Rain fails to dampen spirits at Castlerea Show!

This year the committee of Castlerea Agricultural Trade and Craft Show took on the challenge of hosting a show after a two-year absence due to Covid.

Reporting on the success of this year’s show, the committee stated: “This was a challenge that the committee faced head on and thankfully it paid off as a successful show was held on what must have been the wettest August bank holiday Monday in history. The show must go on whatever the weather!

“The 2022 committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who volunteered their time to help on the day as without volunteers it would be impossible to run a show. We would also like to thank the public for coming out and supporting the show despite the wet weather. So much work goes into running this event it was great to see so many people at the show and enjoying themselves on the day.

“This year the committee was delighted to welcome local boxing champions Aoife and Lisa O’Rourke to officially open the show. The O’Rourke family have always been great supporters of Castlerea Agri Trade and Craft Show down through the years and the committee was delighted when they agreed to perform the official opening.

“This year the committee worked tirelessly to produce a show of high quality with something for all the family in all sections from home produce, art, cattle, goats, dogs, sheep, amusements Bonny Baby and of course music from Trevor Moyles Danny Arnold and the Castlerea Brass and Reed band and a Jiving competition with Sandra Ganley of Jiving Juniors. The committee would like to thank all the loyal sponsors and supporters without whom it would be impossible to hold a show. A special word of thanks to Castlerea Livestock Mart who provide us with superb facilities every year and were our main sponsor for 2022.

“Finally, we would like to encourage new volunteers to come and get involved with the show for next year.

“We would urge anyone with an interest in crafts, trades, food or agriculture and those with an interest or skills in IT to come to the AGM and join the committee to begin planning for and even bigger and better 2023 Castlerea Agricultural Show. There are many skills to be gained from being involved in the planning and running of events like this so the show is also a great way to build on a variety of skills, get involved in event management and build on existing interests.

“Hopefully we won’t need the wellies and umbrellas as much in 2023!”