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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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‘The best little show in Munster’ returns following Covid-induced absence

What organisers dub “the best little show in Munster” will return on Sunday, August 28th, 2022.

They expect Dualla Show to attract thousands with its mix of livestock, horses, trucks, modified tractors, live music, artisan food and free children’s entertainment.

Ray Hunt, show chairman, says that having such a professionally-run non-alcohol event underscores the show’s relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere and “makes it something special”.

Returning this year is a stellar line-up of country music acts featuring T.R. Dallas, Mick Flavin, Brendan Shine, Paul Kelly, Sabrina Fallon and Aisling Rafferty – all compered by Trudi Lalor.

This year’s FBD-sponsored livestock section will host the Munster Aberdeen Angus finals and the Simmental South Eastern finals.

Other classes of interest will be the best traditional and continental breeding heifers, plus the popular best matching pair in the show with a first-place cash prize of €500.

The sheep event sees new Texel classes – an increasingly popular breed with Irish commercial farmers in Ireland.

Dualla Show

Also running throughout the day are sheep dog trials, which take places adjacent to the main show field.

For equestrian fans, the show will host the Connolly Red Mills Munster Grand Prix league in addition to the usual smattering of SJI classes.

Note that all pony classes are qualifying rounds for the Waterford/Tipperary SJI Pony Leagues and the Munster Stars of the Future League.

Also, its free children’s entertainment is back and “better than ever”.

It consists of a secure and supervised play area with free inflatable castles, slides and obstacle courses, including the 100ft ‘eliminator’.

There will also be a pet farm that lets kids get “up close” with rabbits, hamsters and chickens.

Also, the famous Dualla Bucket Train will wind its way around the showgrounds all day.

Also completely free is Ireland’s best-loved big top circus: Circus Gerbola, who bring their exciting Globe of Death, Flying Trapeze, Wheel of Death, and High Wire acts to Dualla, all in the company of the Gerbola clowns, acrobats, contortionists, horses, ponies, dogs and goats.

The circus will perform four one-hour shows at 1 pm, 2.15 pm, 4 pm and 5.30 pm with a special ticket office.

Other features:
  • Tipperary Truck Show 2022;
  • Food village featuring a collection of artisan food makers, including the winner of RTE’s Battle of the Food Trucks, Chris Braganza, aka Spice Genie;
  • Dog show is also back again, with John Smullen of Moyglass Kennels overseeing another great selection of dog classes, including junior handler of the year and best puppy of the year;
  • Vintage display of cars and tractors and a display by Tipperary Emergency Services;
  • Trade stands;
  • The superstars of wrestling with their WWE-style antics;
  • Live at the Marquee event with Ireland AM regular, Sinéad Delahunty featuring members of Tipperary Food Group showcasing the best of local produce;
  • Cookery demos start at 12 pm with brunch at home and will continue throughout the afternoon with some great examples of baking with the seasons and family-friendly dinners;
  • Tipp FM regular, Ultan Nesbitt, with gardening tips on harvesting your kitchen garden, autumn container baskets, caring for your roses and spring bulb planting. Ultan’s slots start at 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2.30 pm and 3.30 pm.

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