01 Jul 2014
Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food, Simon Coveney officially launches the Tullamore Show & AIB National Livestock Show in Dublin
Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food, Simon Coveney officially launched the country’s premier show the Tullamore Show & AIB National Livestock show in Dublin. This year’s show takes place on Sunday 10th August and promises to be the best yet. Minister Simon Coveney said: “The Tullamore Show, which incorporates the AIB National Livestock Show is a flagship event in the Irish Agricultural Year and wonderful occasion to see the best livestock in the country. The event illustrates the range of stakeholders, including farmers and small businesses that are an integral part of our Agri-food industry. ”
Also in attendance at the launch were the shows main sponsor, AIB, which was represented by Ken Burke, Head of Business Banking. He was joined by Kieran O’Dowd, Macra na Feirme National President, Eddie Downey IFA National President, Rodney Cox Chairman Tullamore Show, Freda Kinnarney Secretary Tullamore Show and Christy Maye PRO Tullamore Show.
Rodney Cox, Chairman of the Show Committee expressed his gratitude to Minister Simon Coveney for launching this year’s show and he thanked all sponsors including the main sponsor AIB for their tremendous support. He also said that entries are “pouring in” for the show with the closing date of 11th July fast approaching for postal entries and online entries of 18th July. Mr Cox said that there was major improvement in the show grounds and the roads and this year’s show is expected to be the biggest and best ever with an increase of 30% in trade stand space expected.
Ken Burke, Head of Business Banking at AIB said: “The Tullamore Show and AIB National Livestock Show is a real symbol of the significant contribution that the family farm makes to the economy and society in Ireland. AIB is delighted to continue its association with the Show, which is one of the premier events in the agri livestock calendar, and Ireland’s largest one day agricultural event. ”
The Minister, in highlighting the fact that 2014 is the International Year of Family Farming, said that: “In this International Year of Family Farming, the Tullamore Show, with an anticipated 70,000 attendees, illustrates how integral the agriculture sector in general, and the family farm in particular, is to local and rural communities, representing a key to boost to the financial well-being of local economies. I would like to congratulate the organisers and volunteers who make it such a successful occasion. ”