153rd event set for September 7th and 8th
The 153rd Strokestown Agricultural and Industrial Show will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 7th and 8th in the grounds of Strokestown Park House and will feature 23 All-Ireland finals.
Speaking at last Thursday’s launch at The Percy French Hotel, Chairman of the show, John O’Beirne, outlined a busy programme of events.
“Once again, on Saturday (September 7th), we have a spectacular Cattle Show. We have All-Ireland Irish Angus Finals with a prize fund of €12,000. We have All-Ireland Finals in Shorthorn and Simmental and the Limousin will have points awarded towards National Male and Female of 2019.
“In the Commercial Cattle section we have the €5,000 Sweeney family All-Ireland Beef Bullock Championship; the €2,000 Greenvale Animal Feeds All-Ireland Beef Heifer Championship; and the €1,200 Hanly’s Hardware and Spar Supermarket All-Ireland Bull and Heifer Calf Class, sponsored by Percy Hanly and family. We also have the All-Ireland Breeding Heifer, open to all Commercial Heifers. This is sponsored by the Sweeney family from Corrigeen, Strokestown with a prize fund of €1,800,” he said.
The Sheep Section will also take place on Saturday, September 7th and will include classes for Suffolk, Texel, Charollais, and Zwartbles with a Champion and Reserve in all breeds.
Mr. O’Beirne said: “We have a full Commercial Section, including two new classes which are confined to the Strokestown area, with Champion and Reserve, and the Supreme Champion of the Show.
“We also have classes in Farm and Garden Produce, Flowers, Fruit and Vegetables, Hay and Pasture, Turf, Adult and Junior Cookery, and Adult and Junior Handcrafts”.
Sunday will feature the Horse and Pony Show including the Registered Irish Draught Section, the Strokestown Park Irish Draught Broodmore All-Ireland Championship and Pony classes in Connemara, Welsh, Hunter, and many more.
There will also be Driving classes for style and appearance, the ever-popular Dog Show and prizes for Best Dressed Lady and Gent; Glamorous Granny; Little Miss and Master and Bonny Baby.
There will be live music in the show grounds across the weekend as well as the annual food fair ‘Flavours from the Heart of Ireland’.
The Chairman thanked the many sponsors such as the Callery Endowment Fund, the Sweeney, Rogers’ and Hanly families, Greenvale Animal Feeds and Emlagh Lodge Veterinary Centre, Elphin.
“In addition, the Show has been granted funding from the Roscommon Council Leader programme and Sliabh Bawn Community Benefit Fund.
“We would also like to thank Michael Ring, Minister for Rural and Community Development, for a grant this year made available to all shows which is a major contribution to our running costs, he said.
Mr. O’Beirne concluded by extending a warm welcome to visitors and participants ahead of next weekend’s show. The showground will open at 8 am on Saturday, September 7th and exhibits must be in place by 10 am prior to judging at 10.30 am.