The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD, said on Tuesday that a €600,000 allocation by his Department to agricultural shows represents an important investment in rural communities and the rural economy.
Minister Ring was speaking as he announced funding to support approximately 120 agricultural shows around the country which are due to take place in 2019.
Each show is eligible to receive €5,000 from the Government in an effort to support these important rural community events. This investment is being carried out in coordination with the Irish Shows Association (ISA) and the recipients are all members of that Association.
Minister Ring said: “This represents a substantial investment in rural communities and in the rural economy by the Government. I know that this funding will provide a huge boost to the agricultural shows that are such an integral part of our rural culture. They are a showcase for local communities and for all that is good about rural Ireland”.