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Granny knows best at this weekend’s Limerick Show

Remember the date: Sisters, Eve, Isabelle and Rebecca O'Mara, from Granagh with Mary Maher, Clarina and Cassie the dog who will surely be going for best in show. Picture: Michael Cowhey

Remember the date: Sisters, Eve, Isabelle and Rebecca O'Mara, from Granagh with Mary Maher, Clarina and Cassie the dog who will surely be going for best in show. Picture: Michael Cowhey

  • by Donal O’Regan
 

WHETHER you want to see a Cheltenham Champion Hurdle winner; become an entrepreneur; drink a beetroot smoothie or knit a scarf for a giant granny you will be well catered for at this weekend’s Limerick Show.

And that is on top of the huge assortment of cattle, horses, dogs, horticulture, baking, arts and crafts, vintage cars and machinery, fun and games for children, and much more in Limerick Racecourse this Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24.

A big attraction will be the opportunity to knit a scarf for the giant granny ahead of the arrival of the Royal de Luxe street theatre company, who will parade through the city from September 5 to 7. The Limerick Craft Hub will have two stands at the show displaying their wares and helping people to knit the sizeable scarf.

“It’s a wonderful idea and the ICA have come on board too with knitting needles and wool. Everybody can give it a go and knit a row,” said Limerick Show PRO, Frankie Ward.

JP McManus’ colours could be a popular choice for the scarf as he has given his Cheltenham Champion Hurdle winner Binocular to take part in the racehorse to riding class on Sunday.

There will be a big “foodie” contingent with organic producers, cheese makers, homemade conserves and a smoothie maker who uses beetroot to create a drink called a blood transfusion.

Those who have been thinking about a business idea will have the opportunity to bring it to a reality on Sunday as Innovate Limerick will have a big presence.

Mike Cantwell, CEO, said: “The target is to try and improve the innovation culture right throughout Limerick city and county. It is to take the mystery out of innovation.”

While show attendances dropped during the Celtic Tiger there has been an upsurge in recent years.

“There is definitely a turn back. It is the last weekend before the children go back to school, entries are well up and we have a lot of late entries too,” said Ms Ward.

Show chairman, Leo Walsh said with the joining together of the two councils they want to make it two days for people from the city and county.

“We have City of Culture, Innovate Limerick, lots of new trade stands and the traditional classes in horses, cattle, horticulture, arts and crafts, baking etc. I think we have a mixture of things that will encourage a big crowd to come out. People in the city might think it is all agriculture but it is not. We are very proud of our city and we encourage them to come out and share the two days with us,” said Mr Walsh.

Free buses will leave from outside Brown Thomas and University Hospital Limerick on both days at noon and 2pm with return at 6pm. Gates open on Saturday and Sunday at 9am. See Leader 2 for more on Limerick Show

 

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