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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
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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Over €35,000 up for grabs in prize money at Ballina Agricultural Show

A total prize money cash pot of over €35,000 is up for grabs at the 2023 Ballina Agricultural Show, which takes place on Sunday, July 7th, 2023, writes farming journalist, Catherina Cunnane.

According to organisers, over 5,000 attendees passed through the gates of the Mayo-based event at Ballina Stephenites Grounds last year following a Covid-19 pandemic-induced return.

Some of the attractions at this year’s event, which is sponsored by Aurivo, Nutrias and Homeland, include:

  • Horse and pony section – showing, jumping and loose jumping;
  • Cattle – Simmental, Charolais, Limousin, Aberdeen Angus, Belgian Blue, Shorthorn commercial classes and young stockperson;
  • Sheep – Suffolk, Texel, Mountain, Commercial sheep and any other breed;
  • Dogs – 19 variety dog classes;
  • Stephenies Sports Hall – Photography, farm produce, horticulture, flowers, country crafts, home industries, cookery, craft and bakery displays, a bonny baby competition, vintage, glamorous granny and grandad competition and junior classes;
  • Free entertainment area, including a kid’s corner, face painting, a jiving competition and special guests.

Ballina Agricultural Show

Speaking to That’s Farming editor, Catherina Cunnane, ahead of the event, a spokesperson for Ballina Agricultural Show’s committee, Grace Kelly, said:

“We always strive to offer a great family day at Ballina Agricultural Show. We really offer something for everyone, whether you are into cooking, floristry arrangements or photography.”

“There are games and entertainment for kids of all ages. We have fantastic prize money in the horse and pony showjumping this year with our headlining Jack Dodd class offering €3,000.”

“The dog show sets off on the green at 12 pm. Where the cattle, sheep and horse showing will get underway in the morning, and a lovely poultry section will be on display again this year.”

“We are lucky to have such loyal sponsors coming out supporting us every year, as without them, our show would not be possible.”

“And, of course, all the committee members that work tirelessly together to improve the show every year.”

“A special to mention to chairman Michael Clarke, treasurer, Alan Duggan and show secretary, Patrick Barrett, for heading the ship this year,” the spokesperson concluded.

Admission on the day is €10, with children free.

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