“IF they come once they will come back again,” said a proud Limerick Show chairman, Leo Walsh, at the event’s launch.
Despite a day of heavy rain a large crowd attended the official beginning of Limerick Show, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, August 24 and 25.
Cllr Walsh said with Limerick City and County Councils amalgamating they are making a concerted effort to attract new people from the city to join with the thousands who go every year from all over the country.
“People look at the show and think there is nothing but horses and cattle but that is not true,” said Cllr Walsh, who listed off a ream of attractions including bonny baby, best dressed lady, pet dog show, a multitude of trade stands, children’s entertainment, horticulture, arts and crafts, photography, baking and lots more.
New this year is a mobile digital planetarium and sheepdog display that will incorporate ducks as well.
Limerick Show is even putting on free buses leaving Brown Thomas and University Hospital Limerick at noon and 2pm on both days, and returning later.
In the spirit of the county and city joining together he invited the manager of the joint Limerick authority, Conn Murray - a self confessed townie - to speak.
“It gives an opportunity to place a focus on and celebrate a real and authentic part of our heritage and a way of life that has sustained and continues to fight to sustain rural Ireland.
“While acknowledging our traditions the show displays the modern adaptation of technologies to improve the efficiencies of the sector. It also helps us to demonstrate all that is good and on offer, even to townies like myself, on our doorstep,” said Mr Murray.
Cathaoirleach John Sheahan and Mayor Kathleen Leddin also congratulated Limerick Show on its continuing success and looked forward to August 24 and 25.
Cllr Walsh thanked all the sponsors and committee members who work tirelessly to ensure the show continues to go from strength to strength.