Wake up and smell the roses at a bloomin’ great show in Cappamore

Donal O’Regan


Donal O’Regan

A cut above: Mary Hynes and her granddaughter, Jane, participate in Cappamore Show every year. Picture: Josephine Blackwell
THE PHRASE “fun for all the family” is epitomised by Mary Hynes and Jane Keating.

THE PHRASE “fun for all the family” is epitomised by Mary Hynes and Jane Keating.

Mary Hynes, pictured with her gorgeous granddaughter Jane Keating, is a great supporter of Cappamore Show.

Whatever the weather Mrs Hynes is sure to enter some of her flowers in the horticulture section. The Mediterranean sunshine and temperatures of last month meant she has many prize-winning entries this year - as the photo of her beautiful roses shows.

Mrs Hynes also enters the fruits of her labour in the baking section and now her grandaughter has got more than a taste for showcasing her talents at Cappamore Show.

Aged just seven, Jane has already taken part in many shows and excels in the children’s wild flowers and art section.

“Our motto is fun for all the family,” says Maura Walsh, Cappamore Show PRO, as she looks forward to the annual event on Saturday, August 17.

This year they have a children’s playbus and games area with giant games of Connect Four and noughts and crosses. Children will also be the focus of attention with Cappamore Show hosting the prestigious Anglo Irish Limousin Young Members Association final.

This is a junior stock judging competition under the auspices of the Irish Limousin Society. The international event will feature youngsters from Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland to find the best young judge of stock in Britain and Ireland. Children will also be popping over fences in the showjumping and the dog show always attracts a big crowd and many entries.

Mike Hynan Coaches has put up a new cup for the perfect pooch on the day.

There is a big focus on fashion this year with a category for any handmade, upcycled or renovated garment made and/or modeled by a child or teenager.

In these recessionary times more and more people are turning to what they have in the wardrobe and revamping it.

While the best dressed lady is always popular and there is even changing facilities on site.

Some will be hoping to go for the double and win the bonny baby competition too.

Celebrity chef, Edward Hayden, will put on a cookery demonstration and there will be different types of demonstrations at a craft hall for local industries to showcase and sell their wares.

The vintage display of cars and agricultural machinery never fails to bring back memories for older generations and shock youngsters at how things have changed.

Mrs Walsh and the Cappamore Show committee of over a hundred are busy making sure everything is in place for their 59th show on Saturday, August 17.