€800,000 Govt investment will provide huge boost for 120 Agricultural Shows around the country – Minister Ring

The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, has said the €812,000 allocation by his Department to Agricultural shows represents an important investment in rural communities and the rural economy. Minister Ring was speaking today as he announced a once off allocation of funding to support almost 120 agricultural shows around the country which are due to take place in 2018.

Each show is due to receive up to €7,000 from the Government in an effort to support these important rural community events. This investment is being carried out in coordination with the Irish Shows Association and the recipients are all members of that Association.

Minister Ring said: “This represents a substantial investment in rural communities and in the rural economy by the Government. I know that this funding will provide a huge boost to the agricultural shows that are such an integral part of our rural culture. They are a showcase for local communities and for all that is good about rural Ireland.

“I know that many shows have struggled in recent years as a result of adverse weather and increased costs. These shows have been a mainstay of the local summer and their absence has been keenly felt.  I hope that this once-off funding will help prevent that situation recurring next year and will help these shows to get back on a sound footing.

“Smaller shows have particularly struggled in recent years. This funding recognises the particular pressures being faced by these smaller shows and will be a great boost to them.

“These shows contribute significantly to the local economies of towns and villages and their hinterlands across Ireland. They are only able to continue because of the commitment of local volunteers. I’m delighted, therefore, to be able to assist them in this way for 2018.”

The Minister emphasised the great variety of activities in local agricultural shows: “There is literally something for everyone. It’s not all about livestock; there is entertainment, competitions, craft fairs, cookery and other demonstrations and competitions. These shows are a real celebration of local heritage. I’m delighted to be supporting this opportunity to celebrate and shine a spotlight on the best that local people and their communities have to offer the visitors from near and far.”

 

Note to editors:

The following is an indicative list of shows that stand to benefit from this funding, subject to meeting the criteria for the scheme.  Other shows affiliated to the Irish Shows Association may be added to the list at a later stage.

 

County Name of Show
Carlow Tullow
Cavan Arva
Cavan Virginia
Clare Clarecastle
Clare Corofin
Clare Ennistymon
Clare Kildysart
Clare Kilrush
Clare Mullagh
Clare Newmarket-on-Fergus
Clare Bridgetown
Clare Scariff
Cork Ballygarvan
Cork Ballyvourney/Coolea
Cork Bandon
Cork Bantry
Cork Barryroe
Cork Belgooly
Cork Carbery/Skibbereen
Cork Charleville
Cork Clonakilty
Cork Cork Summer Show
Cork Dunmanway
Cork Inniscarra
Cork Leap
Cork Midleton
Cork Schull
Cork West Cork Horse Breeders
Donegal Adrara
Donegal Ballyshannon
Donegal Clonmany
Donegal Finn Valley
Donegal Glencolmcille
Donegal Inishowen
Donegal Meenacross
Dublin Flavours of Fingal Show
Dublin Skerries (Irish Association Of Welsh Pony & Cob Society Show )
Galway Ardrahan
Galway Athenry
Galway Ballinasloe
Galway Ballyconneely
Galway Cashel
Galway Clifden
Galway Connemara Performance Show
Galway Corradulla
Galway Galway
Galway Glenamaddy
Galway Gort
Galway Loughrea
Galway Mountbellew
Galway Oughterard
Galway Roundstone
Galway Seo Chapallini Carraroe
Galway Taispenatas Cois Fharraige (Spideal)
Kerry Blennerville Pony Society
Kerry Dingle
Kerry Glencar
Kerry Kerry Bog Pony Show
Kerry Kilgarvan
Kerry South Kerry Ploughing
Kerry Kingdom Co Fair Tralee
Kildare Marina Fay Minature Show
Kildare Newbridge College Show
Kilkenny Castlegannon
Kilkenny Iverk (Piltown)
Kilkenny Thomastown
Laois Clonaslee
Leitrim Ballinamore
Leitrim Jamestown
Leitrim Manorhamilton
Leitrim Mohill
Limerick Cappamore
Limerick Newcastlewest
Limerick Limerick
Longford Ballinalee
Longford Granard
Longford Longford
Louth Dundalk (Louth County Show)
Mayo Ballinrobe
Mayo Ballina
Mayo Bonniconlon
Mayo Claremorris
Mayo Crossmolina
Mayo Erris
Mayo Louisburgh
Mayo Swinford
Mayo Westport
Meath North East Connemara Pony Breeders
Meath Ballivor
Meath Oldcastle
Meath Trim
Monaghan Tydavnet
Monahan Castleblayney
Offaly Mount Brisco Rare Breed
Offaly Tullamore
Roscommon Castlerea
Roscommon Elphin
Roscommon Roscommon
Roscommon Strokestown
Roscomon Boyle Summer Show
Sligo Beltra
Sligo Enniscrone
Sligo Grange
Sligo Riverstown
Sligo Strandhill
Tipperary Bansha
Tipperary Clonmel
Tipperary Nenagh
Waterford Dungarvan
Westmeath Athlone
Westmeath Midland CP Breeders
Westmeath Moate
Westmeath Mullingar
Wexford Adamstown
Wexford Bannow & Rathangan
Wexford Gorey
Wicklow Carnew
Wicklow Kilmacanogue
Wicklow Tinahely