A sea of peo­ple in Fairwood Park for 83th Ti­na­hely Show on Mon­day

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - FRONT PAGE - By DEBORAH COLE­MAN

FAIRWOOD Park in Ti­na­hely was once again a sea of peo­ple on Au­gust Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day as the 83rd Ti­na­hely Show took place.

From early morn­ing un­til late into the evening, spec­ta­tors en­joyed all that this pop­u­lar Wick­low event has to of­fer. A true cel­e­bra­tion of ru­ral life, this year’s show boasted a new lay­out which went down a treat with those who trav­elled from near and far to en­joy this mem­o­rable day out. Com­mit­tee PRO Joyce Kear­ney said that the at­mos­phere this year was some­what dif­fer­ent to oth­ers, as if the show al­most had re­newed vigour.

‘There was some­thing about the show this year that many peo­ple re­marked on. We changed the lay­out and we also had more space on which to spread it out and that seemed to go down well with peo­ple. There was a great mood in the air and every­one was hav­ing a great time. So much of the feed­back al­ready in­di­cates that the show was a great suc­cess and that there were thou­sands of happy vis­i­tors,’ she said.

Ac­cord­ing to Joyce there were count­less high­lights this year, and many peo­ple en­joy many dif­fer­ent as­pects of the show, but the ap­pear­ance of De­clan Ner­ney and the mas­sive dance­floor which wasn’t empty for a mo­ment, was cer­tainly a crowd-pleaser.

‘The lay­out around the stage is like an am­phithe­atre and the crowds were sit­ting all around to en­joy the show. Coun­try mu­sic has made a huge come­back and this was cer­tainly a pop­u­lar at­trac­tion. There were peo­ple danc­ing all day long,’ Joyce added.

While the Ti­na­hely Show has al­ways been known as a ru­ral event, it has di­ver­si­fied vastly in re­cent years and this year, ac­cord­ing to Joyce, fash­ion was one of the win­ners in the at­trac­tions stakes.

‘There were two shows in the fash­ion mar­quee which was beau­ti­fully dec­o­rated. The style was just some­thing else and fea­tured Deirdre Minogue, Rath­wood, Jack and Jones, Oon­agh Con­roy and was hosted by Ma­ri­etta Do­ran who many will know from her tele­vi­sion ap­pear­ances. The feed­back was ex­cel­lent,’ Joyce said.

While the show wound down on Mon­day, evening the ded­i­cated vol­un­teers were hard at work yes­ter­day morn­ing once again restor­ing Fairwood Park to its nat­u­ral glory.

Mary Moules from Aughrim, win­ner of the ‘Rose of the Show’ for the sec­ond year in a row, with the El­iz­a­beth Mour­dant Per­pet­ual Tro­phy.

Emma, Eva, Ch­eryl and Danielle Jack­son-Mul­li­gan.

PHO­TOS BY JOE BYRNE

The 2018 Ti­na­hely Show Queen Ellen Durkin (cen­tre) with Wick­low Rose Lorna Mal­lick, show chair­man Ge­orge Stacey and the other con­tes­tants.

Prize-win­ners Marie and Paddy Cu­miskey from Carnew.

Bethany, Edel and Conal El­lis.

Trish Mackey and Mary Cos­grove from Del­gany.

Ma­jella Tyrrell in the Rath­wood fash­ion show.

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