Farm Ireland

Tuesday 16 January 2018

Cats' Cody to get Iverk ball rolling

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

More than 20,000 people are expected to congregate in the south east this Saturday to attend the 185th Iverk Show.

First started in 1826, the show has the distinction of being the oldest agricultural show in the country and, in the intervening years, has become one of the biggest events on the show circuit.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Simon Coveney will be joined by Kilkenny hurling manager Brian Cody to perform the official opening ceremony at 11.30am.

With Kilkenny's All-Ireland hurling final against defending champions Tipperary looming on September 4, Cody will be a star attraction on the day.

The Kilkenny manager will stay on to present the trophy to the winner of the Maid of Glanbia Dairy Heifer Class.


The show has a packed schedule of competitions and, despite the recession, has secured a number of new classes and new sponsors for this year's show.

Among the new sponsors is Husqvarna, which, in association with Tennyson Grass Machinery, will be sponsoring the 32-County Broodmare and Foal championship. Another major new event is the AIBP €2,000 Super Bullock class in the cattle section.

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Dawn Meats has revamped its heifer class to a single heifer competition and increased the prize money on offer to €1,450.

In the five showjumping arenas, one of the biggest draws will be the Redmills €2,000 Mini Grand Prix and the show's famous €650 Cherry Cake Competition continues this year.

Other competitions in the Iverk Plaza include crafts, poultry, dog classes and gardening, while there will be plenty of entertainment for children.

Musical entertainment on the day will be provided by the Blanchardstown Brass Band, which is also celebrating its 185th year in existence.

A chance meeting last year between the Iverk Show committee and the brass band at a lunch hosted by President Mary McAleese at Aras an Uachtarain led to an agreement between the two organisations to jointly celebrate their anniversaries at the show.

Admission costs €10 for adults and €5 for senior citizens, while teenagers and children go free. Car parking is free of charge.

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