Fruit grow­ers put on great show at St Pa­trick’s Cen­tre

Bray People - - About Greystones -

SHINY AP­PLES and pears, some med­lar fruit and two won­der­ful pump­kins were very vis­i­ble at the Del­gany & District Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety’s Fruit Show held in St. Pa­trick’s Recre­ation Cen­tre, Grey­stones last week.

Chair­per­son, John Markham, said the So­ci­ety were de­lighted with the en­thu­si­as­tic sup­port given to the show by fruit grow­ers from Bray, Kil­macanogue down to New­cas­tle and even more pleased to see the sil­ver­ware be­ing so widely dis­trib­uted.

David Warnock, Church Lane, Grey­stones re­tained the Mur­doch Cup for the best cook­ing ap­ples. The RHSI Medal for best dessert ap­ples went to Jimmy Kelly and the O’Neill Au­tumn Cup for best other fruit was awarded to Betty Lowe, Grey­stones.

There was very close com­pe­ti­tion for the points award and when the re­sults were checked and re-checked Jimmy Kelly, Billy Markham (Del­gany) and John Markham (Grey­stones) were all tied on 16 points with the Rowan Cup be­ing shared and a toss of a coin de­cid­ing that Billy Markham would mind it for the first part of the year.

Other first awards went to Jim Lynch (best other cook­ing ap­ple and the big­gest ap­ple). Ruth Handy grew the best Alling­ton Pip­pins, Niall Coveney best other pear va­ri­ety, Hilda Alexan- der the best other fruit and David Flynn the best pump­kin.

Joan Gregg, Show Sec­re­tary, with as­sis­tance of Mary Wall had ev­ery­thing very well or­gan­ised.

The evening in­cluded the AGM with the ex­ist­ing com­mit­tee re­turn­ing un­op­posed, and a talk by Matthew Jebb on Lam­bay Is­land off the North County Dublin coast­line. Matthew also judged the fruit and pre­sented the awards.

James Kilkenny and Jim Lynch eye up their catch at the Del­gany and District Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety Fruit Show.

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