Willie) Conroy of Johnstown, Castlebridge. The William Conroy memorial Trophy for most points in the Fruit section was presented by Willie's family in memory of a man who played a huge part in the preservation of Casltebridge Show. The Conroy family continue that role to the present day with Willie's daughter Breeda our current Secretary, son Morgan an honorary president and indispensable on show day and Gary, Kay and Susanna always willing and able. Willie's late wife Penella was also hugely involved and will always be remembered for feeding the Lords on the day (and night) and for the always excellent Show Cake which was raffled on Show Day.
The Fruit Cup was instigated in 1996 and this and the other Trophies mentioned here and more still to be mentioned will always remind us of the services these people provided to their community and we thank them and their families for their efforts.