Agricultural shows to get grants of up to €5,000

Niamh Roche from Carlow working with her commercial cattle at The Ossory Show. Photo: Alf Harvey
Niamh Roche from Carlow working with her commercial cattle at The Ossory Show. Photo: Alf Harvey
Claire Fox

Claire Fox

Ireland’s 120 agricultural shows will be eligible for grants of up to €5,000 Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has announced.

Minister Ring has said that a €600,000 allocation by his Department to agricultural shows represents an important investment in rural communities and the rural economy.

The funding will funding support approximately 120 agricultural shows around the country which are due to take place in 2019.

Each show is eligible to receive €5,000 from the Government in an effort to support these important rural community events.

This investment is being carried out in coordination with the Irish Shows Association (ISA) and the recipients are all members of that Association.

Last year Minister Ring introduced funding to support agricultural shows taking place in 2018 in recognition of the difficulties experienced by shows in recent years.

Minister Ring said that investing in agricultural shows is an an investment in rural culture and all that is good about rural Ireland.

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“At the Bonniconlon Show in Mayo yesterday, and at other shows I have visited this summer, I have seen the impact of the funding I allocated for this year’s shows. I am delighted to be in a position to provide these shows with financial support to enable the shows invest in and improve their shows for the summer of 2019.

“Agricultural shows are a great celebration of rural culture which contribute significantly to the local economies of towns and villages and their hinterlands across Ireland. They are only able to continue because of the commitment of local volunteers,”he said.

Minister Ring added that he is confident that the fund will give a boost to smaller agricultural shows that rely heavily on local volunteers.

“I know that many shows experienced difficulties in recent years and I hope that this funding will help the shows overcome issues that may have hindered them.

Smaller shows have particularly struggled in recent years and I am providing these shows with the same amount as larger shows, recognising the particular pressures being faced by these smaller shows.

“I’m delighted to be able to assist them in this way for 2019. I look forward to sitting down with the Chairman of the Irish Shows Association in the autumn to review the benefit of the funding provided to all the shows in 2018 and to discuss the allocation for 2019,” he said.

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