There was a good turnout for the launch of the 50th Roscommon Agricultural Show last Thursday evening at Hannon’s Hotel ahead of the big day at Hannon’s field on Saturday, August 20th.
Honorary President Christy Tully said the show had survived many challenges since 1970 and said there would be no show without hardworking volunteers and loyal sponsors.
Chairperson of Roscommon Industrial and Agricultural Society, Damien Hannon, also paid tribute to the show’s hardworking committee as well as loyal sponsors.
Mr. Hannon also emphasised the need for younger generations to get involved in the agricultural show.
“Unless we get the younger people involved we are going to fail,” he said.
He also thanked the Irish Shows Association, An Garda Síochána, Roscommon Civil Defence, Roscommon County Council, Roscommon Leader Partnership, the Local Enterprise Office, and ASI.
Detailing this year’s horse section, Mr. Tully highlighted the All-Ireland Yearling Filly Championship and the €2,000 prize on offer. This year’s horse section also features three new classes including the Irish Draught Foal Championship, the Quality Filly Foal and the Quality Colt Foal.
The pony section features a combination of in-hand and ridden classes with the John Mooney Perpetual Cup up for grabs for the ridden championship and the Don Dalton Cup on offer for the in-hand classes.
Head of the cattle section, James Gleeson, highlighted classes for pedigree and non-pedigree cattle as well as handling and stockperson classes.
Pat Naughton told those present that sheep section this year would feature 31 classes while there are three goat classes while Oliver Flanagan highlighted the seven classes on offer in the fowl section.
This year’s show will also include the usual classes for poultry, pets, farm and garden produce as well as arts and crafts, photography, the ever popular dog show and a Local Enterprise marquee for small local businesses.
Founding member and guest speaker on the night, John O’Beirne, shared fond memories of some of the thrills and spills he experienced during previous shows and said Roscommon had the best cattle in the country.
Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council Tom Crosby, Pat Leonard of Roscommon IFA, and Mark Donnelly of Roscommon Mart congratulated the committee on reaching such an important milestone and wished all concerned continued success.
A minute’s silence was observed last Thursday for deceased committee members Irene Hanlon, Annette Tully, and Gerry Hanlon, who have passed away since the show was last held in August 2019.
The showgrounds for this year’s event open at Hannon’s field at 8 am on Saturday, August 20th and all exhibits must be ready by 9 am. Entries close on Wednesday, August 17th.