Offaly agricultural shows to receive €10,500 in funding
€10,500 has been granted to agricultural shows in Offaly next year through a funding announcement of €812,000 nationwide by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD.
The funding will benefit almost 120 agricultural shows throughout the country in 2018, and Offaly TD Marcella Corcoran Kennedy has been welcoming the news for Offaly this week.
“Agricultural shows are hugely important to the rural economy. We know the economic benefit they bring to our local economy here in Offaly, with surrounding towns and villages benefitting hugely from each show. The Tullamore Show, National Livestock Show is the premier show in the country and we see huge numbers travelling to Tullamore on the second Sunday in August every year. This show is growing from strength to strength and it is important that the Government supports this agricultural show," she said.
“The Government considers this funding an important investment in rural communities and I am delighted that my colleague Minister Ring has granted this funding for Offaly."
The shows in Offaly set to receive a grant are The Tullamore Show which will get €7,000 and the Mount Briscoe Rare Breeds Show which will get €3,500.
“This funding allocation takes into account the fact that smaller shows have particularly struggled in recent years. This funding will be a great boost to these events and I commend the dedicated volunteers who work so hard on making the shows happen every year," Marcella said.
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring TD said: “This represents a substantial investment in rural communities and in the rural economy by the Government. I know that this funding will provide a huge boost to the agricultural shows that are such an integral part of our rural culture."
“I know that many shows have struggled in recent years as a result of adverse weather and increased costs. These shows have been a mainstay of the local summer and their absence has been keenly felt. I hope that this once-off funding will help prevent that situation recurring next year and will help these shows to get back on a sound footing.”
This investment is being carried out in coordination with the Irish Shows Association and the recipients are all members of that Association. Additional shows affiliated to the Irish Shows Association may be added to the list at a later stage.”
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