Bright ideas wanted as show bids to up entries
One of the cornerstone attractions of the Tullamore Agricultural Show is the National Inventions Competition section, which rouses the curiosity of many of the visitors to the event, particularly farmers.
Farming is perhaps one of the best occupations for nurturing and developing creativity at all levels, because necessity is very often the mother of invention around the farm.
There is hardly a farmer's yard in the country that doesn't have a welder and angle grinder shoved under a bench or into a corner. These are perhaps two of the main tools of an inventive mind around the farm.
Take regular show entrant and prolific inventor Liam Murphy from Ballyragget, Co Kilkenny, as a prime example (www.uniqueinventionsco.ie). We profiled him here in the run up to last year's event.
Liam is a farming man whose list of inventions includes the turbo sprong, tyre mat and Tanco's bale shear. Liam and his son, Brian, are regulars at the Tullamore Show inventions competition.
Perhaps driven by the economic downturn, last year's inventions competition at Tullamore attracted a record number of entries, with 47 across three classes.
Organiser Rodney Cox and his team have made some changes for this year's competition to help cope with the anticipated volume of both entries and visitors.
"Traditionally, judging of entries in the Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry section is done on a Saturday," says Rodney.