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Culture, competition, entertainment, exhibitions and excitement will be the order of the day on Sunday 10th August, on The Butterfield Estate, Blueball, Tullamore, Co Offaly, Ireland, when the multitudes will gather to reap the results of 12 months of planning, organising and hard work, to deliver the Tullamore Show and FBD National Livestock Show, Irelands Premier Show. Approx 55,000 people visited the show last year and enjoyed the huge programme which is vast and varied. There will certainly be something for everyone. So, even if your interests are not vying for that new specially commissioned Gold Medal or the coveted rosette for Ireland’s Champion Bullock, there will be a multitude of choices to attract your interest and ensure that your day will be action packed combined with a unique, authentic cultural experience. The new and improved traffic plans which will be well signposted will ensure that you day is stress free

The programme this year has all the regular features and many new additions - Just throw your eye over this list for some of the main elements and you will get some idea of the vastness of the whole event:
Over 650 trade stands, covering agriculture, home, garden, fashion, forestry, energy, food, travel, property, health etc. etc.
• The FBD National Livestock Show features dairy, pedigree and commercial cattle and also 13 different breeds of sheep. The much sought after Gold Medal for the champions of each breed in the cattle sections should provide very keen competition, with the entries rolling in. These medals have now become the hallmark of excellence in Irish livestock production.
• The Livestock Show will also include the National Shows for the Limousin, Simmental and Hereford breeds.
• Full equestrian programme, including the new Farrier classes, new site location, Show jumping, and showing, carriage driving, miniatures, Clydesdales and donkeys.
• Home industries enthusiasts exhibiting their wares - from flowers to your holiday picture - and even being rewarded with prize money.
• Sheepdog arena trials
• International Visitor Centre
• Fashion at its best
• Cookery demonstrations with Neven Maguire and Sheila Kelly, Bord Bia food advisor.
• A food fair for Artisan producers
• All Ireland Poultry Championships,
• Floral Artist of the Year Competition
• Young Stockperson of the Year
• Many ideas for the Home and Garden
• Cultural features,
• Artisan Food, Craft & Lifestyle Exhibitions.
• Big Vintage Display of Farm Machinery from ‘times gone by’
• Latest in wind and solar developments
• Financial advice
• See the Rare Breeds and Pets Corner sections
• Macra National Finals of the FBD Farm Skills competition

Saturday Evening sees the Introduction of a




• Title of Event – Tullamore Show and FBD National Livestock Show.
• Show date – Sunday 10th August 2013
• Venue –Butterfield Estate, Blueball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, Ireland.
• Show Headquarters located at Church St. Tullamore, Co Offaly.
• Contact No. for Office is 00 353 (0)5793 52141 (Phone and fax.)
• Email address is info@tullamoreshow.com
• Over 250 acres of Show ground area.
• Site situated on the N52 Birr road, approx 5 km from town centre of Tullamore.
• Total prize fund of €165,000
• Total of over 1000 classes
• Entries Close on Friday 19th July – free draw for €100 for entries received before 12th July.
• 45 FBD National Livestock Show titles.
• The layout of the site is more compact this year and the equestrian activities will be more centre stage on the showgrounds.
• 300,000 sq. ft. of Tented Village.
• Show Grounds open from 6.45 a.m. for Exhibitors and 8.30 a.m. for the general public.
• Food and Bar Facilities on site
• Free car parking for 20,000 cars.
• Reserved car parking available for people with physical disabilities, (display window sticker and follow Livestock traffic directions to enter at gate 5).
• Traffic Plans will be in operation, which will be well signposted on website and press.
• Judging commences at 10 am. For the show jumping and horse showing and 10 am. In all other areas.
• Official Opening being performed by Agriculture & Food Minister Mr Simon Coveney, at 1pm at main stand.
• Admission is €15 for adults and €10 for Students and Senior Citizens. Accompanied Children under 14 years are free.
• Special offer on Pre Purchased tickets for €12 when purchased from the show office before Friday 30th. July. These tickets can be ordered on line.


Please refer to www.tullamoreshow.com for full details and outline of classes etc.









Irelands Premier Show, the Tullamore Show & FBD National Livestock Show takes place on Sunday, 10th August in Tullamore. This event which is the highlight of the farming world will feature 1,000 exhibitor competitions, and will also feature the gold medal award for livestock which will become the hallmark of excellence in livestock production. It will also include the National Shows for the Limousin, Simmental and Hereford breeds.

This year’s event, which will attract in the region of 60,000 people, is one of the biggest one day events in the country. People who visit this show have the opportunity to experience a show with a difference including a fashion show, dog show, horses & ponies and livestock all combine together with 650 trade exhibitors, who bring the latest mod cons for people to view, purchase and discuss the very latest technical developments in agriculture.

Tullamore has one of the most fabulous flowers and horticulture shows along with a huge cookery section which adds to the ‘awe’ and makes this a fantastic show. Not only does it contain over 250 acres of showgrounds, but there is free entertainment all day long, a restaurant, bar and over 20,000 free car parking spaces. This year’s event promises to be even more successful than last years record attendance with 650 trade stands, a huge combination of events, exhibitions and demos, whether it be vintage, cars& machinery, or the rare breeds exhibition. It’s the ultimate country lifestyle showcase. It should not be missed.

With a prize fund of over €165,000 and 42 national titles up for grabs, the agricultural and business people in Ireland regard this as the pinnacle of success. The prizes are competed for by the very best livestock producers in Ireland and the added value to the stock is a welcome addition in these difficult times. This is a special place for the farming community, visitors, children, young & old gather to enjoy the country air and the very best of Irish agriculture with a relaxed atmosphere & the crème de la crème of Irish Agriculture with an international team of judges who decide the eventual winners. It provides an opportunity for an authentic, cultural experience where the atmosphere and networking is unique.

The show also has a wide appeal for its exquisite location, which contributes to the success of the carriage driving, show jumping, horticulture and art, photography, as well as rare breeds, dog show and hundreds of other events. You will also be given the chance to brush up on your cooking knowledge because it will feature celebrity chef Neven Maguire and Sheila Kelly, Bord Bia’s Food Advisor, giving cookery demonstrations. Many Artisan Food and Craft personnel will also be in attendance.

The Tullamore Show has many, many side attractions and activities. It’s a special place for livestock producers and a very special place for a family to stroll, whether it’s to view the competitions, study the results or even just to visit the 650 trade stands. There is even a special children’s activity area including bouncing castles, amusements and much much more. A visit, for a special day, at Irelands Premier Show is a must. It takes place on the Butterfield Estate, Blueball, Tullamore, just four miles outside Tullamore on the N52 Birr Rd. with 20,000 free car spaces and improved traffic plans.

For further details please visit www.tullamoreshow.com. Or contact the Head Office on (057)9352141.




Detail of the Various Elements of the programme, starting with:
• FBD National Livestock Show:- Dairy cattle, pedigree cattle, commercial cattle, and sheep
• Other competitive sections: - equestrian, alpacas, dogs, poultry, inventions and indoor categories for home industries.
• Side shows and other activities

With so many areas brimming with competitions and ideas, it might prove helpful to contact the Head of Sections. We have listed their contact details below; please feel free to call them for further information. They are the true spirit of motivation that gives the most electrifying atmosphere that can be found only in Tullamore on Sunday, 10th August 2013.


Full details of the competitions in each category can be found from the home page on the exhibitors info tab. The following is a brief outline of the different competitive sections.


FBD National Livestock Show Sections
The FBD National Livestock Show classes have a total prize fund of €85,000 and cover the following areas of Dairy, Pedigree and Commercial Cattle and Sheep. The specially commissioned Gold and Silver medals for the champions and reserve of the cattle breeds has created great interest and these medals are now regarded as the hallmark of excellence in the livestock industry.

Head of Section Tommy Finlay Contact No 087-9873373

The dairy section has a total of 43 classes this year, which keeps the whole committee busy all day. Breeds included are; Jersey, Dairy Shorthorn, and Holstein Friesian. Exhibitors are sure to find something to catch their attention with these beautiful breeds on exhibition. Some of these classes have a big prize fund of €2,500 for the winning animals, such as the Holstein In-Milk Heifer and the Senior Holstein Cow in Milk. Don’t forget a certificate of registration is required for all Pedigree and Dairy Cattle, and please remember to bring it along on show day. To help local breeders we have a confined section where the confined classes are confined to Laois, Offaly and Westmeath breeders. International Judges will be involved in the judging of animals presented.



Pedigree Cattle
Head of Section Trevor Chadwick Contact No. 085 -8011963

You can find an international flavour in this section, with no more than 11 continental breeds, from Simmental, Charolais, Limousin, Belgian Blue, Angus, Hereford, Salers, Aubrac, Blond d’Aquitaine, Beef Shorthorn and Parthenaise. There are a total of 151 classes in this, the biggest cattle section in the FBD National Livestock Show. There promises to be keen competition from the top breeders in the country, for the specially commissioned Gold Medal and the coveted FBD National Livestock Show rosette.
Newly introduced this year is the Qualifier for ABP/Aldi All Ireland Irish Angus Bull Calf Championship with first prize €250.

The programme in the Pedigree Beef section also incorporates the National Show for the Limousin, Simmental and Hereford breeds.

Commercial cattle
Head of Section Michael Dolan Contact No 086-8251931

Entries are flowing in from the top commercial exhibitors in the country to compete in the section’s 29 classes, which includes 4 Bullock, 6 Heifer and 9 Calf classes. Young people are not forgotten, with a class especially for those aged between 12 to 16 years and 16 to 26 years, to encourage them to get involved too. This is a great platform to showcase and reward the talent of our young competitors with the effort they put in.

There is also a new class for Best Beef Animal of the Future along with new classes for the Parthenaise and Blonde d’Aquitaine breeds.Classes this year includes calf class for breeds other than Charolais, Limousin or Belgian Blue. The Belgian Blue class is split into male and female. Commercial calf champion and reserve champion to be competed for by the 1st prize winners in the calf.


Commercial Calf Champion will receive the new gold medal sash and rosette
The Reserve Calf Champion will receive a silver medal and rosette

One of the classes in the commercial section carries large prize funds of €3,000 each which is The Dunbia All Ireland Commercial Steer Championship. Dawn Meats are proud sponsors of the Factory Heifer Competition.

Commercial Senior Champion will receive the gold medal, sash and rosette
The Reserve Senior Champion will receive a silver medal and rosette

2 rings will operate for most of the day with two judges present



Head of Section Peter Donohue Contact No 085 8056889

Last but certainly not least in the final area of the FBD National Livestock, the Sheep section includes 58 pedigree and 10 commercial classes, covering the Texel, Vendeen, Suffolk, Charollais, Rouge De L’Ouest, Galway, Beltex, Lleyn, Jacob, and Belclare breeds.
Competitions are available again this year for young people, who wish to compete for the Tullamore Show the Junior Sheep Stockperson of the FBD National Livestock Show.


Other Sections

Head of Section Austin Colton Contact No 086-8209115
Carriage Driving Ian Colton Contact No 087-2619508

Increased Prizewinning Opportunities in Tullamore Show this Year.

There will be increased opportunities for the equestrian fraternity to be among the prize winners in Tullamore Show this year. Sunday 11th August should see the venue on Butterfield Estate, Blueball, Tullamore, packed to capacity with keen competition for the very full programme in the equestrian section, involving show jumping for all grades in the new meter system and all the regular competitions. There are classes for ridden horses, ponies and in hand ponies. The new location for the horses this year should make major improvements in this section.

Entries for the miniature horse and pony classes are especially strong while the Clydesdale and carriage driving classes show great promise. New this year are dancing horses which are expected to be a huge attraction along with log pulling demonstrations in the Carriage driving area. A prize for the best Turned-out Groom; Best Lady’s Hat and the Turnout of Most historical Authenticity may be awarded at the judge’s discretion, taken from any of the classes.


Head of Section Vincent Bermingham Contact No 087-2521402

The Dog programme includes 18 showing and 2 obedience classes with two rings for showing classes. This is a very well supported section, with dog lovers coming from all distances over Ireland to the Show, and this year, we are hoping that it will not be no exception. Rescued dogs are included in the programme also.
We would like to remind intending competitors that all entries must be sent to the show office by closing day on 19th July and there will be no entries taken on show day.




Head of Section Tim Kruger Contact No 087-2902950

The Redmills All Ireland Championship in the poultry section is the highlight of the poultry programme this year. The competition is for large fowl, heavy soft feathered females and entries must be by direct entry to Tullamore Show by the 19th July 2013. – the on line option if preferable.
With classes ranging from the Hard Feathered banton to the Light Soft-Feathered Large fowl, the entries numbers already received are very impressive and this is a must see for every spectator.
The egg producer is not forgotten either as there are 5 classes for eggs.

Head of Section Richard Langford Contact No 086 0700053

A certificate of registration is required for all Alpacas.
Judging is based on 60 % fleece and 40 % confirmation of the animal.
Alpaca Association of Ireland are supporting this exciting section.

American Sheep Dog Trials
Head of Section Vincent Keavney Contact No 087 6959784

This section is further expanding this year and Vincent expects to get a big increase in entry numbers. The competition is held in a lengthened and upgraded enclosed arena and is a speed competition. The handler gets his dog to drive four sheep in a series of obstacles without penalties in the fastest time to win the competition. The relationship between dog and handler is extraordinary to observe and many funny incidents have happened in this arena. Visit the arena and you might witness some of the best entertainment on the day
To start off the day, Eamon Egan, a Teagasc official, will give a demonstration on the training of sheepdogs

Head of Section Lesley Cox Contact No 085 1051636

The moment of truth is now almost at hand for Ireland’s inventors in the Farm Inventions and Labour Saving Device classes, in this one of a kind competition. Some exhibitors will actually have a greater interest in the publicity they will receive rather than the prize money. However, not many will turn up their nose at the €300 first prize and cup in each of the three categories. In addition, there is also an incentive for students to get involved, as the best student exhibit in each of the three categories will win €100.

There is huge interest in this section again this year and one of the noticeable things in the competition is the rapport and banter between inventors and spectators. They are forever comparing and contrasting their exhibits and swapping ideas, all creating a real buzz about the place.

Officers from the National Patents office in Kilkenny will be present on the Day and talk to exhibitors about how to go about getting a patent. So a simple labour saving device of today might become an invention of tomorrow!

The whole competition would not exist if it were not for the support given by its three sponsors;
• The Farming Independent
• W.R. Shaw, Rosenallis, Co Laois
• Glenngorey Pumps Ltd, Newbridge, Co Kildare.

Head of Section John Donohue Contact No 086 8290119

With four All-Ireland events in their schedule the Horticulture and Farm Produce section of Tullamore Show are all set for another record-breaking year.

Sharing top billing are four well-established competitions: Potato, Tray of Vegetables, Floral Artist of the Year and Single Rose. The Bord Bia Potato All-Ireland continues to attract a large number of entries and is very keenly contested by Ireland’s top growers. The Bridge House Tray of Vegetables event likewise has reached a very high standard and the entries always draw gasps of admiration from spectators. The Rose All-Ireland provides a very beautiful display – demonstrating just why this particular flower has retained its popularity down through the centuries. The Floral Artist of the year was introduced last year and it proved to be a spectacular display.

The 122 classes in the Horticulture and Farm Produce Section include 27 vegetable events and the superb quality of exhibits invariably sets standards that are the envy of the thousands of growers visiting the Show every year. As always, the National Vegetable Society of Ireland has been very supportive and they will have a stand in the marquee to give advice on growing and showing top quality veggies. The Irish Dahlia Society also will be paying their annual visit to give demonstrations and advice to exhibitors. Here, too, the standard is exceptionally high and the dahlias always make a tremendous impact. The exhibits of Cut Flowers and Pot Plants likewise draw attention from the viewers while artists with green fingers are guaranteed to provide many feasts for the eye in the ever-popular Floral Art classes. The Children’s Section – embracing floral art and junior tray of vegetable events – is regarded as being especially important because of its role in encouraging young people to take an interest in gardening and to get involved in these standard-raising competitions.

Nowadays, a high proportion of exhibitors in the Horticultural classes may be urban dwellers but the whole Show is very firmly rooted in the land and many farmers avail of the Farm Produce events to display their best products to their peers and to non-farming members of the public.

Another area of the Horticulture marquee which always has a magnetic effect on visitors is the Honey Section, organised by the Offaly Beekeepers Association. Viewers of all ages find it fascinating to watch the busy bees at work in the observation hive – or try to spot Her Majesty the Queen – and they always have many questions to ask the expert beekeepers on the stand.

With Chairman John Donoghue at the helm once again, the Committee and Stewards are putting a tremendous amount of hard work into organisation of their section of the Tullamore Show. The bees must be proud of them! On Show day they spend most of their time buzzing around in the marquee but they also have responsibility for one outdoor event – the Junior All-Ireland loy digging competition.



Head of Section Brenda Kiernan Contact No 086-1718513

The Cookery Section boasts 75 classes plus 5 special classes, with an overall prize fund of €10,000 with trophies and prizes on offer. The special feature is the Odlums All Ireland Home Baking Championship with an overall prize fund of €1’500 with the first prize €300 along with a prize and a trophy; also each qualifier will also receive a beautiful Odlums Hamper. A section for desserts is another addition and these together with the usual sections of Breads and Cakes, Sweet and Savoury, Traditional and Convenience, Preserve and of course our Youth sections, should provide interest for everyone. A New addition this year is the Sugar Veil Creations and the Yogurt Loaf class is always a very popular one.

Have you ever boasted that you make the best fruit scones, or smiled sweetly when a friend announced that that their rhubarb tart is in a class of its own? Well, why not let the judges decide on your baking skills at the Tullamore Show?

With tasty delights from fruit cakes to queen cakes and chocolate muffins, a mouth watering selection to tempt your taste buds is promised at the cookery and food section, where the expert cooks can be tested at the Odlums All Ireland Home Baking Championships,
With prizes galore and gastronomic exhibits, The Tullamore Show is the place to be for every cookery enthusiast.


Head of Section Phil Rigney Contact No 087-6613788

Whether you are a craft expert or just have a passing interest in needlework, the Craft and Needlework section in the Tullamore Show will test the skills and talents of every age group. Exhibiting a variety of crafts from handwriting and patchwork to knitting and sewing, many beautiful creations can be viewed along with magnificent patchwork quilts. In the Patchwork Quilt Competition the 1st prize is a Brother Sewing Machine, with cash prizes for the runner up...

Interesting demonstrations that will form another main attraction in the Craft Pavilion are relating to jewellery making and needlework.

So come along to view these wonderful craft works, you won’t be disappointed.



Head of Section Ann Sheerin Contact No 087 1246722

Ann will be directing operations in this section this year. This is a very popular section for local and national artists, competing in various mediums in their classes. Junior and senior artists are catered for, in both the art and photography classes. . It is never too late to enter, and exhibits can be entered on the day, but includes a penalty fee of €2 with the entry fee. Why not enter and let your imagination and abilities run free? You might discover you are the next Picasso!


Entertainment and Side Shows
Head of Section Austin O’Brien Contact No 087 – 6913673

The redesigned and relocated Family Entertainment area promises to be another great success story.

€1000 voucher from Menary’s, Tullamore is the prize fund to the winner of the Best Dressed Lady competition which will bring out all the glamour and glitz of an ‘Oscars’ occasion. Entries for this competition as well as Young Miss Offaly, Young Mr Offaly, Bonny Baby and Traditional Farmer will be taken from 11.00 am, with the finals on stage commencing at 12 noon.

The children’s entertainment has an action packed programme, with activities starting at 10.00 am in the Kids Fun Area. Slides, Bouncing Castles, Laser Games, and a Bungee Trampoline will keep every kid, both young and old, occupied for hours. Live bands and Stage Entertainment will begin at 11.30 am. with dancing, song and craic from then until late.

Ever want to pet a goat or deer, the pets’ corner is a must for a visit and some rare breeds are also on view in this area

Trade Stands
Head of Section Seamus Dolan Contact No 086- 3119088

This year, the trade stand area will cover approx. 25 acres and many new exhibitors have applied for space. 650 machinery and trade stands will be exhibiting their wares and advising customers on a very wide range of activities. The variety of exhibits covers all types of areas from the big agri machinery to small household decorations or utensils, as many of the main machinery agents and household providers will be in attendance. The Indoor pavilions which accommodate the business arcades have almost doubled in size and variety of exhibitors.
The Food Fair area should be a busy place with some very interesting produce available.


Forestry / Energy – for Sustainable Living

Head of Section (Forestry) Liam Kelly Contact No 087-9090495

The Forestry Village will be held in association with the Renewable Energy Section.

The Forestry Village at the Tullamore Show:
from seed to sawdust

The very successful Forestry Village continues to expand and has now become one of the most visited attractions at the Show. Expert advice will be incorporated into the already busy schedule.

The Forestry Village, organised by Liam Kelly, Teagasc Forestry Development Unit, in co-operation with the Forest Service, is a great opportunity for all farmers, landowners and everyone with an interest in trees to enjoy a nice day out for the whole family. The Forestry Village is the right place if you are looking for information or advice from planting trees or looking after trees to using the timber they produce and appreciating the vital role they play in protecting our environment.

The Village comprises an information marquee, trade stands and renewable energy areas, showcasing hi-tech machinery and age-old tried and tested tools and skills.

The information marquee will host a number of organisations offering information and advice on forestry, hedges and the environment. Whether you are interested in conventional forestry, hedgerow management or forest and timber research, several state agencies, non-governmental organisations and private companies will be present to assist you with information and advice. If you have any questions relating to trees and forestry, this is the place to find answers.

In the trade stands area, a number of companies will be promoting their services ranging from planting and management to forest skills training, publications and timber products. Harvesting contractors and sawmills represented at the Forestry Village will be able to assist farm foresters regarding how and when to sell trees.

So come and visit the Forest Village and find out how trees can help us all. We look forward to seeing you! Contact Liam Kelly, Teagasc forestry development officer on 087 9090495.


Food, Craft & Lifestyle Village
Orla Martin Contact No 05793 52971
Pauline Hoctor Contact No 05793 22850

Artisan Foods and local craft will form the main theme for two large pavilions, which will accommodate the Food, Craft & Lifestyle Village. They look set to be key attractions at the Show and will include over 50 exhibits.

The Offaly Enterprise Board and OLDC works very closely with the show committee in the development of this initiative. If you feel you could start a business in any of these areas, advice, and see if there is an interest for your idea. Being the next Fergal Quinn is only a Food, Craft & Lifestyle Pavilion is a must for you this year, see what others are doing, ask for business idea away! Many of those exhibiting at this year’s show started with ideas picked up from previous Shows.




Head of Section Joe Clancy Contact No 0506-51897

The vintage section had been growing steadily since its introduction. Mainly, it is made up of vintage machinery and under the watchful eye of Joe Clancy it is incorporating a greater variety of merchandise and equipment. It is a crowd puller every year and is especially popular with the more mature members of our audience.


Rare Breeds and Pets Corner

Head of Section Richard Langford Contact No 086 0700053

The Rare Breeds Section at our show this year is one that is not to be missed. This will include everything from Potbelly Pigs to Dorset Sheep, wallabies, etc. They are sure to be a great attraction at our show with both the young and the old. So come along and enjoy a great selection of Rare Breeds on Sunday the 11th August in Butterfield Estate.


You must agree, there is certainly something for everyone!


Further details of events are available from Freda Kinnarney, Show Secretary, Show Headquarters, Tullamore, Co. Offaly or contact (057) 9352141 or PRO Christy Maye on (087) 2493111 www.tullamoreshow.com.

The heads of the various sections will be happy to talk to you for any further details also.

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