Dubs lead changing of the Virginia guard
Published 26/08/2015 | 02:30
Many of the organising committee of the Virginia Show are not involved in what could be described as traditional farming activities.
And yes some of these committee people are "true blue Dubs" whose ability to hop on a tractor or call out the "bullman" would neither be obvious or inspiring.
"There are about 200 committee members involved in organising the Virginia Show all year long and about 80 to 100 are in their 20s. We even had a lad who just completed his Junior Cert working with the animals this year," Tom Duffy, a 24-year-old master's graduate said.
He was in charge of the 'Future Farm' stands at this year's show which featured all the latest technical and scientific aids for sustainable farming.
"Some are the sons and daughters of farmers who have been involved in the show for years but many are not involved in agriculture of any kind on a daily basis," he pointed out.
'We have tradesmen and commercial people of all kinds on the committee. We have nurses working at the show and of course teachers," said Tom, who works in a dairy farm partnership with his father Ned in nearby Maghera.
Tom welcomes the changes in the age and background profiles of committee members over the past number of years and reckons this simply reflects the changing nature of rural Ireland.