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Super Tullamore Show success

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Super Tullamore Show success thumbnailThe Limousin heifer displayed by Nicole, Paul and James McPadden, from Garr, Rhode, which scooped an array of awards at this year’s FBD National Livestock Show on Sunday last.

FARMER fears on the three pronged front of Brexit,weather problems and CAP reform failed to dampen spirits as last Sunday's Tullamore Show basked in delightful August sunshine.
Alluding to these threats facing farming and the agri-food sector, Minister for Agriculture and Food, Michael Creed promised measures to tackle the ongoing drought and vowed the Government would not be found wanting in tackling Brexit and CAP reform challenges.
Officially opening the Show and the FBD National Livestock Show, Minister Creed said the Government was committed to paying more into the overall EU Budget to secure the future of CAP and maintain payments at current levels.
He also announced deadline extensions for the spreading of fertilisers and organic manures in a bid to extend the growing season in order to tackle an impending fodder crisis brought about by the summer drought.
Meanwhile competition was keen in a host of classes in the FBD National Livestock Show and overall the show boasted a prize fund of €175,000, the highest ever.
Attendance at the one day spectacular was estimated at 60,000 with early morning rain failing to deter show goers.
There were over 20,000 free car parking space and the Garda traffic management plan worked a treat on the day with no delays being reported.
In all there were over 1,000 competitions in a host of different fields from cookery to rare breeds, dogs to farm inventions to new attractions such as the pig agility class.
The talks, tips and hints indoor workshops attracted capacity attendances over the course of the day while glamour in abundance characterised the Fashion and Best Dressed Lady section.
The importance of farm safety was emphasised at a well supported display by the Health and Safety Authority and also stressed by MEP Mairead McGuinness
Show Chairperson, Brendan Kiernan, said organisers were "very proud of our Show and its reputation - which is evidenced by the increased number of exhibitors and trade stands here on site to day."
”Today on this 250 acre site we have over 5,000 entries, approximately 2,000 animals, 1,000 plus competitions and over 300.000 square feet of tented village," she stressed.
Ms Kiernan continued: "There are over 700 trade stands on site and even having increased our stand numbers we still had a waiting list. Thank you to all those who choose Tullamore Show to exhibit their products. I hope that business will be brisk and that you all have a very worthwhile day."
The Chairperson said the success of Tullamore Show has ensured its position as one of Ireland's major attractions and would not take place without a number of very supportive and dedicated people who work tirelessly from year to year to ensure its success.
David Sheehan, Chairman of the Irish Shows Association, said Tullamore Show made a huge contribution to the wider Midlands economy.
He revealed he and wife had made 25 phone calls last Saturday in an attempt to secure accommodation in the region but all had been booked out. "Without exception they told us it was down to Tullamore Show,' stressed the ISA chief.
FBD's John Cahalan revealed his group has signed a four year main sponsorship deal with the National Livestock Show after successful meetings with Brenda Kiernan and Freda Kinnarney.
”FBD was built by farmers for farmers and this show is a tremendous fit for that," he stressed.

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