The new President of the Society taking up office on the 1st of July is Mr Coote Geelan of Cloonagheer, Dromod, Co, Leitrim. A member of the Society's Council Mr Geelan is also a member of its Breed Improvement Committee. An active member of the Connaught Branch IHBS he has judged at various shows north and south of the border. He is also a member of the North Eastern Livestock Improvement Society.
Mr Coote Geelan
Mr Geelan states "I have been involved with Baltymore Herefords since the foundation in 1973 with my father, when we purchased our first Hereford, Kildrum Fairy for a figure of £165 from Master Micheal Reynolds of Ballinamore. She was the foundation stock and many of her descendants are in our 25 cow herd. I took over the herd from my father in 1997 and started on the show circuit in the early 2000’s with some outstanding success. Some of my other interests are motor sport, horse racing and heavy plough horses. I have been involved with Suffolk Sheep, also Border Leicester, being the first Southern Irish man to be elected to the Border Leicester Council in 2006 for a period of 4 years. It gives me great pleasure to represent my fellow breeders in the year ahead." I look forward to a tremendous national show and the opportunity to meet with and welcome those Hereford breeders from at home and overseas who can join us on this special occasion".
The new Vice President is Mr Gene Lynch, Droumdaniel, Bantry, Co, Cork.