IT IS SHOWTIME for our hurlers on Sunday and the perfect starting point to a brilliant weekend is Portnard for Cappamore Show this Saturday, August 17.
Organisers are encouraging patrons to dress for the occasion like the children in this great photograph by Josephine Blackwell.
To capture the excitement and build-up they are even running a new event.
“To support our brilliant Limerick hurlers we have our very own best dressed Limerick supporter competition - minors for the under 18s and seniors for the over 18s,” said Maura Walsh, show PRO. As they always get a big crowd from Clare they are even putting on prizes for any bold Banner men or women who turn up in yellow and blue.
She says the six minors with Doon GAA would have grown up going to the show and they wish them and the seniors the very best on Sunday.
Paudie Ryan, who knows a thing or two about dressing up from his Cllr Paudie skits, says the more “off the wall” outfit the better.
“We will have a hurling arena with hurley and sliothar makers and novelty competitions between Limerick and Clare fans. The ball will be thrown in on Saturday!” said Paudie.
This will accompany their many attractions - vintage cars and machinery; arts and crafts; baking; horticulture; fruit and vegetables; photography; best dressed lady; bonny baby; dog show; celebrity chef Edward Hayden doing cookery demonstrations; craft hall; sheaf throwing; children’s entertainment including playbus and games area; carriage driving; showjumping, best of horses and cattle and much more.
Cappamore Show is also hosting the prestigious Anglo Irish Limousin Young Members Association final. This is a junior stockjudging competition under the auspices of the Irish Limousin Society. The international event will feature youngsters from Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland to find the best young judge of stock. Due to the high number of fatalities in the agriculture sector FRS Network will put on farm safety demonstrations including the dangers of using an unprotected PTO shaft.
The always popular Dermot Lyons and Pauline Hynan’s dancers will entertain the crowds and the day will be rounded off by the show dance in Hayes function room.
Everything is set up for a fantastic day in Portnard. It would have been the perfect day out for the 70 members of the Dundrum international Dexter cattle Gathering who are travelling from as far away as Australia and Namibia. However, they are arriving later in the week and are visiting nearby Carnahalla in Doon for an ancient Celtic experience on Thursday, August 22. All welcome. Contact 086 0663838.