NOW regarded as a highlight of the show calendar in the West of Ireland, the Glenamaddy District Ploughing and Agricultural Show returns on this coming Sunday, October 1.
Since the inaugural event in 2014, the show has grown considerably year on year, and now incorporates the largest indoor cattle show in Ireland. Sponsorship from businesses across the area, headed up again this year by main sponsors, The Comer Group, has set the Show on a firm footing for success.
Crowds of over 6,000 attended last year’s hugely successful event, and larger crowds are expected this year as the Show adds even more attractions for all the family.
In addition to the Pedigree and Commercial cattle show – held in the very impressive 40,000 square foot Equestrian Centre – and the Official National Ploughing Association Ploughing Championship, a host of other attractions are lined up.
These include donkey and horse ploughing, the RSA’s road safety bus and rollover simulator, a Garda traffic corps display, a fire brigade demonstration, an impressive multi-class Dog Show, outdoor machinery and other trade stands, top class catering, arts, crafts, local produce, vintage displays, working blacksmith, face painting, free bouncy castles, kids zone with many attractions, live bands, with headline act ‘Hit the Diff’ star Ritchie Remo and band live in the early afternoon, a full bar, irish dancing and lots more.
Glenamaddy was historically known for its very well attended annual ploughing events in the 1930s, through the 40s and early 50s, but hadn’t held a ploughing event for over 60 years until its revival in 2014.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.