Galway Branch

Branch Secretary



February 2012

Galway Branch A.G.M.
Friday February 24th 2012
Lough Rea Hotel, Loughrea
At 8:30pm sharp!

Only 2012 members will be eligible to vote. Membership will be collected on the night before meeting.


November 2011


Thank you to everyone who helped to make Brother Alphonsus' Farewell and fundraising night in Mountbellew such a success.

  Brother Alf
Jimmy Noone and Thomas Coleman Joyce presenting the funds raised to Brother Alphonsus


September 2011

Galway Region Irish Draught Mare and Foal Championship 2011
Sponsored by the Galway Branch of the IDHBA and Connolly's Red Mills

The Galway Region Irish Draught Mare and Foal Championship was held at the Mountbellew Show on Sunday last. It was sponsored by the Galway Branch of the Irish Draught Horse Breeders Association & Connolly Red Mills. There was a prize fund of €2,500.00. The winner was Pat Hoare, Ballinastack, Moylough. His winning Mare - Moylough Holly - is by Merry Mate & Killenana View. The foal is by Crosstown Dancer. Merry Mate is by Merry Gold by Lahinch. Crosstown Dancer is by Flagmount Diamond by King of Diamonds. Pat's luck was in on the day as her also took second place in the same Championship. His daughter Katie led that mare.

John O'Hara (National President Irish Shows Association); Vincent Faughnan (Judge); Owen Griffin (Chairman Galway Branch IDHBA); Katie Hoare; Pat Hoare (Championship Winner); Thomas C.Joyce (President Galway Branch IDHBA & National Vice President); Dermot Shaughnessy and Thomas McCrann (Judge)


Champion: Pat Hoare's Moylough Holly by Merrymate - Killenna View.
Foal by Crosstown Dancer
Reserve: Pat Hoare's Moylough Ruby by Welcome Flagmount - Castaway
Foal by Windgap Blue
3rd: Tom Burke's Feeragh Lass by Grosvenor Lad
Foal by Fintan Himself
4th: Thomas Griffin's Lissyegan Queen by Annaghdown Star - Queen of Diamonds.
Foal by Cloonacauneen 4th Champ
5th: Seamus Leahy's Headford Beauty by Kildalton Gold - Ashling Beauty
Foal by Rebel Flagmount
6th: Peter Reilly's Precious Crest by Sea Crest - Beggaramore Girl
Foal by Mountain Pearl


August 2011

The Galway Branch Held a very successful Information Evening on Friday August 26th in O'Dea's Hotel in Loughrea.

The evening was very enlitening, covering new regulations regarding drawing of horse boxes, nutrition for the mare and foal and worming your horses. The evening was very well supported.

On the evening, they also held a draw, which was run to help fund the mare and foal championship at Mountbellew Show.

The results of the draw were as follows:

2 nights B&B in the Castle Court Hotel, Westport

Gerard Thomas

1 night B&B plus evening meal in Hotel Newport

Pat Hoare

Dinner for 2 in the Park House Restuarant, Galway

Joe O'Neill

Dinner for 2 in Cloonacauneen Castle, Claregalway

Denis Delaney

Admission and Dinner for Two at Galway Greyhound Stadium

P.J. Furey

Dinner For 2 a Hayden's Hotel, Ballinasloe or O'Dea's Hotel, Loughrea

Thomas C. Joyce

Dinner for 2 at Gullane's Hotel, Ballinasloe

B. Connaughton

€30 Voucher for the Abbey Restaurant, Claregalway

Tommy Griffin

€25 Voucher for the Malt House Restaurant, Mountbellew

Donal McDermot

€20 Voucher for the West Wing Restaurant, Tuam

Maureen Delaney

Sincere thanks to all who bought or sold tickets and those who donated prizes.