Six of the best Irish farm inventions

The Tullamore Show National Inventions Competition returns to Offaly on Sunday 14th August offering innovative thinkers a great chance at success.

sponsored by the Independent Farmingthe Arena of Inventions is a must-see for any visitor to the event.

Guaranteed to meet some inspiring characters, they all tend to have an infectious enthusiasm in their quest for the perfect invention.

Categories include: inventions in agriculture, horticulture and forestry; inventions in home, leisure and construction; labor saving devices; inventions in renewable energy; and Inventions That Are Too Big To Travel.

Here we present some of the most brilliant winners of the past years.

1. Silage mat and fastener

Kilkennyman Liam Murphy, who was a mainstay of the National Inventions Competition at Tullamore, demonstrates his tire mat idea for silage pits. He also invented a fastener to make the mats easier to make.


Adrian Keegan’s Meal Riser

2. Meal Riser

In 2019, Adrian Keegan of Athleague, Co. Roscommon introduced his Meal Riser, which saves farmers from stretching and straining their backs when removing food from a bin.

The spring-loaded floor in the feeder gradually rises as the feed is emptied and loses weight. This means farmers don’t have to lean into the bin, get dust on their faces or strain their backs.


Phillip Dickson’s Third Arm invention

3. Third arm

Philip Dickson of Moate, Co. Westmeath has developed a third arm implement which is powered by the tractor’s own electric attachment and has a small powered arm to widen or narrow a tractor’s lift arms when a three point hitch is fitted.


Barry Loughnane with his Slurry Scraper

4. Mud scraper

Ennisman Barry Loughnane’s manure scraper attaches to the underside of a slurry tanker and cleans dirt from a cow lane by directing it into a vacuum.


The Eco Combi digs a floor drain and fills it with drainage stones

5. Eco station wagon

Designed by Bernie McNamee, the Eco Combi drainage machine is capable of digging a land drain and evenly backfilling it to the surface with drainage rocks in a single pass while digging.


Alan and Colette Martin invented Slurrysafe

6. Slurry proof

A Waterford invention developed by Alan and Colette Martin aimed at reducing risk when working on or near open manure pits. Six of the best Irish farm inventions

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