Updated: 25/07/17 : 07:13:34
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Vibrant Volunteers at Sligo County Show

There was tremendous support for the 2017 Sligo County Agricultural Show which took place on Saturday 15th July in Riverstown Community Park. The rain certainly didn’t deter the crowds either, who joined in the celebration of Ireland’s agricultural heritage, with visitors from all over Ireland enjoying a vibrant day out to view amazing animals galore and so much more. 

Classes included Horse & Pony, Sheep, Cattle, Poultry, Dog, Cat, Home Industries and Home Crafts as well as Bonny Baby, Little Miss Riverstown, Little Master Riverstown, Glamorous Granny and Best & Most Appropriately Dressed Lady.

“Our event was hosted by our large volunteer team, who have been running the county show in Riverstown village since 1994 after it closed in Sligo Town” said Imelda Ryan-Jones, one of the volunteers with the Show  “Prior to this it had been held in the Showgrounds, which is how the Showgrounds got its name, with the first Show taking place in Sligo Town in 1908. When it closed in Sligo Town Paddy Kenny and the Creamery Committee here in our village made sure the annual County Show continued and 23 years later the community of Riverstown continue to work together to ensure it is a great day for the County.”  

                 Bridget Galvin, Cllr Margaret Gormally and Austin Coleman at the Show

Chris Meehan won Supreme Championship with Lady Jane in the Cattle classes, Ronan Gallagher won Supreme Sheep Champion, J McHugh won Supreme Horse with 2 year old gelding Merrimus R, Cherie Devanney won Supreme Pony with Goldengrove Alabay and James Naan won Champion Connemara with Tullana Lisabelle.  Full list of all winners in all classes will soon be available on the website, sligocountyagrishow.com

Damien Kelly & Dominic Farrell treated the crowd to music from Damien’s new album ‘For the Love of Country’,  a fabulous selection of art and craft, creative cooking and home grown vegetables wooed the crowd, Lough Bo Equestrian Centre gave free pony rides to delighted youngsters, there was dancing by Bróga Bríomhar, Farmyard in Your Schoolyard let the children get up close and personal with an array of farm annimals, the RSA shuttle bus and Rollover increased road safety awareness with their virtual reality 3D road safety experience, and the Bale Push event was a fantastic new fun addition to the annual show.  MEP Mairead McGuinness officially opened the Show and enjoyed her visit to Riverstown village, including Sligo Folk Park and the delicious & nutritious FEED Café.

       Supreme Pony 'Goldengrove Alabay' owned by Cherie Devanney with Judge Tony Ennis

Next year will be the 110th anniversary of the Sligo County Agricultural Show and already the volunteers in Riverstown are planning next years event which will take place on Saturday 21st July.  “Our Show is always on the 3rd weekend in July each year” said Michael Harte, Chairperson with the Show “so that should always be a definite date for a fun family day out in everyones annual diary.  We will be building on the success of this years show, and have plenty of ideas to make it even better next year.” 

Plans are already in place to add to the Home Industries section of the Show, with a new category Best Recipe (Handwritten) for a Nutritious Family Meal, kindly sponsored by FEED Café .  “We had some amazing creative entries this year” said Mary Conlon who volunteered in the Home Industries tent all day “and the efforts made by children in particular was very impressive.”
                Tadhg and Marc Kenny, grandsons of Paddy Kenny visit this years Show

“Sligo is the 2017 European Volunteering Capital, celebrating the key role that volunteers play in our communities and the inspirational level of volunteering that takes place throughout our County of Sligo” said Imelda “and Sligo County Agricultural Show is a very fine example of dedicated volunteering. The consistent commitment over 23 years from our village and our rural community is core to the success of the Show.  On behalf of the volunteer team I thank all the visitors and all the sponsors to our annual Show and we look forward to doing it all again, and better, next year.”

Winners of the novelty events include Tadhg Mulvey & Raymond Murrin who won the Male Bale Push with Alex Byrne & Trevor Bagnal in 2nd place. Majella Muldowey & Denise Henry won the Female Bale Push, with Sarah McDonald & Susan Benson in 2nd place.  Clodagh Galvin, age 7, won Little Miss Riverstown and brothers Cillian & Eoghan Conboy won Little Masters Riverstown with both Trophys kindly sponsored by Rivertown Total Health Pharmacy.  Neveah McGann, 4 months, won Bonny Baby under 6 months and Ceara Wims, 9 months, won Bonny Baby over 6 months, both kindly sponsored by Cool Kidz in Sligo Town, with a very cute and smiley Matthew Murphy won Runner Up in Bonny Baby.  Patsy Harte, who had volunteered with the Show for over 20 years, won the Glam Gran Award and Leonora Neary won the Best & Most Appropriately Dressed Lady visiting the 2017 Show.

Glamourous Granny, Patsy Harte who has been volunteering for over 20 years at
the County Show with volunteer Imelda Ryan-Jones

Michael Flanagan of Tubbercurry won the Sligo County Agricultural Shows Facebook page competition held in the run up to the Show.  Michael won two tickets for the Dublin Horse Show Show, donated by Matt Jones Woodturner Artist whose work will be on display in the National Craft Competition at the RDS during the Dublin Horse Show in August.

Following all the hard work by the Volunteer Team in the run up to the Show, during the Show and the clean-up afterwards, they enjoyed a vibrant and relaxing night at Tommy Macs in the village to celebrate the success of the 2017 Sligo County Agricultural Show. 

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