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It was nothing but talk of horses, ponies, foals, brood mares, sires and dams in the early part of the morning at Claregalway Agricultural Show. Later in the day the topic changed to dogs, cats and chickens. Then there was talk of Rachel Farrell, the Show Queen, and the way she might look at you! It was all part of the excitement and fun at Claregalway Agricultural Show’s 21st birthday on Sunday last.

Not a word about recession, politicians, unemployment, etc. if only for the day!

The atmosphere was electric, everyone enjoying themselves and happy to be part of it all. The weather was great and the exhibits on display could not have disappointed the spectators. A great crowd attended and there was lots to see and do.

It was ladies choice on the dance floor and young and old could be seen stepping it out to the music of the band. Waltzes and jives were the order of the day. One of the sideshows—A Blast from the Past—drew large crowds of spectators, some of whom joined in the fun.

Claregalway Agricultural show committee was delighted to welcome various visitors to the show including Michael Hughes, National Secretary of the Shows Association and Canon Richie Higgins.


Show Chairman Val Noone was delighted with the turnout. He could be seen around the show grounds greeting spectators, exhibitors, judges and sponsors looking every bit the part sporting a hat sent to him all the way from Australia.

“Claregalway Show is up there with the best” he said. “Thank you all for your support, thanks to our exhibitors, sponsors, judges, spectators, committee and helpers and everyone who makes it all possible and worthwhile and long may it continue”.