MACROOM Councillor, Michael Looney, was on hand in Curraheen on Saturday to open Cork’s Summer Show which was returning after three years absence due to the pandemic.
It was a first time for me to attend Cork Summer Show which is now in a rural area which, unless I’m mistaken, is in the Macroom/Millstreet Municipal District. It had been, if my memory serves, in the showgrounds adjacent to Páirc Uí Chaoimh for many years.
The one thing which I was quick to notice that there were plenty of food stalls around the grounds. All manner of burgers, hot dogs, pizzas, ice cream, Chinese food, crepes and coffee could be had – if you could take standing in a queue for twenty or more minutes.
That’s certainly one result of the pandemic - our appetite for fast food hasn’t gone away. In fairness, it has to be said, that the variety was such that you could eat reasonably healthily. It wasn’t all chips and burgers.
I don’t know if I chose wisely myself but people need to be sustained when wandering around the different exhibits.
For some reason unknown to myself I found myself in a food tent and at two different whiskey stalls therein.
The gentlefolk behind the bars kindly offered me snifters of their ware – there’s a whiskey being made in Kinsale called Hyde which uses stout barrels from a brewery in Mayfield to store the liquor.
The thimbleful of whiskey which I sampled was very tasty indeed and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.
The West Cork Distillery is producing some very sophisticated bottles of Single Malt and I had a snifter of that as well. I was so impressed with that I bought a bottle the opening of which I am anticipating with relish.
Such is the interest in Irish whiskey now, I think every village will have its own distillery before long. Be warned, however, it takes six years at least for whiskey to mature sufficiently before it can be imbibed.
Around the site I went to other stalls. Having had two snifters of whiskey I didn’t chance the remote control racing which was going on at breakneck speed.
The livestock and horses were on display in one section while arts, crafts and cookery competitions were in canvas nearby. There were several pets being led around the site, a lot of them sporting winning rosettes.
Comharchumann Forbartha Mhúscraí also had a stall in the County Council tent and they were visited on Sunday during An Taoiseach’s tour of the show.
It’s good to see the show back and I’m looking forward to next year’s edition.