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Saturday 10 December 2016

Tullamore proved a lure for the masses

Published 12/08/2015 | 02:30

Elaine Bennett originally from Tullamore but now living outside London was looking for a traditional farmer but not for romantic reasons but to be a finalist in the Traditional farmer competition at the Tullamore Show. Photo: Pat Moore
Elaine Bennett originally from Tullamore but now living outside London was looking for a traditional farmer but not for romantic reasons but to be a finalist in the Traditional farmer competition at the Tullamore Show. Photo: Pat Moore
James Wall, seven months, from Sligo was crowned Tullamore Show and AIB National Livestock Show Bonny Baby winner at the Butterfield Estate, Blueball,Tullamore. Picture: Ger Rogers/HR Photo
Sligoman Anthony Scanlon was grabbing a rest during during the Tullamore National Livestock Show. Photo: Pat Moore
John Murphy was being helped by Darren Prendergast (12) from Gorey Co Wexford with the Polled Hereford at the Tullamore National Livestock Show. Photo: Pat Moore
Frank and Alan Gibbons with Reserve Champion Charollais Ram Lamb and All Ireland Pair of Charollais Ram Lambs at the Tullamore Show and AIB National Livestock Show 2015 in Blueball, Tullamore. Picture: Jeff Harvey
Frank Cashin, winner of the open final in the Sheepdog Trials with Jip at the Tullamore Show and AIB National Livestock Show in Blueball, Tullamore. Picture: Jeff Harvey

From competitive sheep shearing to top class pedigree cattle competitions there was something for everyone as the Tullamore Show got underway.

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Up to 60,000 people made their way to the 250ac Co Offaly showgrounds, with the entrants in the AIB National Livestock Show first through the gates at cockcrow.

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney said the show was a chance for farmers to discuss the issues of the day from the fall in milk prices to the new grant schemes under TAMS II.

"It is one of the must attend shows of the summer," he said.

Christy Maye, PRO of the Tullamore Show, said it cost €1m and took 500 dedicated voluntary workers to run the biggest one day agricultural event of the year.

"It is unbelievable to get that amount of voluntary workers. It takes us 12-months to organise," he said.

The fashion and cooking demonstrations attracted large crowds, while the showrings in the livestock competitions were thronged.

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