Friday 10th Dec 2021

Festive Cheer at the 35th Royal Ulster Winter Fair

On Thursday 9th December 2021, the 35th Royal Ulster Winter Fair in association with sole sponsor Danske Bank, returned to the Eikon Exhibition Centre, Balmoral Park, Lisburn.

The Eikon Exhibition Centre was filled with festive cheer as Northern Ireland’s premier annual dairy took place with cattle competing in the ring for Championship titles. The sought after Supreme Interbreed Champion title was won by Clandeboy Tequilla Cookie exhibited by Clandeboye Estate, Bangor. Hallow Holsteins from Gorey received the title of Reserve Champion with Hallow Atwood Carmen VG89 and exhibitor John Dowling from Dublin returned home with the Honourable Mention for Baldonnel FM Sunshine.

This popular event run by the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS) in the run up to Christmas enabled farmers, dairy enthusiasts and industry specialists to network and do business. It also offered a timely opportunity for farmers, their families and exhibitors to meet together in the lead up to the festive period.

Danske Bank were once again the sole sponsors of the event, as they have been over the last 35 years. Speaking about the ongoing partnership, Rodney Brown, Head of AgriBusiness at Danske said, “It’s been fantastic to be back at the Winter Fair in 2021 following a year away due to the restrictions in 2020. There was a wonderful atmosphere throughout and whilst the future for the industry looks exciting with numerous opportunities, the many challenges seem to have been forgotten on the day as visitors enjoyed the excellent show of dairy cattle, took the opportunity to visit the superb variety of trade stands and enjoyed the social aspect in the wonderful surrounds of the Eikon Centre and Logan Hall. We are delighted to continue to work with the RUAS and honoured to see our ongoing investment in the event contribute to its growth and success.”

RUAS Operations Director, Rhonda Geary added; “We are delighted with the success of the 35th Royal Ulster Winter Fair in association with sole sponsor Danske Bank. With their continued generous financial support, Danske Bank has played a pivotal role in the ever-growing success of this event, and it remains a very popular event in our agri-calendar in the run up to Christmas.

“There was a great atmosphere throughout the day and fierce competition with the crème de la crème of dairy cattle competing for Champion titles. This year the Society streamed the Show online and it was delivered to dairy enthusiasts worldwide!

“Following the cancellation of the Show last year, we felt it was important to be able to successfully run the Royal Ulster Winter Fair in 2021. We wanted to show our ongoing support to the dairy industry across the island of Ireland as well as providing support to the events and commercial industry. It was a wonderful day and we look forward to returning in 2022”.

Full results from the event can be found here.


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