Pictured at the AIB offices O’ Connell St for the launch of the Limerick Show to be held at the Limerick Racecourse on August 27th, Judy Tighe Manager AIB 106 O’Connell St, Rachel Walsh, Angela O’Mara, and Leo Walsh Chairman of Limerick Show. Picture Michael Cowhey.
The 88th Limerick Show makes welcome return on Sunday August 27th
By ilovelimerick correspondent Frances Watkins
Limerick’s largest family & agricultural festival returns to Limerick Racecourse on Sunday, August 27th.
Up to 15,000 visitors, 1,000 competitors and 150 trade exhibitors will descend on Limerick Racecourse to experience a unique event which aims to bring the people of Limerick City and County together.
A new addition to the show this year is the Limerick Show Food Village. The Food Village will showcase the very best of local produce and is sure to be a feast for the senses. Discover your inner foodie by exploring the delights on offer including gourmet sausages, grilled meats, artisan cheese, handmade chocolates and more. Chairman of the Limerick Show and Deputy President of the IFA, Richard Kennedy explains the importance of the bond between Farmers and Foodies.
Chairman of the Limerick Show and Deputy President of the IFA, Richard Kennedy explains the importance of the bond between Farmers and Foodies.“Limerick Show has always been about showcasing the very best of Limerick and the surrounding areas. This year, we’re delighted to shine a spotlight on local food producers, many of whom use locally sourced ingredients from the farming community. The link between farmers and food producers is a very important one that should be nurtured.”
For the first time in Limerick Show history, a showcase of Ireland’s native breeds of farm-animals will take place. Our native breeds deserve to be conserved for historical, scientific and agricultural reasons. Protection of rare breeds is vital in maintaining a unique part of our cultural heritage, the Bo Riabhach cow being an example featuring in the old fable “An tSean Bo Riabhach”. This is a unique opportunity to see some of Ireland’s oldest inhabitants, there is evidence of the Droimeann cow dating back as far as 920AD. Included in our display is Dexter, Irish Moiled, Droimeann and Bo Riabhach cattle as well as Old Irish Game Fowl and Galway sheep. Come along and meet some of the unsung heroes who have dedicated their time, energy and money to ensure the survival of our rare breeds.
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 presented by the Traditional Irish Horse Association. This incorporates the famous Limerick Lady and Matron Championships. The TIHA Hunter Equitation class makes a return this year. This is aimed at encouraging a higher standard of production of traditionally-bred horses aged five and upwards.
In addition to the diverse agricultural programme, there are lots of new family-friendly additions to the show- absolutely free! The infamous Kids Zone makes a welcome return with free kids entertainment including bouncy castles, face painting, juggling workshops and an animal farm. If the little ones get tired they can hop on the kiddies train and catch a lift around the show grounds. Kids under 12 get free entry to the show so there really is no excuse to leave the kids at home!
The family Dog Show is always a star attraction on the day kicking off at 1 pm. Visitors can shop to their heart’s content at the indoor and outdoor retail village, artisan food stalls, farm machinery and more. There will be a range of music and dance attractions on the day. Other attractions include Show Jumping, Sheep, Goats, Poultry, Craft, Art, Photography, Baking classes and Horticulture exhibits.
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