Bumper Limerick Show on this weekend

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

Lady in red: Miss Limerick Nollaig Malone, Corbally, lends her support to the show on in the Racecourse. Picture: Michael Cowhey
LIMERICK SHOW is all about tradition and this weekend the Hussey family will start a new one by bringing Rachel, aged four, to her first one.

LIMERICK SHOW is all about tradition and this weekend the Hussey family will start a new one by bringing Rachel, aged four, to her first one.

“I’m going to see the horsies, go on the pony rides, jump on the bouncy castles and see the clowns,” said Roisin, from Raheen.

Mum and dad, Deirdre and Donal say their daughter is really looking forward to Limerick Show which takes place this Saturday and Sunday, August 22 and 23 in Limerick Racecourse.

The tradition of the show is exemplified by the late David Fitzgerald, a solicitor born in 1910.

His daughter, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Lough Gur, said her father was the champion rider for sixteen years.

“They asked him could they give a cup in his name and the David Fitzgerald perpetual challenge cup for champion young horse was first presented 73 years ago,” said Geraldine.

This year she had to order a beautiful new cup because the old one was so full of winners’ names. The old one will now be a treasured family possession.

Limerick Show has been a part of local life since the 1880s. Only the start of World War 1 could stop it before a return in 1929, when 10,000 people attended.

And in 2015 they have a bumper schedule of events over the two days. Cattle will be shown on Saturday and Sunday; the best of Irish horse breeding is guaranteed, as is top class show jumping culminating in the Grand Prix on Sunday.

For those not of an equine or bovine disposition there will be an indoor and outdoor retail village, artisan food stalls, horticulture, arts and crafts, healthy living expo, photography, baking, special display of the Limerick City Urban Horse project, dog show and a visit from Munster star CJ Stander.

A new “Kids Zone” boasts free bouncy castles, face painting, disco dome, balloon making and even a train.

A free Dublin Coach bus will leave Brown Thomas and University Hospital Limerick at noon and 2pm each day and returning later.