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|
|Cork||Cork Summer Show|
|Cork||West Cork Horse Breeders|
|Dublin||Flavours of Fingal Show|
|Dublin||Skerries (Irish Association Of Welsh Pony & Cob Society Show )|
|Galway||Connemara Performance Show|
|Galway||Seo Chapallini Carraroe|
|Galway||Taispenatas Cois Fharraige (Spideal)|
|Kerry||Blennerville Pony Society|
|Kerry||Kerry Bog Pony Show|
|Kerry||South Kerry Ploughing|
|Kerry||Kingdom Co Fair Tralee|
|Kildare||Marina Fay Minature Show|
|Kildare||Newbridge College Show|
|Louth||Dundalk (Louth County Show)|
|Meath||North East Connemara Pony Breeders|
|Offaly||Mount Brisco Rare Breed|
|Roscomon||Boyle Summer Show|
|Westmeath||Midland CP Breeders|
|Wexford||Bannow & Rathangan|