Pictured: Nollaig Malone, Miss Limerick 2015, supporting the 2015 Limerick Show.
Over the course of the weekend up to 15,000 visitors, 1,000 competitors and 150 trade exhibitors will descend on Limerick racecourse to experience a unique weekend which aims to bring the people of Limerick City and county together as the Limerick Show makes a return.
New Marketing Manager of the show, Rachel Walsh, explains how the show is moving with the times.
“Limerick Show has been a huge part of the Limerick social calendar since the first show took place in 1929. This tradition lives on today and the show is now a place where people from city and county come together. We are delighted to have lots of new attractions at this year’s show; there really is something for everyone.”
Limerick Show is renowned for showcasing the best of Irish horse breeding. This year is no exception as one of the special features is a Festival of Irish Breeding on Saturday 22nd, presented by the Traditional Irish Horse Association. This incorporates the famous Limerick Lady and Matron Championships. A new addition to the programme is the inaugural TIHA Hunter Equation class on Saturday afternoon. This is aimed at encouraging a higher standard of production of traditionally-bred horses aged five and upwards.
As always, there is a wide range of show jumping classes on Saturday and Sunday this year. One of the highlights each year is the Show Jumping Grand Prix on Sunday brings riders from all over the country for this prestigious class.
For cattle enthusiasts a new dairy discussion group competition has been added to the Saturday programme. This competition is open to all discussion groups in Munster. Groups will be judged based on milk production and calving rates. There will also be a wide range of cattle showing classes across the weekend of the show.
In addition to the diverse agricultural programme, there are lots of new family-friendly additions to the show this year. A new Kids Zone, sponsored by Dublin Coach, will be available with FREE bouncy castles, face painting, disco dome, balloon making and more. If the little ones get tired they can hop on the kiddies train and catch a lift around the show grounds. Kids under 12 go free so there really is no excuse to leave the kids at home!
Another new addition to the show is the Healthy Living Expo. The aim of the expo is to promote awareness for healthy living. There will be lots of health & well-being related stands to browse. RTE One will also be on site filming their new medical series, You Should Really See a Doctor on Saturday August 22nd which features TV’s Dr Pixie McKenna and Munster GP Dr Phil Kieran.
The family Dog Show is one of the star attractions on Sunday at 1pm. Visitors can shop to their hearts content at the indoor and outdoor retail village, artisan food stalls, farm machinery and more. Other attractions include Sheep, Goats, Poultry, Craft, Art, Photography, Baking classes and Horticulture exhibits.
Free Dublin Coach Bus will leave Brown Thomas and Regional Hospital at 12 noon and 2 pm each day returning by arrangement with the driver.
Other enquiries to Rachel Walsh, Marketing Manager at 087 9910260.
Visit the official Limerick Show website here
Check out upcoming events for the Limerick Show here
Read more about Limerick shows and festivals here