Updated Press Release
3rd August 2011
Tullamore Show & AIB National Livestock Show
Sunday August 14th, 2011
Press Release 26th July 2011
Irelands Premiere Show, the Tullamore Show & AIB National Livestock Show takes place on Sunday, 14th August on the Butterfield Estate, just 4km outside Tullamore on 250 acres of show grounds with 20,000 free car spaces. This years entries are the best ever. The entries for trade stands will exceed last years 650 trade stands which is an enormous vote of confidence in Irelands Premiere Show. Last years event broke all records with over 55,000 people attending the show. The event this year will feature a very full programme including over 1,000 exhibitor competitions, competing for a prize fund of €165,000. There will be keen competition in all areas, whether it be in horticulture, home industries, dogs, inventions, poultry, show jumping, carriage driving, miniature ponies, best dressed lady, glamorous granny or especially in the livestock which compete for the coveted Gold Medals.
This Show, which is hugely innovative, introduces another milestone this year, when for the first time the AIB National Livestock Show will include the presence of the major meat processors participating in the new Meat Village. Ireland’s €8 billion worth of agricultural produce has been one of the key exports from Ireland, and one of the success stories with meat being a key component. However, market demands are updating all the time and this new development at the Show will bring more focus on Irish meat products and producers and will include Dunbia, Donegal Meats, Kepak, Slaney Foods, Dawn Meats, AIBP and Moyvalley Meats.
The Tullamore Show is like no other show and has been a phenomenal success, with international visitors from Canada and many countries in Europe. Visitors to the show will enjoy a whole different country experience with a wide variety of interests, demonstrations and exhibitions which include a fabulous flower show, dog show, horse and pony jumping and showing, vintage show, livestock and the best horticultural show in Ireland. Visitors can mingle with trade exhibitors who bring the latest gadgets that people may view and purchase, jeeps, tractors or the very latest developments for the home. Not only does the show contain fabulous events, exhibitions and displays, free entertainment all day long, restaurants, bars and over 20,000 free car parking spaces but it is also the ultimate country lifestyle showcase. There 45 National titles up for grabs including the newly introduced and fantastically successful, Gold Medal Awards for Livestock, the livestock people in Ireland regard this award as the pinnacle of success to win at the Tullamore Show. There are many new innovative events happening this year for the first time.
There is a competition for Alpacas and a full equestrian programme including show jumping, carriage driving, miniature ponies, clydsdales and donkeys. From flowers, holidays, sheep dog arena trials, all Ireland poultry champions, artisan food, craft exhibitions, the latest in wind and solar development, Macra na Feirme All Ireland skills competition and of course the main diary, commercial and pedigree cattle competitions competing for the Gold Medals and the National Championships.
This year for the first time at the show will be a sheep shearing demonstration. Andrew Corrigan and George Graham will demonstrate machine shearing by the Bowen Method, which was invented by Godfrey Bowen and is used by shearers all over the world to strip the sheep from their fleece. Andrew Corrigan is a member of the famous Corrigan shearing family from the Curragh and is a past All Ireland Champion who is still active in the competition circuit. George Graham from Gorey, Co Wexford is equally steeped in shearing tradition. His father and son are both shearers and he holds the Irish record for shearing 481 sheep in 9 hours. In addition to shearing Andrew and George will be demonstrating the correct method for crutching sheep. Pat Corrigan Snr will demonstrate hand shearing using the Jack and Trousers Method. Pat demonstrates this shearing method all over the world and has recently retuned from a demonstration in Canada. He won thirteen All Ireland shearing titles for both hand and machine shearing and has the distinction of having sheared in the first All Ireland shearing competition in 1952 and in every competition since. Finally Seamus Dooley, Ballyskenach, a leading wool merchant, will demonstrate how the farmer should handle wool correctly.
The collie has always been an essential part of the sheep farmers life. The dogs courage, intelligence, stamina and obedience has made it on integral part of sheep farming through the ages. The public will have the opportunity to see the working collie in action at the Arena Sheepdog Trials. This competition tests both the speed and skill of the handler and dog as they aim to complete, without error, a prescribed course against the clock. It has become increasingly popular in the last number of years attracting competitors from abroad as well as all over Ireland. This thrilling competition has also proved to be a hit with spectators.
The highlight in the International Visitors Centre this year will be the recognition of three famous Offaly people. They are Charles Parsons of Birr Castle 1894, he is the famous inventor of steam engines which have been used all over the world, Seamus Grant from Birr who created a successful business in Birr and Pat Moore a well known Pig farmer from Croghan each will be presented with a citation by the Show Chairman.
Every year there is tremendous interest in the inventions, which will create new and innovative designs and ideas. The cookery is a major event which hosts 75 classes and has a prize fund of €10,000 and trophies with the special feature of the Odlums All Ireland Cookery Competition. Whether it is desserts, bread, cakes, sweet, savoury and traditional convenience foods and preservatives there is something for everyone. The crafts section has huge entries and features many beautiful creations along with the patchwork quilt competition.
There will be demonstrations in the craft pavilion relating to jewellery making and needlework. Whether you are the next Picasso or Leonardo Di Vinci when you view the arts exhibition and competitions in the arts pavilion your imagination can run wild. The best dressed lady, young Miss Offaly and Mr Offaly, Traditional farmer, Bonny baby and of course the Glamorous Granny cannot be missed and will all take place on the day. There will be a fashion show, on four occasions by McGreals Fashions, Edenderry and there will be an opportunity to purchase.
There is children’s entertainment with an action packed program including slides, bouncing castle, laser games to keep every child young and old happy. There will be stage entertainment all day long, which has been a great success down through the years. The trade exhibitions and stands had to be extended this year to take the additional entries, which will break all records. With a fabulous array of exhibitions from agriculture and machinery to kitchen utensils and household items, the trade exhibitions will also include indoor pavilions and business arcades and the very successful forestry village, which is one of the main attractions of the show.
The rural enterprise and food pavilions this year will include 50 exhibits including a craft showcase and an Artisan country market. One of the attractions will be Bord Bia cookery demonstrations with celebrity chef Neven Maguire and Bord Bia food advisor Shelia Kelly. This was highly successful last year and is back by public demand and will be incorporated into the meat village. The vintage section is run by Joe Clancy and his voluntary team and it has grown over the years to be one of the most successful exhibitions at the show, which not alone has vintage and old machinery but incorporates a wide diversity of old equipment. It is a crowd puller every year. The rare breeds section, is a wonderful addition to the show and it continues to expand. Despite all the doom and gloom, agriculture has been one of the better performing industries.
The Tullamore Show is a special place for the farming community, it brings young and old together to enjoy the country air and the very best of Irish Agriculture. The shows success is due to the tremendous support given by almost 500 voluntary workers including people from as far away as Clare and Scotland, and also to the many companies and individuals who lend machinery and support to the show including the many sponsors. Chairman George Gill said he could not thank these people enough, without these voluntary workers, supporters and sponsors it would be impossible to put on a show of this magnitude and he wants to express his gratitude to them. Relax in the atmosphere and see the crème de la crème of Irish Agriculture with an international team of judges, some of who are coming from Canada and Europe and will decide on the eventual winners.
Tullamore Show has many shades and is a special place for livestock and is a very special place for families to stroll whether it is to view the competitions or just to visit the trade stands. The Tullamore Show takes place this year on Sunday 14th August on Butterfield Estate, just four kilometres outside Tullamore. There are 20,000 free car parking spaces available for all day use. We would advise people to come early, as this is a major event. The show grounds are open at 7am for exhibitors and open to the general public at 9am with full catering facilities including restaurants and bars, throughout the showground’s all day. It is a very special place to spend an entire day and bring the family whether you are from the city, town or country. Remember to come early to this unique event to have time to enjoy the full extent of Irelands premiere show.
If you would like further information please visit www.tullamoreshow.com. or contact the Head office on (057)9352141.