There was a sizeable turnout last Thursday night in Hannon’s Hotel for the launch of the 47th Annual Roscommon Agricultural Show, which will take place on Hannon’s grounds on the Athlone Road on Saturday, August 19th.
This year’s show has a prize fund of €30,000 on offer across an array of sections including: Horses, Ponies, Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Dogs, Poultry, Pets, Farm and Garden Produce, Arts and Crafts, Photography and more.
Roscommon Show Chairman, James Gleeson, welcomed all those in attendance to the launch before describing some of the hard work involved in bringing the Roscommon Show together each year.
“It is a yearly event and it does take the year to bring everything together.
“Roscommon Show showcases the best of Irish farming and exhibits in garden produce, cookery, art and crafts, flowers, cattle, horses, ponies and sheep.
“The show has free entry to all children and free entertainment for children all day.
“We have a very high standard in all sections including All-Ireland qualifiers,” he said.
Mr. Gleeson was addressing an audience which included sponsors, volunteers, local representatives and officials from the local marts as well as Strokestown and Elphin Shows. He highlighted the importance of the show’s many sponsors.
“I would like to thank our sponsors, without whom we would have no show. We have a prize fund of €30,000 together with overheads and expenses.
“Our main sponsor in the cattle and dog sections is John O’Rourke from the All Creatures Veterinary Clinic. John also provides an on-call service throughout the day.
“The Hannon family and Horse Sport Ireland are behind the Horse section and all of our other sponsors have been loyal throughout the years.
“I would also like to thank the Hannon family for the use of their field and hotel throughout the year,” he said.
The chairman also paid tribute to the all those who help the Roscommon Show to run so smoothly each year before inviting new members with new ideas ahead of this year’s show.
“I wish to thank our committee members for all their hard work during the year including secretary Ursula Hannon, Christy Tully our PRO, and also the voluntary organisations who help us out on the day.
“I’d also like to thank the Department of Agriculture and the Gardaí who provide traffic control.
“New (committee) members are always welcome and of course new ideas. We are looking forward to seeing you all on August 19th,” he concluded.