There was a good turnout for the official launch of the 49th Roscommon Industrial & Agricultural Show at Hannon’s Hotel last Thursday night. The show takes place this Saturday, August 17th at Hannon’s grounds on the Athlone Road in Roscommon town with a prize fund of €50,000 up for grabs across all classes.
Special guest at last Thursday’s launch was Roscommon footballer Conor Devaney who praised the Roscommon Show committee for the hard work they do throughout the year.
“I used to work with Damien and Ursula here at Hannon’s for a few years so I suppose I have an insight into the hard work and dedication that everyone here puts into making a show like this successful and it is always a huge success.
“It’s amazing to see how all the sections (cattle, horses, home and farm produce, etc.) can come together. An event like this is usually the highlight in a rural town like Roscommon. There’s a sense of community here that everyone needs to engage with and we need to support events like this because it’ll be sustainable farming and small rural farming that is highlighted on weekends like this and that’s what we should be proud of.
“I know that it’s going to be a great success because it always is and I’m honoured to be asked to come here,” he said.
New Roscommon Show President Christy Tully welcomed those in attendance at last Thursday’s launch before highlighting the efforts being made by the show committee ahead of this year’s event.
“I’d like to thank Chairman Damien Hannon and the Roscommon Show committee for nominating me as president. I have great confidence in Damien and the committee that this will be on of the best shows yet.
“I would like to thank our main sponsors, committee members, exhibitors, HIS, ISA, Mayo/Roscommon Breeders’ Group and all breeder societies, and everyone else who helps in any way,” he said.
Mr. Tully thanked the show’s sponsors including All Creatures Veterinary Clinic and the Hannon family for their continued support. The new President also paid tribute to former president and founding member, the late Joe Murphy, who passed away in October 18th 2018.
Damien Hannon is in his second year as chairperson of Roscommon Show and he was once again effusive in his praise of the show’s committee.
“Last year saw one of the biggest turnouts of spectators and exhibitors to date and was without a doubt a huge success for which we are all very proud. I would like to congratulate Christy (Tully) on his appointment as our new president and to sincerely thank our committee members for their hard work throughout the year in getting all the background work completed and our grounds ready for our big day,” he said.
Mr. Hannon also expressed his gratitude and “sincere appreciation” to the show’s sponsors without whom he said, the show “could simply not survive and our day would not be viable”.
“To our exhibitors, competitors, judges, stewards and spectators who together make our hard work worth all the sweat and tears,” he said.
The chairperson added: “Finally, (thanks) to the many volunteers who are willing to give up their time in the days leading up to and on show day. We strongly believe that local shows have a valuable place in our community. I would like to wish you all a safe and successful year ahead and look forward to seeing you all on the 17th”.