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Farming Awards 2018

4th annual Southern Star and Celtic Ross Hotel West Cork Farming Awards


Following the success of last year’s awards, with special guest Minister Michael Creed, nominations are sought for the 4th annual Southern Star and Celtic Ross Hotel West Cork Farming Awards, which honour the achievements of farmers, their families and the wider agricultural community for their endeavour.


Nomination categories

1. Young Farmer award - under 35

2. Sustainability & Diversification award

3. Dairy Farmer of the Year

4. Drystock Farmer of the Year

5. Hall of Fame award


How to enter

1. Complete the entry form below

2. Choose the category for which you wish to make a nomination. People may also nominate themselves.

3. Briefly explain why your nominee deserves this award (please let them know that you have nominated them). We will follow up by phone or email, if we need more information.



Category winners will receive a trophy plus a prize to the value of €500 from the respective category sponsors.


Key dates

Closing date of nomination is Friday, July 13th, 2018. The shortlist for each of the categories will be announced in The Southern Star newspaper between mid-August and mid-September, The category winners will be announced at a gala lunchtime awards ceremony in the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, on Sunday, September 23rd.



The judging panel, chaired by Con Downing, editor of The Southern Star, comprises Michael Connolly, acting regional manager of Teagasc Cork West; JJ Walsh, sales and marketing manager of the Carbery Group, and John Buckley, a former Macra Young Farmer of the Year. The judges’ decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. There will be an extra Judges’ Award this year for Outstanding Achievement in the Farming Community, sponsored by Hodnett Forde, Auctioneers.


Get in touch

For any queries or help, please don’t hesitate to call 028-21200 or email: