Art, photography…and All-Ireland onions!

Aside from the numerous horse, cattle and sheep prizes up for grabs in Hannon’s Field this Saturday, there will also be classes in Farm and Home Produce, Art and Photography, Baking, Jams, Jellies, and even an All-Ireland Championship for Quality Onions!

There are also baking classes and arts and crafts classes for those in primary and post-primary education and photography classes for all ages.

Speaking at the recent launch, Cllr Kathleen Shanagher, a show sponsor and volunteer, encouraged those present to come out and support the event, describing it as “a great day out”.

Admission and entertainment for children is free this Saturday and Cllr Shanagher urged families to “thrown on the Wellingtons” and head along.

Other speakers to offer their support last Thursday included Senator Eugene Murphy, who praised central Government for its support of agricultural shows.

“We shouldn’t underestimate the importance of agricultural shows,” he said.

“These are difficult and challenging times for the farming community with the cost-of-living crisis and the recent weather…but the one thing they always have is hope and despite these challenges they continue to fight on.

“I hope that Saturday is a wonderful day not only for the farming community of Roscommon but also for the wider community as well”.

Cllr Anthony Waldron, who was credited with helping to save the Roscommon Sheep breed earlier in proceedings, paid tribute to the show’s committee, whom he said was “working to make Roscommon a better place”.

Roscommon IFA Chairman Pat Leonard, Gordon Pennick of Roscommon Mart, Ann Marie Beirne, Bank of Ireland, Nicola Featherstone, AIB, and local auctioneer P Burke also offered their support and best wishes ahead of Saturday’s show.