Minister lauds show as a celebration of farming life

The Donkey Derby jockeys, supporters and committee members before the start of the race.
Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney wasn’t surprised that Clonmel Show had survived for 150 years when he visited on Sunday.

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney wasn’t surprised that Clonmel Show had survived for 150 years when he visited on Sunday.

And was certain that it would continue for many more years to come.

“This is a county steeped in agriculture and this part of Tipperary is very strong in agriculture as well.

“When you have very committed volunteers decade after decade you have a recipe for a very strong show such as Clonmel. It is one of the oldest shows in the country and I suspect we will see it for many years to come”, he said, as toured exhibits and stands and presented awards in many of the classes.

He described the show as a celebration of what Irish farming is.

“Shows right across the country are an example of how communities work together in the summer time.

“There is a big focus on agriculture here, high quality livestock, machinery and business being done, but it is also a family day out. “It is introducing people who wouldn’t normally have access to livestock to be able to see it.

“It is a celebration of how strong Tipperary remains as an agricultural county”.

Minister Coveney said he was glad to see that farmers are investing at the moment and looking to the future with optimism .

“There are challenges and in the last few years we have seen a slight weakening of dairy prices but we have plans for significant growth and expansion in a number of sectors for the next few years. There is a lot of positity at the show today”.

And was delighted to see so many townspeople at the event.

“For people who don’t have an experience of farming, it is a great experience to see livestock at first half, particularly cattle and sheep that are the heartbeat of Irish agriculture. It is great for parents to bring children out and show then what farming is all about”, said Minister Coveney who was accompanied by Minister of State and local TD Tom Hayes.