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Thursday 22 August 2019

What a show in Killag

Tony O’Sullivan, Don Redmond, Noel Porter, Sean Breen, David Walker and Barth Landy from Gorey
Tony O’Sullivan, Don Redmond, Noel Porter, Sean Breen, David Walker and Barth Landy from Gorey

Brendan Keane

This year's 70th annual Bannow and Rathangan Show was a resounding success with the event attracting a capacity crowd to the event site in Killag.

A celebration of rural life, the show is renowned for always having something of interest for all members of the family and this year was no different.

An eclectic range of stalls and attractions were on-site to keep people amused throughout the afternoon with everything from vintage machinery, including cars, tractors and motorbikes, to home-baking and other hand-crafted produce available to view or purchase on site.

The dog show is always one of the most popular events at the show and this year's competition attracted a large number of entries.

There was a wide range of breeds on show and the event was a great success.

Children got the opportunity to showcase their artistic skills and there was a wide range of activities arranged for younger children to enjoy their day out at the show.

The event was opened by world renowned ploughman John Whelan and during the opening ceremony a specially commissioned cake was cut by the President of the Irish Shows Association, David Sheehan, and Paddy Murphy, the Bannow and Rathangan Show president.

One of the things that always makes the show stand out from its contemporaries is the all-encompassing nature of the event.

While the competitive nature of the show is of paramount importance, the organisers always work hard every year to ensure that all visitors to the site go away having had a very good day out.

In that regard this year's show was a brilliant success.

From music and art, to pets, livestock and farmyard machinery the show had it all.

The organisers were very appreciative of all the help they received from the people who acted as stewards and traffic marshals on the day and they were also very grateful to the landowners who kindly provided the site for the event.

There are many rural shows throughout the country, however, there really is no other event quite like the Bannow and Rathangan Show.

It's reputation as a true family initiative means year-on-year it regularly attracts thousands of visitors and the success of this year's show has enhanced that reputation even more.

For many visitors it provided an opportunity to get close to farm animals they might not otherwise be in contact with while for others it's a calendar date as important as any birthday.

Gorey Guardian

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