THE MEMORY of Lord Dunraven, who passed away in March, will be honoured at the Limerick Show, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, August 27 and 28 in Greenmount.
Frankie Ward, PRO, said descendants of Lord Dunraven helped found the Limerick Show and the family have always been big supporters.
“There are many trophies sponsored by the Dunraven family in the horse, cattle, horticulture and craft sections,” said Ms Ward.
Show stalwart Marie McCarthy from Newcastle West has sponsored the cup in memory of the late Lord Dunraven.
“It will be in the cookery section for people with special needs. Lord Dunraven did so much for disability charities in his life,” said Ms Ward, who added that Lady Dunraven was very “touched” by the initiative.
Cllr Leo Walsh said the Dunraven family have always been involved in Limerick Show and it was a “fitting tribute”. Indeed, Lord Dunraven’s grandfather, the Rt. Hon. Windham Henry was the president of the show in 1929 and presented a building for the cattle at the old Limerick Racecourse.
At the launch on Tuesday night Cllr Walsh said the move last year back to two days was a big success and he hopes for even bigger crowds this year.
“It costs €140,000 to stage. That is a lot of money but we have fantastic commitment from around 100 volunteers and sponsors. Only for their great support we would not be able to continue,” said Cllr Walsh, who paid special tribute to secretary Angela O’Mara.
On Saturday there is a bring and buy poultry sale and show; farmer’s market; horse and pony show jumping plus ridden and working hunter classes and a big selection of trade stands, whose numbers are up this year.
There is a reptile village for those who like more exotic animals, a synthetic ice skating rink to give the hopefully sunny day a winter’s touch and lots more children’s entertainment.
All the showing classes - cattle, horses, ponies, sheep and goats takes place on Sunday. Other attractions include the craft, art, photography, baking classes and horticulture exhibits; pet dog show; bonny baby competition; best dressed lady and gentleman; pet’s corner; army display; floral demonstration and chef Frank Moynihan.
Cllr Walsh, who was joined by show president, Richard Power and Leas Cathaoirleach Damien Riedy said they are two great days and he wants to see as many families as possible.
“The city and county councils are amalgamating and I have tried to bring city people to the show. There are free buses from Brown Thomas and the Regional at noon and 2pm on both days and back again.”
As people began to leave at the end of the launch on Tuesday evening it began to rain. If the same thing happens on Sunday, August 28 organisers will be smiling.