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