Strokestown Show returns on September 10th

The Strokestown Agricultural Show will make a welcome return on Saturday, September 10th following a two-year absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This year’s show will take place over one jam-packed day rather than the usual two on the grounds of Strokestown Park House. Established in 1876, it is widely regarded as one of the leading commercial cattle shows in the country, the show will feature three All-Ireland classes.

Classes include the All-Ireland Beef Bullock Final which draws exhibitors from all over the country. Sponsored by the Sweeney family from Corigeen, this class has a total prize fund of €6,000.

The Greenvale Animal Foodstuffs sponsored All-Ireland Beef Heifer class features a prize fund of €2,500 with €1,000 first prize, €600 for runner-up and €300 for third place.

The All-Ireland Breeding Heifer class, which is also sponsored by the Sweeney family, while there are two All-Ireland calf classes with a €1,500 prize fund kindly donated by the Hanly family of Hanly’s Eurospar and Hardware, Strokestown.

The leading cattle societies will be hosting classes at the show and there will be multiple Angus classes on the day.

Meanwhile, Show sponsor Jim Callery of Strokestown Park House has once again provided significant backing to the event in the form of a €9,000 prize fund for the Irish Draught Brood Mare Foal at Foot Final. The winner will collect €5,000, second place will win €2,000 and third place will earn €1,000. There will also be prizes for fourth, fifth and sixth.

Mr. Callery has also offered €3,000 in prize money to the top yearling filly (€1,000) and two-year-old filly (€1,000) and Best Irish Draught (€1,000).

Strokestown Show Chairperson, John O’Beirne, told last Thursday’s launch that Mr. Callery has had a life-long interest in Irish Draught horses and that his support of the show helps to maintain the breed’s prominence.

Tony and Blaithin Stephenson will sponsor the Connemara Pony section. There will also be the usual sheep classes and two stockperson classes (15 and under and ages 16 to 18).

The very popular Food Fair ‘Flavours from the heart of Ireland’, will feature cooking demonstrations and an appearance by celebrity chef Shane Smith. There will be stands for artisan food producers and entries are still be accepted at info@strokestownshow.ie.

Mr. O’Beirne thanked the show’s many sponsors and said that without them, the event would not be possible. The committee also remembered those members who have passed away in the last two years.

“We will have five cattle rings, possibly six, three horse rings, two dog rings, and two sheep rings…so around ten rings on total on the day,” he said.

“Strokestown Show is usually a two-day event but on account of Covid we decided it might be safer to have it over one day this year. It will be a challenge to try and fit everything into one day.

“As well as a wide range of classes and our Food Fair, we will also have the usual children’s entertainment and family fun. We’re happy to say the admission fee of €10 remains unchanged, unlike many other shows who have had to increase their fees.

“We’re grateful for the support of the public and our many sponsors, who have stood loyally by us. We’re lucky to have the grounds of Strokestown Park House, and because of that it’s one of the safest shows in country due to the amount of space.

“Because it’s a one-day event this year we do need more volunteers. We would like people to come and help us out on the day and also for people to come out and support the show because without the public, the show wouldn’t happen”.

Mr. O’Beirne said the committee was working hard ahead of the show’s long-awaited return on September 10th.

“We are looking forward to the return of the show and welcoming everyone on the day. Going back to 1867 and run every year up to Covid, the show has traditionally been the biggest event in Strokestown. It has always been good to businesses in the town,” he said.

“Strokestown is a renowned cattle show and whenever you go somewhere in Ireland and tell people where you’re from, they’ll say ‘you’ve a good show there’.

“Further details will be released in the next few weeks. People can follow updates on the website (www.strokestownshow.ie) and on Facebook. For enquiries and entries can be emailed to info@strokestownshow.ie”.