Limerick Show set fair for two great days this weekend

Racecourse  ready for action

Donal O'Regan


Donal O'Regan

Limerick Show set fair for two great days this weekend

Ethan Murphy gets a hand with the steering from pet dog Dixie while sister Kate promotes the Limerick Show Picture: Michael Cowhey

ETHAN and Kate Murphy, pictured, are jumping for joy ahead of the Limerick Show this weekend.

The Patrickswell siblings will take part in a pony lead rein class during the two day event this Saturday and Sunday in Limerick Racecourse. It will be the first time competing for Ethan, aged three and a half, while sister Kate is an old pro at five.

Mum, Olive said: “Everytime they pass the signs they say, ‘Mum, it’s Limerick Show this weekend’. They are very excited!”. As a daughter of former chairman Donal O’Brien she is passing on a love of the show to her children. The committee emphasise it is a day-out for the whole family. Children under 12 go free and a ‘Kids Zone’ boasts bouncy castles, slides, face painting and more.

There is even a train to bring them around to get a flavour of the showjumping, horse showing, dog show, cattle, health and fitness zone, sheep, goats, trade stands, science exhibition, poultry, horticulture, arts and crafts, farm machinery and lots more.

New to the show this year is a circus-skills workshop – very fitting as the hard-working committee are experts at keeping several balls in the air! Richard Kennedy, chairman, said there is a tendency to sit at home at weekends but encouraged one and all – from city and county – to come to Limerick Racecourse.

“It has been a huge part of the Limerick social calendar for over a century. This tradition lives on today. We are delighted to have lots of new attractions at this year’s show; there really is something for everyone,” said Mr Kennedy. Passing on that tradition is Katie Maher, Adare to her five-year-old daughter Allie Lunn, who is busy decorating buns for the baking section.

While the Murphys from Clarina – Rory, aged 9; Aishling, 11 and Cillian, 6 have been coming “since they were babies” and will be there again this weekend.

- Limerick Leader archivist Grainne Keays and editor Eugene Phelan will be at this year's Limerick Show on Sunday. Come along and meet them and relive some great memories from previous shows and local events, with hundreds of old photos on display and for sale on the day