Roscommon Show is bigger and better than ever!
All you need to know about Saturday’s show
“Bigger and better than ever and still a vital part of the community!” That was the message to the huge crowd who attended the launch last Thursday night of the 46th annual Roscommon Show, which will take place on the grounds of Hannon’s Hotel on Saturday next, August 20th.
The launch, which was also held at Hannon’s Hotel, was attended by show committee members, local community groups, representatives from Strokestown and Elphin Shows, and local politicians, who included Michael Fitzmaurice TD, Senator Maura Hopkins and others.
Addressing the attendance, the new chairman of the show committee, James Gleeson, said that the Roscommon Show represented all the best that Irish farming had to offer along with the best in garden produce, cookery, arts and crafts, flowers, cattle, horses, sheep dogs and a wide variety of other pursuits.
“We have great entertainment for all the family and we have free entry to all children and free entertainment for them too including bouncing castles, slides, horse and carriage rides and other novelties,” he said, before adding “we
have a very high standard in all sections including our All-Ireland qualifiers.”
James Gleeson also remembered with sadness the passing of one of the show committee’s most loyal members, Willie Stroker recently. “We remember our great former show committee member Willie Stroker here tonight. He never missed a meeting, and was a cattle steward at the show every year. At this launch I want to extend our sympathy to his family,” he said.
Mr. Gleeson was loud in his praise for the show’s generous sponsors. “Without the generosity of our sponsors we would have no show. There is a prize fund this year of €30,000 and we have overheads and expenses as well, so our sponsors are vital. Our main sponsor is John O’Rourke, All Creatures Veterinary Clinic, and our other main sponsors are the Hannon family and Horse Sport Ireland. There are many other smaller sponsors to whom we owe a deep debt of gratitude.
“I would like to thank the Hannon family for the use of their grounds and hotel throughout the year. I want to also thank our committee members for all their hard work during the year including Ursula Hannon, secretary; Ann-Marie Ward, assistant secretary; Tracey Hanlon, treasurer, and Christy Tully PRO,” he said.
James Gleeson also expressed his gratitude to the Department of Agriculture, the Gardaí, the Irish Shows Association and everyone else who help out the committee.
“We are always on the lookout for new members and thankfully we have new people on board this year and I hope to see you all on the day and hopefully the weather will be good too,” he concluded.
The highlights of this year’s show will include The All-Ireland Final of the Irish Draught Yearling Filly and the All-Ireland Lunging Competition. There are many other valuable classes for horses, ponies, cattle, sheep, goats, dogs, poultry, pets, farm and garden produce, art and crafts and photography.
There are driving events, a dog show, sheep racing, best dressed lady, glamorous granny, best dressed gent, bonny baby, kids fancy dress and local trade stands as well. The show grounds will open on the day at 8 am. All exhibits must be in the grounds for 9 am and the judging will commence at 10 am.