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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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Jimmy & Sheila McShane opening gates for 66th Castleblayney Show

In this article, a spokesperson for Castleblayney Show previews this year’s event.

The 66th Annual Castleblayney Show is set to take place on Bank Holiday Monday, August 7th, 2023.

The showgrounds are located on the Castleblayney to Shercock Rd opposite Blackhill GAA grounds with the kind permission of Jimmy & Sheila McShane.

A free shuttle bus will be available from the Glencarn Shopping Centre Car Park from 11:30 am and run every half hour.

Castleblayney Show promises to be a great day out for all the family with the official grand opening taking place at 12:30 pm by Minister Heather Humphreys of the Department of Rural & Community Development.

TV Chef, Adrian Martin, will be cooking up a storm in the food village alongside local vendors showcasing the very best of local produce.

The children’s village will be bigger and better than ever before with free children’s entertainment and field games.

There will be plenty of competition on the day with Best Costume competitions, Little Miss Farmerette and Little Mr Farmer competitions, Grandparent & Grandchild competitions, and the Best Dressed Lady competition.

Back by popular demand is the ‘Junior Tractor Run’ taking place at 3:30 pm for children aged 3 to 10 years.

There will be ‘dancing on the deck’ from 2 – 4:30 pm with music by Limelitem, while the Castleblayney Players will be providing some comedic entertainment with some comedy sketches.

All vintage enthusiasts are invited to bring their pre-1993 vehicles to take part in our vintage display.

Of course, the main event will be our wide range of competition classes including, horses, cattle, sheep, poultry, horticulture, home industries, arts, crafts & photography, children’s entertainment and dog sections.

Beef classes:

  • No washing, no haltering, no showing and no hassle;
  • Showmanship;
  • Commercial beef (with halter);
  • Pedigree Simmental;
  • Pedigree Charolais;
  • Pedigree Limousin;
  • Pedigree Traditional Breed;
  • Pedigree Pairs;
  • Champion of the Show;
  • Breeder’s Choice – Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine – Continental 4 or 5-star breeding heifer;
  • Pedigree Calf of the Year.


  • Showmanship for Young Farmers and Farmerettes;
  • YMA Showmanship;
  • Junior Champion;
  • Senior Championship.


  • Pedigrees – Texel – North-East Irish Texel Club Show Flock of the Year;
  • Pedigree Charollais;
  • Any other breeds (ped);
  • Any breed (ped);
  • Commercial classes – best cross-bred breeding ewe, hogget, pair of ewe lambs (suitable for 2023 breeding), hybrid ram lamb 2023 and champion commercial sheep of the show).

Details of other classes can be found in our show schedule.

Do not miss out on a great day of entertainment. Admission is €15 – cash only.

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