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Press Release

Minister Ring provides €600,000 to support over 100 Agricultural Shows around the country

Published: 24 October 2019
From: Department of Rural and Community Development

Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development , has today announced funding of €600,000 for Agricultural Shows around the country. This allocation will fund approximately 120 shows due to take place in 2020.

Each qualifying show will receive a payment of approximately €5,000 to support these important events in rural communities. The investment is being administered through the Irish Shows Association (ISA) and the recipients are all members of that Association. It is intended that the funding will help the Agricultural Shows to meet the financial challenge associated with delivering their events.

In making the announcement Minister Ring said:

“Agricultural shows are a great celebration of rural Ireland and they are an integral part of our culture. The shows provide a welcome boost for local economies and attract visitors to enjoy our rural towns and villages at their best.
“This is an investment in rural communities and in the rural economy. 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.
“The funding I am allocating will be a huge boost for these shows and it is a fitting recognition of the valuable contribution they make to the economies and communities of rural Ireland. The €600,000 I am providing for the shows builds on funding of €1.4 million which I have provided to the Agricultural Shows over the last two years.
“The Agricultural Shows are a much cherished fixture in the rural calendar. I have seen the impact of the funding at the many shows I have visited this summer. The shows have something for everyone. It’s not all about livestock; there is entertainment, competitions, craft fairs, cookery and other demonstrations and competitions.”

The Minister continued:

“The commitment of local volunteers makes it possible for these shows to take place year on year. I’m delighted to be able to acknowledge the hard work, commitment and dedication that goes into every show and I’m pleased that the Irish Shows Association has once again agreed to work with my Department to administer the funding.
“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 visitors from near and far.”


Notes to editors:

The below list names the Agriculture Shows which benefit from this funding in 2019:

2019 Shows Funded

Western Region

    Ardara Show
    Ardrahan Agri Show
    Athenry Agri Show
    Ballina Show
    Ballinasloe Show
    Ballinmore Show
    Ballinrobe Show
    Ballyconneely Performance Show
    Ballyconneely Agri Show
    Ballyshannon Annual Show Ltd.
    Beltra Show
    Bonniconlon Show
    Boyle Summer Show
    Carraroe Show (Seó Chapaillíni)
    Cashel Show
    Castlerea Show
    Clare galway Show
    Claremorris Show
    Clifden Show( Conemara Pony)
    Clonmany Show
    Connemara Charity Show
    Corrandulla Show
    Elphin Show
    Enniscrone Show
    Erris Agri Show
    Finn-Valley Show
    Galway Show
    Glenamaddy Show
    Glencolmcille Show
    Gort Show
    (Grange Show) North Sligo Show
    Inishowen Show
    Jamestown Show
    Loughrea Show
    Maam Cross Show
    Louisburgh Show
    Manorhamilton Show
    Meenacross Show
    Mohill Show
    Mountbellew Show
    Oughterard Agri & Horticultural Show
    Riverstown Show
    Roscommon Agri Show
    Roundstone & Connemara Show
    Spidel Show ( Taispeantas)
    Strandhill Show
    Strokestown Show
    Swinford Show
    Westport Show

Southern Region

    Ballygarvan Show
    Ballyvourney Show
    Bandon Agri Show
    Bansha Agri Industrial Show
    Bantry Agri Show
    Barryroe Show
    Belgooly & Direct Agri Show
    Blennerville Pony & Agri Show
    Cappamore Show
    Carbery Show
    Charleville Agri Show
    Clarecastle Show
    Clonakilty Show
    Clonmel Show
    Cork Summer Show
    (Corofin Show) North West Clare Agri Show
    (Dingle Show) West Kerry Show
    Dungarvan Show
    Dunmanway Show
    Ennistymon Show
    Glencar Show
    Inniscarra Agri Show
    Kildysart Show
    Kilgarvan Show
    (Kilrush Show) West Clare Show
    Leap Horse & Pony Show
    Limerick Show
    Midleton Agri Show
    Mullagh Show
    National Dairy Show
    (Nenagh Show) North Tipperary Show
    Newcastle West Show
    Newmarket-on-Fergus Agri Show
    Scariff Show Society
    Schull Show
    South East Clare (Bridgetown) Show
    (Tralee Show) Kingdom County Fair
    West Cork Horse Show

Eastern Region

    Adamstown Show
    Ballyfoyle Show
    Bannow&Rathangan Show
    Black & Amber Welsh Pony Show
    Carnew Direct Agri Show
    Castlegannon Show
    Clonaslee Show
    Gorey Agri Show
    Iverk Show
    Kerry Bog Pony Show
    Kilmacanogue Show
    Marina Fay Memorial Show
    Mount Briscoe Rare &Traditional Breeds Show
    Newbridge College
    Thomastown Horse Show
    Tinahely Agri Show
    Tullamore Show
    Tullow Agri Show

Midland Region

    Arva Show
    Athlone Show
    Ballinalee Connemara Pony Show
    Ballivor show
    Castleblayney Show
    Dundalk Show Society
    Flavours of Fingal County Show
    Granard Agri Show Society
    Irish Pony Breeders Show
    Longford Show & County Fair
    Midlands Connemara Pony Show
    Moate Show
    Mullingar Agri Show
    Nobber Show and Fair
    North East Connemara Show
    Oldcastle Show
    Tattersall Show
    Trim show (Royal Meath Show)
    Tydavnet show
    Virginia show