A further ten agricultural shows across the country have been cancelled over the course of the last week due to Covid-19, bringing the total (at the time of writing) to forty-two.
The Irish Shows Association (ISA) said it is “very aware” that these are unprecedented and difficult times for its members and sponsors.
“We, like so many other sporting and community organisations, are having to wait and see what the coming weeks and months will bring.” a spokesperson for the association explained in a statement.
“The current restrictions have been extended until May 5th and we urge everyone to continue to work together by staying apart.”
“There is no doubt that this crisis will have a significant impact on our show calendar for the upcoming 2020 season.”
The association’s spokesperson acknowledged that many of its sponsors, both on local and national level, have had their businesses “impacted severely” by this crisis.
“We would urge our members to do what you can to support those local businesses that have been such a huge support to your shows over the years in whatever way possible.”
- Adamstown Show (July 4th);
- Claregalway Show (June 7th);
- Clonakilty Show (June 7th);
- Kingdom County Show – Tralee (May 10th);
- Longford County Show (July 5th);
- Leap Horse & Pony Show (June 1st);
- Mullingar Show (July 12th);
- Newcastle West Show (June 13th);
- Thomastown Show (May 3rd);
- Strandhill Show (June 28th).
32 other shows
- Armagh County Show (June 13th);
- Bandon Agricultural Show (May 17th);
- Ballymoney Agricultural Show (June 5th and 6th);
- Belgooly & District Agricultural Show (May 31st);
- Charleville Agricultural Show (June 27th and 28th);
- Dungarvan Agricultural Show (July 12th);
- Lurgan & District Horse & Cattle Show (June 6th);
- Newry Show (June 27th);
- Newbridge College Show (May 10th);
- Newmarket-on-Fergus Agricultural Show (May 3rd);
- Omagh Agricultural Show (July 3rd and 4th);
- Westport Horse & Pony Show (May 31st & June 1st);
- The Tullamore Show & FBD National Livestock Show (August 9th);
- Athlone Agricultural Show (June 21st);
- Athenry Agricultural & Home Industries Show (May 24th);
- Ballinrobe Agricultural Show (June 14th);
- Ballyfoyle Agricultural Show (June 28th);
- Bannow & Rathangan Agricultural Show (July 9th);
- Ballivor Horse Show (June 6th and 7th);
- Carnew Show (June 27th)
- Corrandulla Agricultural Show (June 28th)
- Clogher Valley Agricultural Show (June 29th)
- County Louth Agricultural Show (Dundalk) (June 14th);
- Ennistymon – North West Clare Show (May 31st);
- Gorey Agricultural Show (June 20th);
- Midleton Agricultural Show (May 24th);
- Mount Briscoe Rare & Traditional Breed Show (July 26th);
- Nobber Show (May 17th);
- Oldcastle Agricultural Show (July 19th);
- Sligo County Agricultural Show (Riverstown) (July 11th);
- Scarriff Show (June 6th);
- Tydavnet Show (August 15th).
The Department of Rural and Community Development has agreed that grant funding issued for 2020 can be ring-fenced and held in trust until 2021 for shows that are unable to run this year.
“We thank the Department most sincerely on behalf of our member shows. This funding will be a great help to shows trying to pick up and get going again in 2021.”
“The Irish Shows Association executive is in regular contact with shows about the current state of play and we would appreciate if shows could follow any and all guidelines issued.”
The board will be meeting by conference call in the coming week and will provide updated information afterwards.
“At all times, we will be bound by the advice of the various government agencies and will place the safety of our members, exhibitors and patrons above all else.”
The association said it will update its list of cancellations and postponements weekly as the situation develops.
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