As a show organiser, when you look out towards the show grounds entrance on the morning of a show it makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck when the first horse box comes through the gate! a thought enters your mind and you whisper to yourself ‘fair play to them, they didn’t let us down again’.
The exhibitors turned up in their droves to Claregalway Show. They put huge time and effort into preparing their animals and products to parade and display at the show. Without them there would be no show. Weather wise, it couldn’t have been better. One heavy shower in the morning to wash away the dust off the show grounds and sunshine all the way for the rest of the day.
Caoimhe Keenan, Show Queen 2019, looked stunning as she entered the show grounds elegantly dressed and sporting her sash and tiara. Her beautiful smile and amiable personality endeared her to everyone. She really enjoyed the day and had the honour of selecting ‘The dog I would like to take home’ in the late afternoon.
The show committee were delighted to welcome P.J. Foy, David Devane, Fr. Christy McCormack, Michael Hughes, all from Irish Shows Association to the show together with Fr. Ian O’Neill (P.P. Claregalway), Cllr Jim Cuddy and Noel Grealish TD>
There was a great interest in the cattle section this year again and some fantastic animals on parade. The judge had a task on hand to select the winners. Horse & pony classes were excellent as were sheep, goats, dogs, pets & fowl. Indoors the flower section looked amazing – the variety and colour was eye catching to say the least.
Farm produce was very good as were all other indoor sections. Outdoors there was lots of entertainment for children and a number of trade stands to browse both outdoors and in the indoor arena. There was great competition in the Bonny Baby Section, Best Dressed Lady and Glamorous Granny Section. Former Rose of Tralee 2000 Róisín Egenton had the unenviable task of selecting the winners. Wagon Wheel belted out live music all afternoon and Mary and Marie from the committee took a little time out to have a good jive.
The committee were delighted with the turnout and are forever grateful to sponsors exhibitors, spectators and the massive amount of people who show up to help on the day.
Show Chairman Val Noone was very pleased with the day. “It takes months of planning and preparation and a mammoth amount of hard work to get a show on the road and when we have a good day, it makes it all worthwhile. Thanks to everyone who helped in any way. Your support is very much appreciated and God willing we will all meet here again next year.