Animal magic is a taste of things to come at Cappamore Show

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

A bird in the cup is worth two in the bush! Martin, Erin, James and Teagan Ryan, Aoibhinn Fahy, Megan and Grace Ryan looking forward to Cappamore ShowPicture: Josephine Blackwell
AGRICULTURAL Shows are best associated with cattle and horses – but there will be many more exotic animals at Cappamore Show on Saturday next, August 15.

AGRICULTURAL Shows are best associated with cattle and horses – but there will be many more exotic animals at Cappamore Show on Saturday next, August 15.

Last Thursday a big crowd of local children, accompanied by parents and grandparents, visited Timmy and Mary Butler’s farm in Farnane, Cappamore.

The enterprising couple have accumulated an exotic collection of animals and birds over the years, said Maura Walsh, PRO of Cappamore Show.

The Butlers bring their menagerie to the show every year so the day gave the boys and girls a taste of what they can expect in Portnard on August 15.

“The first creatures Timmy introduced the children to were the tall and imperious looking rheas. These flightless birds are natives of South America and closely resemble emus and ostriches. The birds were totally unfazed by the presence of the children being more interested in their food.

“Two lovely alpacas roamed around the yard and were obviously very relaxed when Timmy was in the vicinity. The miniature donkey family – mother, father and foal – were a big hit with the children. But the biggest hit of all was the Vietnamese pot-bellied pig. These animals are very friendly and easily trained and domesticated,” said Maura.

In the fowl enclosure the children saw a gaggle of geese, a clutch of chickens and a flock of ducks.

The liveliest animals of the day were the goats and the human kids had to be content with admiring them from a distance.

“Timmy and Mary’s animals have become a very popular and free feature of the Cappamore Show over the last few years and will be situated in the pets corner,” said Maura.

In comparison to the rheas and Vietnamese pot bellied pig, Charlie Browne may be a common bullock but the uncommonly old one will be as popular as ever with all ages too.

The show committee have endeavoured to make the event as child friendly as possible and this year have a host of free entertainment including - a magician, balloon modelling, giant games, amusements, the traditional craft, art and cookery classes and much, much more. For the very young there will be the bonny baby competitions too.