THERE were an array of VIPs at the launch of the South East Clare Show in Bridgetown, which takes place on Sunday, July 27.
But the most important of all was three-year-old Brianna Lynch and her Great Dane called Charlie. The duo captured the hearts of the country when a story came to light of their special bond.
It was discovered that he could detect Brianna’s epileptic seizures before they would occur. Charlie has received a Great Paws Award for heroic services and he would certainly win in best in show.
Bridgetown showgrounds is just a 15 minute drive from Limerick city and Milford Care Centre is their chosen charity.
Organisers guarantee an “enjoyable day out for families and friends”.
“The show will have something for everyone, including a comprehensive programme of children’s entertainment including bouncy castles, mobile pet farm, archery, ceramic making and many dog showing classes.
“A selection of farmers market style stands await visitors to the show and this year the team at Irish BBQ Association join in on the day to provide atmosphere and a dining experience.
“Be in with a chance to win Best Dressed Lady, Bonnie Baby or little Miss Competition,” they say.
With a total prize fund of €20,000 and more than 2,500 equestrian, cattle and horticultural entries expected, the 2014 show will draw thousands of people to watch feature classes such as Cavan Equestrian Centre Elite Sales Qualifier for young horses, Champion of Champions in the Limousin Pedigree Cattle Section and Odium’s All-Ireland Home Baking Qualifier.
Richard Hackett, Clonlara brought along his prize winning nine month-old Charolais CF52 bull to give those in attendance an idea of what to expect in the 28 cattle classes.
National and international riders will participate in many of the scheduled show jumping events – starting at 9.30am
Richard Hourigan, of the showjumping section, said they are very positive about the 2014 South East Clare show and the extra interest in their additional showjumping competitions “is a great sign”.
Joe English, show PRO, say they have additional spectacles catering for families and patrons.
“It is the 24th annual event and continues to grow each year as we add new features.
“Our home produce and horticulture section continues to be of interest both locally and nationally,” said Mr English.
General admission for a family is €20; children go free up to 12 years; students or OAPs cost €5 or an individual adult is €10.00.
The organisers wished to thank all their sponsors for their generosity and all who attended last Friday’s launch including Joanne O’Gorman, Clare Rose 2014 and the GAA for bringing the Liam MacCarthy Cup.
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