Farm Ireland

Sunday 17 December 2017

Tullamore ready for the off

Bumper crowd expected at Ireland's premier agricultural event as every aspect of industry is catered for at Co Offaly venue

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

More than 50,000 visitors are expected to attend what is regarded as the premier agricultural show in the summer calendar, the Tullamore Show and AIB National Livestock Show.

Taking place on Sunday, August 8, at the Butterfield Estate, Blueball, on the outskirts of Tullamore, the show will feature 1,000 livestock exhibitor competitions.

Minister for Agriculture Brendan Smith will perform the official opening at 1pm on the main stand.

With a prize fund of more than €160,000, there are 42 national titles up for grabs at the event, and the newly introduced gold medal award for livestock, which is set to become the hallmark of excellence in livestock production.

The AIB National Livestock Show features dairy, pedigree and commercial cattle and 12 different breeds of sheep. The show also encompasses the national shows for the Limousin and Hereford breeds.

However, the show is by no means limited to mainstream farming livestock, and there are classes open to dogs, horses, ponies, alpacas and poultry.

More than 650 trade exhibitors will have the very latest in technology and gadgets for visitors to view, buy and analyse. The 400,000sqft trade stand area covers everything from agriculture to home, garden, fashion, forestry, energy, food, travel and property.

The equestrian programme includes showjumping, showing, carriage driving, miniatures, Clydesdales and donkeys.

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A dedicated area for home industries will feature several exhibitors selling everything from flowers to personalised holiday photographs.

When hunger gets the better of you, there are dozens of places to sample artisan foods, and learn how to produce gourmet food at home.

Renowned chefs Neven Maguire and Sheila Kelly will be hosting cookery demonstrations in association with Bord Bia.

Spread across 250ac with 20,000 free car parking spaces, the show offers something for everyone in the family. Offering a break from the galaxy of events and exhibitions on the day, there is free entertainment and a restaurant and bar.

Admission costs €15 for adults and €10 for students and senior citizens, while accompanied children under 14 years are free.

There is a special offer on pre-bought tickets for €12 if bought before this Friday.

For more info, contact the show office on 057 935 2141 or visit

Irish Independent