Updated: 23/07/12 : 11:01:12
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County Show is a hit with the crowds

The Sligo County Agricultural Show was blessed with a beautiful day on Saturday 21st July and the crowds who attended this exciting annual event in Riverstown Community Park all enjoyed their day out.

With animals including Simmental, Pedigree Charolais & Aberdeen Angus cattle, horses, ponies, poultry, sheep as well as cute little bunny rabbits on display by John & Lucy of ‘Farm Yard in the School Yard’, everyone was happy.

“We are so pleased that once again all our hard work has paid off” said Michael Harte, Chairman of the Sligo County Agricultural Show, “The dedication of volunteers in the run up to the show, and of course on the day, is a credit to the community.”

The Community Arts tent included displays from Taylors Art Gallery & Music Centre, Lyott Card Designs and Kathy Burke Photography. Visitors also had the opportunity to watch and chat to Matt Jones Woodturner at work as well as Oonagh McCann of CeltoiCroi. Both artists demonstrated their skills with wood much to the admiration of the crowds.

Aileen Devlin, of Ballymote, who won a Matt Jones Salad Bowl in Spalted Beech due to her visit to the 2012 Show said “What a lovely surprise, it’s rare I win anything so I am very happy indeed. I love Matt’s work.”

Best Dressed:  Carmel Taheny from Ballinafad won the Best Dressed Lady title. She is pictured being congratulated by Show Committee member Maura O'Connor. Photo:SligoToday.ie

The National Macra na Feirme Semi-Final Farm Skills Competition was held for the Northern and Western Region, and the teams demonstrated various skills required in modern farming as well as helping to enhance an awareness of farm safety. It was teams Sligo and Galway who were jubilant on the day having qualified for the National Agricultural Show.

Inspiring Lego Display

Children were entertained throughout the day with Storytelling Sessions by Imelda Ryan-Jones, who shared her stories ‘Love Your Books’, ‘Cute Little Pet’ and ‘Mr & Mrs Oldenday’. Both young and old alike were delighted to see the enviable homemade Farmyard Set by local lad Ryan Brennan along with an inspiring lego display by Shane McCann.

The Community Arts tent also included art work on the theme of helping to encourage zero litter on the county’s rural roads, a new initiative by the Show this year. Sligo County Agricultural Show will be designing and producing a Calendar, with grateful thanks to Sligo County Council’s Environment Department, to further help promote litter awareness throughout the County of Sligo.

Teagasc publications such as ‘The ABC of Planting Trees’, ‘Bats and their Habitats’, ‘Bird Nest Boxes’, ‘Traditional Buildings on Irish Farms’, ‘Farmland Habitats’ and ‘Managing Hedgerows’ were also displayed and available to all visitors on the day.

Nola Grey, visiting from Portland, Oregon in the USA, said “My daughter and I have had a fabulous day, we have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and look forward to visiting next year’s Show”.

The Home Industries Tent was full of a fabulous display of entries, with lots of well deserved winners, to a wide range of competitions from home baking, vegetables, jam making & flower displays to art, photography and models made from recycled material.

“There is definitely a ‘green’ element to our Annual Show” said John Cawley “As well as the promotion of home grown vegetables, baking and local craft our Annual Sligo County Agricultural Show is a local event for all families in the County to attend during the school holidays, without having to travel too far. The third Saturday in July is definitely a date for the annual diary.”


There were happy winners in the bonny baby, glamorous granny, best dressed lady and Little Mr Riverstown as well as Little Miss Riverstown winner, Abby Clancy, who was thrilled with a lovely selection of Little Miss goodies sponsored by Riverstown Pharmacy.

Gemma Crossan, owner of ‘Hot Heads Hair & Beauty Salon’ said “I am so pleased I took the day off work to attend this year’s Show, I really enjoyed it and to top it all my two year old horse ‘Pio‘ won first place at her first Show”.

Later that evening the Show’s Committee, volunteers and friends were treated to a night out in Sean Mac’s in Riverstown village where they enjoyed music, food and plenty of craic. A range of prizes, which were donated, were also won in a raffle on the night including Cllr. Martin Baker winning a Matt Jones Wine Stopper in Beech, Greta Kelly winning a voucher for a family portrait from Kathy Burke Photography, John Devaney winning a trip to Hot Heads Hair & Beauty Salon in Riverstown and Imelda Ryan-Jones winning a lamp donated by John Perry TD.

    Hard working Committee Members John Cawley and Gearoid O'Connor enjoy a well deserved
             treat at Sean Mac's following the 2012 Show.
Photo: Imelda Ryan-Jones

The ‘main man’ on the night was Michael Harte who was congratulated for his sincere commitment to the Sligo County Agricultural County Show. His dedication, along with all volunteers, helped ensure the day was an enormous success. The Committee now look forward to the 2013 Show.

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