Supporters and sponsors look forward to Saturday






There was plenty of praise for the Roscommon Agricultural Show at last Thursday’s official launch at Hannon’s Hotel. Local public representatives and sponsors extended best wishes ahead of this Saturday’s event.

  Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy announced that he would be sponsoring the show at what he described as “a really challenging time for rural communities”. He urged the community to come out in “huge numbers” before adding that rural Ireland was in “a fight for survival”.

  Seán Beirne from Bank of Ireland Roscommon said the Roscommon Show was all about community, adding: “We need to support each other as best we can and get the word out”.

  Roscommon businessman and show sponsor, P. Burke praised the organisers for working together and improving the show every year. He wished this year’s event every success and said the Roscommon Agricultural Show was going from “strength to strength” each year.

  Cllr. Laurence Fallon said he was looking forward to another successful Roscommon Show and he left those in attendance in little doubt as to the importance of agriculture to Roscommon town and surrounding areas.

  “Without agriculture in Roscommon there is very little left. Hopefully for the 50th anniversary of the show next year things (in the agriculture sector) will be a lot more certain. There is a need for rapid change, hopefully before the future of agriculture becomes too ‘dicey’ in Roscommon,” he said.

  Roscommon Mart manager, Maura Quigley, said the mart has had a 50-year association with the Roscommon Show.

  She said she was fully aware of the hard work that goes into organising the Roscommon Agricultural Show, having served 21 years as its Secretary.

  “I’m still waiting for my pension from that,” she quipped before providing a brief history of previous show venues.

  “The first Roscommon Show was in a field behind JJ Harlow’s and then it was out in Lenabane before coming to Hannon’s. I hope the local people come out and support it once again this year,” she said.

  Former Mayor of Roscommon, Martin Connaughton, said it was great to see such a good turnout at last Thursday’s launch and said he was looking forward to Saturday’s Show.

  “I’m wishing for a fine day but if stays good until the evening and then turns bad Hannon’s Hotel will be the main beneficiaries!”

  Mr. Connaughton said his son, Cllr. Ivan Connaughton, was out of the country but sent his best wishes to the organisers.

  The chairperson of Roscommon Lamb Festival Donal Mee was also in attendance at last Thursday’s launch and he too wished the organisers all the best ahead of Saturday’s 49th Roscommon Agricultural Show.