Michael Creed T.D., Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, writes an exclusive goodwill message in the Roscommon People…
I am delighted to have this opportunity to congratulate the Strokestown Agricultural Show on their 150th anniversary.
Since its inception all those years ago this show has steadily grown in size and reputation into what is now a renowned show throughout the region.
Agricultural shows such as Strokestown
Show are a wonderful opportunity for rural communities to hang out their brightest colours and showcase the best of what rural Ireland has to offer agriculturally, commercially and socially.
Agricultural shows play an important role in the social calendar of the farming community. In recent years, shows have modified their focus to attract the diverse cross‐section of people now living in rural Ireland. They also allow farmers to meet their friends and fellow farmers and thereby perform a very important social function.
I believe the true value of shows lies in their potential to inform the public about farming matters, food and countryside topics. This is all the more relevant now when the agri‐food sector is seen as a key driver of economic growth and export earnings.
While livestock exhibits provide the mainstay of any agricultural show, shows are now much broader in their appeal. The inclusion of such a wide range of activities including showing classes for horses, ponies, sheep and dogs, horticulture, flowers and farm products, artisan food producers, cookery demonstrations, fashion, home and garden, and cultural events ensures that everyone has something interesting to see.
Much of the success of this show can be attributed to the progressive and dedicated people on the organising committee who ensure that the show is interesting and entertaining for all and manages to attract such a large attendance.
I wish the Strokestown Show continued success and I again wish to pay tribute to the effort put in by everybody involved. You can be justly proud of your achievements, not just for this year’s event, but down through the last century and a half. I hope you will enjoy the experience and continue to support your local communities.