There was a huge turnout at the launch of the Glenamaddy District Ploughing & Agricultural Show at Glenamaddy Equestrian Centre last Thursday night.
The show was revived last year: the 2014 edition was the first one held in Glenamaddy in 60 years. And this year’s edition will take place in the equestrian centre on Sunday, October 4, from 10.30 am to 5 pm.
It looks set to be a wonderful event, with a range of competitions, activities and attractions for all visitors. A hugely-dedicated committee are eager to ensure it will rival many more established farm shows nationwide.
Show chairman Seán Ganley said: “It will be one of the best farming events west of the Shannon.”
The equestrian centre and 30 acres of surrounding lands will once again play host to a range of attractions, including a top-class ploughing match, an indoor pedigree and commercial cattle show and a free play zone for kids.
The ploughing championship, an official National Ploughing Association event, will be the centrepiece of the show.
Mr Ganley said: “We’re fortunate to have access to one of the most ideal venues in Ireland – indeed, the equestrian centre here is the largest indoor arena in the west of Ireland.
“A great group of volunteers from Glenamaddy, Clonberne, Kilkerrin, Glinsk and Williamstown have been working diligently and it’s great to see such a wonderful event emerging from that work.”
Mr Ganley said that the show had received a huge boost this year with the addition of the Comer Group, owned by Glenamaddy brother Luke and Brian Comer, as main sponsors.
Mr Ganley said: “I would like to thank them for their generous support towards the staging of this event. It is greatly appreciated by all involved.”
The show have named a new perpetual cup, for the overall champion of the livestock show, in honour of the Comers’ generous contribution.
Mr Ganley added: “I would also like to pay tribute to the many business and families across the area who have so far generously provided additional sponsorship and support to the event.”
The gate will open for exhibitors on show day at 8 am, with gates opening to the general public at 10.30 am. The official opening will take place at 1 pm.