Captivating Show in Cappamore is a cert after 61 years

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

James O'Kelly, Aoife and Diarmuid Blackwell, Michael Berkery, Diarmuid and Darragh Joyce can't wait for Cappamore Show. Picture: Josephine Blackwell
THE CAPPAMORE Show on Saturday is an opportunity for everybody to get on the pig’s back - as these kids are showing with delight.

THE CAPPAMORE Show on Saturday is an opportunity for everybody to get on the pig’s back - as these kids are showing with delight.

The boys and girls are pictured with a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig, a breed much loved by George Clooney. And if it’s good enough for “Gorgeous George” it’s good enough for Cappamore Show.

The pig will swap his home at Timmy and Mary Butler’s farm in Farnane for the pets’ corner in Portnard for the day.

Cappamore Show is 61 years old but they have never been afraid of trying something new and have put extra focus on keeping the whole family entertained.

One man who has seen the show evolve in his role as secretary for 56 of those years is Paddy Ryan “Luke”. A lot has changed in that time in rural Ireland but one thing remains the same.

“Everybody should have pride in their own place. The best way to manifest that is to do something, take pride in their own place and give up their time.

“To achieve anything you have to make sacrifices. That is happening in Cappamore and long may it continue,” said Paddy.

The very best of cattle, horses, show jumping, carriage driving, vintage machinery, arts and crafts, horticulture, cookery, sheaf throwing will be on display.

The dog show grows in popularity every year with bigger entries and crowds packed around the ring. The free children’s entertainment includes a magician, balloon modelling, face painting, giant board games and much more. They are complimented by all the fun of the fairground.

Who better to ask for their thoughts on Saturday than the boys and girls who will be enjoying them.

James O’Kelly, aged five and a half, can’t wait to see the bullocks and tractors while his sister Louise, aged six and a half, is looking forward to the showjumping.

Diarmuid Blackwell, 11, said: “It’s nice to walk around the grounds and there is so much to do.” Younger sister, Aoife, nine, has her pocket money saved up for all the stands, she added.

See the print edition of the Limerick Leader for more coverage of the Show and see next week for plenty of coverage and pictures after the event.