Thousands expected to attend Cappamore Show

Donal O’Regan

Reporter:

Donal O’Regan

THE biggest crowds ever are expected at Cappamore Show this Saturday and the entries are reflecting the crowds.

THE biggest crowds ever are expected at Cappamore Show this Saturday and the entries are reflecting the crowds.

Vice president, Cllr Noel Gleeson, said the owners of over 300 cattle and 200 horses, excluding the show jumping, have signed up for the show.

“One man is travelling down from Donegal to take part in the GVM championship,” said Mr Gleeson, who congratulated the Limerick winners at the Tullamore Show.

Bobby O’Connell, Gerry O’Keeffe, Michael Sheahan, Martin Crowe and Pat Meehan, pictured below, all claimed prizes. If you missed seeing their prize winning cattle in Tullamore they will all be exhibiting in Cappamore.

You can’t run a show without good grounds and the committee are blessed with their show grounds courtesy of the Gleeson family and the Taaffes have provided extra parking space.

The one way system in and out ensures delays will be kept to a minimum. Dozens of locals have been busy, including the men pictured, this week to guarantee the grounds will be in pristine condition.

Particularly of farming interest this year, apart from the huge selection of breeds of cattle, will be a farm safety demonstration.

Farm Relief Services will be giving seminars with a particular emphasis on PTO shaft safety and maintenance. This will be a good opportunity for farmers and the public in general to re-familiarise themselves with the hazards they may face on a daily basis in the farm yard or out in the fields.

This is in response to the number of farm deaths that have happened in the county and country sadly this year.

Also on site at the Cappamore Show will be Gardai who will have a stand offering guidance to drivers of trailers and looking at the areas of load stability and security, as well as the complex area of regulations and licencing for drivers of trailers.

This is the 57th annual show and its secretary, Paddy Ryan “Luke” says it is great to see it growing in popularity and size.

“It started as a local event and it still retains its local flavour. The kernel of its success is it is run by the community for the community.”