Cappamore Show to take place on a Saturday for the first time

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

A HUGE crowd is expected to attend this year’s Cappamore Show - on a Saturday for the first time ever – and they will even have the help of mounted police!

A HUGE crowd is expected to attend this year’s Cappamore Show - on a Saturday for the first time ever – and they will even have the help of mounted police!

One of the many new attractions will be two of the gardai’s mounted police horses.

Pat Fogarty, treasurer of the show committee, said people often see the beautifully turned out horses on television for occasions like the Queen’s visit but now they can see them in the flesh in Cappamore.

The big change this year in the show’s 57 year history is the move from Wednesday to Saturday.

Jimmy McCarthy, president and only surviving founder member from 1954, said he was proud of the dedication and achievements of the committee.

“It is never one to rest on its laurels. This year we have broken with tradition by moving the show to the weekend to give the opportunity to more patrons to enjoy the wonderful atmosphere that permeates through the show,” said Mr McCarthy.

Mr Fogarty said some people in the parish have never been able to go because it was on a weekday and they couldn’t get the day off work.

Between expenses and prize money it costs over €120,000 to run and he said only for the sponsors they wouldn’t be able to carry on. “We thought sponsorship might drop due to the economic circumstances but it has increased which is a sign that sponsors have great belief in Cappamore Show,” he said.