NO wellies were needed at Limerick Racecourse over the weekend thanks to the bright spells of sunshine which brought a bumper crowd of over 15,000 to the annual Limerick Show.
“God is very good to us. I have his mobile number but I’m not passing it on to anyone,” joked the show’s PRO, Frankie Ward.
Despite a tough economic climate and a poor summer weather-wise – entries in almost all classes and competitions were up.“We thought cattle might be down because of the awful weather and the terrible time farmers have had but all the entries are up. The trade stand entries are up, the horse entry is up. There is a terrific buzz around the place,” Ms Ward added.
Amongst those wandering around and enjoying the atmosphere was the show chairperson and Fine Gael county councillor, Leo Walsh, and MEP, Sean Kelly.
“I’m enjoying it immensely. I was just saying to Leo that definitely from the point of view of a show, this is the most comfortable one you could attend,” said Mr Kelly.
“The facilities are excellent and it is about the only show where you can walk around in your Sunday best. I met a lady earlier on who had lovely, sexy wellingtons on and I met her again ten minutes ago and she had them taken off, she said she didn’t need them,” he smiled.
Cllr Walsh said everything went according to plan.
“Saturday was a very good day here; we were very pleased with the crowds. Everything went very smoothly. A lot of work went into it. We will go home happy,” he added.
Among the most popular attractions, was the dog show. with one entry in particular turning many heads.
Christina O’Brien, Caherdavin, entered her silver standard poodle, Dakota, who had her hair shorn into what’s termed “puppy pants” where her legs are shaved tight while the rest of her coat is left long.
“Dakota is a great character. She is pure bonkers but she is very good - they are a very intelligent breed,” said Christina who runs La Paws grooming studio in Caherdavin.