Monday 22 July 2019

Thousands at 40th Charleville Show

Michael MCGrath

Charleville's annual agricultural show again drew the crowds over last weekend, and the organising committee was delighted with the success of the event, which marked the 40th year of the popular show.

The show was officially declared open by Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed and was attended by many politicians over the two days. 

Among the many trade stands was a pop-up museum organised by Charleville Heritage Society, who also hosted a visit of members of their twin Croesgoch Heritage Society in Wales and the UK award-winning Goodwick Brass Band, the members of which also hail from Wales.

The band's performance at the show was acclaimed by those who heard their unique sound and treatment of music from the musicals, and people were in awe of the sound created by the 30-strong band, who were in town for the weekend and performed at a concert later on that evening at the Charleville Park Hotel.

Charleville Heritage Society's pop-up museum stand commanded huge interest over the two days as people learned of the history of Charleville from the story boards depicting the many famous people who were either born in, or are closely associated with the town.

These range from its founder in 1661, Roger Boyle, to Archbishop Thomas Croke, Eliza Lynch, John Anster, Sean Clarach Mac Domhnaill, Bishop Browne of Cloyne, Church of Ireland Bishop of Down Conor and Dromore William Reeves. The photos of the Lawrence Collection, courtesy of the National Library of Ireland, also proved to be hugely popular.

The many artefacts on display were also of immense interest to the general public and drew many favourable comments from people.   Elsewhere in the 70-acre show, Mike Denver delighted the followers of his particular genre of music with his two-hour set.

The vintage section was again a huge crowd pleaser, as was the show jumping, the dog show, and arts and crafts, photography, baby show, children's art competition and the old-time crafts.

The trade stands commanded their own interest from  those attending what was another tremendously successful event.