Dolan welcomes €700k for Agricultural Shows

Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan has welcomed €700,000 in funding for agricultural shows, announced recently by Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys.

Commenting on the announcement, Senator Dolan said: “This year we are seeing people being able to gather again after two years of the pandemic and people have really missed coming together for the local fairs and shows.

“This funding from Minister Heather Humphreys as part of the Our Rural Future strategy will support the show committees and give a boost to towns and farming in the west.

“It will be good to see rosettes being pinned this year in County Roscommon with the first agricultural show starting in Castlerea on August 1st followed by Boyle (Sunday, August 14th), Roscommon (Saturday, August 20th), Elphin (Saturday, August 27th), and Strokestown (September 10th).

The Athlone show on June 19th and Ballinasloe show on Sunday, September 25th are also of great interest. And of course the opportunity to shop local and support our local crafts, artisan and food entrepreneurs. These shows bring back music, arts, vintage car and tractors – there really is something of interest for everyone and a great day out for families”.