It's Show time in Charleville this weekend

Donal O'Regan


Donal O'Regan

It's Show time in Charleville this weekend

The committee members of Charleville Show

EVERYTHING is in place for the 37th annual Charleville Show, which takes place this weekend - Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26.

Their grounds were upgraded with new roadways again last year to accommodate pedestrian and vehicular traffic, and to make getting around the grounds much easier. With the uncertainty of  Irish weather Charleville Show is now almost independent of weather conditions.

In recent years, Billy Biggane, PRO, said they have had to secure additional land due to the continuous expansion of the show.  

“We are delighted to announce this year that recently appointed Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed will officially open this year’s Charleville Show.

“The number of sections in the show is increasing from year to year and our show now covers 70 acres with ample off road parking to accommodate all the visitors to the show.

"Additional car parking has provided patrons with much more ease of access to and from the show, and this parking is adjacent to the show grounds.

"Charleville Show is now the largest two day agricultural show in the country with numerous

exciting and interesting events to be seen, varying from judging of cattle,

horses, sheep, horticulture, dogs, arts and crafts, cookery and numerous children’s competitions,” said Mr Biggane.

Charleville Show was established in 1979 and the cost of running the show that year was £22,000. Last year the show cost in excess of €200,000 to stage.

“This is an indication of the huge range of activities that go on at the show which makes it so attractive. It is a real family day out with something to interest every member of the family, all of this justified Charleville Show being selected as Show of the Year 2013,” said Mr Biggane.

Entries have poured in which is a great indication of the variety of classes they have to offer and also the very attractive prize money given in all the classes.

“As a result of this, we are proud to have the leading dairy and beef herds in the country listed among our exhibitors, and also in the horse section we have the top class riders taking part in the show jumping.

“The vast outlay of mounting the show, which has proved to be fully justified, would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors, many of whom have been with us since the show was founded in 1979.

“Without the generous support of our sponsors, especially our major sponsors Kerry Agribusiness, it would not be possible for us to run our show at such high standards.

“Over the intervening years the sponsors have increased their contributions in response to our requests from time to time, in addition, many new sponsors have joined the ranks over the years and this year we are glad to report that we have some more new sponsors to add to our list, although we continue to appeal for new sponsors as demands for extra funding grows.

“Charleville Show contributes its success to the fact that it is community based and that all the committee work on a voluntary basis, also all the help we get from young and old the week prior to the show and on the two days of the show,” said Mr Biggane.

Charleville Show committee looks forward to welcoming back regular attendees and new people who have never been before.

“The safety of all patrons attending the show is of the utmost in the minds of our committee and we would ask all attending to obey instructions of stewards and safety officers on the show grounds,” said Mr Biggane.

Just a flavour of all the attractions showgoers can enjoy include dairy, beef, sheep sections, horses and ponies, show jumping, best dressed family, chainsaw carving, adult baking and preserves, secondary school baking competition, arts, crafts and needlework, vintage section, Macra farm skills, sheaf tossing, old time crafts, dog show, baby show, pets corner, decorative and horticulture, children’s section and a vast array of entertainment, trade stands and lots, lots more.

Come see for yourself this Saturday and Sunday.