Tullamore Show & AIB National Livestock Show launched their Schedule of Classes to a packed audience in the Bridge House Hotel at their annual Sponsors night last week.
The launch was attended by representatives from the shows’ main sponsors, AIB, including Regional Director, Eddie Buckley, who spoke at the launch. Also attending the event were the local and national sponsors whose support over the years has contributed greatly to the success of the show. This year, the Tullamore Show Executive Committee invited recently retired Irish Times Agricultural Journalist Sean McConnell as their guest speaker.
Mr McConnell has been a long-term supporter and great friend of the show. He was the first national press journalist to give the show coverage in its formative years and on one occasion was invited to open the show. Celebrating its 21st year this year, Mr McConnell spoke of how he has “always been overwhelmed by the show and the fact that such an event could involve 600 volunteers was a testament to its success”.
He continued by saying how proud the show should be to have evolved into “Irelands, if not Europe’s largest one day event, with over 60,000 passing through the gates in 2011”. He also reflected on the challenges the show has incurred over the years with reference to the two cancellations in 2007 and 2008. He continued by acknowledging the continued support from sponsors during this period to keep the show alive was reflective of the esteem the show is held.
Speaking on behalf of AIB, Mr Buckley also spoke of the organisations proud association with the show and was delighted to have recently been involved with the announcement of a further three years sponsorship deal with the show following a successful 10 year association.
Show Chairman George Gill took the opportunity to thank all those who have championed the show throughout the years and those involved with this years event. George outlined some of the exciting changes and updates to Irelands Premier Show. Emphasis was placed on the very innovative Meat Village owing to last years’ success. Sponsor Co-ordinator, Niall Sweeney, who acted as MC, recognised the loyalty that show sponsors have displayed given the very evident difficult economic times.
With under two months to go until show day on August 12, the Show Committee have continued their track record for innovation, adding numerous exciting elements. The well established and popular events and competitions will continue, but with much, much more. Last year saw 650 exhibition stands but demand has meant this is set to greatly increase. Exciting competitions have been added to this years’ event including the introduction of Belted Galloway in the Cattle Section, new classes in the Dairy Section and the new All-Ireland Youth Competition in the Cookery section and the development of the Meat Village to name but a very small few.
On-line entries will be an option again this year as they proved to be a great attraction last year when initiated. All information is available at www.tullamoreshow.com. A full schedule of classes is now available from Show Headquarters and on the show website. The closing date for competition entries is Friday July 20. Trade Stand applications are filling up fast at present, with the closing date for trade applications being Friday July 6.
For further details please contact the Show Headquarters on (057) 9352141 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.