All smiles for 75 years of Carnew Agri Show

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - PICTURES - By CATHY LEE

IT was a time of fam­ily fun for all ages for those who at­tended this year’s Carnew Agri­cul­tural Show and the com­mit­tee are al­ready think­ing ahead to next year’s plans.

Carnew Agri­cul­tural Show started off as a gymkhana with home pro­duce and craft­ing classes in Septem­ber 1944, and year’s show marked a spe­cial an­niver­sary cel­e­brat­ing 75 years.

‘A great day was had by all and we want to say big thank you to every­one who came out to sup­port Carnew Agri­cul­tural Show. To the many vol­un­teers who helped make the day happen, we want to say well done and thank you to our loyal ex­hibitors, as we would have no show without them, and fi­nally to our many spon­sors who each year sup­port us with fail,’ said a spokesper­son for the com­mit­tee.

‘Carnew Show like all shows is or­gan­ised and staged by a vol­un­tary com­mit­tee and a lot of work and ef­fort is put into run­ning as safe an event as pos­si­ble. We very much ap­pre­ci­ate the gen­eros­ity of the land own­ers, spon­sors, judges and every­one who helps to run the show,’ they said.

New ad­di­tions to the show this year in­cluded a Handy Work­ing Hunter event and Am­a­teur Wood­work classes for adults and teenagers.

But the ever pop­u­lar dog show was again a hit and chil­dren en­joyed the bouncy cas­tles, tram­po­lines and slides through­out the day.

The ewe lambs cham­pi­onship saw all breeds of sheep on dis­play, and the pony and horse rings got com­pet­i­tive for prizes, rosettes and sil­ver­ware.

Michelle O’Reilly with her cham­pion suf­folk, 1st in show. Vic­to­ria Scully in the small hun­ters class. Doreen and John Tobin.

Sara, Char­lie, Harry and Glen Stephens with their 1st and 3rd places best suf­folk cross ewe two shear and up­wards.

Chief ste­ward in the sheep sec­tion, Ed­ward Dowse.

Peter Cooper with his sons Padraic and Cil­lian.

Tommy Blake and John Driver.

Brid­get Whe­lan and Paddy Mor­ris­sey.

Gra­ham Mur­phy and Shauna Roth­well.

Sarah Dono­hoe in the small hunter class.

Michelle O’Neill with her son Hugh.

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