The organisers of the Iverk Show got all they wished for last Saturday - good weather, a big crowd and top quality competition.
The one day agricultural show at the showgrounds in Piltown attracted entries from all all over the country to its huge array of competitions showcasing the best in agricultural livestock, poultry, ponies, horses, dogs, horticultural produce, home baking, and arts and craft.
It was also a great social occasion for rural communities in the Carrick-on-Suir area with trade stands, a fashion show, live music entertainment, and a host of novelty attractions for children and adults.
The show organisers reported that while the attendance was slightly behind the previous year’s record numbers, everything else was well up to expectations.
Ivert Show President Joe Malone said the results of all the show competitions are now available on the Iverk Show website.
“Entries for all sections were more or less the same as in previous years and some sections actually reported increased entries.
“Quality was the big winner on the day as standards improved in everything across the Show Grounds
“The major events winners come from all over the country once again demonstrating the popularity of the show throughout the country.”
Mr Malone said the jumping arena looked excellent with the new layout and new jumps drawing many favourable compliments from competitors, sponsors and spectators. There were so many jumping entries that the competitions didn’t finished until 7.30pm.
Among the Co. Tipperary winners were Bernie Meaney from Crampscastle, Fethard, who won the Iverk Produce Cup in the Show’s “Great Cherry Cake Competition”; cattle breeder John O’Halloran from Glenwood, Mullinahone, who won the Tom Fitzgerald Memorial Cup in the Blonde d’Aquitane Championship; sheep farmer John Taylor of Barna, Thurles, who bred the Show’s Texel Champion and Ciara Egan from Clogheen, who won the AIB Cup in the pony riding classes.
Elsewhere at the Show, the trade stands section was completely sold out despite the show’s proximity to the National Ploughing Championship.
Mr Malone paid tribute to the Show Committee under Chairman Walter Walsh for putting on a top class event under difficult circumstances.
The show was originally scheduled to take place at the end of August but due to concerns over the suitability of conditions for car parking because of wet weather, the organisers decided to postpone the event until September 15.
“A huge amount of extra work was involved due to the postponement and the Committee members got through it very successfully and proved that all obstacles can be overcome and success comes if the right approach is there,” said Mr Malone.
Fianna Fail MEP Liam Aylward had the honour of officially opening the show.
His speech appropriately dealt with the review of the Single Farm Payment system in Brussels.
He said Ireland had a great opportunity to have a major input into the SFP talks when it took over the EU presidency next year.
Mr Aylward also appealed to all Glanbia shareholders to gain all the information possible in connection with the proposals for the Glanbia Plc/Co-op Joint Venture to build a milk processing facility in Belview before they vote in November.
He emphasised the seriousness of the vote by asking everyone to attend their local meetings to obtain enough information to help them decide on which vote to give.
IFA President John Bryan was also at the Show. He spoke too about the Glanbia plans and highlighted the difficulties facing farmers due to a massive increase in costs and the very bad weather throughout the summer.