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Dates for your diary: What ag shows are taking place in May 2022?

May ag shows

The Irish Shows Association (ISA) has released details of over 100 events that are taking place in Ireland across summer 2022.

The ISA is the officially recognised body representing Irish shows on the island of Ireland. More than 130 affiliated agricultural shows run throughout the summer and into the autumn every year.

Here is a list of agricultural shows that will take place in April and May 2022:
  • Thomastown Show: Saturday, April 30th, 2022;
  • Newmarket-on-Fergus Agricultural Show: Sunday, May 1st 2022;
  • Kingdom County Agri & Ind. Show (Tralee): Sunday, March 8th, 2022;
  • Marina Fay Memorial Miniature Horse Show: Sunday, May 15th, 2022;
  • Athenry Agricultural Show: Sunday, May 22nd, 2022;
  • Welsh Pony Championship Show: Sunday, May 22nd, 2022;
  • Nobber Show: Sunday, May 22nd, 2022;
  • Midleton Agricultural Show: Sunday, May 29th, 2022.
Support for agricultural shows

The Department of Rural and Community Development has reaffirmed its support for agricultural shows this year.

Minister Joe O’Brien provided confirmation to Fine Gael Senator, Tim Lombard, in the Seanad earlier this month.

The minister said the department provided funding to the tune of €600,000 to the ISA in 2019.

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He said it was agreed that the association would hold the funding in trust and carry it forward for shows to use when they would become operational.

In the Seanad, he said: “Even though the shows were not operational over the past two years, they continued to incur operational costs.”

“Following a request from the Irish Shows Association, the Minister agreed last year that €200,000 of the funding held in trust could be used to cover the costs incurred by more than 120 shows.”

“These costs were fixed and were required to be met at a time when the shows had little or no access to fundraising sources.”

He stated that such costs included web hosting, domain name, equipment storage, renting of land and office space, and bank costs.

2022 support 

The minister said the funding to help cover these costs was a “welcome boost” for shows at that time.

“I am glad to be in a position to reaffirm support to agricultural shows this year.”

“I understand from the ISA that there is significant excitement and enthusiasm among the show committees in anticipation of the year ahead.”

“The remaining funds – some €400,000 – held in trust by the Irish Shows Association will be available for the coming season.

Furthermore, the minister also committed to reviewing the funding in place for the 2022 season.

Agricultural shows in Northern Ireland:

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