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Catherina Cunnane
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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Deadline for entries for 250ac Tullamore Show approaching

The closing date for entries for this year’s Tullamore Show and FBD National Livestock Show is fast-approaching.

Organisers of Ireland’s premier show, which will have some 1,000 competitions, have confirmed to That’s Farming that postal entries will close on July 1st and online entries on July 6th.

The one-day event of its kind will return on Sunday, August 14th, to the 250-acre Butterfield Estate, Tullamore, in the centre of Ireland.

A spokesperson claimed that from the farming enthusiast to the animal lover and the fashion follower to the competitive counterpart “although it sounds like a cliché, there really is something for everyone at this year’s show”.

According to organisers, there will be “very keen” competition for a prize fund of €175,000 on offer, together with a range of “highly sought-after” gold medals, rosettes, and cups to be won on the day.

Some classes include:

  • Dairy cattle;
  • Pedigree cattle;
  • Commercial cattle;
  • Sheep;
  • Pigs;
  • Horses;
  • Fashion;
  • Dogs;
  • Horticulture & farm produce;
  • Cookery & food;
  • Craft & needlework;
  • Art & photography;
  • National inventions competitions;
  • Poultry.

Moreover, there will be a ‘trade town’ of 100s shops, displays and exhibits and trade stands will cover over 80 acres.

These include:

  • Farm machinery;
  • Agricultural and industrial supplies;
  • Garden;
  • Home and leisure;
  • Food;
  • Crafts;
  • Tourism and travel;
  • Fashion;
  • Gadgets and gismos.

The spokesperson concluded:

“With over 60,000 people expected to attend, all roads will lead to Tullamore as people travel from Ireland and abroad, to soak up all the atmosphere, with competitions, exhibitions, music, fashion and entertainment on offer at the Tullamore Show & FBD National Livestock Show.”

“This country living showcase captures the finest elements of Irish life from traditional practices to modern displays of farming.”

Entertainment and play area

The entertainment sector of the show has numerous attractions on the bandstand, with the Garda Band performing at the opening ceremony.

This year, organisers are supporting local with Olivia Douglas and Band, among many other musical attractions.

New to the show this year will be the Odlums Pavilion with Chef Adrian Maguire and the queen of baking Catherine Leyden giving cooking demonstrations throughout the day.

Also featured will be a children’s Play Area for the young folk, talks, tips & hints workshops with a special workshop, the Lego building challenge.

Other attractions include a vintage machinery display, flower shows, the FBD National Macra Na Feirme Farm Skills Competition and a fashion and features pavilion.

Furthermore, there are also free competitions running from Best Dressed Lady to Bonny Baby, Little Miss Offaly to Glamorous Granny.


Tickets are on sale now online for €20 or on the day for €25. Free entry for children under 12.

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