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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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Glenamaddy Show promises ‘bigger and better’ event this year

In this article on, a spokesperson for Glenamaddy District Ploughing and Agricultural Show previews this year’s event, which takes place on Sunday, October 1st, 2023 at Glenamaddy Equestrian Centre.

A jam-packed Glenamaddy District Ploughing and Agricultural Show returns on Sunday, October 1st, 2023.

The committee have worked endlessly since last year to deliver an even bigger and better show for you all this year and gates will open to the public at 10.30 am.

Once again, we have our large cattle competition (cattle entries close on Sunday, September 24th, 2023 and judging will commence at 11 am sharp on the day).

In this category, we have 9 classes in the commercial section, which will compete for the Comer Perpetual Cup, with classes for bull calves, heifer calves (various ages), bullocks, heifers, and a suckler cow with a 2023-born calf at foot.

We also have the Breeders’ Choice ISA/ DAFM Continental 4/5-star competition, which boasts €250 in prize money for the red rosette winner, all the way down to €50 for 8th place.

Another highlight will be the Glenamaddy Show €1,000 Heifer Calf of the Future Class, which is open to female cross-bred calves, born in 2023.

In addition, we have our Glenamaddy Show €1,000 Breeding Heifer of the Year Class, which is open to continental cross heifers suitable to breed a show-type calf and entries must have no more than two permanent teeth.

We have classes for the best pair of animals from the same herd (pedigree and non-pedigree) and young stockperson for under 14 and under 18.

In addition, we will have pedigree classes for Blonde d’Aquitaine, Angus, Shorthorn, Limousin, Charolais, Simmental and Belgian Blue.

In addition, we will have an interbreed championship for champions of pedigree breeds listed above.

Moreover, there will also be five classes in the pedigree Holstein Friesian section.

Also new to this year’s show, are poultry competitions with eight classes in total and horse and pony demonstrations run by the Mounted Games Association of Ireland, who will be running a promotion event that weekend.

We welcome back our outdoor and indoor exhibitors as well as our sheep exhibitors and another key attraction will be our dog show at 1 pm sharp.

Last year, saw the introduction of our rare breeds section with breeds such as Highlands, Belted Galloways, and Dexters to mention a few.

This year, we hope to have even more rare breeds. A special attraction will be two clever cows trained to plough a section of land.

This will be taking place near our ever-popular vintage section, with vintage cars and tractors providing interesting viewing along with the working thresher which will bring back memories of days of yore.

On the day, there will be live music entertainment from 12.30 pm onwards, from traditional music and sean-nós dancing to live music by Shane Moore and followed by Carmel McLoughlin.

You can get your practice in here for the jiving and waltzing competitions. For the little ones, there will be free entertainment with Nancy the Clown and face painting, along with Jiving Juniors workshops with renowned Sandra Ganley.

A key part of the programme for the day will be the Official National Ploughing Competitions, which will be visible when you enter the showgrounds.

We are the only show that has its own song ‘The Glenamaddy Show’, written by the late James Shevlin and performed by Julie Healy.

Our chairperson, Bernie Murray, would like to extend a warm welcome to all, from near and far and acknowledge the support from all our sponsors, without whom we would not be able to share this wonderful day with you, our visitors. A warm welcome one and all.

Jim Harrison, ISA, will officially open the show at 12 noon on the grounds at Glenamaddy Equestrian Centre.

For more information, you can find us on Facebook or view our website, where you can find our schedule for this year’s event.

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